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4:30 PM ET, October 24, 2008

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KDKA-TV:
Police: Campaign Worker Admits Making Up Story  —  A Pittsburgh police commander told KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin that Ashley Todd confessed to making up the story & is facing charges  —  PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― Police sources tell KDKA that a campaign worker has now confessed to making …
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John Moody / FOX Forum:
Moment of Truth  —  It had to happen.  —  Less than two weeks before we vote for a new president, a white woman says a black man attacked her, then scarred her face, and says there was a political motive for it.  —  Ashley Todd, a 20-year-old white volunteer for John McCain's presidential campaign …
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Fox News VP: If McCain Worker ‘Mutilation’ Story is a Hoax His Campaign is ‘Over’  —  It has drawn wide local and national—even political attention, with some of the candidates for president/vice president weighing in or even calling — but now the Ashley Todd story may be starting to fall apart.
Megan McArdle:
McCain worker “victim” of self-hatred
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Associated Press:   Police: McCain volunteer changes ATM attack story
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Palin's Makeup Stylist Fetches Highest Salary in 2-Week Period  —  (Photo: Michael Appleton for The New York Times)  —  Updated |  12:20 p.m. 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?
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Marc Ambinder:
On Clearance, Terrorists, Palling Around And Such  —  In response to this morning's post about an anti-Palin faction developing with the McCain campaign and among Republicans, Randy Scheunemann, McCain's chief foreign policy adviser, e-mails:
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hullabaloo
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Marc Ambinder:
11 Days Out, And The Whispering Begins  —  Call it a circular firing squad, or internal dissension, or simply the natural evolution of a campaign that is disappointed with how the endgame is playing out.  —  There's a faction within the McCain campaign has begun to whisper about Gov. Sarah Palin to reporters.
Mark Mooney / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Obama Explains Why His Campaign Will Wait for ‘Toot’  —  Obama Tells 'GMA's' Robin Roberts Why He's Halting His Campaign Swing to Visit Grandmother  —  Barack Obama is home today in Hawaii with his ailing grandmother rather than on the campaign trail because he fears she won't make it to Election Day.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Michelle Obama: ‘Barack Obama gets it’
Discussion: Riehl World View and TIME.com
The Politico:
Bachmann tapes apology ad  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has taped an advertisement apologizing for her televised comments calling Barack Obama anti-American, according to a Republican source familiar with her campaign's decision.  —  Bachmann campaign spokeswoman Michelle Marston …
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The Uptake / The Huffington Post:
Michele Bachmann: “Not All Cultures Are Equal” (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)
Discussion: Commentary
Nicholas Johnston / Bloomberg:
Bachmann's ‘Anti-American’ Jab Roils Republican Races
Discussion: MyDD and Anne Schroeder's Blogs
Ari / Firedoglake:
Sarah Palin Refuses To Answer Whether Or Not Abortion Clinic Bombers Are Terrorists  —  I just watched some highlights of Brian William's interview with Sarah Palin and John McCain.  —  This exchange was shocking: (I transcribed this section myself — sorry about any errors.)
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Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
Hysteria
Ruben Navarrette Jr / CNN:
Navarette: Liberals let loose on Palin, the Plumber
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Brad Bumsted / PittsburghLIVE.com:
Race would be different if Ridge were VP pick, ex-gov says  —  HARRISBURG — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge said today that John McCain can't become president without carrying Pennsylvania and that the race would be different if McCain had chosen him as his running mate.
Floyd Norris:
United Panic  —  I'll be blogging through much of today, as the world fears the worst.  The first posts will be at the bottom.  —  Slipping Back: European markets closed well above their lows, but now the American market is slipping back, with both the Dow and the S.&P, down 4 percent for the day.
Greg Veis / The New Republic:
Reagan Appointee and (Recent) McCain Adviser Charles Fried Supports Obama  —  Charles Fried, a professor at Harvard Law School, has long been one of the most important conservative thinkers in the United States.  Under President Reagan, he served, with great distinction, as Solicitor General of the United States.
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.
Steve Urbon / SouthCoastToday.com:
Frank envisions post-election stimulus from Democrats  —  NEW BEDFORD — After the November election, Democrats will push for a second economic stimulus package that includes money for the states' stalled infrastructure projects, along with help paying for healthcare expenses …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Frank Calls for Major Defense Cuts, ‘Eventual’ Tax Hike
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 …
Andrew G. Biggs / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Wants Social Security to Be a Welfare Plan  —  His tax credit amounts to a radical change in the system.  —  Imagine this: Barack Obama proposes a Social Security payroll tax cut for low earners.  Workers earning up to $8,000 per year would receive back the full 6.2% employee share …
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush votes early for McCain  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush, who has been rarely seen on the campaign trail, cast his ballot for GOP presidential nominee John McCain.  —  In past elections, the president and first lady Laura Bush have traveled to Texas to vote, but the White House …
cny.org:
Just Look  —  The picture on this page is an untouched photograph of a being that has been within its mother for 20 weeks.  Please do me the favor of looking at it carefully.  —  If you have no doubt about this either, have you any doubt that the authorities in a civilized society …
Discussion: Townhall.com
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 …
ABCNEWS:
New Allegations in Mahoney Sex Scandal  —  Current and former members of the staff of Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-Fla) say he has yet to come completely clean about his multiple affairs, abusive behavior and alleged ethical lapses.  —  Last week, following a series of reports on The Blotter …
Discussion: The New Republic and Hot Air
 
 
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Michael Winter / On Deadline:
Mo. sixth-graders face discipline for ‘Hit a Jew Day’
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Barry M. Goldwater, Jr / The Huffington Post:
Barry M. Goldwater, Jr.: Why Barry Goldwater Couldn't Support Obama
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Newt's Big advice to McCain is to scare Americans about Pelosi and Reid
Discussion: Democrats.com
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
‘Joe the Plumber’ Mulling Run for Congress
Discussion: The Corner and PoliPundit.com
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Friday House Line: The Second 25!
Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
GOP congressman says McCain campaign is struggling
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Foiled by the Blue Dogs
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Early Voting, Now at 11%, Could Reach 30%
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ABCNEWS:
Breaking Down the Battleground States
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Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
1&1 Internet Has Allowed My Domain to Be Hijacked
Discussion: protein wisdom
Peter Robinson / Forbes:
The Point Of No Return  —  Thomas Frank, a columnist …
Discussion: Commentary and RIGHTWINGSPARKLE
 

 
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