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6:40 PM ET, October 29, 2008

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Directorblue / Doug Ross:
RED ALERT Tip: Two quotes from the Obama-Khalidi videotape  —  You know the videotape that shows Barack Obama toasting PLO terrorist Rashid Khalidi?  The one that the Los Angeles Times refuses to release? … How frickin' stupid do they think we are?  Someone gave the Times a videotape so it wouldn't be released?
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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.
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
Joe the Plumber pursued for record deal  —  Move over, Sanjaya, and tell William Hung the news: Joe the Plumber is being pursued for a major record deal and could come out with a country album as early as Inauguration Day.  —  “Joe” — aka Samuel Wurzelbacher, a Holland, Ohio …
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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.
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CNN:
Poll: Obama surges in Colorado, makes gains on Electoral Map  —  (CNN) — Does the road to the White House run through the Rocky Mountains?  A new state poll in Colorado suggests that Barack Obama has doubled his lead over John McCain there, as the Democratic nominee claims more territory on CNN's Electoral Map.
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 …
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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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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 and The Corner
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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.
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin Vows to Remain Player in 2012: ‘Not Doing This For Naught’  —  John McCain's Vice Presidential Running Mate Remains Focused on Election Day Win  —  Gov. Sarah Palin suggested that if the Republican ticket is defeated on Tuesday she expects to be a player in the next election four years from now …
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 CBSNews.com.
Brad Bumsted / PittsburghLIVE.com:
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.
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 …
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
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Dennis Prager: Equality ‘Is A European Value, Not An American Value’  —  Right-wing radio host Dennis Prager spoke before an audience of 3,000 at Minneapolis' Orchestra Hall, during which he attacked the “left” for constructing “a grand edifice of lies about America.”
Sean Quinn / FiveThirtyEight.com:
McCain Miami Rally, Getting Ugly Down Here  —  Look in later today for our On the Road piece from Wilmington, North Carolina.  We're a bit ahead of our coverage, which occasionally happens out here with the long distances, input, output and timing demands.  Tonight we'll be at the Obama-Clinton rally …
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HIT 'EM WITH HUMOR.... Barack Obama campaigned earlier in Raleigh, North Carolina, principally relying on the closing-statement speech he unveiled in Ohio on Monday.  Today, however, he added a new paragraph.  —  “[B]ecause he knows his economic theories don't work, he's been spending …
Gallup:
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 …
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.
Marc Ambinder:
The Obama Campaign Plays The Palin Card...  After two long months of itchy trigger fingers.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Weekly Standard
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
O'Reilly: Can we arrest Obama spokesman Bill Burton ‘for being mean’ to Megyn Kelly?  »  —  On Monday, Fox News host Megyn Kelly interviewed Bill Burton, a spokesman for Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL).  As she repeated the right-wing talking points alleging Obama has a “socialist” agenda …
Discussion: The Jed Report
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Obama has 5-point lead on McCain  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Barack Obama has a steady 5-point national lead over Republican John McCain with six days left in the grueling race for the White House, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.
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.
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.
The Corner:
The Anti-Romney Campaign  —  I feel like the primary campaign isn't over as fingers point to Mitt Romney supposedly trying to take down Sarah Palin.  The whole thing is a distraction Dems must be grateful for.  —  If the former Massachusetts governor is trying to do Palin in for the sake of his future …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
 
 
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Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
US election: John McCain plays on fear of ‘communismo’
Discussion: The Buzz and Fausta's Blog
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Labels and name-calling  —  John McCain continued today trying …
Discussion: Say Anything and Salon
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
IL-Senate: Who Would Step Into Obama's Shoes?
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Letting the Homeless Vote
Discussion: Alas, a blog
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Crist says internal polls show McCain ahead in Fla.
Tim Whewell / BBC:
Georgia accused of targeting civilians
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and ATTACKERMAN
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
So What About the Obamacons?  —  Several readers have asked …
Discussion: Commentary
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
McCain's GOP support showing more cracks
Discussion: Think Progress
 Earlier Items: 
The Times Leader:
Rendell spokesman says GOP has ‘Jim Crow’ attitude
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
Pol Watchers:
Obama effigy found on UK's campus
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Michael Sandler / The Hill:
Dems get ready to rule
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Winner  —  The video that changed an election campaign.
Discussion: Commentary