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10:35 PM ET, October 24, 2008


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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 …
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 …
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 …
CBS News:
Cops: McCain Worker Made Up Attack Story  —  Pittsburgh Woman To Be Charged With Making False Report After Claiming “B” Was Carved Into Face By Mugger  —  (CBS/AP) A John McCain campaign volunteer made up a story of being robbed, pinned to the ground and having the letter “B” …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE ASHLEY TODD HOAX.... I wanted to follow up briefly on the earlier item on the Ashley Todd hoax, because the story, which started and ended with incredible speed and efficiency, offers a few angles that matter more in the broader context.  —  Jonathan Chait, for example, emphasizes a good point.
Discussion: The New Republic and Roger Ailes
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   HOAX  —  Well, for everyone who had eyes to see, this thing stunk to high heaven.
Fox News:
McCain Campaign Volunteer Admits Alleged Attack Was a Hoax
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Joe The Mugger Update Update
Discussion: Commentary and Political Machine
Megan McArdle:   McCain worker “victim” of self-hatred
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 …
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:
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 …
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
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
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. … With less than two weeks left in the presidential contest, Barack Obama continues to hold a commanding double-digit lead over John McCain according to the latest NEWSWEEK Poll.  Among registered voters nationwide …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Taegan Goddard's …
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?
Discussion: Little Miss Attila
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.
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.
Discussion: Ed and Neptunus Lex
Dan / Riehl World View:
Updated and Bumped: Bull!  —  Update: Well, due to the extreme criticism from the “Laura killed her high school sweetheart, Cheney shot his friend, Bushitler” Left - I felt I should update and bump this post.  I'm sorry if my sarcasm regarding the pillow reference came across as too unkind.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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
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.
Marc Ambinder:
GOPWars: Who Survives —> What The Party Looks Like  —  To the extent that geography correlates with ideology among congressional Republicans, a major sweep by the Democrats could really be in a position to completely break the gluons that bind the broader party together.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
43% Isn't Nothing  —  Obama looks like a winner, but it's not over yet.  —  It's all going fast, the whirl of images on the screen, words on the page, data flashing by.  Barack Obama's up here, his lead now in the double digits there.  In green rooms on book interviews …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Poll: Obama up in Ohio, tied in Florida  —  Sen. John McCain has improved his odds of capturing one of Florida's most competitive counties at the same time a crucial Ohio battleground seems increasingly out of reach, according to a new Politico/InsiderAdvantage poll.
Discussion: The New Republic
Jeffrey H. Birnbaum / Washington Times:
Kennedy secretly crafts health care plan  —  Turns ‘cause of his life’ into '09 bipartisan bill  —  From his sickbed, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy has secretly been orchestrating meetings with lobbyists and lawmakers from both parties to craft legislation that would greet the new president …
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 …
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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: 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 …
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Death Threats Sent to Pollster
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