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5:00 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
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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 …
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: The Reaction
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.
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%.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: TWO WEEKS OUT  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann  —  *** Two weeks out: There are no significant changes to this week's NBC electoral map.  Obama continues to hold a 264-163 lead over McCain, which is unchanged from last week.
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Scott J. Anderson / CNN:
Analysts: Powell rejects McCain, GOP
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
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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The Brody File:
Palin Signals Support for Federal Marriage Amendment
Discussion: Political Radar
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!
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 …
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:
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 …
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake, DownWithTyranny! and MyDD
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.
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 …
 
 
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Beijing Plans Health Care For Everyone
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Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Voter Fraud, Yawn . . .
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Plans to Boost Growth as Economy Slows
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Defending Islam at a McCain rally
Discussion: MoJoBlog and American News Project
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Now on PBS: Religious Voter: I can't imagine a President being named Obama
Beth Arnold / Spiegel Online:
Why Europeans Love Obama
Discussion: The Corner and PoliGazette
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