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6:25 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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Atrios / Eschaton:
Rogue  —  Funny.
ABCNEWS:
Transcript Excerpts from Elizabeth Vargas' Interview With Gov. Sarah Palin  —  ‘20/20’ Co-Anchor Elizabeth Vargas Speaks With Alaska Governor on Campaign Trail  —  The following is a transcript excerpt from Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's interview with “20/20” co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas Oct. 29, 2008.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Palin says she's in for long haul
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: The Moderate Voice and Power Line
Helen Philpot / Margaret and Helen:
What was I thinking when I called Sarah Palin a bitch?  —  I am surprised that some of you are up in arms about my calling Sarah Palin a bitch, or John McCain an ass or even George Bush a jackass.  I read your comments about how I should be more respectable and not call Sarah Palin a bitch.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Why Blogging Rocks  —  Because every now and again a new blog emerges …
Discussion: Margaret and Helen
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.
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 …
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.
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: TIME.com
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.
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
Joe the Plumber pursued for record deal  —  Move over, Sanjaya, and tell William Hung the news: Joe the Plumber is being pursued for a major record deal and could come out with a country album as early as Inauguration Day.  —  “Joe” — aka Samuel Wurzelbacher, a Holland, Ohio …
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Larry Rohter / The Caucus:
Joe You-Know-Who Gets a Manager
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.
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: Palestra.net
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Now Running Robocalls Attacking Obama In Home State Of Arizona!  —  John McCain and the Republican National Committee are now running robocalls attacking Obama as weak on terrorism — in McCain's home state of Arizona, according to multiple readers from the state.
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 …
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Michelle Malkin:
I'm late, I'm late, I'm late!  —  Seems like Barack Obama and the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland have something in common:  —  But of course he'll be right on time for the Obama-mercial tonight...  See what others have said  —  Note from Michelle: This section is for comments …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Fausta / Fausta's Blog:
The Gap: “Vote twice”?  —  UPDATED  —  with contact number.  Please scroll down  —  Several people (myself included) have noticed the “Vote Twice” buttons at The Gap displays.  —  Vote Twice?  —  My friend Allyson noticed, too, and decided to write The Gap.  Here's her letter:
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Following the Script: Obama, McCain and ‘The West Wing’  —  When Eli Attie, a writer for “The West Wing,” prepared to plot some episodes about a young Democratic congressman's unlikely presidential bid, he picked up the phone and called David Axelrod.  —  Mr. Attie, a former speechwriter …
Discussion: Liberal Values and Political Punch
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%.
CNN:
Poll: Obama surges in Colorado, makes gains on Electoral Map  —  (CNN) — Does the road to the White House run through the Rocky Mountains?  A new state poll in Colorado suggests that Barack Obama has doubled his lead over John McCain there, as the Democratic nominee claims more territory on CNN's Electoral Map.
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
A Very Special Obama  —  To some extent, I think it was smart of Obama to try and use the event to offer up more in the way of concrete policy specifics.  I'm not sure how successfully he did that, but I think from a strategic point of view that it was the smart thing for him to do with the time.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘American Stories, American Solutions’  —  Here's the whole thing.  —  post comment | … Wow, that was fast.  It's not even over on tv yet.  —  People are really suffering!  Man, how the heck did we get here?  Will no one be held accountable?
Discussion: Liberal Values and Sister Toldjah
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
What It Will Take to Build a Rightroots Movement  —  Keying off Jon Henke, John Hawkins has sparked an enormously provocative and healthy discussion about punditry vs. activism in the conservative blogosphere.  Here he hits the nub of the problem: … Put more succinctly …
Sean Quinn / FiveThirtyEight.com:
McCain Miami Rally, Getting Ugly Down Here  —  Look in later today for our On the Road piece from Wilmington, North Carolina.  We're a bit ahead of our coverage, which occasionally happens out here with the long distances, input, output and timing demands.  Tonight we'll be at the Obama-Clinton rally …
Discussion: Left in the West
MSNBC:
Bill Clinton hails Obama as America's future  —  Former president, candidate share stage for the first time in the campaign  —  KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Portraying harmony like never before, Bill Clinton hailed Barack Obama on Wednesday, a power pairing designed to inspire Democrats already smelling victory.
Discussion: Reuters, Agence France Presse and MyDD
 
 
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Greg Gutfeld / Fox News:
Armed and Dangerous: Should Gov. Palin Use Her Looks as a Weapon?
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Ian Urbina / The Caucus:
Ohio Vote-Challenge Effort Hits Another Roadblock
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
Policy Changes in the Obamamercial
Little Green Footballs:
Obama's ‘Civilian National Security Force’
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Texas Voters Urged to Avoid Straight-Party Option, After Vote-Flip Complaints
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Greg Palast / The Huffington Post:
7 Ways to Steal Back Your Vote
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
McCain's GOP support showing more cracks