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8:10 AM ET, October 20, 2008

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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Pat Buchanan says Colin Powell endorsed Obama because he's black  —  Liberals in general are no fans of Colin Powell, but watching the right wing ideologues slam Powell because of his endorsement of Obama, I can only assume that they fear this particular endorsement because it will have an impact on undecided and independent voters.
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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 …
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?
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Jon Stewart to Sarah Palin: ‘[Expletive] You.’  —  Speaking to a college audience in Boston, Mass. Friday, “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart used his stand-up routine to respond to Sarah Palin's comments about “pro-America” parts of the country, shedding the profanity restrictions that govern his Comedy Central show.
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
Ontario police arrest man in voter fraud case  —  Mark Jacoby, who owns a firm hired by the California Republican Party, violated state laws with his own registration, authorities say.  —  SACRAMENTO — The owner of a firm that the California Republican Party hired to register tens of thousands …
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Robert / Calitics:
Arrest Made in Widening GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal
Discussion: Majikthise and Firedoglake
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
‘Joe the Plumber’ in media cross hairs  —  The eyes of Joe the Plumber stare sightlessly from the media pike that his head has been impaled upon.  A few crows fly over.  As crows are curious, they become interested in the offering below.  They lock their wings, caw and begin their swoop.
Discussion: PSoTD, Pajamas Media and TigerHawk
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Associated Press:   McCain casts himself as middle-class guardian
Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
The Republicans have lifted the lid off their rightwing id  —  Now McCain's supporters are casting Obama as anti-American.  This may well scare voters, but not the way they mean to  —  A year or two ago, if you'd told me that Barack Obama would be leading John McCain by a seemingly comfortable margin …
Jim Butler / theeagle.com:
Barack Obama is the better choice for our president  —  In the past 50 years, The Eagle has never recommended a Democrat for president.  We made no recommendations in 1960 and 1964 — when Texas' own Lyndon B. Johnson was on the Democratic ticket — nor did we in 1968 …
CBN.com:
Palin on the Angry Tone at Rallies  —  In a one-on-one interview with The Brody File, Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin says she has not personally heard vicious attacks directed at Barack Obama at her rallies.  If she ever were to hear any, she says she would put an end to it.
Discussion: TIME.com
Lawrence K. Altman, M.D. / New York Times:
Many Holes in Disclosure of Nominees' Health  —  Fifteen days before the election, serious gaps remain in the public's knowledge about the health of the presidential and vice-presidential nominees.  The limited information provided by the candidates is a striking departure from recent campaigns …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
More Challenges for McCain, From Ayers to the Palin Pick  —  Obama leads on optimism and temperment in final weeks.  —  More challenges for John McCain: Likely voters overwhelmingly reject his effort to make an issue of Barack Obama's association with 1960s radical William Ayers.
Discussion: TIME.com and TalkLeft
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.”
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin says voters ‘irritated’ by robocalls  —  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) - All of a sudden, Sarah Palin is eager to meet the press.  —  John McCain's running mate took questions from her press corps for the second time in three days late Sunday after flying into Colorado Springs.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Yahoo! News:
McCain: Obama cash will lead to scandal  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  John McCain suggested that his Democratic rival Barack Obama's record-shattering fundraising haul will lead to scandal in their presidential race and future races, and he hinted that there may already …
Discussion: NewsMax.com and Bloomberg
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 and Newsweek
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 …
 
 
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Discussion: TalkLeft
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
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Discussion: The Mahablog and The RBC
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Your Papers, Please  —  Have a friend who was in Riverside Park …
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 Earlier Items: 
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
On ‘SNL’ It's the Real Sarah Palin, Looking Like a Real Entertainer
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and The Caucus
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Obama's September Success Recasts the Campaign Fund-Raising Landscape
Discussion: marbury
Washington Post:
U.S. Pact Hits Snag as Iraq Shiites Seek Changes
Discussion: Kevin Drum, The Daily Dish and TalkLeft
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
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Discussion: Hullabaloo and Vox Popoli
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Powell Outside The Studio