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5:35 PM ET, October 28, 2008


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Pew Research Center:
McCain Support Continues Downward Spiral  —  Obama Leads by 19 Among Those Who Have Already Voted  —  Barack Obama leads John McCain by a 52% to 36% margin in Pew's latest nationwide survey of 1,325 registered voters.  This is the fourth consecutive survey that has found support for the Republican candidate edging down.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Why I'm Still Sweating an Obama Victory  —  With all due respect to Judis, I'm not popping anything just yet, except maybe some sleeping pills to get me through the night.  (That's for you, John.)  In the last few days, pretty much every tracking poll I trust (WaPo, Gallup, Rasmussen) …
Tami Luhby /
Election: Your health insurance at stake  —  McCain and Obama have vastly different views on the future of employer-sponsored health insurance.  Either one could bring big change.  —  NEW YORK ( — Both presidential candidates want to turn employer-sponsored health insurance on its head.
Jason Rosenbaum / The Huffington Post:
McCain Campaign: Our Health Plan Doesn't Work
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Crist extends voting hours  —  This is a very big deal: Florida Governor Charlie Crist, to the shock and dismay of Florida Republicans, just moved to extend early voting hours, a move likely to widen the Democrats' lead under a program on which the Obama campaign has intensely focused.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Early Returns
Jennifer Liberto / The Buzz:
Crist extends early voting hours
Stylemens / Men's Fashion, Men's Clothing …:
Palin, Alone Aboard the Bus  —  Almost from the very beginning, the Palin pick created tension.  —  An armada of handlers descended on McCain's running mate like the flying monkeys in The Wizard Of Oz.  The day after the ticket made its debut, it was August 30 and the campaign staged …
Slate Votes  —  Obama wins this magazine in a rout.  —  We asked Slate's staff and contributors to tell us whom they're voting for on Election Day and why.  These are their responses.  Click here to read Editor David Plotz's explanation for why we share this information with you.
Discussion: Wonkette and Reason
Gallup Daily: Presidential Race Narrows Slightly  —  Obama leads by two to seven points among likely voters  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The gap between Barack Obama and John McCain in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Saturday through Monday has narrowed slightly, and Obama is now at 49% of the vote …
Fox News:
‘Joe the Plumber’ Backs Claim That Obama Would Bring ‘Death to Israel’  —  Joe Wurzelbacher, on his first campaign trail appearance for John McCain, says he agrees that a vote for Barack Obama would be “a vote for the death to Israel.”  —  —  Joe Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. …
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Joe the Plumber says Obama would make US socialist
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Sources: Sarkozy views Obama stance on Iran as ‘utterly immature’  —  French President Nicolas Sarkozy is very critical of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama's positions on Iran, according to reports that have reached Israel's government.  —  Sarkozy has made his criticisms only in closed forums in France.
Bill Sammon / Fox News:
Obama Affinity to Marxists Dates Back to College Days  —  Barack Obama shrugs off charges of socialism, but noted in his own memoir that he carefully chose Marxist professors as friends in college.  —  —  Barack Obama laughs off charges of socialism.  Joe Biden scoffs at references to Marxism.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Stop The ACLU
Mike Allen / The Politico:
7 days — One week out — Republicans expect to be crushed in historic landslide: buy emergency time in Montana and West Virginia  —  GM seeks Treasury $$$ ... GOP blame game now reaches down to state parties - Al Hunt is in Obama's gym pool at this moment — Michelle Obama shops J. Crew online …
Chris Orr / The New Republic:
What About Bobby?  —  To follow up on Suzy's item, I wanted to note that, while there are plenty of 2012 GOP presidential aspirants who have reason to be unhappy with the McCain campaign's decisions over the last couple months (and, in particular, the Palin choice), a case …
Ross Douthat:
Jindal, Obama and the GOP
Discussion: The New Republic and Eunomia
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain camp demands L.A. Times release video  —  John McCain's campaign is demanding that the Los Angeles Times release a video of a party for a prominent Palestinian activist that Barack Obama attended in 2003.  —  The Times described the going-away party for former University of Chicago professor …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Riehl World View
The Huffington Post:
News Orgs Investigate Possibly Fatal McCain '64 Car Crash  —  For the past two months, a major American magazine and an allied news service have been engaged in a legal battle with the United States Navy over records that they believe show that John McCain once was involved in an automobile accident …
Discussion: DBKP
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Palin-McCain Conflict  —  I think it's now fair to say it's a war.  My view is that after the McCain peeps had made that crazy decision and realized after the fact what they had on their hands, they put their best face on it.  They knew that the normal rules for a veep - a press conference …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Heretik
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog:
What's Missing from  —  Any mention of, information about, or support for John McCain, outside of a link to McCain's campaign store and an outdated opportunity to volunteer for McCain on “Super Saturday,” October 25th.  A Fred Thompson video, in which John McCain get four sentences …
M. Duss / Wonk Room:
McCain Adviser Dismisses Evidence Of Bush's Iraq Dishonesty As ‘Conspiracy Theories’  —  Robert Kagan, a leading member of John McCain's war cabinet, recently gave an interview to Der Spiegel in which he was asked about the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq: … This is ridiculous.
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
Stocks Soar on Hopes for Fed Rate Cut  —  Wall Street indexes staged a rally on Tuesday afternoon as expectations of a federal interest rate cut helped lure investors back into the market, despite new signs that the broader economy continued to weaken.  —  On a day when a consumer confidence report …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Both sides of aisle rip MSNBC  —  Keith Olbermann also criticized at media luncheon  —  In a room full of television industry executives, no one seemed inclined to defend MSNBC on Monday for what some were calling its lopsidedly liberal coverage of the presidential election.
The Huffington Post:
Florida GOP Mailer: Obama “No Friend Of Israel”  —  The Republican Party of Florida is sending out a new mailer that accuses Barack Obama of being “dangerously unprepared” and “no friend of Israel.”  —  The direct mail piece, which was passed on to the Huffington Post by a reader …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Jeffrey Feldman / The Huffington Post:
McCain's Panic in PA, More Than Just Ugly  —  The panic whipped up by the McCain campaign in PA sounds horrific because of the ugliness and hate that it pours into the election, but the real threat it poses to our ability to get things done.  If John McCain were to win the election by kicking …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Sort of Soviet?  —  Et tu, MSNBC?  —  Willie Geist and Courtney Hazlett this morning discussed Obama's half hour of TV tomorrow night.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, Hot Air and At-Largely
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Christian Science Monitor to Publish Online Only
Discussion: Business Week and PoliGazette
John Tierney / TierneyLab:
The End of Fat?  —  How long until there's a drug that makes …
The Huffington Post:
New McCain-RNC Radio Ads Use “Bitter” Comment, Voters' Suspicions Of Obama
Discussion: MyDD
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Seven-year-olds sing against same-sex marriage
Discussion: Open Left
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
NRSC celeb thinks Obama may be anti-Christ, ‘sooooo evil’
Charles McC / Washington Post:
My Choice: Obama  —  In one week, Americans will face a momentous choice.
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Barone / US News:
Why John McCain Continues to Trail Barack Obama in Pennsylvania
Eric March / Comedy Central:
Barack Obama to Appear on The Daily Show Wednesday
Discussion: The Swamp
Marc Ambinder:
Curious  —  Why is it, exactly, that while Sen. McCain called …
Discussion: Time
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Ohio man accused of shooting teen over McCain sign
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Social conservatives fight for control of Republican Party
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Kevin Drum