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12:40 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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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 …
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
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 …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Times:
Where Does the Vice President Belong?
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Drudge's Latest  —  Go read the original talk that Obama gave …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama advisor pushes back on ‘redistribution’
Discussion: Swampland, Reason and Donklephant
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
McCain to Attack Obama for Public Radio Comments from 2001
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Wizbang
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Scott Horton / Harper's:   Palin's Nightmare  —  In a speech in Des Moines, Iowa …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   The tolerance of the Left  —  Let's say someone created an effigy …
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
McCain Sends Out Team Blather To Change The Subject...Again
Richard Vanderford / NY Daily News:
'60s leftist William Ayers: Time for GOP to get over it  —  The man the GOP loves to hate tiptoed out of hiding Sunday - if only to blast Fox News and the rest of the media for his predicament.  —  William Ayers, the '60s radical who is one of John McCain's talking points in his criticism of Barack Obama …
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Byron York / National Review:
John McCain, Against the Wind
Discussion: Early Returns
Ali / Think Progress:
Amazon lists Obama Halloween mask as a ‘terrorist costume.’
Discussion: Shakesville
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 …
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.
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.
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 and The E&P Pub
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 and Exurban League
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 …
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.
Discussion: Early Returns
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.”
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 …
Discussion: 24Ahead
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 …
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
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 …
Roni Sofer / Ynetnews:
Poll: Israel votes McCain in US elections  —  Survey finds 46% of Israelis would vote for Republican nominee if given chance to elect US president; Democrat Barack Obama receives 34% of votes.  Almost half of those polled believe McCain would better impact Jewish state
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Gateway Pundit
 
 
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Ties McCain to Republican Philosophy
Discussion: Brave New Films blog
Jennifer Saba / Editor and Publisher:
NEW FAS-FAX OUT: Most Major Papers Continue Circ Decline
Discussion: Eschaton
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Rove: McCain ‘got a very steep hill to climb’
Peter Wehner / Washington Post:
The GOP's Road Back  —  Regardless of what happens Nov. 4 …
Plain Dealer:
NEWS FROM THE PLAIN DEALER
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NUCLEAR SAFETY IS FOR WUSSES.... For months, John McCain has …
Discussion: The Swamp
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A Line in the Sand for Same-Sex Marriage Foes
Discussion: ACSBlog and Hullabaloo
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Acclaimed author Tony Hillerman dies at 83
Discussion: Exurban League
Bill Greener / Salon:
Why Obama has to stay above 50 percent
Dschabner / Political Punch:
Obama Shuns Press Conferences, Sits With 'EXTRA!'s' Mario Lopez
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