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11:30 AM ET, October 29, 2008


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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.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:   Holding All the Cards  —  On the grubby little racket …
Bill Dyer /   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.
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: Betsy's Page and Dr. Sanity
Africanpress / African Press International:
Obama's campaign manager offers 3 million dollars to API in connection …
Discussion: Macsmind and GINA COBB
Africanpress / African Press International:
The Michelle Obama tapes to be aired any day/time from now …
Discussion: GINA COBB and JammieWearingFool
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama infomercial: Smart politics or risky overkill?
Anne Ryman / Arizona Republic:
Obama neck and neck with McCain in Arizona  —  Sen. John McCain's once-comfortable lead in Arizona has all but evaporated, according to a new poll that has the underdog Republican presidential candidate struggling in his own backyard.  —  With less than a week until Election Day …
Wendy Button / The Daily Beast:
So Long, Democrats  —  How Obama and Palin Redefined Political Sex Appeal by Tina Brown  —  A speechwriter for Obama, Edwards, and Clinton on why she's voting McCain.  —  Since I started writing speeches more than ten years ago, I have always believed in the Democratic Party.  Not anymore.
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.
New York: A Preview of Things to Come  —  The incubator of all bad liberal ideas, New York state, is in even worse shape than thought now that the hapless Governor David Paterson has admitted the state faces a $47 billion deficit, which is $20 billion more than estimated just three months ago.
Discussion: New York Post and EconLog
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
Discussion: HazZzMat
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.
Discussion: Emptywheel and
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.
Associated Press:
AP EXCLUSIVE: Obama ahead or tied in 8 key states  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama, gunning for a national landslide, now leads in four states won by President Bush in 2004 and is essentially tied with John McCain in two other Republican red states, according to new AP-GfK battleground polling.
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.
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
After Calling Social Security An ‘Absolute Disgrace,’ McCain Says Safety Nets Are ‘What America Is All About’  —  In an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity last night, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) claimed it was a “far-left liberal view that you need to take money from one group of Americans and give it to another.”
Discussion: Eschaton
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 and
Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's New Deal No Better Than Old One  —  With victory in sight, Barack Obama's supporters are predicting that he will give us a new New Deal.  To see what that might mean, let's look back on the original New Deal.  —  The purpose of New Deal legislation was not, as commonly thought …
Discussion: PrairiePundit
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 …
Boston Globe:
Obama on defense in Pa. as McCain senses an opening  —  CHESTER, Pa. - This is football country, so let's use a football analogy: In the closing days of the presidential campaign, Senator Barack Obama has the ball and he's driving deep into opposing territory.  But John McCain is looking for a sack.
Discussion: Early Returns and The Patriot Room
Ray Fisman / Slate:
Did people who knew about secret, CIA-led coups use that information to game the stock market?  —  In 1951, Jacobo Árbenz Gúzman became Guatemala's second democratically elected president.  Árbenz's authoritarian predecessors had been very sympathetic to American business interests …
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Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
New Voters Back Obama; Turnout Unsure
Discussion: The Patriot Room
Chicago Tribune:
Congressman's $200,000 loan  —  U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez's loan …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
McCain's Troubles Afflicting Other Races
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and MSNBC
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
2 Rivals' Plans on Fiscal Issue Add to Deficits
Discussion: The Swamp and
Bert Case / WLBT-TV:
Voter rolls stuffed with dead and absent registrants
Discussion: and Pajamas Media
 Earlier Items: 
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
‘A New Kind of Politics’? Good Luck With That.
Discussion: and Commentary
David Carr / New York Times:
Mourning Old Media's Decline
Discussion: Right Wing News
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
How John McCain ran against himself
Discussion: MSNBC
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Right-Wing Group Distributing Hundreds Of Thousands Of DVDs Attacking …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
After 148 Years, a Democrat Returns to Harrisonburg
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Raising Kaine
Ben Bomberger / Galax Gazette Online:
Campaign workers attacked
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Time Inc. Plans About 600 Layoffs
Dan Perrin /
The Seven Reasons McCain-Palin Are a Lock to Win
Discussion: Don Surber, Right Wing News and Eunomia