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10:20 PM ET, October 30, 2008

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New York Times:
Growing Doubts on Palin Take a Toll, Poll Finds  —  A growing number of voters have concluded that Senator John McCain's running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, is not qualified to be vice president, weighing down the Republican ticket in the last days of the campaign, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
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CBS News:
Poll: Obama Maintains Comfortable Lead  —  CBS/NY Times Survey Finds Double-Digit Advantage For Democrat As Voters Express Fear About Both Candidates Becoming President  —  (CBS) With less than one week until Election Day, Barack Obama maintains a clear lead over John McCain in the presidential race …
gqrr.com:
Stan Greenberg's Letter To Bill McInturff, Lead Pollster, McCain-Palin 2008  —  To: Bill McInturff, lead pollster, McCain-Palin 2008  —  Partner, Public Opinion Strategies  —  From: Stan Greenberg, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and Democracy Corps  —  RE: STATE OF THE RACE AND BALLOT POSITION
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John Dickerson / Slate:
The McCain campaign is unusually upbeat.  Does it have reason to be?  —  With only five days left until Election Day, John McCain's campaign aides seem happier than they have been in a while.  For the last few days, the campaign has been increasingly buoyed by what it says has been improvement …
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Joe the Plumber shows at McCain rally
Discussion: The Swamp, TIME.com and Wonkette
Reuters:
Qaeda wants Republicans, Bush “humiliated”: Web video  —  DUBAI (Reuters) - An al Qaeda leader has called for President George W. Bush and the Republicans to be “humiliated,” without endorsing any party in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, according to a video posted on the Internet.
iowahawk:
As a Conservative, I Must Say I Do Quite Like the Cut of this Obama Fellow's Jib  —  By T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII  —  Columnist, The National Topsider  —  Membership Chairman, The Newport Club  —  When my late father T. Coddington Van Voorhees VI founded the iconoclastic conservative …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
JOE?  WHERE DID YOU GO?  —  From NBC/NJ's Adam Aigner-Treworgy  —  DEFIANCE, Ohio — “Where is Joe?  Is Joe here with us today?”  —  That's the question John McCain asked roughly 6,000 people at Defiance Junior High School here this morning, But the correct answer was no — Joe the Plumber was nowhere to be found.
Anne / Nielsen Wire:
21.7% Of Households In Top Local TV Markets Watched Obama Infomercial  —  The combined overall household rating for Senator Barack Obama's Wednesday night infomercial, in the top 56 local television markets where Nielsen maintains electronic TV meters, was 21.7.
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
McCain: 'When I'm President, we're not gonna let' Exxon reap record profits.»  —  Today, ExxonMobil shattered records by reporting a $14.83 billion profit, just in the third quarter.  Campaigning in Ohio, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) declared that when he's President, “we're not gonna let that happen.”
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Economist:
It's time  —  America should take a chance and make Barack Obama the next leader of the free world  —  IT IS impossible to forecast how important any presidency will be.  Back in 2000 America stood tall as the undisputed superpower, at peace with a generally admiring world.
Carl Prine / PittsburghLIVE.com:
Majority of Allegheny prostitutes are on the Democratic side  —  TRIBUNE-REVIEW  —  John McCain and Barack Obama, if you're wooing a population of registered voters who are young, female and drawn to men in suits, then Allegheny County has 675 ladies ready to pull your lever.
Discussion: Don Surber and Jules Crittenden
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Erica Jong Tells Italians Obama Loss ‘Will Spark the Second American Civil War.  Blood Will Run in the Streets’  —  It seems that the final days of the presidential campaign have made Erica Jong and her friends more than a little anxious.  —  A few days ago, Jong, the author and self-described feminist …
The Charlotte Observer:
Dole's desperate turn to Big Lie advertising  —  North Carolina knows from sad experience about negative election campaigns and misleading, untruthful advertising.  In the 1950 campaign, opponents of the late UNC President Frank Porter Graham used a doctored photo of his wife with a black man …
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Robert Arena / AMERICAblog News:   Hagan hits back on Dole
Justin Rood / ABCNEWS:
McCain-Palin Campaign Snubs Penn State Prez  —  Unwelcome at Palin Campus Event Because He's a “Big Democrat”  —  A McCain-Palin campaign official snubbed the president of Penn State University who inquired about attending a campus speech Tuesday by Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin …
Richard S. Dunham / Houston Chronicle:
Poll finds 23% of Texans think Obama is Muslim  —  WASHINGTON — A University of Texas poll to be released today shows Republican presidential candidate John McCain and GOP Sen. John Cornyn leading by comfortable margins in Texas, as expected.  But the statewide survey of 550 registered voters …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The association that dare not speak its name  —  McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb isn't “lying,” as this YouTube claims  —  But his hands are tied by the candidate.  —  Jeremiah Wright remains off-limits.
Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: U.S. Expects Bin Laden Message Near Election  —  Analysts: OBL Could Speak Out in an Effort to Prove His Relevance  —  Multiple senior government officials tell ABC News the intelligence community is anticipating a message from Osama bin Laden before or just after the presidential election.
Discussion: Hot Air and Alternate Brain
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Recruiting Volunteers For Arizona; “Real Chance”  —  An Arizonan forwarded this e-mail to Barack Obama's supporters in Arizona:
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Sen. Bond Warns Palin Crowd That Obama Wants Judges Who Empathize With “The Gay”  —  From CBS News' Scott Conroy:  —  (CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO.) - Taking the stage as one of the pre-program speakers at a Sarah Palin rally here in Rush Limbaugh's hometown, Sen. Kit Bond, R-Missouri …
Discussion: Think Progress
New York Times:
Voter Purge Rejected in Colorado  —  DENVER — Tens of thousands of Coloradans who had been removed from the state's voter rolls will be allowed to vote in next week's election and given extra protections so their ballots are counted, under an agreement reached late Wednesday in federal court here.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Associated Press and ACSBlog
Atrios / Eschaton:
In Which Michael Goldfarb Has A Bad Day  —  Though Sanchez shouldn't have internalized the premise of Khalidi being anti-Semitic.  Just because the McCain campaign says something doesn't make it so.
Washington Post:
WaPo-ABC Tracking: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do  —  Sen. John McCain has made no evident headway in separating himself from President Bush in the final days of the campaign, and that connection continues to be a drag on his candidacy.  —  According to the new Washington Post-ABC News daily tracking poll …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Marc Ambinder:
Counterevidence Watch: Obama + 3 In The Fox Poll  —  http://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/ 103008_poll.pdf  —  A Democratic reader writes: … Small variations in weighting can have proportionately large effects on the perception of a poll, t'is true.  —  But I'm no expert on this question …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
OBAMA X.  —  Granted, it's probably (okay, certainly) not true.  But if that crazy person who runs Atlas Shrugged is right and Barack Obama really is the son of Malcolm X, that would make my day.  Honestly, who wouldn't give Malcolm props for that one?  And think there's anyway we can fit Tupac into the bloodline?
Dylan Boyle / Iowa State Daily:
Pre-emptive ejection: Audience members removed at McCain rally in Cedar Falls  —  Audience members escorted out of Sen. John McCain's, R-Ariz., campaign event in Cedar Falls questioned why they were asked to leave Sunday's rally even though they were not protesting.
David Peisner / Esquire:
Why White Supremacists Support Barack Obama  —  How do racists, anti-Semites and all-purpose hate-mongers view the possibility of America's first black president?  Not necessarily the way you think they would.  —  If recent polls are to be believed, white voters favor John McCain over Barack …
Discussion: Say Anything
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Condé Nast Cuts Focus on 2 Magazines  —  Condé Nast Publications will reduce the number of issues that it publishes of two magazines, Portfolio and Men's Vogue, and will cut budgets across the company by 5 percent, company executives said Thursday as the belt-tightening …
Hans Bader / OpenMarket.org:
You're Still A Racist, Obama Advisor Says  —  Even if you vote for Obama, you're still probably a racist, according to Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree, in his remarks at a recent panel discussion at my alma mater.  Ogletree, Obama's top advisor on race issues, explains that since Obama is …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Still No Palin Medical Records: Why?  —  Was that promise last week another lie?  Again, I challenge Mark Salter personally.  He called me crazy for asking questions about Sarah Palin's alleged fifth pregnancy.  If you think questions are not worth asking, or based on nothing but partisanship and hate …
Discussion: Hot Air
Wyatt Andrews / CBS News:
Reality Check: The Cost Of Obama's Pledges  —  Web Exclusive: If Victorious, Barack Obama May Find Fewer Resources Than He Needs For His Campaign Promises  —  (CBS) This story was written by CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews.  —  Without question, the Barack Obama infomercial served …
Jim Newell / Wonkette:
Jesus People Pray That False Idol Will Save God's Economy  —  Did you know that some Christian dingbat has dubbed today the “Day of Prayer for the World's Economies?”  Well here they are, at the Wall Street bull statue thing, praying to Jesus for money.  The dingbat has explained …
Michael Barone / US News:
Election Prediction: Democrats Won't Get a Filibuster-Proof Senate  —  If, as seems likely but not quite certain, Barack Obama is elected next Tuesday, a key question for public policymaking will be how many Democrats are elected to the Senate.  Currently, there are 51 Democrats there …
Discussion: Salon
Fox News:
Bill Clinton: Obama Got Lots of Help on Economic Crisis Response  —  Bill Clinton says at a rally that Barack Obama called a round of advisers during the height of the economic crisis and said, “tell me what ... to do.”  —  FOXNews.com  —  Barack Obama cultivated the image of a cool …
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Obama raising money to fund presidential transition
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
‘Blue Dog’ Democrats ready to bark louder on Hill
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They're not even trying to be subtle
TheInDecider / Comedy Central:
Stephen Colbert Endorses Barack Obama
Discussion: Washington Wire
James A. Barnes / National Journal Online:
Reliable Red States No Longer
John Hood / The Corner:
A Joke And What It Reveals  —  Speaking in front of a huge audience …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and protein wisdom