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1:45 PM ET, October 26, 2008

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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.
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 Moderate Voice
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: ‘Rogue... diva... elephant?’  —  The rough morning story line on Sarah Palin:  —  The “rogue diva” of the McCain campaign is starting to look out for her own future now that the Republican presidential nominee's prospects are in doubt.  Or, as the New York Post puts it:
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.
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 …
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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!”
Discussion: The Caucus, TIME.com and New York Times
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
McCain, GOP target Frank on taxes and spending
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TalkLeft
Shushannah Walshe / FOX Embeds:
Palin Goes After Obama and Congressional Democrats
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 …
CNN:
McCain brushes off polls, says 'we're doing fine'  —  (CNN) — Despite his sagging poll numbers, Sen. John McCain said Sunday that he is “very happy with where we are” and very proud of his campaign.  —  “We're doing fine,” the Arizona senator said in an interview on NBC's “Meet the Press.”
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Fox News:
Obama Campaign Cuts Off Interviews With Florida TV Station  —  Barack Obama's campaign killed all interviews with a Florida TV station after Sen. Joe Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, faced tough and critical questions from a reporter at the Orlando station, reported the Orlando Sentinel .
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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: Hot Air, The Impolitic and Eschaton
Zogby:
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 …
Peter Spiegel / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. considers sending special ops to Afghanistan  —  Despite recent setbacks, a large-scale influx of conventional forces is unlikely because of troop commitments in Iraq.  But special operations forces could narrowly target the most violent insurgent ba  —  Reporting from Washington …
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Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:   Military Prepares for Threats During Presidential Transition
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
The Next New Deal  —  The huge opportunities—and huge risks—of a possible Obama administration.  —  On a bright, brisk, fat-pumpkin morning in mid-October—the kind of morning you would call glorious were the economy not cratering, the financial system not imploding …
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
A Party Without Members?  —  Have you ever heard of a political party that has no members?  Ben Smith has, and he believes.  Based on a claim by New Party co-founder Joel Rogers that “we didn't really have members,” Smith seems to think he's disposed of the issue of Barack Obama's ties to the “dread New Party.”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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.
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
 
 
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Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
To Know Her Is To Respect Her  —  The great Palin divide.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
MSNBC:
McCain says Bush failed in number of areas
Discussion: Salon
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
At the U.N., Many Hope for an Obama Win
Discussion: Right Wing News and Atlas Shrugs
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LIEBERMAN HASN'T BEEN PAYING ATTENTION TO HIMSELF. …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Reuters:
Venezuela's Chavez wants to jail rival
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Babalu Blog
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Could McCain lose his home state?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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