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1:05 PM ET, October 18, 2008


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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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Salon, PoliBlog (TM) and Yahoo! News
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
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Stadium Star  —  Palin didn't need Greek columns.  People react to her because they believe she represents what the Greeks established.
Bill Ruthhart / Indianapolis Star:   GOP's new star rocks Verizon
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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: The Sideshow and Commentary
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 …
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.
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
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Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Joe and Barack's Tax Problems.  I was stunned to see some …
Discussion: The Corner
Rory Carroll / Guardian:
20bn barrel oil discovery puts Cuba in the big league
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
Response to 9/11 was ‘huge overreaction’ - ex-MI5 chief
Nate Silver / The New Republic:
Scrap the Squigglys
Rigel Anderson / Political Radar:
Palin Hopes to Rise Above ‘Shots’ on SNL
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Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
3 Nations Win Security Council Seats
Discussion: UN Dispatch
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MCCAIN'S LEGIONS  —  If you thought those McCain-Palin crowds …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
John Cassidy / New York Review of Books:
He Foresaw the End of an Era
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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
The US Senate passes the TikTok divestment bill by a margin of 79-18; the legislation now heads to President Biden, who has committed to sign it into law

Chris Morris / Fortune:
Taylor Swift's new album smashed streaming records; Spotify says it had 300M+ streams on launch day and became 2024's most-streamed album within just 12 hours

Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
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