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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 …
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: The Daily Dish and 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 …
Discussion: Truthdig
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
The Trail / Washington Post:
McClellan Endorses Obama
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
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.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Another myth fallen: Obama's “Jewish problem”
Discussion: Commentary
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Raw Story
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Dept. of fraying tempers
Discussion: Maine Politics
Andy Barr / The Politico:
McCain: ‘She needed clothes’  —  John McCain defended the Republican National Committee's decision Thursday to spend more than $150,000 dollars on clothing and accessories for running mate Sarah Palin.  —  “She needed clothes at the time,” McCain told a group of Florida reporters.
Discussion: Spin Cycle and The Heretik
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Marc Ambinder:
Palin In 2012: The Argument
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp, Chicago and TIME.com
Avi Zenilman / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Fake America located  —  In tonight's NBC News interview with Brian Williams, McCain explains that the “elites” are located in D.C. and New York City: … UPDATE: Numerous readers in those cities note that they were the targets on 9/11.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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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 …
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Greenspan Concedes Error on Regulation  —  WASHINGTON — For years, a Congressional hearing with Alan Greenspan was a marquee event.  Lawmakers doted on him as an economic sage.  Markets jumped up or down depending on what he said.  Politicians in both parties wanted the maestro on their side.
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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
Joe Klein / Swampland:
The Full Obama Interview  —  Q] I want to ask you some questions about the way you make decisions and then some questions about issues.  To me the signal decision of this election was the way you chose your vice-president and the way he chose his.  You are known for deliberation and being a rational decision-maker.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Corner, Wizbang and 24Ahead
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
What's Wrong With This Picture? (a.k.a. Nate the Poll Nazi Strikes Again)  —  From the latest IPD/TIPP poll:  —  That's right ... IBD/TIPP has John McCain ahead 74-22 among 18-24 year olds.  Who knew the kids were groovin' on J-Mac these days?  —  IBD/TIPP puts an asterisk by this result …
Discussion: Left in the West
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.
Discussion: Oliver Willis and AMERICAblog News
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Times poll: Obama 49, McCain 42  —  Independent Florida voters are on the verge of killing John McCain's hopes for the presidency.  —  A new St. Petersburg Times/Bay News 9/Miami Herald poll shows Barack Obama leading McCain 49 percent to 42 percent in this state McCain cannot afford to lose.
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.
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.
City Room:
Council Votes, 29 to 22, to Extend Term Limits  —  (Photos: James Estrin/The New York Times)  —  After a spirited, emotional and at times raucous debate, the New York City Council voted, 29 to 22, on Thursday afternoon to extend term limits, allowing Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg …
 
 
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Cernig / Crooks and Liars:
Palin Betrays Base On Immigration Amnesty
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The Trail / Washington Post:
McCain's Double-Barreled NoVa Radio Spot
New York Times:
Acorn Overstated Tally of Newly Registered Voters
Discussion: Election Law
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Political attacks came from Romania
Lee Speigel / Political Radar:
Palin Guarantees Win in Pennsylvania
Think Progress:
Rove Blames Market Volatility On Obama: It Reflects 'People's Concerns …
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama fundraising drops, only $36 million in Oct.
Discussion: MyDD
CBS News:
Poll: Obama Maintains Double-Digit Lead
Discussion: FOX Embeds and Real Clear Politics
Paul Shockley / Glenwood Post Independent:
Man allegedly pulls a gun after rally
Discussion: Firedoglake and Wonkette