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6:35 AM ET, October 31, 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 …
Washington Post:
WaPo-ABC Tracking: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Discussion: American Street and TalkLeft
Joe Klein / Swampland:
And Lower...  Here we have the McCain campaign's execrable Michael Goldfarb slinging around accusations of anti-semitism—a favorite pastime, as we've seen this year, among Jewish neoconservatives.  I've never met Rashid Khalidi, but he is (a) Palestinian and therefore (b) a semite, so the charge of anti-semitism is fatuous.
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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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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Cover this!  Inside the nastiest '08 rumors  —  Thank you for your e-mails!  —  When John McCain and Barack Obama started running for president in 2007, they were two of the most universally liked and respected politicians in America — men who even members of the opposite party saw as decent …
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 …
Scott / Kay Hagan for North Carolina:
Kay Hagan Files Suit  —  103008 KRH Lawsuit - Upload a Document to Scribd  —  GREENSBORO, NC- Kay Hagan filed a lawsuit against Elizabeth Dole and the Elizabeth Dole Committee, Inc., after Dole declined to remove her new television ad, described by North Carolina newspapers as “indecent,” …
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Robert Arena / AMERICAblog News:   Hagan hits back on Dole
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
A Last Push To Deregulate  —  The White House is working to enact a wide array of federal regulations, many of which would weaken government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment, before President Bush leaves office in January.  —  The new rules would be among …
Discussion: The Corner and Kevin Drum
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Petraeus Wants to Go to Syria; Bush Administration Says No  —  Petraeus Proposed Visiting Syria But Was Rejected By Bush Administration  —  Apparently Gen. David Petraeus does not agree with the Bush administration that the road to Damascus is a dead end.
Discussion: Syria Comment and Matthew Yglesias
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
Washington Post:
An ‘Idiot Wind’  —  John McCain's latest attempt to link Barack Obama to extremism  —  WITH THE presidential campaign clock ticking down, Sen. John McCain has suddenly discovered a new boogeyman to link to Sen. Barack Obama: a sometimes controversial but widely respected Middle East scholar named Rashid Khalidi.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MCCAIN'S DISGRACE  —  The McCain campaign has been throwing around so much mud and smears in recent weeks that it's easy to miss just how ugly and shameful their character assassination of Rashid Khalidi is.  This is an entirely respectable, highly respected scholar.
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.
The Huffington Post:
Eagleburger Blisters Palin: “Of Course” She's Not Ready  —  A former Republican Secretary of State and one of John McCain's most prominent supporters offered a stunningly frank and remarkably bleak assessment of Sarah Palin's capacity to handle the presidency should such a scenario arise.
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Obama prepares for quick transition  —  The best-kept secret in Washington is that Barack Obama has the largest and most disciplined presidential transition team anyone can recall.  Headed by John Podesta, former chief of staff in Bill Clinton's White House, it started work …
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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 …
The Huffington Post:
Court Docs: GOP Donor Secretly Funneled $75K To Coleman Family  —  The CEO of a major marine technology company is alleging that he was pressured by a friend and associate of Norm Coleman to secretly funnel tens of thousands of dollars to the Senator's family.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Rahm Emanuel: Obama's chief of staff?  —  Is Rep. Rahm Emanuel being courted to run the White House for Barack Obama?  Or is that story just part of a big (not to mention premature) D.C. guessing game?  —  Aides and advisors to Obama and Emanuel — fellow Democratic members of Congress from Ilinois …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
MCCAIN FINALLY FINDS HIS PLUMBER  —  Joe the Plumber says McCain is ‘real American’  —  From NBC/NJ's Adam Aigner-Treworgy  —  ELYRIA, Ohio — After looking for him to no avail at his Ohio bus tour stop this morning, McCain found Joe the Plumber in Sandusky this afternoon and then brought …
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 …
Agence France Presse:
US election: If Iraqis could vote it would be for McCain … For five years Ali and Mohammed have lived alongside US soldiers in their Baghdad neighbourhood near Rasheed Street, a prominent commercial artery running through the heart of the Iraqi capital.  —  During that time American culture …
Discussion: Hot Air and Flopping Aces
Solomon Moore / New York Times:
Records of Obama and McCain as Lawmakers Reflect Differences on Crime  —  CHICAGO — As an Illinois legislator for seven years, Senator Barack Obama sponsored more than 100 bills on crime, corrections and the death penalty, making criminal justice one of his top priorities as a state lawmaker.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Thank you, Stanley Kurtz  —  I'd like to be on record about this before Tuesday.  We don't know what is going to happen.  The polls, if they mean anything, appear to be tightening, and I am still hopeful that Americans will grasp the degree to which our liberty and security would be imperiled by an Obama presidency.
 
 
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Discussion: TalkLeft
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GOP halves Democratic lead in generic ballot
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Pierre Thomas / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: U.S. Expects Bin Laden Message Near Election
Discussion: Hot Air and Alternate Brain
Michael Barone / US News:
Election Prediction: Democrats Won't Get a Filibuster-Proof Senate
Discussion: Salon and American Power
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Still No Palin Medical Records: Why?
Discussion: Hot Air
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Recruiting Volunteers For Arizona; “Real Chance”
David Peisner / Esquire:
Why White Supremacists Support Barack Obama
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Say Anything