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11:25 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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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?
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: PrairiePundit
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, Moonbattery and Sister Toldjah
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Scott Horton / Harper's:
Palin's Nightmare  —  In a speech in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin told the crowd that an Obama presidency would present the specter of a socialist state in which fundamental American freedoms are undermined.  Let's go to the video:
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Amazon.com listing had Barack Obama Halloween 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 …
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Richard Vanderford / NY Daily News:
'60s leftist William Ayers: Time for GOP to get over it
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.
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
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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.
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.”
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 Plank and The E&P Pub
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.
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.
New York Times:
U.S. Takes to Air to Hit Militants Inside Pakistan  —  WASHINGTON — The White House has backed away from using American commandos for further ground raids into Pakistan after furious complaints from its government, relying instead on an intensifying campaign of airstrikes by the Central Intelligence Agency …
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 …
Helen McCaffrey / Philly.com:
Palin deserves our respect  —  is the director of Women's Watch Inc., a nonprofit women's advocacy group based in Cape May  —  I cannot predict who will win the presidential campaign, but I already know who will lose big: all women.  —  I realized this when I saw a 20-something male student …
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
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
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Obama Avoids Partisan Rhetoric, Focuses on Unity  —  On Barack Obama's march through the red states, there is no inclination to examine the philosophical differences between the political parties.  —  There's no point, he says.  “We're all in this together,” the Illinois Democrat assures …
Nicholas Burns / Newsweek:
We Should Talk to Our Enemies  —  A U.S. army lieutenant in the Kunar Province of eastern Afghanistan  —  One of the sharpest and most telling differences on foreign policy between Barack Obama and John McCain is whether the United States should talk to difficult and disreputable leaders …
Lawrence Summers / Financial Times:
The pendulum swings towards regulation  —  Events as well as ideas shape policy choices in democracies.  Who would have predicted a year ago that a Republican ad­ministration would demand that Congress make the largest set of investments in public companies in US peacetime history?
Discussion: The Plank and Economist's View
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NUCLEAR SAFETY IS FOR WUSSES.... For months, John McCain has blasted Barack Obama for his reluctance to support expanded nuclear power plants.  Obama has pushed back, noting that he supports nuclear as part of a comprehensive energy strategy, but before an expansion, he wants to resolve lingering questions …
Discussion: The Swamp
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
A Line in the Sand for Same-Sex Marriage Foes  —  While the battle over same-sex marriage has been all but invisible in the presidential race this year, it is raging like a wind-whipped wildfire in California.  —  Conservative religious leaders from across the country are pouring time …
Discussion: ACSBlog and Hullabaloo
 
 
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