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10:15 PM ET, October 28, 2008


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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.”  —  —  Joe Wurzelbacher, a.k.a. …
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.
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
Paul / Power Line:
WHO IS ARROGANT?  —  French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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) …
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.
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 …
Julia Hoppock / Political Punch:
Ooooooh, Barracuda!  —  Allies of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin are now trying to throw McCain aide Nicolle Wallace under the proverbial bus, and as they do so those in McCain's circle are wary of the impact on Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., himself.  —  Since becoming McCain's running mate …
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
Christopher Ruvo /   McCain-Palin rally postponed in Quakertown on Tuesday morning
New York Times:   Candidates Battle for Pennsylvania
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.
Dan Perrin /
The Seven Reasons McCain-Palin Are a Lock to Win  —  Dan Perrin dared me to front this.  Gladly.  Dan, btw, is a Republican strategist, in addition to writing wonky books on health care.  — Erick.  —  There are seven serious, historic, demographic and other wise culturally compelling reasons Senator John …
Discussion: Eunomia and Right Wing News
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.
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.
The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Makes Hay of McCain Adviser's Health Care Comment
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Raising Kaine
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The RBC
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and Donklephant
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain pollster: Black vote locked in in polls  —  In a memo making the case for McCain's viability — the sort of memo that both sides will always write, regardless of reality — McCain pollster Bill McInturff argues that the polls are accurately reflecting Obama's overwhelming black support …
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
Eli Lake / The New Republic:
Twilight Struggle  —  In its closing days, the Bush administration escalates the war on terror.  —  On Sunday, U.S. helicopters accompanied by a special forces team struck in Sukkariyeh, Syria, just over the border from Iraq.  It was a raid with enormous implications for the war in Iraq and the broader war on terror.
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.
Transcript: Charles Barkley tells Brown ‘racism is a cancer’  —  (CNN) — Former NBA star Charles Barkley spoke Monday to CNN's Campbell Brown about politics, race and his plans to run for governor in his boyhood home state of Alabama.  Here is a transcript:
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘TINY’.... When it comes to genuine, almost pathological, dishonesty, the McCain campaign has secured a place in history.  If there's a Political Liars Hall of Fame, these guys are first-ballot inductees, no questions asked.  —  This afternoon, McCain re-released an ad first unveiled two months ago.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Anne / Nielsen Wire:
For McCain, A Start-Of-The-Week, Swing State Ad Surge  —  Yesterday Sen. John McCain boosted his TV advertising units in seven key swing states — Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, closing the gap between his advertising and Sen. Barack Obama's.
Discussion: Emptywheel and Top of the Ticket
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Russell Brigade:
New Radio Spot Featuring Fred Thompson Airs Today
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 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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Discussion: The Raw Story
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Conservatives Have Reshaped Appeals Courts
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jeffrey Feldman / The Huffington Post:
McCain's Panic in PA, More Than Just Ugly
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Palin-McCain Conflict  —  I think it's now fair to say it's a war.
Discussion: The Reaction