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10:50 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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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 …
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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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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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 …
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 …
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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama infomercial: Smart politics or risky overkill?
Discussion: TIME.com
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
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.
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 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.
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
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.
Discussion: The Corner and PoliGazette
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
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
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 …
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
Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
New Voters Back Obama; Turnout Unsure  —  Young and returning voters continue to flock to Sen. Barack Obama, but the potentially game-changing question of how heavily they will turn out for Tuesday's election still lingers.  —  A new poll shows that 69% of new and returning voters plan …
Discussion: The Patriot Room
The Raw Story:
Fox host berates ‘Joe the Plumber’ after McCain surrogate 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 …
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
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
 
 
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Congressman's $200,000 loan  —  U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez's loan …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
JammieWearingFool:
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Discussion: New York Post and EconLog
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: Pajamas Media
David Carr / New York Times:
Mourning Old Media's Decline
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Right-Wing Group Distributing Hundreds Of Thousands Of DVDs Attacking …
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
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The Seven Reasons McCain-Palin Are a Lock to Win
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