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9:40 PM ET, October 18, 2008

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Christopher Hass / Barack Obama and Joe Biden:
100,000 in St. Louis, MO: “All I can say is, wow.”  —  Barack just concluded his speech underneath the Gatway Arch in St. Louis, in front of a record crowd of over 100,000 people.  “All I can say is, wow,” Barack said as he took the stage. … Read the full remarks of Barack's speech in St. Louis, as prepared for delivery . . .
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Washington Wire:
Obama Rally Draws 100,000 in Missouri  —  Amy Chozick reports on the presidential race from St. Louis.  —  Barack Obama attracted 100,000 people at a Saturday rally here, his biggest crowd ever at a U.S. event.  —  The crowd assembled under the Gateway Arch on a sunny Saturday afternoon …
The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Draws 100,000 in Missouri  —  (Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)  —  ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A record-breaking 100,000 people cheered Sen. Barack Obama under the Gateway Arch on the Mississippi River, by far the biggest stateside crowd drawn by the Democratic nominee.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
Day's Campaigning Shows an Inverted Political Plane  —  ST. LOUIS — There was the feel of a political world turned upside down on Saturday as Senator John McCain found himself defending North Carolina and Virginia, while Senator Barack Obama was greeted by huge crowds in Missouri …
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama draws record crowd in St. Louis
Discussion: Chicago
Carrie Budoff Brown / Ben Smith's Blogs:
100,000 people  —  Barack Obama apparently attracted more people …
Discussion: Salon
Faiz / Think Progress:
Pfotenhauer Insults Virginians: ‘Real Virginia’ Is Only Where McCain Is Winning  —  On MSNBC this morning, McCain adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer asserted that “real Virginia” does not include Northern Virginia: … MSNBC host Kevin Corke gave Pfotenhauer a chance to revise her answer, telling her …
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The Trail / Washington Post:
McCain Adviser Suggests NoVa Not ‘Real Virginia’  —  By Matthew Mosk and Christopher Twarowski  —  Sen. John McCain headlined a boisterous outdoor rally in Woodbridge, Va., today, while his campaign took heat for suggesting the populous region was not part of “real Virginia.”
Discussion: The Jed Report and The Record
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:   McCain aide says he's strong in ‘real’ Virginia
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain adviser: Northern Va not the “real Virginia.”
Discussion: MSNBC and AMERICAblog News
CNN:
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 …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Racists for Obama?  —  New polling and a trickle of stories from the battleground states suggest that Sen. Barack Obama's coalition includes one unlikely group: white voters with negative views of African-Americans.  —  Race has become the elephant in the room of the 2008 presidential campaign …
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Booman Tribune:
Casual Expressions of Racism
Discussion: The Sideshow and Left in the West
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Today's Polls, 10/18  —  John McCain has once again improved his position in the national tracking polls, having gained ground in 4 of the [5] 6 trackers that published today (Rasmussen and IBD/TIPP were the exceptions).  ** Our model now perceives that Obama has come somewhat off his peak numbers …
Sam Schulman / Weekly Standard:
Class Will Tell  —  Why is Bill Ayers a respectable member of the upper middle class and Sarah Palin contemptible?  —  Pour yourself a Johnnie Walker Black and remember.  The presidential campaign was going to be about sex—the sex of the inevitable winning candidate.  Then it was going to be about race.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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: NewsBusters.org and Eschaton
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New York Times:
Behind McCain, Outsider in Capital Wanting Back In
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 …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
A tale of two networks  —  Carl Cameron and Ed Henry are both top-flight reporters.  —  But they work for networks which are viewed in, shall we say, differing lights by Republican activists.  —  So when Fox's Cameron and CNN's Henry took to opposing risers today at a McCain rally in Woodbridge …
Discussion: Commentary
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.
Marc Ambinder:
McCain's Cosmological Breakthrough: Unreality Is Expanding  —  The McCain campaign has broken through a heretofore impenetrable barrier in quantum physics, experimentally proving the existence of unseen dimensions and, in the process, setting three of its surrogates on a pathway towards winning …
Discussion: Swampland and The RBC
Katherine Burton / Bloomberg:
Lahde Quits Hedge Funds, Thanks ‘Idiots’ for Success  —  Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) — Andrew Lahde, the hedge-fund manager who quit after posting an 870 percent gain last year, said farewell to clients in a letter that thanks stupid traders for making him rich and ends with a plea to legalize marijuana.
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog News
Paul J. Nyden / Charleston Gazette:
Some early W.Va. voters angry over switched votes  —  Jackson County touch-screens switched votes, 3 residents say  —  At least three early voters in Jackson County had a hard time voting for candidates they want to win.  —  Virginia Matheney and Calvin Thomas said touch-screen machines …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG and The Impolitic
 
 
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