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5:15 PM ET, October 26, 2008


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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 …
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Chuck Todd, Charlie Cook, Kelly O'Donnell  —  MR. TOM BROKAW: Our issues this Sunday: With just nine days to go, polls show Obama widening his lead over McCain while the Republican vice presidential nominee comes under increased criticism.  What will be McCain's final message to undecided voters?
Obama says McCain ‘finally giving us a little straight talk’  —  (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama said Sunday that Sen. John McCain was now “owning up to the fact that he and George Bush actually have a whole lot in common.”  —  “Just this morning, Sen. McCain said that, actually, he and President Bush …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
The Politico:
McCain guarantees victory  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday on NBC's “Meet the Press” that he can “guarantee” a win on Nov. 4 in a squeaker victory that won't be clear until late that night.  —  McCain spoke amid signs of a tightening race, and reports of renewed determination among his staff …
Andrew Quinn / Reuters:
Obama lead drops to 5 points  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Barack Obama's lead over Republican rival John McCain has dropped to 5 points, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Sunday.  —  Obama leads McCain by 49 percent …
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
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.
Daniel Scarpinato / Arizona Daily Star:
Kyl, in interview, voices doubt about McCain's chances  —  Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl expressed some doubt in a recent interview that his seatmate, John McCain, will be elected president next month.  —  During a visit to the Arizona Daily Star last week for an editorial board meeting …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Could McCain lose his home state?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Politico:
Michael O'Hanlon  —  Michael O'Hanlon is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force, homeland security and American foreign policy.  He is also the director of the Brookings-ABC Opportunity 08 project.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Jesse Jackson Jr. hopes to replace Obama in Senate  —  Illinois political insiders say Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who defended Barack Obama after his father famously threatened to castrate him, is the favorite to replace the Democratic nominee in the Senate.  —  Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) …
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Precriminations  —  Like a lot of progressives, I've been enjoying the recent leaks out of conservoworld with different factions pointing fingers and accusing each other.  These are some decent precriminations, and if things go the way the polls indicate, they'll lead to some fantastic recriminations in November and December.
Discussion: Eschaton
The New Republic:
Sarah Palin, Going Rogue  —  Palin's Tampa rally this afternoon kicked off with an extended, sarcastic, eye-rolling diss at the $150,000 wardrobe supposedly foisted on her by others, particularly — and this is important — the evil RNC.  “I grabbed a jacket this morning — my own jacket,” she told the whooping crowd.
Yoav Stern and / Haaretz:
Syria: 8 dead in U.S. helicopter border strike from Iraq  —  Syrian state-run TV and witnesses said Sunday that American helicopters attacked an area close to the Iraqi border zone, killing at least nine people.  —  Local residents in a Syrian border town said that American forces killed seven men …
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 and 24Ahead
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 …
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:   Military Prepares for Threats During Presidential Transition
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Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
The High Rise of the First Metropolitan Candidate
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Los Angeles Times:
Election's endgame is no sure thing
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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
McCain, GOP target Frank on taxes and spending
Discussion: TalkLeft
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
To Know Her Is To Respect Her  —  The great Palin divide.
Lisa Wangsness / Boston Globe:
For Obama, a new cause for confidence - and for caution
 Earlier Items: 
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At the U.N., Many Hope for an Obama Win
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Inside McCain Camp, a Mood of Gritty Determination
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Armies of the Blight: Men Seeking Work. …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Desperately Seeking Seriousness