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10:50 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?
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Smells Like Socialist Spirit
Discussion: Wizbang
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Times:
Where Does the Vice President Belong?
Discussion: Prometheus 6
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:
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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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 …
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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 …
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Richard Vanderford / NY Daily News:
'60s leftist William Ayers: Time for GOP to get over it
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
The Huffington Post:
McCain Sends Out Tony Rezko Mailer  —  The Republican National Committee press office has been foreshadowing a final week effort to highlight Barack Obama's ties to indicted landlord and Chicago insider Tony Rezko, and mailers hammering that theme began arriving at homes over the weekend.
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Washington Post:
Welfare for Detroit  —  AFTER YEARS of decline, U.S. auto …
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 Earlier Items: 
Jo Mannies / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Barack Obama, John McCain locked in a virtual tie in Missouri
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New York Times:
As China Goes, So Goes ...  As the world tips into recession …
CBS News:
The Bet That Blew Up Wall Street
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