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10:20 AM ET, October 27, 2008

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Bill Whittle / National Review:
Shame, Cubed  —  The Drudge Report this morning led off with a link to audio of Barack Obama on WBEZ, a Chicago public radio station.  And this time, Barack Obama was not eight years old when the bomb went off.  —  Speaking on a call-in radio show in 2001, you can hear Senator Obama say things …
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Times:
Where Does the Vice President Belong?
Discussion: Prometheus 6
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Smells Like Socialist Spirit
Discussion: Wizbang
Redalert / www.redstate.com:
Stunning results in early voting in California.  Smile redstaters  —  California has begun early voting already as well as mail-in balloting.  The number of people who have gone in to vote in person has been extensive.  The results so far prove what we had always suspected.
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Jennifer Oldham / Los Angeles Times:
Popularity of mail-in voting surges in California, elsewhere
Discussion: Daily Kos
KCBS-TV:
Halloween Palin Prop Sparks Controversy In WeHo  —  WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBS News) ― Sarah Palin is not considered to be a friend of the gay community, but the Republican vice presidential candidate seems to be looming over the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Scott Horton / Harper's:   Palin's Nightmare  —  In a speech in Des Moines, Iowa …
CNN:
Palin and Hasselbeck blast ‘ridiculous’ wardrobe story  —  TAMPA, Florida (CNN) - Ensuring that news of the Republican National Committee's sartorial spending spree will remain in the headlines for at least one more news cycle, Sarah Palin on Sunday sounded off on the $150,000 wardrobe …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Widening Gyre  —  Economic data rarely inspire poetic thoughts.  But as I was contemplating the latest set of numbers, I realized that I had William Butler Yeats running through my head: “Turning and turning in the widening gyre / The falcon cannot hear the falconer; / Things fall apart; the center cannot hold.”
Arthur B. Laffer / Wall Street Journal:
The Age of Prosperity Is Over  —  This administration and Congress will be remembered like Herbert Hoover.  —  About a year ago Stephen Moore, Peter Tanous and I set about writing a book about our vision for the future entitled “The End of Prosperity.”  Little did we know then how appropriate its release would be earlier this month.
William Kristol / New York Times:
Remember the Marne  —  “My center is giving way.  My right is in retreat.  Situation excellent.  I attack!”  —  That's the message supposedly sent by General Ferdinand Foch of France to his commanding general, Joseph Joffre, during the crucial First Battle of the Marne in September 1914.
Little Green Footballs:
A Guillotine at the Obama Rally  —  Via El Marco, this is what was going on at Obama's festival today in Denver, Colorado.  —  160  —  sngnsgt ::  28 seconds ago
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Looking at the Left:
Festival of Obama, October 26, 2008
Discussion: American Power and Denver Post
Washington Post:
Poll Gives Obama 8-Point Va. Lead  —  Barack Obama has opened up an eight-point lead over Republican John McCain in Virginia, and the Democrat is entering the final week of the campaign with several core advantages when it comes to turning out his supporters, according to a new Washington Post poll.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Amazon.com listing has Barack Obama H'ween mask under ‘terrorist’  —  You know that argument the John McCain-Sarah Palin campaign has been relentlessly making that Barack Obama “pals” around with terrorists such as 60s ex-radical William Ayers?  —  And they say this reflects …
Jonathan Valania / Philly.com:
White people shouldn't be allowed to vote  —  It's for the good of the country and for those who're bitter for a reason and armed because they're scared.  —  is editor in chief of the blog Phawker.com  —  As a lifelong Caucasian, I am beginning to think the time has finally come …
Zogby:
Reuters/Zogby Battleground Surveys: Obama Leads in 6 of 8 States, Most By Very Small Margins  —  Obama Ahead in FL, MO, NV, NC, OH & VA  —  UTICA, New York - Reuters/Zogby telephone surveys of eight battleground states show Democrat Barack Obama ahead in six.
Dschabner / Political Punch:
Obama Shuns Press Conferences, Sits With 'EXTRA!'s' Mario Lopez  —  On Oct. 24, 2007, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said that as president he would hold regular press conferences and “not just call on my four favorite reporters.”  —  But the Democratic presidential nominee hasn't held …
Discussion: Extra and Stop The ACLU
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
McCain Sends Out Team Blather To Change The Subject...Again  —  Right down the hill and over the cliff to the intersection of Inanity Lane and Dips**t Boulevard.  That's where we're headed, my friends.  —  Rep. Heather Wilson, on CNN's Late Edition, was grasping at hair clubs to change …
Washington Post:
Welfare for Detroit  —  AFTER YEARS of decline, U.S. auto companies face the double whammy of a credit crisis and a recession.  Car and truck sales fell 26.6 percent in September, the first month since 1993 in which fewer than 1 million vehicles moved off the lots.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Bill Greener / Salon:
Why Obama has to stay above 50 percent  —  A GOP operative argues that in a race between a white and black candidate, “undecideds” vote white.  Meaning, “undecideds” will break for McCain.  —  As his campaign manager has described it, John McCain is now looking at a “narrow-victory scenario.”
Fredrick Kunkle / Washington Post:
Gun Sales Thriving In Uncertain Times  —  Americans have cut back on buying cars, furniture and clothes in a tough economy, but there's one consumer item that's still enjoying healthy sales: guns.  Purchases of firearms and ammunition have risen 8 to 10 percent this year, according to state and federal data.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Europe on the brink of currency crisis meltdown  —  The crisis in Hungary recalls the heady days of the UK's expulsion from the ERM.  —  The financial crisis spreading like wildfire across the former Soviet bloc threatens to set off a second and more dangerous banking crisis in Western Europe …
 
 
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Mike Allen / Yahoo! News:
Obama promises to restore ‘higher purpose’
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Amanda Lee Myers / Associated Press:
Acclaimed author Tony Hillerman dies at 83
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
McCain's New Strategy: Giant Yardsigns
Brent Baker / NewsBusters.org:
Juan Williams: Top Journalists Brought their Kids to Obama Events
Discussion: QandO
New York Times:
End of Battle Centers on Turf Bush Carried
Discussion: TIME.com
Jo Mannies / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Barack Obama, John McCain locked in a virtual tie in Missouri
Discussion: MSNBC and Donklephant
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
As China Goes, So Goes ...  As the world tips into recession …
Lawrence Schumacher / St. Cloud Times:
Bachmann's pardon request reversed
Richard N. Haass / Newsweek:
The World That Awaits  —  From the magazine issue dated Nov 3, 2008
Discussion: Commentary
CBS News:
The Bet That Blew Up Wall Street
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal