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3:10 PM ET, October 19, 2008

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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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
Chuck Todd / MSNBC:
DAVID BROOKS  —  FORMER REP. JOE SCARBOROUGH (R-FL)  —  Then, with a little over two weeks to the election, we will look at the 2008 battleground and several new state polls with NBC's political director Chuck Todd.  Plus, insights and analysis on Decision 2008 with David Brooks of the New York Times …
Discussion: The Nation
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.
The Politico:
Powell endorses Obama as ‘transformational’  —  Retired General Colin L. Powell, one of the country's most respected Republicans, stunned both parties on Sunday by strongly endorsing Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president on NBC's “Meet the Press” and laying out a blistering, detailed critique of the modern GOP.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The Powell move  —  John McCain was appearing live on “Fox News Sunday” from Ohio at the same time Colin Powell appeared on Meet the Press" to come out for Barack Obama.  —  Coming back from a commercial, Fox's Chris Wallace shared the news with McCain.  —  “This doesn't come as a surprise,” McCain said.
Discussion: The New Republic
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Limbaugh: Where are the inexperienced, white liberals Powell has endorsed?
Discussion: MyDD and Open Left
Marc Ambinder:   The Powell Endorsement: Hurts McCain; Helps Obama
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Powell Endorses Obama
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
McCain cast self as middle-class guardian
Fox News:
Colin Powell Endorses Obama
Discussion: Firedoglake
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Barack Obama gets Colin Powell backing
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
COLIN POWELL ENDORSES OBAMA.... On “Meet the Press” this morning …
Discussion: Salon and The Moderate Voice
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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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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Bob Von Sternberg / Minneapolis Star Tribune:   Minnesota Poll: Obama holds a wide lead over McCain
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
MCCAIN, OBAMA TIED IN OHIO  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  A new round of NBC/Mason-Dixon polls shows Obama leading in the battleground state of Wisconsin, McCain ahead in West Virginia, and the two candidates essentially tied in the swing state of Ohio.  —  In Wisconsin …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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Ali / Think Progress:
McCain: Obama Campaign Has ‘Savaged’ Joe The Plumber  —  Today on Fox News Sunday, McCain said that “Joe the Plumber” was just “the average citizen” asking Obama a question, and he had the right to an answer.  (Apparently Obama's six-minute exchange with Joe was not extensive enough for McCain.)
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain defends robocalls
Discussion: TIME.com
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Retains Significant Lead  —  Race remains tighter among likely voters than registered voters  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama's advantage over John McCain in the presidential race has again widened to 10 percentage points among registered voters, 52% to 42%, in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Oct. 16-18.
Discussion: MyDD and Donklephant
Houston Chronicle:
Chronicle endorses Obama for president, Biden for vice president  —  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.  —  The economy is tottering under the strains …
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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