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6:40 PM ET, October 23, 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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain supporter maimed for her politics by robber; Update: Photo  —  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.  After seeing a McCain bumper sticker on her car …
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....
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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
Sara Just / Political Radar:
Hasselbeck to Campaign for Palin
Washington Post:
McCain Tries to Push Past Palin Backlash
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Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Not a Bombshell: Barack Obama's Campaign Website Encourages Fraudulent Donations
Discussion: Townhall.com and American Power
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
“John Galt” donating to Obama this year too, apparently; Update …
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
BarackObama.com's Lax Security Opens Door to Online Donor Fraud
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
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 …
Bloomberg:
Greenspan Concedes to ‘Flaw’ in His Market Ideology  —  Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) — Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said a “once-in-a-century credit tsunami” has engulfed financial markets and conceded that his free-market ideology shunning regulation was flawed.
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Greenspan Concedes Error on Regulation  —  Facing a firing line of questions from Washington lawmakers, Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chairman once considered the infallible maestro of the financial system, admitted on Thursday that he “made a mistake” in trusting that free markets …
Discussion: TPMCafe
Associated Press:
Poll: Obama edges ahead of McCain in Montana  —  Eds: APNewsNow.  Will be led.  —  By MATT GOURAS Asscoiated Press Writer HELENA, Mont. (AP) A new poll shows that Democrat Barack Obama could be edging ahead of Republican John McCain in Montana.  —  Obama is at 44 percent and John …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
McCain might skip his own election-night party
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
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.
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 …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Has Modest Lead Among Likely Voters  —  Size of margin four or six points depending on turnout assumptions  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows Barack Obama running ahead of John McCain among likely voters — 50% to 46% using the “traditional” …
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM), Slog, Donklephant and MyDD
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 …
Discussion: UN Dispatch and Wonkette
Michelle Malkin:
Breaking: New poll shows Russell over Murtha, 48-35  —  A Pennsylvania source has just leaked me brand spanking new poll data showing GOP upstart Bill Russell leading John Murtha among over 800 probable voters by 48-35.  —  This comes on top of the Susquehanna poll showing Murtha ahead …
Discussion: PoliGazette, HillBuzz, Wizbang and Hot Air
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Someone Put On His Thinking Cap  —  From a reader: … Update: Hey, enraged lefty blog minions emailing me with all this name-calling b.s.: A) Calm down, I was being sarcastic, not serious.  B) What are you people so furious about?  That your candidate will continue to get more fraudulent donations?
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Prop 8 a Toss-Up  —  A ‘yes’ vote on California Proposition 8 would amend the state's constitution to prohibit gay marriage.  A ‘no’ vote would maintain the constitution, which the California Supreme Court ruled in May provides equal protection for gay marriage.
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Turning the Page from Campaign Finance Fraud . . .  What is the deal with Obama's birth certificate and citizenship status?  —  Pamela Gellers at Atlas Shrugs raises some apparent shenanigans with the birth certificate the Obama campaign previously produced.
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Too lib to fail?  —  In her report on Moody's possible downgrading of The New York Times to junk status, Michelle Malkin concludes with a throwaway line:  —  Anyone smelling a bailout plea coming on?  —  I hadn't thought about it like that but now you mention it, it sounds all too plausible.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Shifting His Ad Spending From Kerry States To Bush States, A New Analysis Finds  —  In another sign that John McCain is on the defensive as time runs out, the McCain campaign is shifting its ad money out of blue tossup states and into red tossups and even traditionally red states, according to ad maven Evan Tracey.
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Money & Business  —  Home > Money & Business > Capital Commerce > Would Obama, Dems Kill 401(k) Plans?  —  Would Obama, Dems Kill 401(k) Plans?  —  I hate to use the “S” word, but the American government would never do something as, well, socialist as seize private pension funds, right?
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DEFINING ‘ELITE’.... It's a little jarring to hear John McCain and Sarah Palin complain about “elites.”  We are, after all, talking about two wealthy and powerful Republican politicians.  And yet, complain they do.  —  In the second part of his interview with the members of the Republican ticket …
Megan McArdle:
Quiet in the peanut gallery  —  Matt Taibbi shreds Byron York into little tiny pieces … I love Matt Taibbi's work.  I just wish that when he has no idea what he is talking about, he would shut the hell up, rather than making an awkward public.  Of course, in this exchange he looks …
Discussion: Media Blog
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 …
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall / People.com:
Sarah Palin: My Wedding Hope for Bristol  —  Now that Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter has celebrated her 18th birthday, the GOP vice-presidential candidate says she's hoping Bristol and fiancé Levi Johnston - who are expecting a baby in December - will tie the knot well before the date next summer the young couple had been eyeing.
 
 
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John Derbyshire / The Corner:
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Biden compares ‘John McLane’ to Bush
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
McCain and Taxes  —  A Republican can't afford to lose …
The Trail / Washington Post:
Polls Show McCain Leaning Into a Headwind
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Palin Denounces Negotiations Without Preconditions, Supports …
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Jury reports ‘violent outbursts’ in Stevens case
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HIGH-SPEED RAIL IN CALIFORNIA?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
NRCC Cancels Remaining Media in Michigan's 9th District
 Earlier Items: 
Matt / Think Progress:
Gingrich: SNL's Palin skits are ‘slander’ ‘worthy of a lawsuit.’
Discussion: Fox News
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The history argument
Discussion: MyDD, MoJoBlog and Lean Left
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
Finally, Someone Asked Her