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9:20 AM ET, October 30, 2008

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Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin Vows to Remain Player in 2012: ‘Not Doing This For Naught’  —  John McCain's Vice Presidential Running Mate Remains Focused on Election Day Win  —  Gov. Sarah Palin suggested that if the Republican ticket is defeated on Tuesday she expects to be a player in the next election four years from now …
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Roger Simon / The Politico:
McCain camp trying to scapegoat Palin  —  John McCain's campaign is looking for a scapegoat.  It is looking for someone to blame if McCain loses on Tuesday.  —  And it has decided on Sarah Palin.  —  In recent days, a McCain “adviser” told Dana Bash of CNN: “She is a diva.  She takes no advice from anyone.”
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Atrios / Eschaton:
Rogue
ABCNEWS:
Transcript Excerpts from Elizabeth Vargas' Interview With Gov. Sarah Palin
Helen Philpot / Margaret and Helen:
What was I thinking when I called Sarah Palin a bitch?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Greg Gutfeld / Fox News:
Armed and Dangerous: Should Gov. Palin Use Her Looks as a Weapon?
Discussion: FOX Forum and Dirty Harry's Place
Times of London:
Found in a rundown Boston estate: Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango  —  James Bone in Boston, Rob Crilly in Kogelo and Ben Macintyre  —  Barack Obama has lived one version of the American Dream that has taken him to the steps of the White House.  But a few miles from where the Democratic …
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Michelle Malkin:
Obama TV: Dear Leader's infomercial
Discussion: Hot Air, Gateway Pundit and Power Line
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Call Him John the Careless  —  From the invasion of Iraq to the selection of Sarah Palin, carelessness has characterized recent episodes of faux conservatism.  Tuesday's probable repudiation of the Republican Party will punish characteristics displayed in the campaign's closing days.
Gerry Dorsey / Weekly World News:
OCTOBER SURPRISE: UFO ALIEN NOW ENDORSES McCAIN!  —  WASHINGTON, DC - In a shocking reversal with major implications for the U.S. presidential election, political kingmaker, the Alien has switched his endorsement from Barack Obama to John McCain amid furor.  Both political camps are buzzing …
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Politics of Crowds  —  The masses greeting the candidate on the trail are a sign of great unease.  —  There is something odd — and dare I say novel — in American politics about the crowds that have been greeting Barack Obama on his campaign trail.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Alexa James / Times Herald-Record:
Hall adviser fired, linked to Ohio voting fraud probe  —  NEW PALTZ — Congressman John Hall (D-Dover Plains) fired one of his long-time campaign advisers Tuesday, after learning that she's embroiled in voter fraud investigations in Ohio.  —  Amy Little, 49, has been a registered Democrat …
Discussion: The Foundry and Sister Toldjah
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Jim Treacher / Mother, May I Sleep with Treacher?:
INTRODUCING: LI'L OBAMA!  —  The great Batton Lash does it again (with a little help from yours truly).  After the jump:  —  Previous Batton fun here, here, and here.  And check out his fine comicky goodness at exhibitapress.com!
Discussion: Wizbang
Jim Ash / Florida Today:
Poll gives McCain lead in Fla. early voting  —  TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Charlie Crist is taking heat from fellow Republicans for a last-minute decision to extend early voting in Florida, but any Democratic advantage might not be as overwhelming as conventional wisdom suggests.
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
The Decided Go in Droves to Vote Early
Discussion: The Heretik and TIME.com
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Let the Polls Affect Your Vote  —  They were wrong in 2000 and 2004.  —  There has been an explosion of polls this presidential election.  Through yesterday, there have been 728 national polls with head-to-head matchups of the candidates, 215 in October alone.
Discussion: Salon, Commentary and www.redstate.com
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
What We've Learned About McCain  —  As we near the end of another presidential campaign, it is useful to ask ourselves what we have learned about the candidates that we did not know before.  When you reflect back on all the rallies, the speeches, the ads and the debates …
Discussion: Commentary and Firedoglake
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Obama's prime-time ad skips over budget realities  —  WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama was less than upfront in his half-hour commercial Wednesday night about the costs of his programs and the crushing budget pressures he would face in office.
Binyamin Appelbaum / Washington Post:
Banks to Continue Paying Dividends  —  Bailout Money Is for Lending, Critics Say  —  U.S. banks getting more than $163 billion from the Treasury Department for new lending are on pace to pay more than half of that sum to their shareholders, with government permission, over the next three years.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Confederate Yankee:
The Lady Vanishes  —  I've learned from an intelligence and strategic communications source that on May 18, 2004, Obama came to Washington, DC on a fundraising trip.  His trip also included an appearance at the May 2004 AIPAC Policy Conference.  —  Prior to Mr. Obama arriving in Washington …
Rasmussen Reports:
McCain Trusted More on Taxes and Economy  —  After several weeks of John McCain's campaign attacks on Barack Obama's tax plan and idea of “spreading the wealth around”, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds voters trust McCain more than Obama on taxes, 47% to 45%.
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Effete Liberals, Bomaye  —  OK, I'm tired of this.  Someone—who shall remain nameless—just asked me if I was “nervous” about Obama.  FTDS.  I don't believe in black cats.  I don't toss salt over my shoulder.  I step under ladders whenever the mood strikes me.  I break mirrors in my spare time.
The American Conservative:
Francis Fukuyama  —  I'm voting for Barack Obama this November for a very simple reason.  It is hard to imagine a more disastrous presidency than that of George W. Bush.  It was bad enough that he launched an unnecessary war and undermined the standing of the United States throughout the world in his first term.
Donald J. Boudreaux / Christian Science Monitor:
Is Barack Obama really a socialist?  —  Not exactly, but his ‘socialist-lite’ policies should still be cause for concern. … Since telling Joe the Plumber of his wish to “spread the wealth around,” Barack Obama is being called a socialist.  Is he one?  —  No. At least not in the classic sense of the term.
Discussion: EconLog
Mary Williams Walsh / New York Times:
A Question for A.I.G.: Where Did the Cash Go?  —  The American International Group is rapidly running through $123 billion in emergency lending provided by the Federal Reserve, raising questions about how a company claiming to be solvent in September could have developed such a big hole by October.
Discussion: Corrente and Hullabaloo
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
An Acorn Whistleblower Testifies in Court  —  The group's ties to Obama are extensive.  —  Acorn, the liberal “community organizing” group that claims it will deploy 15,000 get-out-the-vote workers on Election Day, can't stay out of the news.  —  The FBI is investigating its voter registration efforts …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
McCain Attacks Los Angeles Times Over Its Refusal to Release '03 Obama Video  —  Alleging media bias in favor of Democrats, Senator John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin seized Wednesday on The Los Angeles Times's refusal to release a five-year-old videotape of Barack Obama at a dinner honoring a Palestinian rights advocate.
Michael Duffy / Time:
Obama Holds Leads in Key Swing States As Election Day Nears  —  Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally in Raleigh, N.C., on Oct. 29, 2008  —  With less than a week of campaigning left, Democrat Barack Obama is holding stable or growing leads …
Discussion: TIME.com
 
 
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