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3:55 PM ET, October 20, 2008

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Kate Barrett / Political Radar:
Biden to Supporters: “Gird Your Loins”, For the Next President “It's Like Cleaning Augean Stables”  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe Reports: Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., on Sunday guaranteed that if elected, Sen. Barack Obama., D-Ill., will be tested by an international crisis within his first six months …
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Noah Pollak / Commentary:
Re: Don't Worry  —  Jennifer, the presumptive vice-messiah's comments …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Biden predicts early crisis will test Obama
Discussion: Washington Wire
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Biden: Obama's inexperience will prompt nations to test us
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Under fire, U of Nebraska cancels speech by Obama friend William Ayers
Discussion: The RBC and Chicago
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
‘F’ FOR BARACK'S SCHOOL FIX
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:   Obama-Ayers “Fact Check”
CNN:
CNN Poll: Race may be tightening  —  Latest CNN/ORC Poll of likely voters:  —  Barack Obama: 51 percent  —  John McCain: 46 percent  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — With two weeks and one day until election day, a new national poll of likely voters suggests the race for the White House may be tightening up.
Discussion: TIME.com, MyDD and TPM Election Central
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama's Lead Edges Higher  —  Has double-digit lead among registered voters  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Friday through Sunday gives Barack Obama an 11 percentage point lead over John McCain in the presidential vote preferences of all registered voters, 52% to 41%.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:   Is McCain Coming Back?  —  Photo by Ricky Carioti — The Washington Post
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Safety in Numbers?  Poll-Driven Press Goes Out on a Limb  —  The network maps are bathed in blue, the pundits contemplating a landslide, the conservative columnists preparing for the indignities of an Obama administration.  —  With the numbers breaking Barack Obama's way …
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Miller Gets Fox News Slot, Holds No Grudges About ‘NYT’ Exit
Discussion: TalkLeft
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Fox News Hires Disgraced Reporter Judith Miller
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Corey G. Johnson / FayObserver.com:
Tires slashed during Obama rally  —  Someone slashed the tires of at least 30 vehicles parked outside the Crown Coliseum on Sunday during a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, authorities said.  —  Sheriff's deputies are investigating.
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Jeffrey Goldberg:
Mark Salter on the Press and John McCain  —  There was an astonishing quotation in a recent New York Times story about John McCain from Robert Timberg, a biographer and admirer of McCain's.  Timberg told the Times reporter David Kirkpatrick that, “Political campaigns have a way of distorting reality …
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The Huffington Post:
Rick Davis: Campaign Rethinking Playing The Rev. Wright Card
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and MoJoBlog
Satyam / Think Progress:
Palin breaks with McCain on Federal Marriage Amendment.»  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has said he opposes the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would amend the Constitution to ban marriage equality, because he believes it is an issue to be left up to states.
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Mwilliams / Mark Williams:
EXCLUSIVE: .22 Gunshot, paint balls fired at McCain / Palin Straight Talk Express  —  (Sunday, October 19 - Filed by Mark Williams in Raton, New Mexico with the Stop Obama Tour) We learned at this morning's Stop Obama Rally here that the McCain/Palin Straight Talk Express came through town yesterday.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Google CEO Backs Obama  —  Schmidt Expands Political Role by Hitting the Campaign Trail  —  Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt will hit the campaign trail this week on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, signaling Mr. Schmidt's push for a greater voice in politics …
Discussion: The Washington Note
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The crowd gap  —  Actually, it's more of a canyon.  —  Obama had an estimated 100,000 people come out to see him at the St. Louis Arch on Saturday.  —  In suburban St. Louis today, McCain had a crowd of about 2,000.  —  Now, it's a heck of a lot easier to draw a crowd on a weekend than a Monday morning.
William Kristol / New York Times:
Here the People Rule  —  According to the silver-penned Peggy Noonan, writing in The Wall Street Journal over the weekend, “In the end the Palin candidacy is a symptom and expression of a new vulgarization in American politics.”  —  Leave aside Noonan's negative judgment on Sarah Palin's candidacy, a judgment I don't share.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Carbon Ultimatum  —  The coming offer you won't be able to refuse.  —  Liberals pretend that only President Bush is preventing the U.S. from adopting some global warming “solution.”  But occasionally their mask slips.  As Barack Obama's energy adviser has now made clear …
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Palin Becomes Increasingly Accessible To The National Media  —  From CBS News' Scott Conroy:  —  (COLORADO SPRINGS) It was less than two weeks ago when Sarah Palin astonished her traveling press corps by lifting the curtain (literally) and journeying to the back of her campaign plane …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
ARE THEY ALL AS SLEAZY AS MCCAIN?  —  Either because of age or recent immersion in politics, a lot of readers have asked, is it really usually this bad?  Do they all get this sleazy?  As sleazy as McCain?  —  The simple answer, I think, is, No. They don't.
The Moderate Voice:
The Excrescence Of Right-Wing GOP Hate  —  The racist and xenophobic bile that has flowed from the right-wing Republican base and spokesmouths like Rush Limbaugh has been unprecedented in this campaign season, and it was easy to predict that the moment Colin Powell endorsed Barack …
Washington Post:
Is Capitalism Dead?  —  IS THIS the end of American capitalism?  As financial panic spread across the globe and governments scrambled to contain the damage, reality seemed to announce the doom of U.S.-style free markets and President Bush's ideology.  But this is wrong in two ways.
 
 
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Kimball Perry / Cincinnati.com:
Deters steps out of voter probe
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
Crossing the Line for Votes?
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Now on PBS: Religious Voter: I can't imagine a President being named Obama
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Beth Arnold / Spiegel Online:
Why Europeans Love Obama
Discussion: The Corner and PoliGazette
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder:
Plouffe, Axelrod And The Long Ball
Discussion: marbury
Jim Manzi / The Corner:
Chess, Not Checkers
Discussion: Hot Air
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain Lies Again, Repeats False Claim He 'Received The Highest Honor …
Discussion: VetVoice