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2:30 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 …
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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
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
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama going up on TV in AZ, ND and GA
CNN:
Obama targets McCain's home state
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 …
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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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.  —  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
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Donklephant
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
AP poll: 1 in 7 voters still persuadable  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Campbell worries Barack Obama will raise his taxes but thinks John McCain will send people off to war.  He says that leaves him leaning toward Obama ... maybe.  —  “I'm split right down the middle,” …
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Washington Wire:
Obama Takes Ad War to McCain's Home State
Discussion: MSNBC, Raw Story and Hotline On Call
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: Hot Air, Commentary and Nitpicker
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Corner
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
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
 
 
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McCain's Mountain of a Problem
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Spreading the Wealth Around
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Guardian:
Barack Obama gives Daily Show biggest ever audience
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Poll: Dead heats in 2 key swing states
Discussion: TIME.com and PoliBlog (TM)