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11:35 PM ET, October 15, 2008


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Washington Post:
Exclusive: Verizon and AT&T Provided Cell Towers for McCain Ranch  —  BY JAMES V. GRIMALDI  —  Early in 2007, just as her husband launched his presidential bid, Cindy McCain decided to resolve an old problem — the lack of cellular telephone coverage on her remote 15-acre ranch near Sedona …
Marc Ambinder:   Phoenix, We Have A Pro... The Cellular Customer You Are Calling …
Fox News:
Hip-Hop-Dancing Colin Powell Fuels Speculation He'll Endorse Obama  —  Colin Powell showed off his hip-hop moves at an ‘Africa Rising’ celebration in London Tuesday, fueling speculation that the former secretary of state is about to endorse Barack Obama for president.  —
Lawrence O'Donnell / The Huffington Post:
Colin Powell Is Ready To Endorse  —  When Colin Powell turns off his TV after the final presidential debate, he will have learned everything he is going to learn about the candidates vying to succeed his former boss, George W. Bush.  Powell has made it clear that he has been thinking …
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Obama Flack Accidentally Sends Out Pre-Debate Talking Points  —  “Reminder: These are for staff only and not for distribution,” warns the e-mail.  —  And then, the spin, accidentally sent to reporters this morning.  —  “* This is John McCain's last chance to turn this race around …
Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
CBS Poll: Uncommitted Voters Say Obama Won Final Debate  —  As in the previous debates, CBS News and Knowledge Networks have conducted a nationally representative poll of uncommitted voters to get their immediate reaction to tonight's presidential debate.  —  In the first presidential debate …
Ace /
Discussion: Wake up America and Flopping Aces
Reginald Fields / Metro:
Brunner: I'll obey court order, but thousands could lose their right to vote  —  COLUMBUS — More than 200,000 Ohioans who registered to vote this year for the first time or updated their voting information since Jan. 1 could be affected by the latest court ruling requiring the state to set …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Voting for Obama anyway  —  I just got an astounding e-mail from a Republican consultant I know well.  He's a guy who's always thought Obama had a “glass jaw,” and was always among those agitating for hitting Obama harder.  —  Recently, he conducted a focus group in an upper-Midwestern state …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Surprise: Negative ad that hits Obama on Fannie and Freddie proves highly effective
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Ohio, Obama, What's the Difference?  —  From the comments at the Townhall post on the hoax Michelle Obama story:  —  A few comments later, this reply: … Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Republican base.  Kind of explains why the Corner is the way it is, doesn't it?
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Obama Campaign Says Michelle Obama ‘Interview’ …
Amanda Carpenter /
African Press Publishes Shocking Michelle Obama Quotes?
Byron York / The Corner:
That Michelle Obama Report
David Singleton / Scranton Times-Tribune:
Breaking news: Secret Service investigating threat from Scranton Palin rally  —  The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a threatening remark directed at Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama during a political event in Scranton.  —  The agency followed up on a report in The Times-Tribune …
Discussion: At-Largely and The Moderate Voice
Andrew M. Seder / The Times Leader:
Secret Service says “Kill him” allegation unfounded  —  SCRANTON - The agent in charge of the Secret Service field office in Scranton said allegations that someone yelled “kill him” when presidential hopeful Barack Obama's name was mentioned during Tuesday's Sarah Palin rally are unfounded.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Associated Press:
Murtha: Western Pa. ‘racist’ but Obama should win
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama vs McCain, final debate live-blog  —  The last presidential debate before Election Day between Senators Barack Obama and John McCain is only minutes away.  We will be live-blogging it using the live-blogging application.  —  Tonight, I'll be joined by Jim Tankersley …
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Will Obama vs. McCain include Ayers?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs, Hot Air and
Paul J. Gough / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox to change World Series time for Obama  —  Presidential candidate's ad buy interfering with game  —  NEW YORK — Barack Obama might have the power to move the World Series by a few minutes.  —  To accommodate a half-hour Obama time buy on Fox on Oct. 29, Major League Baseball has agreed …
Ira Teinowitz / AdAge:
Delay of Game: MLB Will Move a Game 6 for Obama
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Working for the Working- Class Vote  —  For a guy who just four years ago was running his first statewide campaign, Barack Obama has made startlingly few missteps as a presidential candidate.  But the moment Obama would most like to take back now, if he could, was the one last April when …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
National Republicans Pull Ads in Louisiana  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee has decided to pull its television advertising out of Louisiana, a decision that drastically reduces the party's chances at its lone takeover opportunity in this election cycle.
Discussion: TPM Election Central and Daily Kos
Electoral Map Update: A red state swings toward Obama  —  (CNN) - For the first time in the election cycle, CNN's Electoral Map estimates that Democrat Barack Obama has moved over the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to win the White House.  The hotly contested state of Virginia moves from “tossup” to “lean Obama.”
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Final Presidential Debate Liveblog  —  I gotta say, being from Long Island and having the final debate here at Hofstra is pretty exciting.  Too bad it was virtually impossible to get tickets.  According to all objective measurements, Obama/Biden are 3-0 so far, and I'm sure Senator Obama will be looking for the sweep tonight.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The reaction shots  —  McCain has had some bad moments in the reaction shots.
Discussion: Donklephant
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin unaware of Russian energy meeting in Alaska  —  DOVER, New Hampshire (CNN) - The campaign of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said the Alaska governor was unaware of a visit by Russian energy officials to Anchorage on Monday.  —  Eight high-level officials from Gazprom …
Discussion: Emptywheel
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PALIN'S DELUSIONS WORSEN.... I can understand Sarah Palin feeling humiliated by her Troopergate scandal.  An independent investigation concluded that she violated state ethics, abused the powers of her office, and lied about it.  This isn't exactly easy to spin away this kind of violation of the public trust.
Ryan / Think Progress:
Meghan McCain 'Can't Get Over' Smears Of Her Sister, Forgets Same Operatives Now Run Her Dad's Campaign  —  Last night on Fox's Hannity and Colmes, Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) daughter Meghan explained that she could never bring herself to “get behind Pesident Bush” because of “what happened in 2000.”
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
John Podesta / Washington Post:
What Could Change the Election?  —  The Post asked John Podesta, Newt Gingrich, Mary Beth Cahill, Peter J. Wallison and Stuart E. Eizenstat what could make tonight a game-changer.  —  Chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and president of the Center for American Progress Action Fund
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Retail Sales Fall 1.2% in September
Discussion: the talking dog and Portfolio
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog:
Free the Debates!
Discussion: Washington Post and Hullabaloo
Glenn W. Smith / Editor and Publisher:
Why Media Can't See the Trees for the ACORNs
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
AIP moves on  —  The group that first hit Obama on Bill Ayers moves …
Mike Murphy / Swampland:
Pre-Debate Thoughts  —  Some arm-chair quarterbacking before the final debate.
Discussion: The New Republic and Needlenose
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SHUDDER TO SEE  —  Surprise release of McCain debate prep tapes (via Ezra Klein) ...
Discussion: Shakesville
 Earlier Items: 
Greta Guest / Detroit Free Press:
Metro home sales up, but prices plunge
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Portfolio
A.L. Bardach / Slate:
The GOP's Bill Ayers?