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8:15 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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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?
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.
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.
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: Marc Ambinder and The Nation
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
For George Will & Rush Limbaugh, Powell's Endorsement Is All About Teh Black  —  You knew it was coming.  To the conservatives that [populate] pollute the airwaves, Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama could only be because he is black: … First, I'm not even sure what …
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.
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
McCain On Obama's Fundraising
Discussion: TPM Election Central and Eschaton
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
And another...  The staterooms on the bandwagon are pretty much taken.
New York Times:
Powell Backs Obama and Criticizes McCain Tactics
Marc Ambinder:   The Powell Endorsement: Hurts McCain; Helps Obama
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 …
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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.
Toledo Blade:
‘Joe’ wildly received on Fox News show  —  Local man says he hopes voters find their own answers  —  Already in the national spotlight, Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher last night strode onto the set of Fox News Channel's Huckabee program to thunderous applause.
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Ali / Think Progress:
McCain: Obama Campaign Has ‘Savaged’ Joe The Plumber
Discussion: The Heretik and Israel Matzav
The Trail / Washington Post:
In Ohio Swing, McCain Again Hails ‘Joe the Plumber’
Discussion: TIME.com
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: The New Republic and pandagon.net
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Powell Outside The Studio  —  In some ways, more devastating.  And a swipe at Bachmann's McCarthyism:
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.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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: Don Surber, MyDD and Donklephant
 
 
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