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1:45 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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Scott / Power Line:
OBAMA SHRUGGED: THE WEBSITE  —  We continue to receive reports of dubious (i.e., illegal) donations to the Obama campaign.  Yesterday Mark Steyn reported the contribution of “Adolfe Hitler” of 1 Reichstag Building.  Herr “Hitler” received a grateful acknowledgement of his contribution:
Mark Steyn / The Corner:   Holding All the Cards  —  On the grubby little racket …
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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a Times / Los Angeles Times:
McCain campaign accuses L.A. Times of ‘suppressing’ Obama video
The Trail / Washington Post:
Palin Stumps with Joe the Plumber, Mocks the LA Times
Discussion: TIME.com
Agence France Presse:
McCain renews attacks on Obama links to radical
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TIME.com
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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Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
Palin's Energy Speech
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
GOP split over Palin's future role in the party
Discussion: New York Times and PrairiePundit
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.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder, TBogg and TIME.com
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Obama Infomercial, a Closing Argument to the Everyman
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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The Huffington Post:   Dole Ad Fabricates Audio Of Opponent Yelling “There Is No God”
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Dole still keeping the faith
Discussion: Reproductive Health
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.
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.
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
Marc Ambinder:
The Obama Campaign Plays The Palin Card...  After two long months of itchy trigger fingers.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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 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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
The Huffington Post:
The Notoriously Cheap Democratic Senate  —  On the cusp of winning a filibuster-proof 60 vote majority, Democratic Senators are hoarding their personal campaign chests, demonstrating more self interest than a willingness to share their money in order to gain firm control of the Senate.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Kevin Drum
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
FIRE:
Quinnipiac University Threatens Student Group for Associating with Off-Campus Newspaper  —  Quinnipiac University (QU) has threatened a student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists with expulsion from campus if the group associates with The Quad News, an independent student newspaper formed …
Discussion: The Corner
Michelle Malkin:
John Murtha is running scared; new internal poll shows virtual dead heat  —  More than a year's worth of covering GOP upstart Bill Russell's challenge to smear merchant corruptocrat John Murtha is paying off.  —  The momentum has shifted.  National media and politicos are paying attention.
 
 
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Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
Frank is new target of McCain on the trail
Discussion: The New Editor
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Florida at center of tug-of-war between McCain, Obama
Discussion: The Caucus
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Pragmatic Defense Of Punitive Taxation
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Michele McPhee / ABCNEWS:
Mass. Pol Accused of Stuffing Bra With Bribes
Discussion: Moonbattery and Top of the Ticket
Ryan H. Sager / Reason:
The Rove Realignment  —  Have libertarians been driven out of the GOP?
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
After Calling Social Security An ‘Absolute Disgrace,’ …
Boston Globe:
Obama on defense in Pa. as McCain senses an opening
Chicago Tribune:
Congressman's $200,000 loan  —  U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez's loan …
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs and TPMMuckraker
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
‘A New Kind of Politics’? Good Luck With That.