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10:15 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 …
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.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Dan / Riehl World View:
It Isn't Obama - It's McCain
Discussion: The Heretik and Sadly, No!
Fox News:
Obama Campaign Cuts Off Interviews With Florida TV Station
Discussion: Althouse
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.
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
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
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Everything is Bad News for Democrats!
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!”
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 …
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: and Eschaton
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
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Military Prepares for Threats During Presidential Transition  —  First Wartime Handover in 40 Years Is Seen as Vulnerable Time  —  The U.S. military, bracing for the first wartime presidential transition in 40 years, is preparing for potential crises during the vulnerable handover period …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Wages of Sloppy Journalism  —  Earlier today, The New York Times “reported” that “Mr. Podesta has been mapping out the transition so systematically that he has already written a draft Inaugural Address for Mr. Obama, which he published this summer in a book called The Power of Progress.”
Washington Wire:   McCain Accuses Obama of Overconfidence
Washington Post:
Financial Meltdown Worsens Food Crisis  —  As Global Prices Soar, More People Go Hungry  —  SHANGHAI — As shock waves from the credit crisis began to spread around the world last month, China scrambled to protect itself.  Among the most extreme measures it took was to impose new export taxes …
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.
Gateway Pundit:
Obama Camp Continues Mega-Million$$$ Campaign Donation Fraud— Door Still Open!  —  While the American media continues to focus on what Sarah Palin is wearing the Barack Obama Campaign continues to pull off the largest campaign donation fraud in history.  —  By turning off their Address …
Marc Ambinder:
McXplosion?  —  This remarkable story by Ben Smith, compliments and adds significantly to what this column has been reporting all week: is about a schism between McCain and Palin factions within the McCain campaign. … A McCain ally calls Palin a “diva.”  But her allies say that:
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Lee Enterprises poll: Obama lead grows slightly in Iowa
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Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Colbert Report: The McCain Campaign Reaches Out To The Middle Class

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