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3:15 AM ET, October 25, 2008


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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Communications Director Gave Reporters Incendiary Version Of “Carved B” Story Before Facts Were Known  —  John McCain's Pennsylvania communications director told reporters in the state an incendiary version of the hoax story about the attack on a McCain volunteer well before the facts …
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 …
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE ASHLEY TODD HOAX.... I wanted to follow up briefly …
Discussion: The New Republic and Roger Ailes
CBS News:
Cops: McCain Worker Made Up Attack Story
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   HOAX  —  Well, for everyone who had eyes to see, this thing stunk to high heaven.
Joe Mandak / Associated Press:   Police: McCain volunteer made up robbery story
Megan McArdle:   McCain worker “victim” of self-hatred
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
Discussion: puma pac
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 …
Washington Post:
New Poll Finds Stark Reversal on Perceptions of Palin  —  While top-of-the-ticket rivals John McCain and Barack Obama both remain broadly popular heading into their Election Day showdown, public perceptions of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin have fallen dramatically since …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jonathan Darman / Newsweek:
Holding Steady  —  Obama stays well ahead in the new NEWSWEEK Poll.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Newsweek Blogs
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A FRIEND IN FRIED I've been following these Obama-endorsing Republicans …
Discussion: The New Republic and Corrente
Randy Ludlow / The Columbus Dispatch:
Government computers used to find information on Joe the Plumber  —  Investigators trying to determine whether access was illegal  —  “State and local officials are investigating if state and law-enforcement computer systems were illegally accessed when they were tapped for personal information about “Joe the Plumber.
Discussion: Fox News and The Other McCain
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 …
Michael S. Malone / Pajamas Media:
Editing Their Way to Oblivion: Journalism Sacrificed For Power and Pensions  —  The traditional media is playing a very, very dangerous game.  With its readers, with the Constitution, and with its own fate.  —  The sheer bias in the print and television coverage of this election campaign is not just bewildering, but appalling.
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 Matthew Yglesias
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
While McCain Looked Away, Florida Shifted  —  MIAMI — For Senator John McCain, it was not supposed to be this way.  From a commanding lead last spring, in a state where Senator Barack Obama did not campaign in the primaries and only hired a state director in June, Mr. McCain is now locked …
Discussion: The Buzz
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Party Of Rove And The Collapse Of McCain  —  Ross is disturbed by McCain's dearth of policy proposals: … But this is, sadly, the core of what has happened to Republicanism under Rove.  We've been told over and over again that the Bush administration always put politics before policy - and then made Karl Rove its policy czar!
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Polls: White support for Obama at historic level  —  Barack Obama, the first black major party nominee, is positioned to win the largest share of white voters of any Democrat in more than three decades, according to an exclusive Politico analysis of recent Gallup and Pew Research Center polling.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Administration to Bypass Reporting Law  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration has informed Congress that it is bypassing a law intended to forbid political interference with reports to lawmakers by the Department of Homeland Security.  —  The August 2007 law requires the agency's chief privacy officer …
Discussion: The Heretik
Ben / Think Progress:
Memo To Palin: Fruit Fly Research Has Led To Advances In Understanding Autism  —  This morning, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) gave her first policy speech urging the federal government to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), “a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation.”
Jim Salter / Associated Press:
Goalie injured after tripping on Palin carpet  —  ST. LOUIS (AP)—Blues goalie Manny Legace left after one period Friday night with a hip injury that occurred when he slipped on the carpet placed on the ice for Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Joe Dwinell / Boston Herald:
Kerry defends ‘Depends’ crack  —  + Recent Articles + Recent Blog Entries + Email + Bio  —  Sen. John F. Kerry defended his controversial joke suggesting the GOP's John McCain wears “Depends” adult diapers, saying today it's the type of ribald humor you hear at the South Boston St. Patrick's Day roast or on late-night TV.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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.
I AM BILL  —  Editorial note: my previous “I AM JOE” post seems to have struck a chord, and possibly a nerve or two.  As one new fan writes: … You make an excellent point, T.S.!  Why should us flag-humping reactionaries get all the good flesh-and-blood lumpenproles to rally behind?
Brad Bumsted /
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.
Richard Lewis / The Huffington Post:
And Larry David Thinks He's Frightened?  —  As usual, Larry's brilliance and humor shines and at its core always the truth.  But his essay made me even more frightened and hence I am forced to share my own terror.  —  Of course I'm like a little child next to the political brain power by almost everyone who writes on this site.
Discussion: Preemptive Karma
The Huffington Post:
New McCain Robocall: Obama “Accused US Troops Of War Crimes”  —  The McCain campaign has authorized another vicious robocall that claims Barack Obama and Democrats would cut off funds for the military, have accused American troops of “war crimes,” and pose a threat to national security.
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Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
A Note on the Polls  —  I've received several emails from people asking about the polls.
Discussion: MyDD and
Kathleen Parker / National Review:
Tragic Flaw  —  My husband called it first.  Then, a brilliant …
Discussion: and The Daily Dish
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
VP candidate kept from media and no crowd questions. …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Dan Lothian / CNN:
What not to wear to the polls on Election Day
Marc Ambinder:
A Note To The Younger Staffers On The Two Campaigns
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
The Campaign Spot:
Death Threats Sent to Pollster
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 Earlier Items: 
Dan / Riehl World View:
Updated and Bumped: Bull!
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush votes early for McCain