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9:55 PM ET, October 27, 2008

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Manu Raju / The Hill:
Sen. Ted Stevens guilty of felony charges  —  Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Senate Republican in history and patriarch of Alaska politics, was found guilty of all seven felony charges for making false statements.  —  The verdict could spell the end of a 40-year Senate career for a man …
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CNN:
Stevens verdict: Palin reacts  —  (CNN) — Sarah Palin said Monday Sen. Ted Stevens' guilty verdict “is a sad day for Alaska.”  —  “This is a sad day for Alaska and a sad day for Senator Stevens and his family,” she said on the tarmac at Richmond International Airport.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Jury: Stevens guilty on seven counts  —  Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) was convicted today on seven counts of failing to report more than $250,000 in improper gifts he received from 1999 to 2006, a stunning blow to a political career that has lasted more than 40 years and marked Alaska's entire history as a part of the United States.
The Directors / www.redstate.com:
RedState Endorses Mark Begich, Democrat For Senate, and Ethan Berkowitz, Democrat for House At Large in Alaska  —  Party Loyalty Has Its Limits  —  We stand at a perilous moment in American politics, with the real possibility that the Democrats could get to 60 votes in the Senate.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Corruption Conviction of Sen. Stevens Enhances Democrats' Prospects
Discussion: Donklephant
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Alaska Senator Is Convicted of Ethics Breach in Gift Scheme
Discussion: TalkLeft
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Dean Barnett, 1967-2008  —  It's my sad duty to report that our good friend and valued contributor Dean Barnett passed away today.  He was a remarkable man—principled, witty, and to all of us, a model of grace and courage.  We mourn his passing and cherish his memory.
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Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
Farewell, Dean  —  My friend and colleague Dean Barnett died today, and the world is a much poorer place for it.  As anyone who listened to him on my radio show or read his work at Soxblog, here or at the Weekly Standard knows, and as everyone who had the great, great pleasure of knowing Dean will attest …
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Horrendous: Dean Barnett passes away
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Feds disrupt skinhead plot to assassinate Obama  —  WASHINGTON - Two white supremacists allegedly plotted to go on a national killing spree, shooting and decapitating black people and ultimately targeting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, federal authorities said Monday.
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Fox News:
Government Foils Skinhead Plot to Assassinate Obama  —  Skinheads planned to kill Barack Obama and dozens of others in Tennessee, officials say.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Federal agents have disrupted a plot to assassinate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate dozens of black students in Tennessee, the ATF said Monday.
MSNBC:   ATF: Plot to kill Obama is foiled
Michael Dobbs / Washington Post:
OBAMA'S REDISTRIBUTION ‘BOMBSHELL’  —  DOUGLAS HOLTZ-EAKIN. … WITH JUST OVER A WEEK TO GO UNTIL THE ELECTION, THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN IS STEPPING UP ITS EFFORTS TO PORTRAY BARACK OBAMA AS A CLOSET “SOCIALIST” BENT ON IMPLEMENTING A MAJOR REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH IN AMERICAN SOCIETY.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama advisor pushes back on ‘redistribution’
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Dozens Of Call Center Workers Walk Off Job In Protest Rather Than Read McCain Script Attacking Obama  —  Some three dozen workers at a telemarketing call center in Indiana walked off the job rather than read an incendiary McCain campaign script attacking Barack Obama, according to two workers at the center and one of their parents.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Second-Guessing the Vice-Presidential Pick  —  Last week, Tom Ridge, the former Pennsylvania governor, said that Senator John McCain might now be on the verge of winning Pennsylvania — the mainly Democratic state where Mr. McCain is investing considerable time and energy in these final days …
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Dana Bash / CNN:
Palin off-script comments irritate McCain aides
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The GOP ticket's appalling contempt for knowledge and learning.  —  In an election that has been fought on an astoundingly low cultural and intellectual level, with both candidates pretending that tax cuts can go like peaches and cream with the staggering new levels of federal deficit …
Elaine Lafferty / The Daily Beast:
Sarah Palin's a Brainiac  —  Exclusive: Former Ms. Magazine Editor-in-Chief: Palin's a Brainiac  —  The former editor in chief of Ms. magazine (and a Democrat) on what she learned on a campaign plane with the would-be VP.  —  It's difficult not to froth when one reads …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Wright TV  —  The National Republican Trust PAC, which aired one harsh anti-Obama ad that it also used to fundraise on Drudge and elsewhere, says it's putting $2.5 million behind this spot in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida.  —  The ad is exactly what many conservatives have been hoping …
Julian Walker / Virginian-Pilot:
Phony flier says Virginians vote on different days  —  A phony State Board of Elections flier advising Republicans to vote on Nov. 4 and Democrats on Nov. 5 is being circulated in several Hampton Roads localities, according to state election officials.  —  In fact, Election Day for voters of all political stripes remains Nov. 4.
Discussion: Think Progress
Marc Ambinder:
RNC Goes Up In Montana  —  The state and its three electoral votes are now competitive?  —  A Democratic media buying source says — [Republicans won't yet confirm] — and Republicans now confirm — that the RNC's independent expenditure arm has bought television ads in the state.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Rasmussen Reports:
FOX/Rasmussen Swing State Polling - October 26, 2008  —  Overview  —  Fox News/Rasmussen Reports polling this week in Colorado, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia shows some modest movement in a few states, but the overall dynamic of the race is little changed and still favors Barack Obama.
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Connie Bruck / New Yorker:
ODD MAN OUT  —  Chuck Hagel's Republican exile.  —  In early June, Senators Chuck Hagel and John McCain met in Hagel's office on Capitol Hill.  McCain, the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, considered Hagel—a fellow-Republican and the senior senator from Nebraska—among his closest friends in Congress.
CNN:
‘Obama Wins!,’ newspaper declares  —  SANTA FE, New Mexico (CNN) - For The New Mexico Sun News it is either a major scoop or “Dewey Beats Truman” déjà vu 60 years later.  —  “Obama Wins!” is the headline of the edition on newsstands now, complete with “special collector's edition” in red bold typeface.
Discussion: QandO
Sarah Talalay / Sun-Sentinel:
Wayne Huizenga wants to sell Dolphins before Barack Obama raises tax  —  Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga said Sunday no date has been set for selling up to 45 percent more of the team to Stephen Ross, but the presidential election is among the issues weighing on his decision.
Discussion: Don Surber
Tom Baldwin / Times of London:
Republicans hire mercenaries for ground war against Barack Obama  —  Back in Iowa where it all began, every day is like election day for army of volunteers  —  Two women walk out of John McCain's Mid-West headquarters carrying a pile of voter canvassing sheets, one sports a baseball hat declaring her a …
Jeffrey Goldberg:
The Jewish Extremists Behind “Obsession”  —  I've only watched the 12-minute version of “Obsession,” the film sent to more than 28 million people in various swing states, apparently by associates and partisans of the Jewish movement known as Aish HaTorah, or “Fire of the Torah,” …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Ronald Kessler / NewsMax.com:
Obama's Hawaii Trips Cost More Than Palin's Clothes  —  Barack Obama's trips to Hawaii on a chartered Boeing 757 each cost more than twice the price of Sarah Palin's new clothes.  —  Brad Blakeman, who was in charge of scheduling for President Bush, says a Boeing 757 costs about $20,000 an hour for fuel, crew, and maintenance.
Little Green Footballs:
8-Year Old Obama Kid: ‘I Want a President I Can Be Proud Of’  —  Still more cynical political use of children at the official Barack Obama web site: Barack Obama and Joe Biden: The Change We Need |  Kids HQ Blog.  —  Includes this classic line: … I'm sure this 8-year old came up with that all by herself.
 
 
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Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Ensign: McCain makes Senate races more difficult
Discussion: Think Progress
Borys Krawczeniuk / Scranton Times-Tribune:
Carbondale tilting toward Obama
Discussion: The New Republic
Little Green Footballs:
Obama Compared America to Nazi Germany
Discussion: Wizbang and Gateway Pundit
Oliver Willis:
Megyn Kelly Of Fox Loses It When Obama Campaign Calls Them On Bias
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Leslie Wayne / New York Times:
Party Lawyers Ready to Keep an Eye on the Polls
Washington Wire:
Early Voting Update: Democratic Voters Get the Edge
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
The Huffington Post:
Lieberman: I've Talked To Doctors, McCain “Will Live To 85 At Least”
 Earlier Items: 
Michelle Malkin:
Philly anchors grill Biden: Smirky not happy
Discussion: Wake up America
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Things Are Looking Very Good  —  Worried about “the tightening?”
Discussion: Democrats.com and MyDD
Greta Van Susteren / GretaWire:
SENATOR OBAMA CAMPAIGN LAWYER TRYING TO INTIMIDATE STUDENT JOURNALISTS …
 

 
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Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Alexandra Canal / Yahoo Finance:
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