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1:55 PM 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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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama advisor pushes back on ‘redistribution’  —  A top legal advisor to Barack Obama, Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein, said today that Obama's 2001 remarks on “redistributive change” — pushed hard on the right today — are being misinterpreted, and that he was actually articulating …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Drudge's Latest  —  Go read the original talk that Obama gave on NPR and see if it says anything even faintly similar to the truncated quotes about to be used by McCain.  I mean: come on.  Here's the headline: … Here's what it's based on: the “tragedy,” in Obama's telling, is that the civil rights movement was too court-focused.
Wall Street Journal:
Justice and Vote Fraud  —  Lawyers who supervise voting rights are Obama donors.  —  We've all read a lot about the “politicization” of the Justice Department in recent years, and that political pounding is having an ironic effect.  The prosecutors who are supposed to guard against voter fraud …
Discussion: protein wisdom and PrairiePundit
Michelle Malkin:
Obama in 2001: How to bring about “redistributive change;” Update: Biden decries “mean,” “ugly” questions  —  Scroll down for updates...Biden whines...  The blogosphere is buzzing about this video posted on YouTube Sunday night.  It's Barack Obama musing about how best to redistribute wealth …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Smells Like Socialist Spirit; Update: Team O responds  —  If people thought Joe the Plumber was some kind of stumble for Barack Obama, a rediscovered interview from 2001 should dispel any doubts about Barack Obama's redistributionism.  Seven years ago, Obama told Chicago Public Radio …
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
McCain to Attack Obama for Public Radio Comments from 2001  —  On Janaury 18, 2001, then-state senator Barack Obama appeared on a public radio chat show to discuss “The Courts and Civil Rights.”  —  You can listen to the whole show HERE.  —  In that show — WBEZ-FM's “Odyssey” …
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Obama on Redistribution of Wealth: As Orin points out below …
Discussion: Althouse
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Redistributive  —  Expect the oppo drawers to open this week …
Discussion: The Corner and FOX Forum
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Scott Horton / Harper's:
Palin's Nightmare  —  In a speech in Des Moines, Iowa …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Boing Boing
Ali / Think Progress:   Amazon lists Obama Halloween mask as a ‘terrorist costume.’
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   The tolerance of the Left  —  Let's say someone created an effigy …
Michelle Malkin:
Can you imagine if an Obama effigy were hung from a noose?
Discussion: Looking at the Left
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 …
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.
The Prowler / American Spectator:
Post-Defeat Planners  —  ERIC THE READY  —  House Republican Deputy Whip Eric Cantor has spent the last week making calls to fellow Republican House members he believes will survive next week's election, according to several members who received the call.  “He is already lining up support …
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.
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.
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.”
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Bradley Effect? Or Elephant Effect?
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs and Wonkette
Drslogan / Dr. Slogan's Prescriptions:
The Future Has Arrived: Barack Obama Targets Kids  —  I saw the future and it was as dark as I was afraid it would be.  And with a single click you can see too.  —  After I wrote about the danger that Sen. Obama's association with people like Bill Ayers poses to the U.S. education …
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.
Peter Wehner / Washington Post:
The GOP's Road Back  —  Regardless of what happens Nov. 4 — whether Barack Obama wins handily or John McCain ekes out a victory — Democrats are almost certain to increase their margins in the House and Senate.  In the aftermath of this election, Republicans and conservatives need to examine what has gone wrong and why.
Scott Horton / Harper's:
Best of the '08 Campaign III: Best National Columnist  —  In a sense, a presidential campaign provides the ultimate test of the mettle of the political punditry.  Does the pundit simply disintegrate into political hackery by reciting the talking points of the campaign to which he is beholden?
Discussion: The New Republic
CNN:
Some voters ‘purged’ from voter rolls  —  CNN Special Investigations Unit  —  ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — College senior Kyla Berry was looking forward to voting in her first presidential election, even carrying her voter registration card in her wallet.  —  But about two weeks ago …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Late Upsets Are Rare, but Have Happened  —  Late front-runners lost the popular vote in 1980 and 2000  —  PRINCETON, NJ — There have been only 2 instances in the past 14 elections, from 1952 to 2004, when the presidential candidate ahead in Gallup polling a week or so before the election …
Discussion: The Swamp and JammieWearingFool
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.
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.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
 
 
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Alan Bernstein / Houston Chronicle:
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Peter Kirsanow / The Corner:
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Dana Bash / CNN:
More Palin off-script comments irritate McCain aides
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Richard Vanderford / NY Daily News:
'60s leftist William Ayers: Time for GOP to get over it