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5:40 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.
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Todd: The attacker fondled me, too; Update: Todd confesses to making up story, say police; Update: Cops believe injuries were self-inflicted; Update: Todd “upset” with the media for hyping the story  —  She forgot to mention that to cops during the initial report, just like she forgot to mention …
Megan McArdle:
McCain worker “victim” of self-hatred  —  I haven't expressed an opinion about the McCain supporter allegedly beaten up for her political views, because it seemed likely that she had made it up, but I didn't want to risk piling on an actual victim.  Now we know: it was a fantasy.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Joe The Mugger Update Update  —  A hoax.  She confesses, according to the cops.  One should recall Fox news executive vice-president John Moody's statement: … All those who reported or linked to this without some skepticism were race-baiting.  But Michelle Malkin deserves kudos for calling this.
Discussion: Commentary
Jill King Greenwood / PittsburghLIVE.com:
Police say McCain worker made up attack story
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Joe Mandak / Associated Press:
Police: McCain volunteer made up robbery story
Discussion: The New Republic
Associated Press:   Police: McCain volunteer changes ATM attack story
Fox News:   McCain Campaign Volunteer Admits Alleged Attack Was a Hoax
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)  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann caught the national spotlight recently when she told MSNBC's Chris Mathews that Barack Obama “may have anti-American views.”  —  While Bachmann's statement may have come as a surprise to people outside …
Discussion: Think Progress and Commentary
Minnesota Public Radio:
Poll: Dead heat in the 6th District race
Nicholas Johnston / Bloomberg:
Bachmann's ‘Anti-American’ Jab Roils Republican Races
Discussion: Anne Schroeder's Blogs and MyDD
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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Adam Blickstein / The Huffington Post:
Eric Robert Rudolph vs. William Ayers
Satyam / Think Progress:
Palin: 'I don't know' if abortion clinic bombers are ‘terrorists.’
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?
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 …
Discussion: TIME.com and Riehl World View
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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
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.
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.
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 …
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The Trail / Washington Post:
President and First Lady Vote for McCain-Palin
Discussion: Campaign Silo
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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