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9:30 AM ET, October 30, 2008

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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: MSNBC and Pam's House Blend
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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 …
Atrios / Eschaton:
Rogue
ABCNEWS:
Transcript Excerpts from Elizabeth Vargas' Interview With Gov. Sarah Palin
The Trail / Washington Post:   Tucker Eskew Blasts Palin Press Coverage
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
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.
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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
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 …
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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Palestra.net:
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Discussion: Dr. Melissa Clouthier
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
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
Christopher Hass / Barack Obama and Joe Biden:
American Stories, American Solutions  —  Tonight, the campaign aired a special 30 minute program in which Barack addressed the nation about his plan for the country and the issues that are at stake in this election.  In case you missed any part of it, or if you want to watch it again or share …
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
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.
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.
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
William Yardley / New York Times:
Ted Stevens Receives a Hero's Welcome in Alaska  —  ANCHORAGE — Two days after he was convicted on seven felony counts in Washington, Senator Ted Stevens returned to Alaska on Wednesday night to begin a six-day campaign sprint, telling several hundred supporters at a rally here that he would be vindicated …
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
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.
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.
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%.
 
 
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Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Cuomo Prepares to Embarrass Banks Over Top Level Pay
Washington Post:
Treasury, FDIC Near Deal on Mortgage Aid
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: THIRD QUARTER 2008 (ADVANCE)
Discussion: The Swamp and BizzyBlog
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
BREAKING: Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Plaintiff Demand …
New York Times:
Mortgage Justice Is Blind
Discussion: EconLog
Michael Duffy / Time:
Obama Holds Leads in Key Swing States As Election Day Nears
Discussion: TIME.com
 Earlier Items: 
Dave Wedge / Boston Herald:
Aerosmith's Joe Perry walks this way with John McCain
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Richard Allen Greene / CNN:
30-minute Obama ad shows campaign muscle
Discussion: The Caucus and The Moderate Voice
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
A Very Special Obama
Fausta / Fausta's Blog:
The Gap: “Vote twice”?
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Following the Script: Obama, McCain and ‘The West Wing’
Discussion: Liberal Values and Political Punch