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8:35 PM ET, October 28, 2008

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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.
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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.”  —  FOXNews.com  —  Joe Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. …
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:
Joe the Plumber says Obama would make US socialist  —  COLUMBUS, OHIO (AP) - “Joe the Plumber,” the small business aspirant and overnight media sensation, endorsed John McCain's presidential campaign Tuesday and said Barack Obama would make America a socialist nation.
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
McCain Endorses Joe The Plumber's View That Obama Victory Means ‘Death To Israel’
Discussion: MyDD
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.
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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) …
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 …
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.
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Jennifer Liberto / The Buzz:
Crist extends early voting hours  —  Gov. Charlie Crist on Tuesday afternoon issued an order expanding the hours of early voting up to 12 hours a day through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and a total of 12 weekend hours, between 7 a.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.
The Politico:
Why McCain is getting hosed in the press  —  Politico political editor Charles Mahtesian was e-mailing the other day with a Republican lobbyist who signed off with a plea that sounded more like a taunt: “Keep it balanced.”  —  A reader e-mailed us with the same sentiment in different language.
Bonney Kapp / FOX Embeds:
As McCain Cancels, Obama Rallies  —  CHESTER, PA - Dressed in blue jeans and a black jacket, Barack Obama braved the cold rain falling in Pennsylvania, and held his scheduled rally - outdoors.  “A little bit of rain never hurt anybody,” he quipped to the 9,000 who showed up in ponchos and futilely holding umbrellas.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Jed Report
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New York Times:   Candidates Battle for Pennsylvania
Christopher Ruvo / phillyBurbs.com:   McCain-Palin rally postponed in Quakertown on Tuesday morning
Tami Luhby / CNNMoney.com:
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 (CNNMoney.com) — Both presidential candidates want to turn employer-sponsored health insurance on its head.
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Makes Hay of McCain Adviser's Health Care Comment
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Raising Kaine
Gallup:
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 …
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 …
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 …
Slate:
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: The Swamp, Wonkette and Reason
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.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Barack Obama laughs off charges of socialism.  Joe Biden scoffs at references to Marxism.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Stop The ACLU
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 …
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Ross Douthat:
Jindal, Obama and the GOP
Discussion: The New Republic and Eunomia
Janet Hook / Los Angeles Times:
Obama leads McCain in Florida and Ohio, poll says  —  Voters see the economy as the chief issue and Obama as the best man to handle it, according to a Times/Bloomberg poll.  In Ohio, Obama leads 49% to 40%; in Florida, 50% to 43%.  —  Reporting from Washington — Barack …
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog:
What's Missing from GOP.com?  —  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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
NRSC celeb thinks Obama may be anti-Christ, ‘sooooo evil’  —  Jonathan Martin noted with some amusement a new video from the NRSC video featuring celebrities you may not have heard of, plus Pat Boone in a swimming pool, attacking Al Franken.  —  A reader adds an odd note: One of those …
Charles McC / Washington Post:
My Choice: Obama  —  In one week, Americans will face a momentous choice.  We must decide which of two talented, patriotic individuals is better suited to set the course for the nation and steer it through a stormy sea.  —  I have known John McCain for many years, even before he was first elected …
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
A wave for GOP staffers?  —  A glance at the Republican job bank page on Texas Rep. John R. Carter's website paints the whole, bleak picture with what it doesn't show: real jobs.  —  So far, the only postings this month for paid employment have been for a staff assistant job in the office of Rep. Paul Ryan …
Discussion: Open Left
Financial Times:
VW driven to top spot by surge in share price  —  Volkswagen briefly became the world's largest company by market capitalisation on Tuesday after an extraordinary share price surge that raised fears that hedge funds and other traders could collapse after betting on a fall in the stock.
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 …
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.
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:
McCain's June map  —  In this June video for donors, Rick Davis laid out an electoral strategy that, at the time, seemed ambitious, and now seems almost delusional.  —  Of course, someone has to lose, and it's always easy to snipe in hindsight.  But the details of Davis' map …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Conservatives Have Reshaped Appeals Courts  —  WASHINGTON — After a group of doctors challenged a South Dakota law forcing them to inform women that abortions “terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique living human being” — using exactly that language — President Bush's appointees to the federal appeals courts took control.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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
 
 
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Dan Perrin / www.redstate.com:
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Anne / Nielsen Wire:
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Ross Douthat:
The Iraq War and the GOP's Fortunes
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Associated Press:
McCain trimming TV ad buys in Minnesota
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Laura Cole / CBS13/CW31:
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John Tierney / TierneyLab:
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Seven-year-olds sing against same-sex marriage
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Patrick Buchanan / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's First 100 Days  —  Undeniably, a powerful tide is running …
Discussion: Washington Monthly