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3:00 PM ET, October 25, 2008

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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin allies report rising campaign tension  —  Even as John McCain and Sarah Palin scramble to close the gap in the final days of the 2008 election, stirrings of a Palin insurgency are complicating the campaign's already-tense internal dynamics.  —  Four Republicans close to Palin …
Halboedeker / The TV Guy:
Obama campaign cuts off WFTV after interview with Joe Biden  —  WFTV-Channel 9's Barbara West conducted a satellite interview with Sen. Joe Biden on Thursday.  A friend says it's some of the best entertainment he's seen recently.  What do you think?  —  West wondered about Sen. Barack Obama's comment …
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P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
Joe Biden Angered by Tough Questions  —  “Are you joking?”  —  “I don't know who's writing your questions.”  —  Those were two of the angry responses by Joe Biden to a couple of tough questions posed by Barbara West on Orlando's WFTV.  You can get an idea of just how upset Biden …
Discussion: The TV Guy
Michelle Malkin:
Best interview of Joe Biden ever  —  Biden to Barbara West: “Are you joking?”  —  WFTV Channel 9's Barbara West puts increasingly erratic, super-gaffetastic Joe Biden on the hot seat over ACORN, voter fraud, and Barack Obama's “Spread the wealth” comments.  —  The result?  —  Best interview of Joe Biden ever.
CNN:
New Obama ad looks ahead four years  —  (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama unveiled a TV ad Saturday that puts a new spin on this question: Are you better off today than you were four years ago?  —  The two-minute ad, “Defining Moment,” will begin airing in key states on Sunday, according to the Obama campaign.
Discussion: TIME.com
Mark Halperin / TIME.com:
Possible People in a Obama Administration  —  From Saturday NY Times piece by Peter Baker and Jackie Calmes:  —  Chief of staff: former South Dakota Senator Tom Daschle, Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel, former Commerce Secretary William M. Daley, former Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta …
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
The Obama/Ayers/Khalidi Connection  —  I just caught up with an interview by one of my favorite guys, Hugh Hewitt, of another of my favorite guys, Stanley Kurtz.  (It's on Hugh's Townhall blog, which always has plenty of required reading.)  —  Stanley, of course, has done singularly vital investigative work …
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Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Ayers-Khalidi Quotes  —  Thanks to Andy for posting below …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
THE WOLF ON OBAMA'S MISTRESS  —  I speak with Blackfive's own Wolf, who earns his Pulp Fiction moniker with more on Vera Baker, the mistress Michelle Obama exiled to Martinique.  We will have pictures and more info on Monday, also it looks like one of the major news outlets is going to move on the story.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
McCain Versus the Juggernaut  —  We stand with him.  —  It's always darkest before it goes totally black.  This is one of John McCain's favorite remarks, ascribed (apocryphally, it seems) to Chairman Mao.  Well, with 10 days to go before the election, it's getting pretty dark out there.
Discussion: Commentary and Oliver Willis
Mark Naymik / Openers:
Obama leads McCain 49% to 46% in Ohio Newspaper Poll … Ohio voters, wrong only twice when picking the president in the last 108 years, remain nearly split over their choice for the White House, according to a new Ohio Newspaper Poll.  —  But while the race remains a statistical dead heat …
Discussion: TIME.com and Taegan Goddard's …
M.E. Sprengelmeyer / Rocky Mountain News:
Obama leads McCain by 12 points in Colorado polls  —  Poll: Unaffiliated voters shifting to Dem candidate  —  Sen. Barack Obama has surged to a commanding, double-digit lead in Colorado amid soaring anxiety about the country's direction and a massive shift of independent voters into the Democratic column, a new poll finds.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama vs. His Advisers  —  On health care, they once liked McCain's principles.  —  One underreported story of this election is how heavily John McCain has been damaged by Barack Obama's television ad assault on his health-care plan.  A lot of voters seem to believe the Democrat …
Discussion: Political Punch
David Frum / Washington Post:
Sorry, Senator.  Let's Salvage What We Can.  —  There are many ways to lose a presidential election.  John McCain is losing in a way that threatens to take the entire Republican Party down with him.  —  A year ago, the Arizona senator's team made a crucial strategic decision.
Michael B. Brodkorb / Minnesota Democrats Exposed:
UNBELIEVABLE: COLEMAN ENDORSED BY THE STAR TRIBUNE!!!  —  I visited numerous gas stations this morning trying to locate an early edition of the Sunday Star Tribune newspaper.  On my third try, I found the newspaper and read the unbelievable news: U.S. Senator Norm Coleman was endorsed by the Star Tribune.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
John McCain: 'I'm gonna test them'  —  The election test: John McCain won't be the one who is tested by adversaries — he'll ‘test them’ - he said today at a campaign rally at the New Mexico State Fair Grounds in Albuquerque today.  (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)  —  by Mark Silva
Discussion: TIME.com
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.
Ken Adelman / The Huffington Post:
Why a Staunch Conservative Like Me Endorsed Obama  —  Who cares?  —  That's what I wondered when George Packer (ace of the New Yorker) asked whether he could post my intention to vote for Obama on his blog.  —  So I duly ignored him.  Only when he bugged me two days later did I say okay …
Discussion: Townhall.com and The Other McCain
Spectator:
Is America Really Going To Do This?  —  The impact of the financial crisis on the American presidential election has somewhat obscured the most important reason why the prospect of an Obama presidency is giving so many people nightmares.  This is the fear that, if he wins …
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
So When Will Banks Give Loans?  —  “Chase recently received $25 billion in federal funding.  What effect will that have on the business side and will it change our strategic lending policy?”  —  It was Oct. 17, just four days after JPMorgan Chase's chief executive, Jamie Dimon …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Bill Clinton and Obama plan joint appearance
Discussion: TIME.com
Mike Allen / The Politico:
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Every Metric / National Journal Online:
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Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: TIME.com
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
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Kevin Burke / National Review:
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Joe Dwinell / Boston Herald:
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Randy Ludlow / The Columbus Dispatch:
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