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9:20 AM ET, October 27, 2008

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Michelle Malkin:
Obama in 2001: How to bring about “redistributive change”  —  The blogosphere is buzzing about this video posted on YouTube Sunday night.  It's Barack Obama musing about how best to redistribute wealth in America in a Chicago Public Radio interview in 2001.  —  Not whether, but how: Through the courts or through legislation?
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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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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.
Discussion: pandagon.net, TBogg, Doug Ross and GINA COBB
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Jennifer Oldham / Los Angeles Times:
Popularity of mail-in voting surges in California, elsewhere
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.”
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: Denver Post and American Power
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.
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 …
New York Times:
End of Battle Centers on Turf Bush Carried  —  Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama are heading into the final week of the presidential campaign planning to spend nearly all their time in states that President Bush won last time, testimony to the increasingly dire position of Mr. McCain and his party as Election Day approaches.
Discussion: TIME.com
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Long by Obama's Side, an Adviser Fills a Role That Exceeds His Title
Discussion: The E&P Pub
Lowell / Raising Kaine:
Wolf Campaign Assaults Feder Staffers While Wolf Stands By and Does Nothing  —  Well, folks, it looks like we've got another one of those moments in Virginia politics when we scratch our heads and ask, “What is wrong with these people?”  —  Here's a the short version of what happened …
Discussion: Open Left, DownWithTyranny! and The RBC
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Republicans Assault Democratic Tracker While Rep. Wolf Does Nothing
Discussion: MyDD
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
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
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.
Discussion: TIME.com and Raising Kaine
Lawrence Schumacher / St. Cloud Times:
Bachmann's pardon request reversed  —  U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann wrote a letter last year recommending a federal pardon for a major campaign contributor who was once convicted of felony money laundering, firearm and drug charges on the basis he had reformed.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Times:
Where Does the Vice President Belong?  —  THE presidential campaign has taken a detour into a dispute over the constitutional status of the vice presidency.  It all started when Sarah Palin asserted in her debate with Joe Biden that the vice president should play an important role in the legislative branch.
Discussion: Prometheus 6
New York Times:
As China Goes, So Goes ...  As the world tips into recession, China's economic decisions could affect how other countries fare in the downturn.  —  Over the last 30 years, China has hitched its economy to the industrial world, exporting cheap goods to the United States and other developed nations …
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.
Discussion: The Heretik, Commentary and Don Surber
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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Amanda Lee Myers / Associated Press:
Acclaimed author Tony Hillerman dies at 83
Bill Greener / Salon:
Why Obama has to stay above 50 percent
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight.com and Eunomia
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
McCain's New Strategy: Giant Yardsigns
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Obama Avoids Partisan Rhetoric, Focuses on Unity
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and TIME.com
Brent Baker / NewsBusters.org:
Juan Williams: Top Journalists Brought their Kids to Obama Events
Discussion: QandO
Jo Mannies / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Barack Obama, John McCain locked in a virtual tie in Missouri
Discussion: MSNBC and Donklephant
 Earlier Items: 
Nazila Fathi / New York Times:
Officials Counter Ahmadinejad Health Rumors
Discussion: Right Pundits and The Daily Dish
Richard N. Haass / Newsweek:
The World That Awaits  —  From the magazine issue dated Nov 3, 2008
Discussion: Commentary
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
McCain's Warning About Voter Fraud Stokes a Fiery Campaign Even Further
CBS News:
The Bet That Blew Up Wall Street
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal