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4:10 PM ET, October 31, 2008

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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Palin Fears Media Threaten Her First Amendment Rights  —  ABC News' Steven Portnoy reports: In a conservative radio interview that aired in Washington, D.C. Friday morning, Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin said she fears her First Amendment rights may be threatened by …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   Sarah Palin speaks on the First Amendment
Drudge Report:
PURGE: SKEPTICAL REPORTERS TOSSED OFF OBAMA PLANE  —  NY POST, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, WASHINGTON TIMES TOLD TO GET OUT... ALL 3 ENDORSED MCCAIN  —  The Obama campaign has decided to heave out three newspapers from its plane for the final days of its blitz across battleground states …
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Washington Times:
Washington Times kicked off Obama plane for finale  —  The Washington Times, which has covered the Barack Obama campaign from the start, was kicked off the Democrat's campaign plane for the final 72 hours of the race.  —  The Obama campaign informed the newspaper Thursday evening of its decision …
Fox News:
Three Reporters From McCain-Endorsing Newspapers Removed From Obama's Plane  —  Reporters from three newspapers that endorsed John McCain have been told that they can't travel aboard Barack Obama's plane in the final days leading before Election Day.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Friday, 2008-31-305
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Off the plane  —  Obama spokesman Bill Burton confirms Drudge's report that two right-leaning papers, the Washington Times and the New York Post, have lost their seats on the Obama plane, along with the Dallas Morning News.  —  “We're trying to reach as many swing voters that we can and unfortunately …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Associated Press
Ryan J. Rusak / TRAIL BLAZERS:
The Dallas Morning News and the Obama campaign
CNN:
Former Reagan adviser endorses Obama  —  (CNN) — Former Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein told CNN's Fareed Zakaria this week he intends to vote for Democrat Barack Obama on Tuesday.  —  Duberstein said he was influenced by another prominent Reagan official - Colin Powell - in his decision.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama's Lead Widens Some on All Bases  —  Advances to 8-point lead among “traditional likely voters”  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The political landscape could be improving for Barack Obama in the waning days of the campaign.  Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Oct. 28-30 shows …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The 99 Percent Solution  —  Barack Obama says that frequently differences in judicial philosophy aren't going to matter because in “ninety-nine percent of cases [because] the Constitution is actually going to be clear.  Ninety-nine percent of the cases, a statute or congressional intent is going to be clear.
Discussion: The Corner and TalkLeft
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Ed Whelan / The Corner:   Obama's 99% Lie  —  In an MSNBC interview yesterday …
David Waters / Washington Post:
Obama's America, From ‘A Christian’
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Obama's New Attack on Those Who Don't Want Higher Taxes: ‘Selfishness’  —  On the stump this week, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has pushed back against Sen. John McCain's description of his tax policies.  —  “The reason that we want to do this, change our tax code, is not because I have anything …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Obama on low taxes: “Selfishness”; Update: Video added
Kos / Daily Kos:
AZ-Pres: Neck and neck, and check out 2010  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 10/28-30.  Likely voters.  MoE 4% (No trend lines) … I can't believe we may actually win Arizona.  And I have a bonus treat for you guys: … Janet Napolitano is Arizona's governor, currently serving her second term.
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.
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Thom Shanker / New York Times:
Petraeus Takes Charge of Central Command  —  MACDILL, AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Under a sparkling South Florida sun, thousands of miles from the deserts of the Middle East, Gen. David H. Petraeus took charge Friday of the Central Command with responsibility for military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and across the region.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Breaking News:   Petraeus takes top job at CentCom
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Boehner bashes Justice Dept. for not doing enough on voter fraud  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) is slamming the Justice Department for not doing enough in response to GOP complaints of potential voter fraud.  —  In a letter today to Attorney General Michael Mukasey …
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Who's Got The Momentum?  —  In the last 96 hours of any election, both parties seek to cast themselves and their candidate as the ones closing strong with a wind at their back.  —  This presidential election is no different, as already today the campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain have each held a …
Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Runaway Train  —  The race, the case, a hope for grace.  —  The case for Barack Obama, in broad strokes:  —  He has within him the possibility to change the direction and tone of American foreign policy, which need changing; his rise will serve as a practical rebuke to the past five years …
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Senate race in final leg  —  THE PUSH: Stevens insists he's not guilty while Begich envisions a different future.  —  scockerham@adn.com  —  With just four days before the election and Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens insisting he's not a felon, the U.S. Senate race is white hot.
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
When Consumers Capitulate  —  The long-feared capitulation of American consumers has arrived.  According to Thursday's G.D.P. report, real consumer spending fell at an annual rate of 3.1 percent in the third quarter; real spending on durable goods (stuff like cars and TVs) fell at an annual rate of 14 percent.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Does an ‘October surprise’ still linger?  —  (CNN) — It's Halloween on Friday, but campaign aides to Barack Obama and John McCain may be spooked for another reason: Events that dominated the news right before the previous two presidential elections may have been game-changers.
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
10 Reasons Why McCain Might Win  —  This is why it might happen.  Not saying it will.  —  1) One poll has undecided voters at 14 percent on the last weekend, which means most of them probably really aren't undecided, that they are either going to stay home or vote preponderantly for McCain and pull McCain across the finish line.
Sean Quinn / FiveThirtyEight.com:
The Big Empty  —  As the only reporter during this election who has actually visited upwards of 50 of John McCain's field offices around the country (13 battleground states and counting), this piece by Matthew Mosk at the Washington Post comes as no surprise:
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obama on Infrastructure  —  Good stuff:  —  I guess we're off the point in the campaign where people are supposed to talk specifics, but if you're interested Obama's specific infrastructure proposal is for the creation of a National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
As Mark Steyn says: McCain — faute de mieux  —  Yes, sports fans, I do know all about how the International Republican Institute, while McCain was chairing it (which he apparently still does), gave goo-gobs of money to a Rashid Khalidi founded Center for Palestine Research and Studies …
Discussion: Commentary
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain: ‘Or’  —  McCain on Palin.  —  post comment | … Inspirational?  To whom?  —  what a sad pathetic remorseful and embarrassing endorsement.  He doesn't even believe that and I'm sure if he had the chance to do it over again he would stay far away from Palin as possible.  —  So says Rudy.
Discussion: Campaign Silo
Ethan Porter / The New Republic:
Rashid Who?  —  Why the Jews finally came home to Obama  —  By late last spring, concerns about Jews deserting the presumptive Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, had reached a fever pitch.  Writing in his popular blog for Politico, Ben Smith declared that Obama had a “Jewish problem.”
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and NJDC Blog
Kos / Daily Kos:
GA-Sen: True battleground  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 10/28-30.  Likely voters.  MoE 4% (10/14-15 results) … Call it a gain for Martin if you want, but it's more like float in the MoE.  If no candidate gets above 50 percent, this race is headed into a December runoff between the top two vote getters.
Discussion: MyDD, Swing State Project and Salon
 
 
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Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Pro-Pavement People  —  Wise words from David Brooks today …
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: THE WITCHING HOUR
Discussion: MyDD
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Richardson strays  —  Speaking with great confidence …
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