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9:55 AM ET, October 29, 2008

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a Times / Los Angeles Times:
McCain campaign accuses L.A. Times of ‘suppressing’ Obama video  —  The Times says its promise to a source prevents the paper from posting the video, which shows Barack Obama praising Palestinian activist Rashid Khalidi at a 2003 banquet.  The story first appeared in April.
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Brit Hume / Fox News:
Videotape of Barack Obama You Won't See on the News Is Making News  —  Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:  —  Tale of the Tape  —  The McCain camp has now joined those demanding The Los Angeles Times release a 2003 video that shows Barack Obama celebrating with a group of Palestinians hostile to Israel.
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.
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Bill Dyer / Townhall.com:   Obama campaign's deliberate invitation to pre-paid credit-card fraud …
New York Times:
Win or Lose, Many See Palin as Future of Party  —  Whether the Republican presidential ticket wins or loses on Tuesday, a group of prominent conservatives are planning to meet the next day to discuss the way forward, and whatever the outcome, Gov. Sarah Palin will be high on the agenda.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama donors get access to top advisers  —  Aides to Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) scheduled pricey luncheons, roundtables, readings, V.I.P. receptions, dinners and policy dinners with campaign officials and advisers, offering donors a taste of his potential administration.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Accuracy Of Polls a Question In Itself  —  Could the polls be wrong?  —  Sen. John McCain and his allies say that they are.  The country, they say, could be headed to a 2008 version of the famous 1948 upset election, with McCain in the role of Harry S. Truman and Sen. Barack Obama as Thomas E. Dewey …
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Socialism Is Everywhere  —  In a stunning reversal, John McCain today endorsed the redistribution of wealth: … Did you catch that?  John McCain wants to take your money and “spread” it to various mortgage lenders.  Apparently, he thinks that he knows better than you do how your money should be spent.
Discussion: Simply Left Behind
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Obama Infomercial, a Closing Argument to the Everyman  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Barack Obama will use his prime-time half-hour infomercial on Wednesday night to make what is effectively a closing argument to a national audience of millions.  At times he will speak directly into the camera …
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Consumers Feel the Next Crisis: It's Credit Cards  —  First came the mortgage crisis.  Now comes the credit card crisis.  —  After years of flooding Americans with credit card offers and sky-high credit lines, lenders are sharply curtailing both, just as an eroding economy squeezes consumers.
Africanpress / African Press International:
The Michelle Obama tapes to be aired any day/time from now: API and Fox News Network (USA) in a final agreement on the airing days/time.  —  A final agreement has been reached between African Press International (API) and Fox News Network (USA) on the dates to air the Michelle Obama tape arising …
Discussion: GINA COBB and JammieWearingFool
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
The man behind ‘fair and balanced’  —  Fox News anchor Brit Hume, reflecting on his 12 years at the cable news network, recalled that during its formative stages, a New York Times television writer said the news division of Rupert Murdch's network was like an “imaginary friend.”
Discussion: Dr. Sanity and Betsy's Page
Washington Post:
The Real Problem With Obama's Tax Plan  —  We've heard a lot this month about how Sen. Barack Obama's tax plans would affect Joe the Plumber — the Ohio man who recently asked the Democratic nominee whether Obama planned to raise his taxes.  Opponents of Obama seized on the incident to argue that his middle-class tax cuts are a scam.
Campbell Brown / CNN:
Commentary: Obama breaks promise on campaign finance  —  Editor's note: Campbell Brown anchors CNN's “Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull” at 8 p.m. ET Mondays through Fridays.  She delivered this commentary during the “Cutting through the Bull” segment of Tuesday night's broadcast.
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
‘A New Kind of Politics’?  Good Luck With That.  —  Barack Obama this week unveiled the closing argument of his presidential campaign.  It seemed more like a reminder of his unfinished business.  —  I'm not referring to Obama's specific plans.  Policy goodies such as health care and renewable energy …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Commentary
The Raw Story:
Fox host scolds ‘Joe the Plumber’ after McCain backer says Obama vote means ‘death to Israel’  —  The all-out effort from John McCain's presidential campaign to scare voters into backing the Republican candidate continued apace on Tuesday as McCain surrogate Joe the Plumber agreed that a Barack …
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Fox News:
‘Joe the Plumber’ Backs Claim That Obama Would Bring ‘Death to Israel’
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Kausfiles Tightens Up!  —  Shocked, Shocked for Barack!  The cheapest out if your'e a previously McCain-friendly pundit who wants to endorse Obama is to say you like McCain but can't vote for him because you're revolted by his campaign.  It's an out elaborately developed by Joe Klein at Time …
Washington Wire:
In Memo, McCain's Top Pollster Sees Tighter Race  —  Elizabeth Holmes reports from battleground Pennsylvania on the presidential race.  —  John McCain's campaign has seen “significant” progress in internal polling in the last week, Republican pollster Bill McInturff said Tuesday …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain pollster: Black vote locked in in polls
Discussion: The Hill and FiveThirtyEight.com
Bert Case / WLBT-TV:
Voter rolls stuffed with dead and absent registrants  —  Updated:  —  JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Mississippi's voter situation is hard to believe.  Places like Madison County have over 123% more registered voters than people over the age of 18.  —  Sue Sautermeister, First District Election Commissioner …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Dan Perrin / www.redstate.com:
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 …
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
How John McCain ran against himself  —  Sen. John McCain declares his intention to run for president during a campaign kickoff rally in Nashua, N.H., Sept. 27, 1999.  —  Just over the horizon lies an alternate universe in which John McCain is locked in a tense nail-biter of a presidential race …
Discussion: MSNBC
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
After 148 Years, a Democrat Returns to Harrisonburg  —  NORFOLK — Barack Obama is making such an aggressive play to win Virginia that it is easy to forget how unusual it is for a Democrat to be campaigning for president in the commonwealth at all..  —  But Obama himself put it in perspective during …
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Raising Kaine
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Time Inc. Plans About 600 Layoffs  —  Time Inc., the world's largest magazine publisher, plans to cut 6 percent of its work force — more than 600 positions — and will revamp the organization in a way that could radically alter the culture at the company.  —  The company outlined the overhaul …
 
 
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David Carr / New York Times:
Mourning Old Media's Decline
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Manav Tanneeru / CNN:
Obama's ahead, polls say, but will the lead last?
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Right-Wing Group Distributing Hundreds Of Thousands Of DVDs Attacking …
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Tom Bergin / Reuters:
BP reports record $10 billion profit
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Scandal in Louisiana's Criminal Courts
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Campaign workers attacked
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Daniels to skip another Palin rally
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U.S. Markets Surge As Credit Starts to Thaw
Marc Ambinder:
The Polls — They Are... Tightening. And Not Tightening.
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Michelle Malkin:
A tour of Jeremiah Wright's new mansion
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