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1:40 PM ET, October 23, 2008

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Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: McCain lambastes Bush years  —  ‘We just let things get completely out of hand’  —  NEWSMAKER INTERVIEW:  —  ABOARD THE STRAIGHT TALK AIR — Sen. John McCain on Wednesday blasted President Bush for building a mountain of debt for future generations, failing to pay for expanding Medicare …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
12 days — Siren: GOP establishment warns McCain campaign — James ‘Slash’ Kotecki is 23 — Blake Zeff is an uncle for the first time  —  BREAKING — AP: “New jobless benefit claims increase more than expected to 478,000 due to weak economy. ...  The four-week average, which smooths out fluctuations …
Discussion: marbury
Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
First Read: Battlegrounds swing to Obama
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Marc Ambinder:
Palin In 2012: The Argument  —  There's a suspicion in some McCain loyalist precincts that Gov. Sarah Palin is beginning to play the Republican base against John McCain — McCain won't let her campaign in Michigan...McCain won't let her bring up Jeremiah Wright... McCain doesn't like her terrorist pal talks....
PittsburghLIVE.com:
Murtha's hold on House seat slips  —  TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  Two veteran warriors battling to represent the 12th Congressional District appear locked in the closest race in the district in years.  —  Democratic Rep. John Murtha leads retired Army Lt. Col. William Russell by a little …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Murtha in trouble after calling constituents racist
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Chris Lawrence / CNN:
Ex-ACORN worker: ‘I paid the price’ for voter registration fraud  —  SEATTLE, Washington (CNN) — Clifton Mitchell helped register nearly 2,000 voters for the community group ACORN.  But not one of them actually existed.  —  “I regret it.  I paid the price for it,” he said.
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Kathleen Brady Shea / Philly.com:   Chester man arrested in voter fraud
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
Finally, Someone Asked Her  —  We now know what Gov. Palin thinks about immigration, and the results are not good (h/t Auster): … Now, it was obvious, as McCain's running mate, she had to toe the McCain line.  But which McCain line?  After the campaign's near-death experience …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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RADAR:
NYT'S UNFORGETTABLE HIRE: BONO  —  Like Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter before him, New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal sees something special in a certain teensy Gaelic man who refuses to remove his sunglasses.  That's right, the Timesman announced last night …
Radley Balko / Reason:
Why the Republicans Must Lose  —  Nothing short of defeat will put the GOP back on its limited government track  —  I grew up in a particularly conservative part of the already conservative state of Indiana.  I voted for Bob Dole in 1996 and George Bush in 2000, generally because …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Why The Republicans Must Lose
Scott / Power Line:
WHO IS JOHN GALT?  —  We've previously noted the gusher of illegal campaign contributions flowing into the Obama campaign from contributors such as “Doodad Pro” and “Good Will.”  More recently, incidents have been reported in which people have seen credit card charges surface suggesting they donated to Barack Obama when they did not.
Salon:
The punditocracy's Seven Biggest Blunders of the 2008 election  —  Guess what?  The Conventional Wisdom has blown it again in handicapping Obama vs. McCain in the homestretch.  —  This has been a campaign season when the conventional wisdom has fared about as well as Bob Barr's prospects for moving into the Oval Office.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Darcy Burner's Degree  —  My thoughts on this absurd Seattle Times hit on Darcy Burner:  —  Harvard, as you know, is old and fancy.  Consequently, it has a lot of old and fancy terminology and procedures that differ somewhat from the American norm.  They don't, for example, have …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
With $605 million already, Obama asks only $10 more from each of us  —  Having hauled in a record $208,333 every hour of every day last month — $150 million in all — plus a few more unreported millions so far this month, Barack Obama is worried that he might come up short in the political money war …
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Rebranding the U.S. With Obama  —  The other day I had a conversation with a Beijing friend and I mentioned that Barack Obama was leading in the presidential race:  —  She: Obama? … [Long pause.]  —  She: Really? … We're beginning to get a sense of how Barack Obama's political success …
Ross Clark / Times of London:
Far-right Austrian leader sacked for revealing gay affair with Jörg Haider  —  The successor of the Austrian far-right leader Jörg Haider was dismissed yesterday after he revealed a “special” relationship “far beyond” friendship with his former mentor.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hullabaloo
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
NRSC ad assumes Obama win  —  The underlying premise of this new ad from the National Republican Senatorial Committee: Obama's going to win.  —  The ad, on behalf of Senator Elizabeth Dole, urges a vote against challenger Kay Hagan as the last bulwark against complete Democratic control:
PageOneQ:
GOP Mailer discovered: Democrat has ‘radical homosexual’ agenda, will force Boy Scouts to accept gays  —  A new anti-gay offensive has been launched against Democratic North Carolina state senator and U.S. Senate candidate Kay Hagan.  Campaign literature produced by the North Carolina Republican Party …
Associated Press:
Greenspan Faces Questioning on Financial Crisis  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chairman, said Thursday that the current financial crisis had uncovered a flaw in how the free market system works and that had shocked him.  —  Mr. Greenspan told …
Discussion: TPMCafe
New York Times:
Sorry, I Can't Find Your Name  —  Before Mississippi's March presidential primary, one county election official improperly removed more than 8,000 voters from the eligible-voter rolls, including a Republican Congressional candidate.  Fortunately, the secretary of state's office learned of the purge in time and restored the voters.
Sky News:
John McCain POW Footage Released  —  Footage of John McCain being interviewed as a bedridden prisoner during the Vietnam War has been released by the French national archive.  —  The video portrays the Republican as a hero but the message may be tarnished as he is filmed smoking a cigarette.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GOING TO THE WELL A LITTLE TOO OFTEN.... It was the basis of a debate message.  And a stump speech.  And an ad campaign.  —  And now it's a tour. … Yes, that's right, John McCain is kicking off a “Joe the Plumber” tour.  Seriously.  —  This is terribly odd for a variety of reasons …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
AM Polls Show Surprisingly Large Leads for Obama  —  New polling this morning from the Big Ten polling consortium and Quinnipiac University present a view of what the world might look like if Barack Obama wins in a landslide.  —  The Big Ten polls have Obama ahead by double digits in ten Midwestern states …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Bipartisanship and threats of war toward Iran  —  (updated below)  —  Two former Senators — conservative Democrat Chuck Robb and conservative Republican Dan Coats (that's what “bipartisan” means) — have a jointly authored Op-Ed in The Washington Post today decreeing what the U.S. must do towards Iran.
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Barney Frank, Meet Robert Heinlein  —  This morning's WSJ editorial on “Obamanomics” starts with this quote from Barney Frank (and as you read it, note how confident the Left is: One of the main culprits of the credit crisis, saying this sort of stuff already, just before we vote and before they are even fully in power):
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
 
 
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No on 8 lead is eroding in polls
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Michael Graham / Boston Herald:
A day in the life of Palin  —  One wonders if Obama could be so resilient