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4:05 AM ET, October 28, 2008


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Manu Raju / The Hill:
Sen. Ted Stevens guilty of felony charges  —  Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Senate Republican in history and patriarch of Alaska politics, was found guilty of all seven felony charges for making false statements.  —  The verdict could spell the end of a 40-year Senate career for a man …
The Directors /
Don't Vote For Ted Stevens For Senate or Don Young for House At Large in Alaska  —  Party Loyalty Has Its Limits … We stand at a perilous moment in American politics, with thereal possibility that the Democrats could get to 60 votes in the Senate.  This is no time for litmus tests of party loyalty, for abandoning our own.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Corruption Conviction of Sen. Stevens Enhances Democrats' Prospects
Discussion: Donklephant
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Dean Barnett, 1967-2008  —  It's my sad duty to report that our good friend and valued contributor Dean Barnett passed away today.  He was a remarkable man—principled, witty, and to all of us, a model of grace and courage.  We mourn his passing and cherish his memory.
Hugh Hewitt /
Farewell, Dean  —  My friend and colleague Dean Barnett died today, and the world is a much poorer place for it.  As anyone who listened to him on my radio show or read his work at Soxblog, here or at the Weekly Standard knows, and as everyone who had the great, great pleasure of knowing Dean will attest …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Horrendous: Dean Barnett passes away
Elaine Lafferty / The Daily Beast:
Sarah Palin's a Brainiac  —  Exclusive: Former Ms. Magazine Editor-in-Chief: Palin's a Brainiac  —  The former editor in chief of Ms. magazine (and a Democrat) on what she learned on a campaign plane with the would-be VP.  —  It's difficult not to froth when one reads …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Barnes vs. Wallace  —  Palin backers' counterattack on John MCCain's staff over Sarah Palin's wardrobe flap continues, as Weekly Standard executive editor Fred Barnes, echoing Bill Kristol, demanded today that a McCain staffer step up and take blame for buying Palin the expensive clothes.
Discussion: Salon and Oliver Willis
Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Feds disrupt skinhead plot to assassinate Obama  —  WASHINGTON - Two white supremacists allegedly plotted to go on a national killing spree, shooting and decapitating black people and ultimately targeting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, federal authorities said Monday.
Jules Crittenden:   AndrogeNazi  —  Hey, is it just me or does that neo-Nazi …
Knoxville News-Sentinel:   Two arrested in Obama assassination plot, Tenn. killing spree
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Dozens Of Call Center Workers Walk Off Job In Protest Rather Than Read McCain Script Attacking Obama  —  Some three dozen workers at a telemarketing call center in Indiana walked off the job rather than read an incendiary McCain campaign script attacking Barack Obama, according to two workers at the center and one of their parents.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Megyn Kelly, Obama spokesman go nuclear over Fox News and the redistribution tape  —  Time for the daily combative Kelly interview, featuring muppet-ish Obama spokestool Bill Burton in his recurring role.  The beauty of this clip is how it ties the day's two stories together in a bow.
Oliver Willis:
Megyn Kelly Of Fox Loses It When Obama Campaign Calls Them On Bias  —  So funny.  If this is a prelude to the future, I'm going to love seeing the Obama folks smack Fox in the nose.  Megyn Kelly: cute but crazy.  —  Reader S.M. caught this one.
Michael Dobbs / Washington Post:
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
The GOP ticket's appalling contempt for knowledge and learning.  —  In an election that has been fought on an astoundingly low cultural and intellectual level, with both candidates pretending that tax cuts can go like peaches and cream with the staggering new levels of federal deficit …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Commentary
Reid Wilson / AZCT:
GOP concerned as polls show tight race in Arizona  —  A rash of new polls in Arizona shows a tightening presidential race, a situation that has even some Republican strategists seriously fretting the possibility that John McCain could lose his home state.  —  Polls taken for both parties …
Julian Walker / Virginian-Pilot:
Phony flier says Virginians vote on different days  —  A phony State Board of Elections flier advising Republicans to vote on Nov. 4 and Democrats on Nov. 5 is being circulated in several Hampton Roads localities, according to state election officials.  —  In fact, Election Day for voters of all political stripes remains Nov. 4.
Little Green Footballs:
Obama Compared America to Nazi Germany  —  The audio recording of Barack Obama espousing his socialist philosophy of “redistribution of wealth” is all over the Internet and Fox News today (although most other media outlets are ignoring it), but there's another disturbing section on that tape that has so far escaped notice.
Right Wing News:
A Right-Of-Center Blogger Poll On The Election  —  Right Wing News emailed more than 240 right-of-center bloggers and asked them to answer questions about the election.  The following 76 blogs responded: 101 Dead Armadillos, The Absurd Report, David All Group, AtlanticBlog, Bad Example, Betsy's Page, BizzyBlog, Tim Blair,...
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Wright TV  —  The National Republican Trust PAC, which aired one harsh anti-Obama ad that it also used to fundraise on Drudge and elsewhere, says it's putting $2.5 million behind this spot in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida.  —  The ad is exactly what many conservatives have been hoping …
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
Rift Cracks ‘Demoralized’ McCain Campaign  —  McCain Staffers Blame Palin's Lack of Readiness; Palin Loyalists Blame Over-Managing By McCain Handlers  —  The McCain campaign is definitely demoralized right now.  The blame game has begun.  —  There is no question that there is a rift …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Second-Guessing the Vice-Presidential Pick  —  Last week, Tom Ridge, the former Pennsylvania governor, said that Senator John McCain might now be on the verge of winning Pennsylvania — the mainly Democratic state where Mr. McCain is investing considerable time and energy in these final days …
Discussion: CNN and The Reaction
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Catrin Einhorn / New York Times:
Judge Blocks Rules Limiting Sex Offenders on Halloween
Discussion: TalkLeft
Sean Quinn /
The Three Ashleys  —  In 2004, Ashley Faulkner looked …
John / Power Line:
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Minneapolis Star Tribune:
No pick in Third; Tinklenberg in Sixth
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Ensign: McCain makes Senate races more difficult
Discussion: Think Progress
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Talalay / Sun-Sentinel:
Wayne Huizenga wants to sell Dolphins before Barack Obama raises tax
Borys Krawczeniuk / Scranton Times-Tribune:
Carbondale tilting toward Obama
Rasmussen Reports:
FOX/Rasmussen Swing State Polling - October 26, 2008
Marc Ambinder:
RNC Goes Up In Montana
Discussion: Left in the West
Irish Rose / Little Green Footballs:
8-Year Old Obama Kid: ‘I Want a President I Can Be Proud Of’
Discussion: QandO
Jeffrey Goldberg:
The Jewish Extremists Behind “Obsession”
Discussion: The Daily Dish
‘Obama Wins!,’ newspaper declares
Discussion: QandO
Tom Baldwin / Times of London:
Republicans hire mercenaries for ground war against Barack Obama
Discussion: and Wonkette

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
X's trending topics surfaced conspiracy theories around Donald Trump's assassination attempt; YouTube and Facebook primarily directed users to news outlets

Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

David Hellier / Bloomberg:
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