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1:30 PM ET, October 18, 2008


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New York Times:
Behind McCain, Outsider in Capital Wanting Back In  —  Cindy McCain was new to Washington and not yet 30 when she arrived at a luncheon for Congressional spouses to discover a problem with her name tag.  —  It read “Carol McCain.”  That was the well-liked wife John McCain had left to marry Cindy …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Dissecting Cindy McCain's private world  —  The New York Times today has a very strange, lengthy front-page story on Cindy McCain — by Jodi Kantor and David Halbfinger — dredging up some unpleasant episodes in the distant past of her private life without adding any new information …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Eschaton
Mary Pat Flaherty / Washington Post:
Thousands Face Mix-Ups In Voter Registrations  —  In New Databases, Many Are Wrongly Flagged as Ineligible  —  Thousands of voters across the country must reestablish their eligibility in the next three weeks in order for their votes to count on Nov. 4, a result of new state registration systems that are incorrectly rejecting them.
Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
Signs that Republican Colin Powell will support Barack Obama for president  —  WASHINGTON - After months of playing political Hamlet, Colin Powell is finally ready to tell America who he likes for President - and the smart money says Barack Obama is Powell's choice.
Fact check: Obama said he would ‘spread his wealth around’?  —  The Statement  —  Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, during a speech on October 16 outside Philadelphia, recounted the story of “Joe the Plumber,” a man who held a conversation with Democratic candidate Sen. Barack …
Ross Douthat:
What Is The Conservative Cocoon?  —  Ach, okay, I'll wade back in to this debate one more time, because I think Mark Steyn has slightly mistaken the thrust of this post: … Just to clarify: Sarah Palin's Alaska is not the conservative cocoon.  Neither is Tim Pawlenty's Minnesota …
Discussion: Eunomia and The Corner
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Cocoon: The Return  —  On this business of “elite cocoons” and “conservative cocoons”:
Discussion: Commentary
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Obama's Ad Effort Swamps McCain and Nears Record  —  PHILADELPHIA — Senator Barack Obama is days away from breaking the advertising spending record set by President Bush in the general election four years ago, having unleashed an advertising campaign of a scale and complexity unrivaled in the television era.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Sarah Palin's Future  —  Alaska's most valuable resource.  —  Six thousand tickets were grabbed up in three hours for Sarah Palin's speech here at the baseball field of Elon University.  An even larger crowd—9,000 inside, 3,000 outside—showed up across the state in Greenville a few days earlier.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ATTACKERMAN
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Viewed as Winner of Third Debate  —  Completes “sweep” of three debates for Obama  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Round three of the presidential debates went to Barack Obama, according to a one-night USA Today/Gallup poll of debate watchers conducted Oct. 16, completing a sweep of the three debates for Obama.
Discussion: The Swamp
Biden lashes out at Palin's ‘pro-America’ comment  —  (CNN) — Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden ripped into recent comments by his Republican counterpart that suggested that some places in the U.S. are more “pro-America” than others.  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told a fundraiser …
David Brown / Washington Post:
Questions Linger About McCain's Prognosis After Skin Cancer  —  In May, the presidential campaign of 72-year-old cancer survivor John McCain tried to put to rest doubts about his health by allowing a few reporters to inspect his medical records, but the effort has failed to quell questions …
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Michelle Bachmann gives voice to the right's darkest impulses  —  Chris Matthews just gave Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Outer Wingnuttia, all the rope she wanted yesterday on Hardball, and boy did she make a handy little noose with it.  —  First Matthews tried to get Bachmann to tell his audience …
Susan Schmidt / Wall Street Journal:
Schumer Ripped IndyMac as Democratic Donors Probed Books  —  New York Sen. Charles Schumer's public criticism of IndyMac Bancorp last summer, which critics say helped spark a run on deposits that took under the troubled thrift, came while IndyMac's assets were being eyed by investors …
Orlando Sentinel:
Obama, Clinton to rally outside Amway Arena on Monday  —  Staff and Wire Reports  —  Political Pulse  —  Obama, Clinton to rally outside Amway Arena at 6 p.m. Monday  —  Barack Obama is scheduled to appear with U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., at 6 p.m. Monday at Orlando's Amway Arena.
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Is Anybody Happy?  —  Now is the October of our discontent.  —  First of all, George W. Bush showed up on TV Friday morning to reassure the nation.  What could possibly be worse?  —  Everybody knows that anything our president says is very likely wrong, and certainly won't happen.
Discussion: Commentary and The Sideshow
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Barack Obama vows to ‘change the world’  —  Barack Obama has vowed that he will “change the world” even as he urged his supporters to guard against complacency.  —  The supremely confident demeanour and exalted rhetoric of the Democratic nominee at a New Hampshire event betrayed that he is a man convinced he is poised to make history.
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Surprising Boosts for Obama from Denver and Salt Lake Papers — Also Endorsed by 'AJC," ‘KC Star’ and ‘Sun-Times’  —  NEW YORK What a day.  The Denver Post, which had backed George W. Bush in 2004 and is owned by Republican-leaning William Dean Singleton, this evening endorsed Barack Obama for president.
Omaha World-Herald:
University cancels speech by Ayers  —  The University of Nebraska-Lincoln rescinded its speaking invitation tonight for 1960s radical-turned-educator William Ayers.  —  University officials cited “safety reasons” for canceling Ayers' Nov. 15 appearance.  —  Spokeswoman Kelly Bartling declined …
Discussion: and JammieWearingFool
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Joe and Barack's Tax Problems.  I was stunned to see some document showing Joe the Plumbers' tax problems on my 10pm (CT)newscast on the local NBC affiliate in Chicago on Thursday night.  They have very little time for any national news and they actually spent time on Joe the Plumbers' tax problems.
Discussion: The Corner
Rory Carroll / Guardian:
20bn barrel oil discovery puts Cuba in the big league  —  Friends and foes have called Cuba many things - a progressive beacon, a quixotic underdog, an oppressive tyranny - but no one has called it lucky, until now .  —  Mother nature, it emerged this week, appears to have blessed the island …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MCCAIN'S LEGIONS  —  If you thought those McCain-Palin crowds …
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