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10:30 AM ET, October 24, 2008

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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
In McCain's Uphill Battle, Winning Is an Option  —  MIAMI — Senator John McCain woke Thursday morning to what has become a fairly common greeting in these tough last weeks of his campaign.  A raft of polls showing him well behind.  Early post-mortems on his candidacy.  Even Republicans speaking of him in the past tense.
Discussion: The Caucus, MSNBC, TIME.com and LiberalOasis
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Palin's Makeup Stylist Fetches Highest Salary in 2-Week Period  —  Who was the highest paid individual in Senator John McCain's presidential campaign during the first half of October as it headed down the homestretch?  —  Not Randy Scheunemann, Mr. McCain's chief foreign policy adviser …
Discussion: TIME.com
Michelle Malkin:
Why that McCain volunteer's “mutilation” story smells awfully weird; Update: Police to administer polygraph; conflicting evidence at scene  —  Scroll down for updates..."Police planned to administer a polygraph test to Ashley Todd, 20, because her statements about the attack conflict with evidence …
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Associated Press:
Former Mass. Gov. William Weld to endorse Obama  —  SALEM, N.H.—Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, a Republican, is endorsing Democrat Barack Obama for president, citing the senator's steady leadership, good judgment and ability to unify Democrats, Republicans and independents.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
New York Times:
Barack Obama for President  —  Hyperbole is the currency of presidential campaigns, but this year the nation's future truly hangs in the balance.  —  The United States is battered and drifting after eight years of President Bush's failed leadership.  He is saddling his successor with two wars …
CNN:
Former Bush aide voting for Obama  —  (CNN) — Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary who sharply criticized President Bush in his memoir last spring, told CNN Thursday he's voting for Barack Obama.  —  “From the very beginning I have said I am going to support the candidate …
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Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Last Words: McClellan Endorses Obama
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
McCain for President  —  WASHINGTON — Contrarian that I am, I'm voting for John McCain.  I'm not talking about bucking the polls or the media consensus that it's over before it's over.  I'm talking about bucking the rush of wet-fingered conservatives leaping to Barack Obama before they're left …
Jill Zuckman / Chicago Tribune:
Sarah Palin talks about wardrobe flap, double standard for women and special education  —  An exclusive interview: ‘If people only knew how frugal we are’  —  PITTSBURGH - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin insisted in an interview with the Tribune on Thursday that she did not accept $150,000 worth …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Today's Polls, 10/23: McCain on Life Support  —  This is not the time when John McCain can afford a bad polling day.  And yet he's had perhaps his worst one of the year.  —  The national trackers were essentially a push — three moved toward Obama, two toward McCain, two were flat — but the action today is at the state level.
Discussion: WHAS-TV, Slog, The Buzz and PoliBlog (TM)
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Something About Sarah  —  My husband called it first.  Then, a brilliant 75-year-old scholar and raconteur confessed to me over wine: “I'm sexually attracted to her.  I don't care that she knows nothing.”  —  Finally, writer Robert Draper closed the file on the Sarah Palin mystery …
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Lois Romano / Washington Post:
Ideology Aside, This Has Been the Year of the Woman
Discussion: The New Republic and TIME.com
New York Times:
Group's Tally of New Voters Was Vastly Overstated  —  On Oct. 6, the community organizing group Acorn and an affiliated charity called Project Vote announced with jubilation that they had registered 1.3 million new voters.  But it turns out the claim was a wild exaggeration …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Civil War on the Right  —  Conservatives are at each other's throats, and here's what's revealing about how divided they are: The critics of John McCain and the critics of Sarah Palin represent entirely different camps.  —  One set of critics, skeptical social conservatives …
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RushLimbaugh.com:
The Future of Conservatism
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Eunomia
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Runnin' with the Devil  —  In the first segment of the Great One's program last night, Mark highlighted this article by Thomas Lifson at the American Thinker, describing a clip, recently dug up by the Confederate Yankee site (the clip was also played by Mark), in which the FBI informant …
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Arrives in Hawaii to Visit Ailing Grandmother  —  HONOLULU — On a whirlwind trip back to Hawaii, Senator Barack Obama spent more than an hour visiting his ailing grandmother late Thursday and is set to return to her bedside on Friday morning after arriving here on a nine-hour flight …
Discussion: The Swamp
Gateway Pundit:
1995 Obama Race Baiting Video Discovered  —  It sounds like those first 10 years with Rev. Jeremiah Wright rubbed off on The One...  Barack Obama slams “white executives” living out in the suburbs who do not want to pay taxes to inner city children in a 1995 interview:
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Religious right group upset over GOP abandonment  —  The Family Research Council's (FRC) political arm ripped Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) Thursday for withdrawing ad spending on behalf of two endangered Republican candidates.  —  FRC President Tony Perkins said in a letter to Cole …
cbs8.com:
THREATENING LETTERS SPARK NEW PROP 8 CONTROVERSY  —  Last Updated:  —  A threatening letter has sparked a new controversy here in San Diego surrounding the gay marriage debate.  Donors who gave money to the No on Prop 8 campaign say they received blackmail letters demanding money …
New York Times:
Global Markets Plummet on Earnings Fears  —  PARIS — Stocks plummeted worldwide on Friday, with severe declines in Europe and Asia propelled by dismal corporate earnings and economic data pointing to a profound global slowdown.  —  Europe's major exchanges opened with falls of around 5 percent that turned quickly into a rout.
Discussion: TIME.com
Richard Halstead / Marin Independent Journal:
McCain surrogate tells Dominican students to prepare for war with Iran in next four years  —  A Republican charged with representing the views of presidential candidate Sen. John McCain told Dominican University students Thursday that war with Iran in the next four years is inevitable.
Ken Dilanian / Associated Press:
Spending rose in Palin's Alaska administrations  —  WASHINGTON — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin calls herself a fiscal conservative who wants to “rein in government spending.”  She says she “reformed the abuses of earmarks in our state.”  Republican John McCain said during the last debate …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Peter Robinson / Forbes:
The Point Of No Return  —  Thomas Frank, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, writes about ordinary folks back in his home state of Kansas as a kind of reverse model.  You can do all right, he argues, by watching the way those farmers, small businessmen and homemakers vote …
Discussion: Commentary and RIGHTWINGSPARKLE
Tim Paradis / Associated Press:
Stocks dive belief global recession is at hand  —  NEW YORK - Wall Street joined world stock markets in a precipitous plunge Friday, with the Dow Jones industrials dropping more than 300 points in early trading.  The growing belief that the world will suffer a punishing economic recession has investors furiously dumping stocks.
 
 
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Polls Point to Struggle for McCain
Discussion: MSNBC, CBS News and On Deadline
New York Times:
OPEC Orders Cut in Oil Production
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and FP Passport
Agence France Presse:
NYTimes profits slide; S & P downgrades credit rating
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Power Line
James P. Pinkerton / FOX Forum:
The Devil Is In the Details: Another Obama Connection You Ought to Know About
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News:
Michigan voter roll surges to 98%
The Trail / Washington Post:
McCain's Double-Barreled NoVa Radio Spot
Associated Press:
Clerk left letters calling Obama “black Hitler”
Discussion: Donklephant
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