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12:05 PM 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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Mark Steyn / The Corner:   Holding All the Cards  —  On the grubby little racket …
Bill Dyer / Townhall.com:   Obama campaign's deliberate invitation to pre-paid credit-card fraud …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Conservatives plan secret post-election strategy session  —  Two days after next week's election, top conservatives will gather at the Virginia weekend home of one of the movement's most prominent members to begin a conversation about their role in the GOP and how best to revive a party …
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
GOP split over Palin's future role in the party
Discussion: New York Times and PrairiePundit
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 …
Discussion: Macsmind and GINA COBB
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
The man behind ‘fair and balanced’
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Dr. Sanity
Africanpress / African Press International:
The Michelle Obama tapes to be aired any day/time from now …
Discussion: GINA COBB and JammieWearingFool
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.
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 …
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: TIME.com
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.
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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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 …
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Laying the Groundwork for the Backfire  —  Every time I read Ezra Klein pooh-pooing Barack Obama's domestic agenda, I feel a bit baffled.  He's running on a platform that promises universal preschool, dramatic cuts in carbon emissions and investments in clean energy infrastructure …
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.
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: www.redstate.com and Emptywheel
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.
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 $20 billion more than estimated just three months ago.
Discussion: New York Post and EconLog
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Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
PATERSON PLEA TO FEDS: RE$CUE US!
Discussion: HazZzMat
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
Pachacutec / Firedoglake:
ACORN: Legal Latino Voter, Illegally Targeted by the GOP, Speaks Out (VIDEO)  —  digg it  —  Nineteen year old Francisco Martinez appeared at a press conference this morning convened by ACORN to announce a new commercial and a series of law suits filed on behalf of voters illegally targeted …
Marc Ambinder:
The Obama Campaign Plays The Palin Card...  After two long months of itchy trigger fingers.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Sleepless in Tehran  —  I've always been dubious about Barack Obama's offer to negotiate with Iran — not because I didn't believe that it was the right strategy, but because I didn't believe we had enough leverage to succeed.  And negotiating in the Middle East without leverage is like playing baseball without a bat.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Commentary
 
 
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Michele McPhee / ABCNEWS:
Mass. Pol Accused of Stuffing Bra With Bribes
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Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Support Sought In Afghan Mission
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Ryan H. Sager / Reason:
The Rove Realignment  —  Have libertarians been driven out of the GOP?
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Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
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Michael Barone / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's New Deal No Better Than Old One
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Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
New Voters Back Obama; Turnout Unsure
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Chicago Tribune:
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
McCain's Troubles Afflicting Other Races
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and MSNBC
Bert Case / WLBT-TV:
Voter rolls stuffed with dead and absent registrants
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Pajamas Media
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
‘A New Kind of Politics’? Good Luck With That.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Commentary
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
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Time Inc. Plans About 600 Layoffs