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11:40 AM ET, October 26, 2008


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Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
The Obama Temptation  —  I've been thinking this for a while so I might as well air it here.  I honestly never thought we'd see such a thing in our country - not yet anyway - but I sense what's occurring in this election is a recklessness and abandonment of rationality that has preceded …
Dan / Riehl World View:
It Isn't Obama - It's McCain
Discussion: The Heretik and Sadly, No!
Anchorage Daily News:
Obama for president  —  Palin's rise captivates us but nation needs a steady hand  —  Alaska enters its 50th-anniversary year in the glow of an improbable and highly memorable event: the nomination of Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential candidate.
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
McCain, GOP target Frank on taxes and spending  —  Barack Obama may be on top of the Democratic ticket, but John McCain and Republicans running for Congress are focusing their fire on Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.).  —  McCain, the GOP presidential nominee, and other Republicans in recent days …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Inside McCain Camp, a Mood of Gritty Determination  —  Only a few hundred people were on hand at the New Mexico state fairgrounds Saturday morning to hear Sen. John McCain's acknowledgment that “we're a few points down” in the polls and to cheer loudly when he bellowed, “We've got them right where we want them!”
Shushannah Walshe / FOX Embeds:
Palin Goes After Obama and Congressional Democrats
David Brooks / New York Times:
Ceding the Center  —  There are two major political parties in America, but there are at least three major political tendencies.  The first is orthodox liberalism, a belief in using government to maximize equality.  The second is free-market conservatism, the belief in limiting government to maximize freedom.
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Republican fears of historic Obama landslide unleash civil war for the future of the party  —  Senior Republicans believe that John McCain is doomed to a landslide defeat which will hand Barack Obama more political power than any president in a generation.  —  Aides to George W.Bush …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Could McCain lose his home state?  —  Democrats are circulating a poll showing Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) losing ground in his own state, an ominous sign for his beleaguered campaign as state after state turns blues.  —  Project New West, which aims to build the Democratic Party in the Intermountain West …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
FELDMAN SPEAKS — BUT NOT ABOUT HOAX  —  Bear with me.  The intricacies of GOP dirty tricks in Pennsylvania take some unraveling.  But this is too rich, and the best part comes at the end.  —  On Thursday the Pennsylvania GOP sent out an email to 75,000 Jewish voters in the state warning …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LIEBERMAN HASN'T BEEN PAYING ATTENTION TO HIMSELF.... Joe Lieberman adopted the role of Republican attack dog early on, but as the election draws near, he's hoping the political world has a very short memory. … My hunch is, Lieberman sees the direction of the political winds …
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Campaign Finance Gets New Scrutiny  —  Obama's Take Raises Questions About Web  —  Sen. Barack Obama's record-breaking $150 million fundraising performance in September has for the first time prompted questions about whether presidential candidates should be permitted to collect huge sums …
Discussion: Eschaton
Lisa Wangsness / Boston Globe:
For Obama, a new cause for confidence - and for caution  —  CONCORD, N.H. - Barack Obama has vaulted to a 15-point lead over John McCain in New Hampshire, according to a new Boston Globe poll, a significant gap in a state that McCain considers his second political home and has long been a swing state in the race for the White House.
New York Post:
PIT BULL TURNS ON MCMAVERICK  —  NOW PALIN'S BUCKING HER OWN TICKET  —  By CARL CAMPANILE in Mesilla, NM, and GINGER ADAMS OTIS in NY  —  Sarah Palin is the rogue elephant in the GOP war room.  —  The maverick mom is distancing herself from John McCain and blowing off the advice …
Discussion: The Swamp and Political Radar
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: Obama 49.4%, McCain 44.1%  —  McCain gains as race continues to tighten  —  UTICA, New York - Republican John McCain continues to gain on Democrat Barack Obama, reducing Obama's lead to 5.3 points with just over a week to go before Election Day …
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
To Know Her Is To Respect Her  —  The great Palin divide.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
McCain says Bush failed in number of areas
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
At the U.N., Many Hope for an Obama Win
Discussion: Right Wing News and Atlas Shrugs
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Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Babalu Blog
Washington Post:
Financial Meltdown Worsens Food Crisis
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Military Prepares for Threats During Presidential Transition
Armies of the Blight: Men Seeking Work. …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
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