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9:25 AM ET, October 23, 2008


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Paul Bedard / US News:
GOP “Death List” Predicts Democratic Blowout in the House  —  Voter displeasure with the war and economy, coupled with Sen. Barack Obama's popularity, has the House GOP running for cover.  Even though polls have shown that Americans don't like congressional Democrats any more …
Reid Wilson / The Politico:
Republicans out of Musgrave seat, too
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
House Republicans Bow to Political Reality
Discussion: Political Perceptions and MyDD
Josh Painter /
Fashioning criticism  —  The anti-Palin media critiques are wearing thin
Discussion: Political Machine and Yahoo! News
William Ayers' forgotten communist manifesto: Prairie Fire  —  William Ayers is a communist.  But don't take my word for it.  He said so himself:  —  And not some nicey-nice peace-and-love kind of communist.  Through his group the Weather Underground, Ayers was planning to “seize power” …
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.
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.
Canvassing Campaign Media: An Analysis of Time, Tone and Topics
Discussion:, Open Left and Salon
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 …
Andrew Quinn / Reuters:
Obama lead on McCain grows to 12 points  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Barack Obama's lead over Republican rival John McCain has grown to 12 points in the U.S. presidential race, with crucial independent and women voters increasingly moving to his side, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Thursday.
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.
Discussion: Scripting News
Nitya / Political Radar:
Palin Says Vice President “In Charge Of” Senate  —  ABC News' Imtiyaz Delawala and Z. Byron Wolf Report: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said in a local interview that the vice president is “in charge of” the U.S. Senate and “can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes” …
Faiz / Think Progress:
Palin stumped when asked to explain her preconditions for meeting foreign leaders.»  —  Gov. Sarah Palin has attacked Sen. Barack Obama for being “so off base in his proclamation that he would meet with some of these leaders around our world who would seek to destroy America and that, and without preconditions being met.”
Discussion: VetVoice
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Michael Graham / Boston Herald:
A day in the life of Palin  —  One wonders if Obama could be so resilient  —  I have a dream for Sen. Barack Obama.  —  I have a dream that one day, for just 24 hours, he could be Sarah Palin.  —  OK, maybe that's less of a dream and more a plot point from a bad Lindsay Lohan movie (redundancy alert!).
Election Night In Grant Park: Construction Begins  —  City Vows To Bill Obama Campaign For All Costs Associated With Massive Outdoor Bash  —  CHICAGO (CBS) ― Election Day is less than two weeks away, and Chicago could be home to the biggest political party in the country.
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Erick Erickson /
NRCC Yanks Funding From Michelle Bachmann (UPDATED)  —  Tom Cole Thinks There Are Plenty of Republicans to Spare  —  Let's just call Tom Cole (R-OK), the head of the NRCC, what he is: a douchebag.  —  Some of you will be upset by the language, but I think it is an accurate description.
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
S&P: We Knew Nothing!  Nothing!  —  Repeat that headline in your best Sergeant Schultz voice for maximum effect.  Then read the testimony of Deven Sharma, President of Standard & Poors in the same voice: … You decide: Perjury, or mere ignorance?  —  A significant number of economists …
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
A glimmer of hope for GOP?
Washington Post:
Job Losses Accelerate, Signaling Deeper Distress
Los Angeles Times:
Ill grandma a central figure for Obama
Discussion: and The Swamp
The Huffington Post:
McCain's New Robocall Features Fox News, Controversial Obama “Radicalism” Show
Discussion: News Hounds and The Caucus
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Another!  New McCain Robo-Slime Call Says Obama Opposed …
Amar C. Bakshi / Washington Post:
How W.Va. Democrats Came to Terms with Obama's Rise
 Earlier Items: 
Megan McArdle:
Libertarianism is dead . . . vive le libertarianism!
Ali / Think Progress:
Palin: ‘Women Need Equal Pay For Equal Work,’ Not Just ‘A Talking Point’
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Early voting in Evansville
Tina Fey plays you sort of bubble-headed...
Discussion: Weekly Standard