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1:50 PM ET, October 19, 2008

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CNN:
Colin Powell endorses Obama  —  (CNN) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell announced Sunday that he will be voting for Sen. Barack Obama, citing the Democrat's “ability to inspire” and the “inclusive nature of his campaign.”  —  “He has both style and substance.
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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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE IMPACT OF THE POWELL ENDORSEMENT.... The timing couldn't be much worse for the McCain campaign.  Hoping to generate some sense of momentum, McCain was nevertheless hit by a one-two punch this morning — Obama demonstrated a stunning level of support with his $150 million fundraising haul …
Michelle Malkin:
The Colin Powell endorsement: Triumph of hope over reality  —  Gravitas.  —  The media's in a tizzy over Colin Powell's Meet the Press endorsement of Barack Obama this morning.  —  It's not a surprise to anyone who's paid attention to his pro-Obama murmurings over the last four months.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Colin Powell endorses Obama  —  Saying the Democratic nominee could “not only electrify our country but electrify our world,” Colin Powell crossed party lines this morning and announced his support for Barack Obama.  —  Powell made his announcement on “Meet the Press.”  He said he had no plans to campaign for Obama.
Elisabeth Bumiller / The Caucus:
Powell Endorses Obama  —  Updated WASHINGTON—Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell endorsed Senator Barack Obama for president on Sunday morning as a candidate who was reaching out in a “more diverse and inclusive way across our society” and offering a “calm, patient, intellectual, steady approach” to the nation's problems.
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Barack Obama gets Colin Powell backing
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The Powell move  —  John McCain was appearing live on Fox News Sunday …
Discussion: The New Republic
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
DAVID BROOKS  —  FORMER REP. JOE SCARBOROUGH (R-FL)
Discussion: The Nation
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
COLIN POWELL ENDORSES OBAMA.... On “Meet the Press” this morning …
Discussion: Salon and The Moderate Voice
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Powell Endorses Obama
Marc Ambinder:   The Powell Endorsement: Hurts McCain; Helps Obama
Randyj / TIME.com:   The New Powell Doctrine  —  The former Bush Secretary …
The Trail / Washington Post:   Colin Powell Endorses Obama
Amanda / Think Progress:
Colin Powell endorses Obama.»
Discussion: The Lede and Booman Tribune
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Obama Raised Record $150 Million in September  —  The Obama campaign announced this morning that it had raised a record $150 million last month, and had added 632,000 new donors to its total.  —  The amount raised shattered the campaign's record from August.
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CNN:
Obama raises record $150 million in September  —  DUNN, North Carolina (CNN) — Barack Obama's campaign announced Sunday the Democratic presidential candidate raised $150 million in donations in September, setting a new high water mark in campaign fundraising.
Zogby:
Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby Poll: Obama 47.8%, McCain 45.1%  —  McCain slowly gains on Obama  —  UTICA, New York - Republican John McCain continued a slow advance on Democrat Barack Obama in the race for President, moving back within three percentage points as the race begins to head down the stretch run …
Discussion: Don Surber and PSoTD
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Andrew Quinn / Reuters:
Obama's lead slips to 3 points  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Barack Obama's lead over Republican John McCain in the presidential race has dropped to 3 points, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Sunday.  —  Obama leads McCain by 48 to 45 percent among likely U.S. voters, down 1 percentage point from Saturday.
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.
Discussion: The Caucus
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain defends robocalls
Discussion: TIME.com
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
On ‘SNL,’ Fey as Palin, and Palin as Palin  —  Anyone tuning in to “Saturday Night Live” hoping to see side-by-side versions of Gov. Sarah Palin — the real thing and the Tina Fey version — would have been disappointed.  —  But Ms. Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee …
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Houston Chronicle:
The Chronicle endorses Barack Obama for president and Joe Biden for vice president of the United States  —  Rarely in our country's history has the electorate gone to the polls to choose a new president in such challenging times with more at stake for the nation.
Zombie / zomblog:
Barack Obama's review of William Ayers' book  —  On December 21, 1997, Barack Obama wrote a short review of William Ayers' book A Kind and Just Parent: The Children of Juvenile Court, which had recently been published by Beacon Press.  Here's a photo of how the review appeared in the Chicago Tribune:
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See-Dubya / Michelle Malkin:
Oh, these are the people in your neighborhood...
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and NO QUARTER
Andrew Sullivan / The Atlantic Online:
Why I Blog  —  THE WORD blog is a conflation of two words: Web and log.  It contains in its four letters a concise and accurate self-description: it is a log of thoughts and writing posted publicly on the World Wide Web.  In the monosyllabic vernacular of the Internet, Web log soon became the word blog.
Discussion: Althouse and Chicago Boyz
 
 
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