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3:05 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 …
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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 …
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.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Friday, 2008-31-305
Ryan J. Rusak / TRAIL BLAZERS:
The Dallas Morning News and the Obama campaign
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Kicked Off the Plane?
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:   Sarah Palin speaks on the First Amendment
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.
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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 …
Discussion: The New Republic and TIME.com
Washington Wire:
Obama Takes Ad War to McCain's Home State
Discussion: MSNBC, Raw Story and Hotline On Call
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’
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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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.
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The FINAL Senate Line: The Fix Predicts
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.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DOWN TO THE FRIGGIN' WIRE  —  Here at TPM, we're watching all the senate races really closely.  But I'll confess to a special personal interest in the Minnesota contest pitting Al Franken against Sen. Norm Coleman.  I'm a longtime fan of Franken's and I think I can call him a friend.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
media.www.hlrecord.org:
Record Retrospective: Obama on affirmative action  —  In five days, Senator Barack Obama '91 could become the the first African-American and the second Harvard Law School graduate (after Rutherford B. Hayes, Class of 1845) to be elected President of the United States.
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
McCain's Mountain of a Problem  —  Our model does not make any specific adjustments for early voting, but it is presenting a major problem for John McCain in three states in the Mountain West region, where Barack Obama has a huge fraction of his vote locked in.
Discussion: Open Left and The Impolitic
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 and EconLog
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Richardson strays  —  Speaking with great confidence, Bill Richardson defines “middle class” in Obama's plan as people making $120,000 and under.  —  He's right, of course, that those people would get a tax cut — but Obama holds harmless families whose income is up to $250,000.
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.
Discussion: Commentary and The Heretik
 
 
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Reihan Salam / Guardian:
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Ethan Porter / The New Republic:
Rashid Who?  —  Why the Jews finally came home to Obama
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
As Mark Steyn says: McCain — faute de mieux
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Spreading the Wealth Around
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