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2:30 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.
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.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Jason Rosenbaum / The Huffington Post:   McCain Campaign: Our Health Plan Doesn't Work
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 …
Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
Why McCain Lost Me  —  Yesterday, while reading the latest polling data …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   The Palin-McCain Conflict  —  I think it's now fair to say it's a war.
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.
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 …
Steven G. Calabresi / Wall Street Journal:
Obama's ‘Redistribution’ Constitution  —  The courts are poised for a takeover by the judicial left.  —  One of the great unappreciated stories of the past eight years is how thoroughly Senate Democrats thwarted efforts by President Bush to appoint judges to the lower federal courts.
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.
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 …
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.
Peter Kirsanow / The Corner:
Employee Free Choice Act and Joe the Plumber  —  Proponents of the Employee Free Choice Act ("EFCA") maintain that card check unionization will protect employees from the alleged employer coercion and intimidation that accompanies secret ballot election campaigns.
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Mark Mix / Wall Street Journal:
Labor Unions Prolonged the Depression
Discussion: The Foundry and TigerHawk
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.
Spiegel Online:
‘America Remains Number One’
Discussion: The Heretik
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
McCain was frank, garrulous and accessible — and then he wasn't  —  John McCain talks to the media, including Los Angeles Times reporter Maeve Reston, right foreground with tape recorder, at a rally in Ohio in February.  Early on, McCain artfully created a sense of intimacy with the reporters who traveled with him.
Discussion: The Heretik and Wonkette
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   TIRE SWINGING: A LOVE STORY
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Watch as the press corps battles its performance anxiety!  —  With the election just a week away and Barack Obama pulling away from John McCain, tiny tendrils of trepidation are starting to drift over the liberal members of the commentariat and the political press corps.
Byron York / The Corner:
Obama's Moving Tax Threshold: $250,000?  $200,000?  $150,000?  What Next?  —  One of the things I've seen at Republican rallies is that people just don't believe Barack Obama when he says he'll raise taxes only on those who make more than $250,000 a year.
Christopher Edley Jr / Washington Post:
A Voting Rights Disaster?  —  Suppose in your neighborhood there are 600 registered voters per machine, while across town there are only 120 per machine.  (That's a 5 to 1 disparity, which is what exists in some places in Virginia today.)  On Election Day, your line wraps around the block …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Palin's Love Boats  —  Until two cruise ships steamed up to Alaska two summers ago, the record for the silliest statement by a journalist had been held by Lincoln Steffens, in his time a famous American radical.  Sent in 1919 to see how Russia was doing under the communists …
National Review:
Rush's Blueprint  —  Last week, Tony Blankley published and Rush Limbaugh publicized what may prove one of the most important articles of 2008.  I don't mean that the article was good - very much the contrary.  But bad work can be even more important than good, if enough people can be got to believe it.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Achenblog
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: Hot Air and At-Largely
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 …
Discussion: Reason and The Anonymous Liberal
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 …
Discussion: Wonkette, David Corn and Campaign Silo
Eric March / Comedy Central:
Barack Obama to Appear on The Daily Show Wednesday  —  We just got word that the studio is in full lock down mode.  After all, Jon barely escaped his previous interview with this tax-and-spend terrorist of the center-left alive.  —  One last chance to wring the truth out of this madman, folks.
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Reid eyes Byrd ouster  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is quietly preparing to ease 90-year-old Sen. Robert C. Byrd from his perch as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Democratic insiders tell Politico.  —  Reid has not yet discussed his plans with Byrd.
Discussion: Campaign Silo and Don Surber
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Pachacutec / Firedoglake:
ACORN Thanks Firedoglake and Its Other Allies (VIDEO)
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Bill Sammon / Fox News:
Obama Affinity to Marxists Dates Back to College Days
The Huffington Post:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Greg Palast: Drinking the ACORN Kool-Aid …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Reason
Marc Ambinder:
Curious  —  Why is it, exactly, that while Sen. McCain called …
Discussion: Time, Swampland and Political Machine
The Trail / Washington Post:
Bush Stops by RNC to Give Thanks and Wish GOP Luck
Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
Legal War Rooms Prep for Election Battle
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
McCain says pundits being fooled, promises victory
Discussion: and The Impolitic
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Ohio man accused of shooting teen over McCain sign
Discussion: MoJoBlog
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Bousquet / St. Petersburg Times:
12,165 now on Florida's ‘no match’ vote list
Discussion: Facing South and MSNBC
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Obama campaigns near Phila. despite bad weather
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Martin Markovits / The Huffington Post:
Tipping the Scales — Up to 10,000 Registrations Deemed Incomplete in Colorado
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Journalists Name 44th President
Wall Street Journal:
Will Obama Gut Defense?
Discussion: QandO and PrairiePundit