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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)  —  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: … Maureen Dowd recently made an equally stupid comment …
Discussion: TBogg
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:   Newspaper: ‘No Evidence’ Reporter Booted Over Endorsement
Ryan J. Rusak / TRAIL BLAZERS:   The Dallas Morning News and the Obama campaign
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama kicks dissenting reporters off plane
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
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
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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David Waters / Washington Post:
Obama's America, From ‘A Christian’
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.
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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Frank James / The Swamp:
Ted Stevens in denial (not Denali)
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
Slate:
Barack Obama should be able to disclose his small-dollar donors pretty easily.  —  Barack Obama refuses to release the names of the 2 million-plus people who have given his campaign less than $200.  According to campaign officials, it would be too difficult and time-consuming to extract this information from its database.
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: The Confabulum and Commentary
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.
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.
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
Somalia's Pirates Flourish in a Lawless Nation  —  BOOSAASO, Somalia — This may be one of the most dangerous towns in Somalia, a place where you can get kidnapped faster than you can wipe the sweat off your brow.  But it is also one of the most prosperous.  —  Money changers walk around with thick wads of hundred-dollar bills.
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
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.
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
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
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:
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
Hotline On Call:
Weekend Lineup  —  Here are the scheduled guests for the Sunday public affairs shows and other weekend programs:  —  Meet the Press hosts Fred Thompson and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), and a roundtable with Washington Post's David Broder, NBC's David Gregory, NPR's Michele Norris and NBC pol. dir.
Ellen E. Schultz / Wall Street Journal:
Banks Owe Billions to Executives  —  Financial giants getting injections of federal cash owed their executives more than $40 billion for past years' pay and pensions as of the end of 2007, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows.  —  The government is seeking to rein in executive pay …
 
 
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RushLimbaugh.com:
Obama Media Manipulation Tactics Exposed in Pro-Hillary Blog Post?
Discussion: The Corner and HillBuzz
Kos / Daily Kos:
GA-Sen: True battleground
Discussion: MyDD, Swing State Project and Salon
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Pro-Pavement People  —  Wise words from David Brooks today …
Discussion: New York Times and Megan McArdle
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