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3:45 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
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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
So You Think You Can Be Vice-President?  —  The Palin story has now nuked the shark:
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Commentary
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Nicholas Johnston / Bloomberg:
Bachmann's ‘Anti-American’ Jab Roils Republican Races
Discussion: MyDD and Anne Schroeder's Blogs
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 …
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
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
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 …
Charles Piller / Los Angeles Times:
Palin appointed friends and donors to key posts in Alaska, records show  —  100-plus jobs went to campaign donors or their relatives, sometimes without apparent regard to qualifications.  Several donors got state-subsidized loans for business ventures of dubious public value.
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.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
gqrr.com:
NPR's Final Survey: Obama moves into commanding lead in battleground states and on all key elements of campaign  —  Greenberg Quinlan Rosner National Public Radio  —  US Politics … Executive Summary  —  With just over a week left before the election, Barack Obama's strategy of campaigning …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
1&1 Internet Has Allowed My Domain to Be Hijacked  —  The company “1&1″ has allowed my domain, patterico.com, to be hijacked.  —  Look up at the address bar.  This is still the Patterico site — but I no longer have the patterico.com domain — even though I renewed it before the expiration date.
Discussion: protein wisdom
John Dinges / The Huffington Post:
McCain's Private Visit With Chilean Dictator Pinochet Revealed For First Time  —  John McCain, who has harshly criticized the idea of sitting down with dictators without pre-conditions, appears to have done just that.  In 1985, McCain traveled to Chile for a friendly meeting with Chile's military ruler …
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 …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and www.redstate.com
Anne / Nielsen Wire:
Obama Ad Units Outpace McCain By 150% In Swing States  —  In the home stretch leading up to the presidential election, Sen. Barack Obama is easily out-advertising his presidential opponent, Sen. John McCain.  —  In seven key swing states — Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio …
 
 
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