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3:35 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 …
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
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” …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Re: Dismissing the Story
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Obama on Redistribution of Wealth: As Orin points out below …
Michelle Malkin:
Obama in 2001: How to bring about “redistributive change;” …
Mark Steyn / The Corner:   That Sinking Feeling  —  President-designate King Barack …
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.
Dana Bash / CNN:
More Palin off-script comments irritate McCain aides  —  (CNN) — Some aides to Sen. John McCain say they weren't happy that running mate Sarah Palin went off script Sunday and turned attention back to the controversy over her wardrobe.  —  The Alaska governor on Sunday brought …
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 …
Discussion: Wonkette, Emptywheel and CNN
Jonathan Valania /
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  —  As a lifelong Caucasian, I am beginning to think the time has finally come …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Arizona Presidential Election  —  McCain 51%, Obama 46% in Arizona  —  John McCain's lead over Barack Obama is down to just five points in his home state of Arizona.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state finds the Senator leading 51% to 46%.
Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
The Trail / Washington Post:
McCain Gives Economy Speech in Ohio, Warning Against ‘Dangerous Threesome’ of Democratic Leaders  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — Sen. John McCain gave a surprise economic speech this morning, delivering a forceful restatement of his economic proposals and hammering Sen. Barack Obama as a tax-raising liberal.
New York Times:
In Final Sprint, McCain Zeroes In on Economy
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
Adam B / Daily Kos:   InstaRefuted  —  Glenn Harlan Reynolds, today's NYT:
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Things Are Looking Very Good  —  Worried about “the tightening?”  —  Well, Obama's national lead has been stable at 7% for a month now.  The national campaign is not tightening, and we are just seeing statistical noise.  —  Even if the campaign were tightening, Obama would still have a comfortable national lead.
Discussion: and MyDD
Alan Bernstein / Houston Chronicle:
GOP leading in two key congressional races, poll says  —  Culberson should win, but Lampson may not, survey finds  —  Two Houston-area congressmen under political siege likely face opposite fates in the Nov. 4 election, according to a poll conducted for the Houston Chronicle.
Discussion: Off the Kuff and PrairiePundit
Eve Fairbanks / The New Republic:
If John Murtha Loses, Do We Care?
Discussion: The Politico and Reason
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.
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.
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.
New York Times:
This Year's Butterfly Ballot  —  In Florida's “butterfly ballot” debacle of 2000, voters in Palm Beach County were so confused by the odd layout that many appear to have voted for the wrong candidate by mistake.  At the time, there was a lot of talk about improving ballot design.
Discussion: Facing South
Diane Tucker / The Huffington Post:
Confusing North Carolina Ballot Leaves off Votes for President
Discussion: My Left Wing
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.
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
Greta Van Susteren / GretaWire:
SENATOR OBAMA CAMPAIGN LAWYER TRYING TO INTIMIDATE STUDENT JOURNALISTS ?? why because they CAUGHT and EXPOSED actual fraud?  —  SENATOR OBAMA CAMPAIGN LAWYER: TRYING TO covertly INTIMIDATE COLLEGE JOURNALISTS?  —  If you have been watching ON THE RECORD at 10pm eastern, you know about — the college news network.
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