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10:15 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.
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Bill Dyer / Townhall.com:
Obama campaign's deliberate invitation to pre-paid credit-card fraud …
Discussion: The Corner
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.
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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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 …
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
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 …
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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama infomercial: Smart politics or risky overkill?
Discussion: MSNBC
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 CNBC.com
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
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
2 Rivals' Plans on Fiscal Issue Add to Deficits  —  WASHINGTON — While both presidential candidates enter the campaign's final week promising to be the better fiscal steward, each has outlined tax and spending proposals that would make annual budget deficits worse, analysts say …
Discussion: The Swamp and TIME.com
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
JammieWearingFool:
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
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 …
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.
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
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
McCain's Troubles Afflicting Other Races  —  Sen. John McCain's struggles in a number of reliably Republican regions of the country are further complicating the already tenuous reelection prospects of some congressional Republicans, according to strategists in both parties and independent analysts.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and MSNBC
Ben Bomberger / Galax Gazette Online:
Campaign workers attacked  —  Two people were arrested Monday afternoon after an altercation led to five Republican campaign workers being sprayed with Mace at their headquarters in Galax.  —  Galax Police Chief Rick Clark said officers were dispatched shortly before 1 p.m …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
 
 
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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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Tom Bergin / Reuters:
BP reports record $10 billion profit
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Radley Balko / Reason:
Scandal in Louisiana's Criminal Courts
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Mary Pat Flaherty / Washington Post:
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Discussion: AlterNet.org
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
U.S. Markets Surge As Credit Starts to Thaw
Marc Ambinder:
The Polls — They Are... Tightening. And Not Tightening.
Discussion: Reason