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5:50 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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Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Biden predicts early crisis will test Obama
Discussion: Washington Wire
The Huffington Post:
Rick Davis: Campaign Rethinking Playing The Rev. Wright Card  —  John McCain's campaign manager says he is reconsidering using Barack Obama's relationship with Reverend Jeremiah Wright as a campaign issue during the election's closing weeks.  —  In an appearance on conservative Hugh Hewitt's radio program …
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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 …
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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Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
McCain supporters heckle early voters  —  PRINCETON, W.V. — Over the last few days I've been through Southwest Virginia, down in North Carolina and now back up into the mountains on the West Virginia side near Bluefield for some stories about the political climate in red states.
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
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Fox News Hires Disgraced Reporter Judith Miller
Discussion: The Reaction
James Gerstenzang / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
From President Bush's White House team, Colin Powell hears ... nothing  —  Colin L. Powell, the former mud soldier, hurled his political grenade in defense of Barack Obama, but the collateral damage hit the Bush White House.  —  To be sure, he was opting for Obama, but the undercurrent …
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CNN:
Obama attacks GOP's ‘outrageous’ comments
Scott J. Anderson / CNN:
Analysts: Powell rejects McCain, GOP
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
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%.
Matt / Think Progress:
Giuliani: 'God Forbid Somebody Would Do Some Reporting On Barack Obama's Use Of Drugs'  —  On Saturday, the New York Times published an investigative piece on Cindy McCain that delved into, among other things, her past addiction to painkillers.  Responding with outrage …
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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Patterico's Pontifications:
Evidence of Obama-Ayers Tie Sent Down the Memory Hole . . . Almost!  —  The best evidence that Barack Obama launched his political career from Bill Ayers's living room has disappeared . . . down the memory hole.  —  Well, not quite.  The Wayback Machine and I have both saved copies.
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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Argghhh!
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MCCAIN: BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A RUBLE?.... Some campaigns just don't have good timing.  Today, the McCain campaign decided to cast aspersions on the Obama campaign's extraordinary fundraising success, referencing “secret donations” and “illegitimate money.”  —  Now, as a substantive matter …
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George Packer In / New Yorker:
FIRST COLIN POWELL, NOW...  Ken Adelman is a lifelong conservative Republican.  Campaigned for Goldwater, was hired by Rumsfeld at the Office of Economic Opportunity under Nixon, was assistant to Defense Secretary Rumsfeld under Ford, served as Reagan's director of arms control …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Politicker MA:
Kerry's answer to the ‘boxers or briefs’ question: He goes commando and McCain would say ‘Depends’  —  CAMBRIDGE - U.S. Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, had some choice words for the political press corps and, in particular, cable news Monday.
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs and Hot Air
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
Bob Geiger:
Esquire Magazine Brutally Endorses Massive Democratic Majority In Senate  —  Lest any of you think I spend every day pouring through the Congressional Record and crunching Senate roll-call votes, I do have other interests and information sources and one of the non-political publications I subscribe to is Esquire magazine.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Is McCain Coming Back?  —  Photo by Ricky Carioti — The Washington Post  —  Amid the wall-to-wall coverage of Barack Obama's $150 million fundraising take in September and the endorsement of the Illinois senator on Sunday by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, the campaign of his Republican opponent …
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Defending Islam at a McCain rally  —  For all the ease of picking out fairly extreme scenes at political rallies, the American News Project has a compelling moment of the reverse at a McCain event in Northern Virginia: McCain backers responding to a man who, outside a rally …
Kelly McParland / Full Comment:
Lorne Gunter: Thirty years of warmer temperatures go poof  —  In early September, I began noticing a string of news stories about scientists rejecting the orthodoxy on global warming.  Actually, it was more like a string of guest columns and long letters to the editor since it is hard …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Jim Manzi / The Corner:
Chess, Not Checkers  —  I've hesitated to do this post, partly because I think excessive conservative attention gets paid to short-term political horse race issues.  But here's something practical and urgent that I think everybody on the Right — from rabid Sarah Palin fans to Andrew Sullivan …
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Voter Fraud, Yawn . . .
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Emptywheel:
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Discussion: The Raw Story
Kimball Perry / Cincinnati.com:
Deters steps out of voter probe
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Now on PBS: Religious Voter: I can't imagine a President being named Obama
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The crowd gap  —  Actually, it's more of a canyon.
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Beth Arnold / Spiegel Online:
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Marc Ambinder:
Plouffe, Axelrod And The Long Ball
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The Moderate Voice:
The Excrescence Of Right-Wing GOP Hate
Discussion: Prose Before Hos and PoliGazette
William Kristol / New York Times:
Here the People Rule  —  According to the silver-penned Peggy Noonan …
Discussion: No Left Turns and Newsweek