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6:30 AM ET, October 24, 2008

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WTAE-TV:
Woman Attacked At ATM, Assailant Carves Letter Into Her Face  —  Woman Robbed, Attacked With Knife At Bloomfield ATM  —  PITTSBURGH — A 20-year-old woman who was robbed at an ATM in Bloomfield was also maimed by her attacker, police said.  —  Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard …
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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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain supporter maimed for her politics by robber; Update: Photo; Update: College Republicans on the record  —  A 20-year-old woman got robbed at an ATM in a Pittsburgh suburb, and normally that would not make national news.  However, her robber wanted to make a political statement as well.
TMZ.com:
“Politically Motivated” Mutilation - Real or Hoax?  —  Pittsburgh law enforcement sources tell TMZ they have serious questions about the authenticity of the alleged victim who says she had her face cut by a politically-motivated attacker.  —  We're told there are several things about the alleged attack that don't add up.
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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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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 …
New York Times:
Poll Finds Obama Strong With Some Bush Backers  —  Senator Barack Obama is showing surprising strength among portions of the political coalition that returned George W. Bush to the White House four years ago, a cross section of support that, if it continues through Election Day …
Discussion: The Heretik
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Winning Over the Jewish Vote  —  Three-quarters of U.S. Jewish voters now plan to back Obama for president  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Jewish voters nationwide have grown increasingly comfortable with voting for Barack Obama for president since the Illinois senator secured the Democratic nomination in June.
The Trail / Washington Post:
McClellan Endorses Obama
Discussion: TalkLeft
The Politico:
Blame game: GOP forms circular firing squad  —  With despair rising even among many of John McCain's own advisors, influential Republicans inside and outside his campaign are engaged in an intense round of blame-casting and rear-covering—much of it virtually conceding that an Election Day rout is likely.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
McCain: ‘She needed clothes’
Discussion: The Heretik and Spin Cycle
Marc Ambinder:
Military Ballots Tossed In Fairfax  —  The patchwork problem of federal and state election regulations strikes again.  —  Military ballots are being tossed in Fairfax Co, VA because of a “technicality.”  Not a lot of them compared to the size of the electorate, but more than a few.
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Marc Ambinder:   Virginia Miliary Absentee Ballot Problem Will Be Solved
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 …
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
McCain might skip his own election-night party  —  NEW YORK (AP) — John McCain's election night watch party might be missing John McCain.  Instead of appearing before a throng of supporters at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix on the evening of Nov. 4, the Republican presidential nominee plans …
WJLA-TV:
Joe McCain Calls 911 To Complain About Traffic  —  He called the police emergency line because he was angry he was stuck in traffic.  —  The 911 call came into the City of Alexandria on Oct. 21st That's creating some buzz because it appears to come from Joe McCain, John McCain's brother.
The Politico:
GOP ‘goner’ list warns of House rout  —  An internal document circulating among House Republicans warns of an impending congressional bloodbath, listing 58 Republican-held House seats being at risk, and 11 already considered as good as gone.  As many as 34 GOP-held seats are in serious jeopardy …
Associated Press:
Clerk left letters calling Obama “black Hitler”  —  FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) — A Republican county election clerk distributed copies of an apparent chain letter referring to Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama as a “young, black Adolf Hitler” to two employees but later told police she intended it to be a joke.
Discussion: Donklephant
Gateway Pundit:
1995 Obama Race Baiting Video Discovered  —  It sounds like those first 10 years with Rev. Jeremiah Wright rubbed off on him...  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:  —  Obama talks redistribution and salvation:
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Donor Patrol: Obama's Online Site Accepts More Fakes  —  Erika Franzi, a 36-year-old mother of four, had been following recent news reports examining how people using obviously fake names had made thousands of dollars in contributions to Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign without being detected.
James P. Pinkerton / FOX Forum:
The Devil Is In the Details: Another Obama Connection You Ought to Know About  —  Could Lucifer play a role in this presidential election?  It may sound crazy, but one of the candidates in this race has publicly praised, even emulated, a writer-activist who himself paid tribute to Lucifer.
Discussion: Spin Cycle
CC Goldwater / The Huffington Post:
Why McCain Has Lost Our Vote  —  Being Barry Goldwater's granddaughter and living in Arizona, one would assume that I would be voting for our state's senator, John McCain.  I am still struck by certain ‘dyed in the wool’ Republicans who are on the fence this election, as it seems like a no-brainer to me.
Bob Driehaus / New York Times:
Lawsuit Is Filed Over Ballot Rule in Pennsylvania  —  Concerned that voting machine breakdowns could cause long lines on Election Day, particularly in minority neighborhoods, several groups filed a lawsuit on Thursday to force Pennsylvania election officials to provide paper ballots when half the machines in a precinct have failed.
The Caucus:
Wardrobe Mysteries Linger  —  About that wardrobe ...  There are still aspects of the Republican National Committee's shopping sprees on behalf of Gov. Sarah Palin and her family that are murky.  —  Some of the fashion experts consulted Wednesday, for instance, about the $150,000 in purchases …
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: TIME.com and LiberalOasis
The Trail / Washington Post:
McCain's Double-Barreled NoVa Radio Spot  —  Sen. John McCain has come up with a novel way to make sure a radio ad attacking Sen. Barack Obama won't leave listeners with a negative impression of him — put some distance between the attack and his announcement approving the message.
Cernig / Crooks and Liars:
Palin Betrays Base On Immigration Amnesty  —  John Amato's virtual online magazine...OK, It's a blog!  — Home- Archives- Contact Us- Donate … With 12 days to go until the election, today was the wrong time for Sarah Palin to shoot herself in the foot and alienate her base.
Discussion: KABE-LP
 
 
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Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Census Bureau's Counting of Prisoners Benefits Some Rural Voting Districts
Discussion: TalkLeft
Steven A. Holmes / Washington Post:
Early Voters in Fla. Find Long Lines, a Bit of Muddle
Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News:
Michigan voter roll surges to 98%
RushLimbaugh.com:
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New York Times:
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Discussion: Election Law
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Political attacks came from Romania
Lee Speigel / Political Radar:
Palin Guarantees Win in Pennsylvania
 Earlier Items: 
Think Progress:
Rove Blames Market Volatility On Obama: It Reflects 'People's Concerns …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
What's Wrong With This Picture? (a.k.a. Nate the Poll Nazi Strikes Again)
Discussion: Left in the West
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama fundraising drops as McCain's cash dwindles
Discussion: MyDD
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Times poll: Obama 49, McCain 42