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7:35 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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Todd: The attacker fondled me, too; Update: Todd confesses to making up story, say police; Update: Todd “upset” with the media for hyping the story; Update: “She hasn't really shown any obvious remorse”  —  She forgot to mention that to cops during the initial report, just like she forgot …
Matt / Think Progress:
Fox VP: Hate crime hoax means McCain's campaign is ‘over, forever linked to race-baiting.’  —  Following the Drudge Report's lead yesterday, news organizations picked up the story of a McCain campaign volunteer in Pittsburgh named Ashley Todd, who said that a black man mugged her …
Megan McArdle:   McCain worker “victim” of self-hatred
Fox News:
McCain Campaign Volunteer Admits Alleged Attack Was a Hoax
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Joe The Mugger Update Update
Discussion: Commentary
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: Think Progress and Commentary
Minnesota Public Radio:
Poll: Dead heat in the 6th District race
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Nicholas Johnston / Bloomberg:
Bachmann's ‘Anti-American’ Jab Roils Republican Races
Discussion: MyDD
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.
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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush votes early for McCain
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A FRIEND IN FRIED I've been following these Obama-endorsing Republicans …
Discussion: Corrente and The New Republic
Associated Press:
Former Mass. Gov. William Weld to endorse Obama
Dan / Riehl World View:
Bull!  —  You just knew it was coming.  Obama is so determined to see Grandma - he just had to also sit down for an interview about it first.  This is kind of funny for a couple reasons, though.  So deeply is he worried ... he even managed to work it into an attack on McCain.  What a noble guy, this Obama.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Michelle Obama: ‘Barack Obama gets it’  —  With the Democratic nominee for president away in Hawaii to see his “gravely ill” grandmother, Michelle Obama campaigned for Barack Obama in Ohio today.  —  The candidate's wife distilled a message that Obama has attempted to drive home …
Mark Mooney / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Obama Explains Why His Campaign Will Wait for ‘Toot’
Discussion: Political Machine and TIME.com
Brian Lockhart / Stamford Advocate:
Lieberman: Working hard for McCain; prepared to bring people together if he fails  —  STAMFORD - U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman Friday continued to stand by Republican John McCain's selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a running mate.  —  But when asked by The Advocate if Palin is ready …
Discussion: Think Progress
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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: Spin Cycle and Talking Points Memo
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Marc Ambinder:
11 Days Out, And The Whispering Begins
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Top Salary in McCain Camp?  Palin's Makeup Stylist  —  (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?
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Dan Lothian / CNN:
What not to wear to the polls on Election Day  —  ARLINGTON, Virginia (CNN) — Campaign paraphernalia is everywhere nowadays.  People are sporting T-shirts, hats and pins touting their candidate of choice.  But wearing your political allegiances can cause a problem at the polls.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
‘Joe the Plumber’ Mulling Run for Congress  —  Joe Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. “Joe the Plumber,” said Friday he may consider running for Congress in 2010, challenging longtime Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D) in the Toledo-area district.  —  “I'll tell you what, we'd definitely be in one heck of a fight,” …
Gateway Pundit:
Confirmed: MSM Holds Video Of Barack Obama Attending Jew-Bash & Toasting a Former PLO Operative... Refuse to Release the Video!  —  LA Times writer Peter Wallsten wrote about Barack Obama's close association with former Palestinian operative Rashid Khalidi back in April.
Discussion: Wizbang and 24Ahead
New York Post:
PATERSON'S CHIEF OF STAFF O'BYRNE RESIGNS UNDER PRESSURE  —  ALBANY - Gov. Paterson's chief of staff Charles O'Byrne resigned under pressure this afternoon, The Post has learned.  —  O'Byrne decided to resign a week after The Post first reported that he failed to pay his taxes for five years …
Richard Rahn / Washington Times:
You lose, Soros wins  —  Have you ever wondered why billionaires like George Soros financially support politicians who say they will “increase taxes on the rich”?  —  The answer quite simply is that the tax increases are most often put on people trying to become rich, not those already rich.
Discussion: Townhall.com
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 …
 
 
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