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10:05 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  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  Somehow, in Sarah Palin's brain, it's a threat to the First Amendment when newspapers criticize her negative attacks on Barack Obama.  This is actually so dumb that it hurts:
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.
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Sen. John McCain / NPR:
Listen Now  —  · As the presidential election approaches …
Discussion: CNN, FP Passport and Washington Post
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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Gateway Pundit:
Obama Blasts “Selfish” Americans For Not Wanting to Pay Higher Taxes
Tapscott's Copy Desk:   Notes on Obama's Coming Caracas on the Potomac
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Newspaper: ‘No Evidence’ Reporter Booted Over Endorsement
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Obama kicks dissenting reporters off plane
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 …
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:
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
What if it's really close?  —  Rush Limbaugh highlighted this yesterday, and it's subsequently getting picked up on the blogosphere today.  It is, putatively, the work of a repentant Hillary staffer who moved to the Obama campaign and is appalled by what she's learned of their deviousness and scheming …
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Rick Kogan / Chicago Tribune:
Studs Terkel dies  —  The author-radio host-actor-activist and Chicago symbol has died.  “My epitaph?  My epitaph will be ‘Curiosity did not kill this cat,’” he once said.  —  Terkel is honored on his 95th birthday at the Chicago History Museum during a broadcast on WFMT.
John Robinson / The Editor's Log:
Doonesbury declares a winner  —  The Doonesbury strip for Wednesday is set in Iraq with his military characters sitting around a television as Obama is declared the next President of the United States.  —  Risky?  Reckless?  —  Not for a cartoonist, but there's some discussion …
The Huffington Post:
Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild: Barack Obama's America  —  When Barack Obama announced that he was running for president he was very clear that, if elected, he planned “not just to hold an office, but to gather with you to transform a nation.”  Twenty months after that statement in Springfield Illinois …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
re: “She's gone, oh I, oh I — I'd better learn how to face it ...”  —  Man I love a good bad Eighties song.  But on Peggy, I think I understand and even admire what she's doing.  I think she's looking beyond the election and saying, if President Obama happens, take a deep breath.
Discussion: Wonkette
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.
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.
WWL-TV:
WWL Poll: Obama-McCain in virtual tie in Louisiana  —  Video: Watch the Story  —  NEW ORLEANS - An exclusive new WWL-TV statewide poll shows the contest for president may be closer than many had predicted among Louisiana voters.  —  In the telephone survey of 500 registered voters …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Team McCain conference call: polling  —  With a mere four days left, the polls have begun to tighten in the presidential race.  Pennsylvania appears within the margin of error, and a last-minute surprise could turn the race in McCain's favor — or so they would like to think.
CNN:
Democrats gaining ground in crucial Senate race  —  (CNN) — If the Democrats reach their goal of capturing 60 seats in the Senate, North Carolina may be a major reason why.  —  Freshman Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole is trailing her Democratic opponent, Kay Hagan, by nine points …
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
Chuck Todd's state-by-state election guide  —  NBC's political director tells you what to expect in each state on Tuesday  —  WASHINGTON - There are a number of smart election previews out there.  —  Ready for one more?  —  Here are the things I'm watching for in every state, on every level.
The Raw Story:
Documents show how Ohio voting was routed to firm that handled Bush email accounts  —  Newly obtained computer schematics provide further detail of how electronic voting data was routed during the 2004 election from Ohio's Secretary of State's office through a partisan Tennessee web hosting company.
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Fox News:
How Low Can It Go?  Richardson Pegs Middle Class as Those Making Under $120,000  —  For the second time in a week, a prominent Democrat has downgraded Barack Obama's definition of the middle class.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Friday, 2008-31-305  —  For the second time in a week …
Discussion: FOX Embeds, QandO and Right Wing News
Laura Onstot / The Daily Weekly:
Your Second Grade Teacher Was Right - Good Handwriting is Important  —  This guy's vote almost didn't count and he's kind of famous.  Will yours?  (Photo via www.mikekinsley.com)  —  Michael Kinsley founded Slate, edited the LA Times opinion pages, and pens columns for the Washington Post.
Christopher D. Kirkpatrick / The Charlotte Observer:
57°  —  Still planning to vote early?  You get another 4 hours  —  Mecklenburg among counties to keep sites open until 5 p.m. Saturday.  Some Republicans say move sets poor precedent.  —  ckirkpatrick@charlotteobserver.com  —  Prompted by local Democratic officials …
Adriana M. Chávez / El Paso Times:
Man jumps off Spaghetti Bowl  —  EL PASO — A man who jumped 60 feet to his death from the Spaghetti Bowl on Thursday left a note with a message for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.  —  A note to “Obama” was found in the man's car, which was parked on the top ramp of the Spaghetti Bowl.
Glenn Thrush / The Crypt's Blogs:
Docs detail alleged payment to Coleman's wife  —  A Texas businessman who claims he was forced to make $75,000 in secret payments to the wife of Minnesota Sen. Norman Coleman has produced documents showing cash transfers to an insurance firm that employs the senator's wife Laurie.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Big Media Figures Admitting That Drudge's Influence Has Waned  —  It's one of the key underplayed stories of this election, but more and more media figures are beginning to acknowledge that the onetime Ruler of Their World has lost his hypnotic sway over the media.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
HillBuzz:
Three things the Obamedia will do to depress Republican turnout and help Obama  —  This is really intended for Republicans who did not follow the primaries on the Democrats' side this year (because, well, we guess you took a nice long Atlantis cruise to Mars, in which case, color us jealous).
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Cruelest Cut  —  Why McCain is lying when he says he wouldn't cut Medicare, and why it's been so hard for the media to call him out on it.  —  Ten days ago, the campaign's unofficial referees came down pretty hard on Barack Obama and his campaign.  The issue was Medicare—specifically …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Wonk Room
 
 
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Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Happy Reformation Day!  —  Yes, everyone seems to be under …
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Slate:
Barack Obama should be able to disclose his small-dollar donors pretty easily.
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 Earlier Items: 
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Does an ‘October surprise’ still linger?
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David Waters / Washington Post:
Obama's America, From ‘A Christian’
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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