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11:15 PM ET, October 19, 2008

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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
George Will: Colin Powell Endorsed Obama Because He's Black  —  This morning on “This Week” George Will was asked what he thought about Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama.  —  His response?  —  Black, black, blackety-black black black blackety-black. … Huh?
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Limbaugh: Where are the inexperienced, white liberals Powell has endorsed?  —  Rush Limbaugh said Colin Powell's decision to get behind Barack Obama appeared to be very much tied to Obama's status as the first African-American with a chance to become president.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HE SEES IT TOO  —  I spent most of this weekend at a family celebration.  So it was only this evening that I got a chance to see Colin Powell's statement at the beginning of Meet the Press this morning, which you can see here ...  And what struck me was that Powell's rationale for supporting …
MSNBC:
Powell endorses Obama for president  —  Republican ex-secretary of state calls Democrat ‘transformational figure’  —  WASHINGTON - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for president on Sunday, criticizing his own Republican Party for what he called …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Powell Outside The Studio  —  In some ways, more devastating.  And a swipe at Bachmann's McCarthyism:
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
For George Will & Rush Limbaugh, Powell's Endorsement Is All About Teh Black
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:   Pat Buchanan says Colin Powell endorsed Obama because he's black
MSNBC:
Oct. 19: Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.) …
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
And another...  The staterooms on the bandwagon are pretty much taken.
CNN:
Colin Powell endorses Obama
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Today's Polls, 10/19  —  Well, scratch West Virginia from the swing state list for the time being.  Both Public Policy Polling and Mason-Dixon have new polling out in the state, and they give John McCain leads of 8 and 6 points respectively.  It's possible that this is one of those areas …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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The Politico:
‘Socialist,’ ‘Muslim’ — Ugly reception for Obama  —  Barack Obama's stop at Cape Fear BBQ and Chicken in Fayetteville, N.C., this afternoon underscored the continued resistance of some voters to his candidacy — and his identity.  The trip, according to a pool report, offered “some powerful and at times ugly interaction.”
Marc Ambinder:
A Popular Vote / Electoral College Split?  —  This column has been fantasizing about this scenario for months.  On Meet the Press, NBC News political director Chuck Todd said that it would be virtually impossible for John McCain to win the popular vote.  —  I agree.  The reasoning is simple:
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
DAVID BROOKS  —  FORMER REP. JOE SCARBOROUGH (R-FL)
Discussion: The Nation
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
How John McCain came to pick Sarah Palin.  —  “Here's a little news flash,” Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska and the Republican candidate for Vice-President, announced in September, during her début at the Party's Convention, in St. Paul.  “I'm not a member of the permanent political establishment.
David Sirota / Open Left:
Here Comes the Onslaught  —  This Newsweek cover piece is the starting gun of the elite pushback against what could be a new progressive era.  Penned by one of the most reliable peddlers of Establishment talking points, Jon Meacham, it ignores a wealth of easy-to-find empirical public opinion data showing …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Jon Meacham / Newsweek:   It's Not Easy Bein' Blue
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
GOP voter registration fraud case leads to arrest  —  Mark Jacoby, who was arrested in Ontario and owns a firm hired by the California Republican Party, violated state registration laws, authorities say.  —  SACRAMENTO — The owner of a firm that the California Republican Party hired …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
RACE TO THE BOTTOM  —  If you're thinking to yourself that there's little more than two weeks before election day and Obama has a solid lead in the polls, don't be so sure.  —  Yes, it looks good for the Democrats.  But you need to play close attention to the McCain campaign's final weeks' strategy under and just above the radar.
Fox News:
Choosing the President  —  FOXNEWS.COM HOME > FNS W/ CHRIS WALLACE > CHOOSING THE PRESIDENT … COLUMBUS, OHIO — The following is a partial transcript of the Oct. 19, 2008, edition of “FOX News Sunday With Chris Wallace”:  —  “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” HOST CHRIS WALLACE: And hello again today from the campaign trail in Columbus, Ohio.
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Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
McCain On Obama's Fundraising
Discussion: TPM Election Central and Eschaton
Rasmussen Reports:
Democrats Favor Spreading Wealth Around, GOP Disagrees  —  John McCain now says it's socialism, but Barack Obama insists, “When you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody.”  —  Forty-four percent (44%) of voters agree with Obama's statement while 42% disagree in a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
On ‘SNL’ It's the Real Sarah Palin, Looking Like a Real Entertainer  —  Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska made her point by going on “Saturday Night Live.”  She proved she has a sense of humor at a time when the country is still debating whether to take her seriously as a potential commander in chief.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and The Caucus
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Healthcare shouldn't be linked to employment  —  THE CHOICE you'll have," said Barack Obama during last week's debate, as he told voters what to expect if John McCain's health-insurance proposal becomes law, “is having your employer no longer provide you healthcare.  —  “Don't take my word for it,” he added.
Randyj / TIME.com:
Limbaugh Wallops Powell  —  The talk radio titan blisters Gen. Powell's Obama endorsement, suggesting to Politico that race was a factor:  —  “I am now researching his past endorsements to see if I can find all the inexperienced, very liberal, white candidates he has endorsed.
Discussion: pandagon.net and The New Republic
 
 
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