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1:30 PM ET, October 31, 2008


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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 …
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 …
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: Associated Press
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.  —  —  Friday, 2008-31-305
Ryan J. Rusak / TRAIL BLAZERS:
The Dallas Morning News and the Obama campaign
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Eagelburger: Palin's Not Qualified
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.
New York Times:
Political Storm Finds a Columbia Professor  —  Rashid Khalidi had been bracing for the storm for months, friends said.  —  Since an April news report detailing his relationship with Senator Barack Obama, Mr. Khalidi, a Middle East scholar and passionate defender of Palestinian rights …
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 …
Marisa Taylor / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Attorney general's private trips have cost taxpayers $155,800  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Michael Mukasey has taken personal trips on government jets almost every weekend since he took office less than a year ago at a cost to taxpayers of more than $155,800, Justice Department …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Are the Republicans Right About Acorn?
Discussion: The RBC
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Senate race in final leg  —  THE PUSH: Stevens insists he's not guilty while Begich envisions a different future.  —  —  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.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The FINAL Senate Line: The Fix Predicts  —  After two years of ranking the Senate races most likely to switch parties, we have reached the last Senate Line of the 2008 election.  (Can you believe it?)  —  Below you'll find our final rankings of the races; we've included 11 total contests …
Ed Whelan / The Corner:
Obama's 99% Lie  —  In an MSNBC interview yesterday, Barack Obama repeated his canard that differing judicial philosophies among Supreme Court justices don't matter in “ninety-nine percent of cases [because] the Constitution is actually going to be clear.  Ninety-nine percent of the cases …
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
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 …
Obama targets McCain's home state
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.
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.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Mortgage Plan May Irk Those It Doesn't Help  —  As the Treasury Department prepares a $40 billion program to help delinquent homeowners avoid foreclosure, it confronts a difficult challenge: not making the plan too tempting to people like Todd Lawrence.  —  An airline pilot who lives outside Norwich …
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Opponent Accuses Rep. Alcee Hastings of Threatening His Life  —  At a candidate forum in Boca Raton last night, the G.O.P. candidate running against Rep. Alcee Hastings, former Chief Medical Officer for the state of Florida Dr. Marion Thorpe, filed a police report claiming the congressman threatened his life.
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
A Last Push To Deregulate  —  The White House is working to enact a wide array of federal regulations, many of which would weaken government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment, before President Bush leaves office in January.  —  The new rules would be among …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Poll: Dead heats in 2 key swing states  —  Barack Obama and John McCain are evenly matched in the swing states of North Carolina and Missouri, though Obama is strongly outpacing McCain in two of those states' crucial battleground counties, according to new Politico/InsiderAdvantage polls.
Discussion: and PoliBlog (TM)
Russell Roberts / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Just Do Something.  Stand There.  —  People ask me if the current mess feels like 1929.  But the right comparison is 1932, when Herbert Hoover was desperately trying anything, anything at all, to get the economy going.  The stock market had crashed.  The economy was starting to follow it down.
Discussion: Cafe Hayek, EconLog and Media Blog
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
America isn't about to become liberal heaven  —  Yes, Americans will be voting for Obama and change.  But they don't want radicalism, just competence and decency  —  As America's government prepares to take a sudden and historic leftward turn, this might seem an odd moment to ponder what a conservative country it is.
Agence France Presse:
US election: If Iraqis could vote it would be for McCain … For five years Ali and Mohammed have lived alongside US soldiers in their Baghdad neighbourhood near Rasheed Street, a prominent commercial artery running through the heart of the Iraqi capital.  —  During that time American culture …
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
If it redistributes like a duck ...  Barack Obama is going to fix the economy by “spreading the wealth around”?  —  Now, I'm not attempting to demonize Obama, God forbid.  It's just that, as we all know, that's what Obama told Joe the Plumber.  —  Obama laughs off the charge of socialist behavior …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
McCain for President, Part II  —  Last week I made the open-and-shut case for John McCain: In a dangerous world entering an era of uncontrolled nuclear proliferation, the choice between the most prepared foreign policy candidate in memory vs. a novice with zero experience and the wobbliest one-world instincts is not a close call.
Discussion: Commentary, Nitpicker, Hot Air and TPMCafe
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Spreading the Wealth Around  —  I think it's totally fair of John McCain to criticize Barack Obama for wanting to spread the wealth around.  Indeed, though the “Joe the Plumber” debate hasn't been the most substantive thing in the world, it's in the neighborhood of some real issues.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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Dawn Teo / The Huffington Post:
Tight Polls and Rumors of an Obama Visit Boost Momentum in Arizona
Michael James / Political Punch:
Obama Claus  —  Once you get past the soaring oratory …
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Barack Obama gives Daily Show biggest ever audience
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