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5:05 PM ET, October 29, 2008


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Fox News:
McCain Slams LA Times for Double Standard in Withholding Obama-Khalidi Tape  —  John McCain says he's sure The Los Angeles Times would be quick to produce a tape that purported to show him or his running mate at a neo-Nazi event, so he can't understand why it won't show Barack Obama in the company of a former PLO mouthpiece.
Dirty Harry / Dirty Harry's Place:
$150,000 REWARD OFFERED FOR OBAMA/KHALIDI/AYERS TAPE  —  UPDATE HERE: On author of letter.  —  Just received this:  —  I've also received another offer from a private donor for an added $25,000 that I'm currently working to verify.  —  ALSO: According to Fox News the McCain camp …
Discussion: DBKP, and Say Anything
Jeffrey Goldberg:   What is the L.A. Times Hiding?
a Times / Los Angeles Times:
McCain campaign accuses L.A. Times of ‘suppressing’ Obama video
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE WEAK GET RIDICULOUS.... Recent polling shows Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R) trailing in her re-election fight in North Carolina against Democrat Kay Hagan, so it stands to reason that she's getting a little desperate.  —  I didn't think she'd get this desperate.
The Huffington Post:
Dole Ad Fabricates Audio Of Opponent Yelling “There Is No God”  —  Falling behind in her reelection race, Sen. Elizabeth Dole has uncorked one hell of a charge: The Democrat running against me is godless.  —  Dole's 30-second ad, which is running on television in North Carolina but has not …
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Dole still keeping the faith
Discussion: Reproductive Health and Kevin Drum
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: IN WITH THE NEW...  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann  —  *** In with the new... : A brand-new NBC/WSJ/MySpace poll illustrates not only McCain's challenge come Election Day, but also the challenge the Republican Party could face in future elections.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Obama Infomercial, a Closing Argument to the Everyman
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Obama Accepting Untraceable Donations  —  Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor's identity, campaign officials confirmed.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Credit-card experts explain the extent of Obama's deception
Discussion: Silent Running
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Yet  —  McCain's response ad to Obama's TV special:  —  Jason Zengerle notices an odd detail: … I'm sorry but I cannot even begin to watch the Obama infomercial tonight.  I can't take any more.
Discussion: Comedy Central
The New Republic:
A Kinder, Gentler McCain?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Is McCain Coming Back?  (Revisited)  —  Nine days ago, we asked in this space whether John McCain was cutting into the lead — both nationally and in key battleground states — of Barack Obama.  —  At the time, the McCain campaign suggested that the final debate between the two candidates …
Discussion: Washington Wire and Daily Kos
Karen Tumulty / Time:
Hidin' Biden: Reining In a Voluble No. 2  —  Anyone who has watched Joe Biden over 35 years in the Senate might have a little bit of trouble recognizing the guy who is running to be Barack Obama's Vice President.  Oh, yes, he looks like the same fellow.  But traveling with Biden during …
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Sen. Lieberman likely to lose his gavel in massive reshuffle being discussed  —  Democratic leaders are discussing a major reshuffling of Senate committee chairmanships, according to multiple sources, and the proposed changes include ousting Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) from his coveted chairmanship.
Brad Bumsted /
Former ACORN staffer testifies  —  HARRISBURG — A former staffer for an affiliate of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now testified today that the organization was provided a “donor list” from the presidential campaign of Barack Obama in late 2007 for fundraising efforts.
Michael Sandler / The Hill:
Dems get ready to rule  —  A landslide victory next Tuesday would give Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape government policy dramatically.  —  By controlling the White House and expanding their Senate majority …
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
Frank is new target of McCain on the trail
Discussion: The New Republic
Molly Ball / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
THREE GROUPS: Forecasts of voting lag, so far  —  Record turnout was seen for new voters, young, Hispanics  —  Analysts have predicted that new voters, young voters and Hispanic voters will turn out in record numbers in this election.  But as Nevadans continue to flock to the polls …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
The New Republic:
More Cork Popping  —  Noam Scheiber is trying to displace me as the office grinch, and in this case I'm going to let him.  Still, I want to clarify my little item about cork-popping.  I took note of the Pew poll, showing Barack Obama ahead by sixteen points, because it is a reputable poll …
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Alas, a blog
The Trail / Washington Post:
Palin Stumps with Joe the Plumber, Mocks the LA Times  —  BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Joe the plumber is in the house.  —  Joe Wurzelbacher — the plumber whose question prompted Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to talk about the need to “spread the wealth” …
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Edge Over McCain  —  Advantage among likely voters three to seven points  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama begins the final week of the campaign with an advantage over John McCain in both Gallup likely voter models, up by 49% to 46% using the traditional model …
Marc Ambinder:
The Obama Campaign Plays The Palin Card...  After two long months of itchy trigger fingers.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Daily Dish
Steve Sailer / Steve Sailer's iSteve Blog:
I had not realized Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman is this stupid  —  From exchanging emails with him, I've known for a decade that Paul Krugman was an egomaniacal jerk, but he was always described as being intelligent.  Yet, here are parts of a 1998 column he wrote in Slate that is just jaw-droppingly dumb.
Africanpress / African Press International:
Obama's campaign manager offers 3 million dollars to API in connection with Michelle Obama tape to be aired by Fox News Network  —  Six hours after the release of information by API on the planned broadcast by Fox News Network of the Michelle Obama tape, in accordance with an agreement …
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Internal Polling  —  The Wall Street Journal today publishes an internal McCain campaign polling memo from yesterday.  Bill McInturff, the campaign's lead pollster, paints a rather different picture than the one we've seen in most media polling, and suggests those media polls will begin dramatically to tighten in the next day or two.
Yvonne Miller-Halee / CBS News:
Palin Target Of New Ethics Complaint  —  CBS News Investigative Unit Has Learned Of New Complaint Related To Travel By Alaska Governor's Children  —  (CBS) CBS News Investigative Producer Yvonne Miller-Halee and Kim Lengle wrote this story for
Pol Watchers:
Obama effigy found on UK's campus  —  University of Kentucky police are investigating who hung an effigy of Democrat Sen. Barack Obama from a tree on the Lexington campus Wednesday morning.  —  UK President Lee Todd said that UK police have notified federal authorities of the incident.
George Newman / Wall Street Journal:
The Markets Are Weak Because the Candidates Are Lousy  —  The good news is that an Obama victory is already priced in.  —  A lot has been said about the causes of the drastic drops — and extreme volatility — in stock prices and the impending recession.  Blame has been heaped on low interest rates …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
So What About the Obamacons?  —  Several readers have asked, with varying degrees of charity of spirit, whether I still think the Obamacons are a phoney phenomenon.  After thinking about it, I have to say I have changed my mind somewhat.  The Obamacons have reached sufficient voice and number …
Discussion: Commentary
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
McCain Shocked That Obama Campaign Would ‘Boycott’ Hostile Media
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O'Reilly: Can we arrest Obama spokesman Bill Burton …
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Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
McCain's GOP support showing more cracks
Discussion: Think Progress
Nate Silver /
The Undecideds  —  Earlier tonight, I suggested that there …
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Dennis Prager: Equality ‘Is A European Value, Not An American Value’
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The Times Leader:
Rendell spokesman says GOP has ‘Jim Crow’ attitude
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Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
Acorn Accuses Republicans of Voter Suppression in New Ad
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Winner  —  The video that changed an election campaign.
You cannot be a Christian and vote for Obama
Dick Morris / Real Clear Politics:
Undecideds Should Break for McCain
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Salon and PrairiePundit
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Laying the Groundwork for the Backfire
Discussion: TalkLeft and Kevin Drum
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama donors get access to top advisers
Discussion: HillBuzz