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4:00 AM ET, October 26, 2008


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McCain aide: Palin ‘going rogue’  —  From CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby, CNN's Dana Bash  —  ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (CNN) - With 10 days to go until election day, long brewing tension between Sarah Palin and key aides to John McCain has become so intense …
McCain aide: Palin's ‘going rogue’  —  (CNN) — With 10 days to go until Election Day, long-brewing tensions between GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and key aides to Sen. John McCain have become so intense they are spilling out in public, sources say.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   “Diva!”: The McCain-Palin Split Widens
Halboedeker / The TV Guy:
WFTV's Barbara West on her interview with Joe Biden: “I don't think I was rude or inconsiderate to him”  —  The Barack Obama campaign called Barbara West's interview with Sen. Joe Biden unprofessional and combative.  —  The veteran WFTV-Channel 9 anchor-reporter says she asked pointed questions …
Ryan / Think Progress:
Right-Wing Florida News Anchor Asks If Obama Is A Marxist; Defends Questions As ‘Probing’  —  Yesterday, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) sat for an interview with Barbara West of WFTV Orlando.  West loaded her interview questions with right-wing smears, likening progressive tax policies to Marxism.
Halboedeker / The TV Guy:
Obama campaign cuts off WFTV after interview with Joe Biden
Dewayne Bevil / Orlando Sentinel:   Cook will heat up ‘SNL’
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 …
New York Times:
Building a White House Team Before the Election Is Decided  —  WASHINGTON — With the economy in tatters at home and two wars still raging abroad, Senator Barack Obama's team is preparing for a fast start, should he win the election, to what could be the most challenging and volatile transition between presidents in 75 years.
Washington Post:   McCain Makes Hay of Obama Inaugural Address Report
Washington Wire:   McCain Accuses Obama of Overconfidence
New York Times:
Democrats See Risk and Reward if Their Party Sweeps  —  WASHINGTON — The possibility of a victory by Senator Barack Obama combined with significant Congressional gains by his party could give Democrats extraordinary muscle to pursue an ambitious agenda on health care, taxes, union rights, energy and national security.
Shushannah Walshe / FOX Embeds:
Palin Goes After Obama and Congressional Democrats  —  DES MOINES, IOWA-Sarah Palin went after Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats at a campaign rally in a high school gym in Sioux City today.  As supporters shouted out “Socialist!” at the mention of Barack Obama's name Sarah Palin clearly laid …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Everything is Bad News for Democrats!
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Agonist and Oliver Willis
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Desperately Seeking Seriousness  —  Maybe the polls and the conventional wisdom are all wrong, and John McCain will pull off a stunning upset.  But right now the election looks like a blue sweep: a solid victory, maybe even a landslide, for Barack Obama; large Democratic gains in the Senate …
Nate Silver /
Today's Polls, 10/25  —  With fewer than ten days to go until the election, John McCain is another day older and deeper in the polls:  —  It is hard to find any trend at all at the national level, although Barack Obama's position improved has incrementally in a couple of the national trackers.
Post-Gazette NOW:
McCain volunteer admits to hoax  —  ‘B’ on her cheek, black eye were likely self-inflicted  —  Almost from the start, Pittsburgh police were skeptical about a young woman's claim that she had been mugged and a “B” carved into her cheek by an attacker who was provoked by the sight of a John McCain bumper sticker on her car.
Mark McKinnon / The Daily Beast:
The McCain Mutiny  —  Exclusive: New Cheesy Clips From the “Paylin” Porn Tapes—With Guest Star “Hillary”  —  Steve Schmidt and his colleagues took John McCain further than he had any reasonable right to, given the political climate.  —  The most popular parlor game in Washington, D.C. …
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