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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp and Top of the Ticket
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David M. Brown / PittsburghLIVE.com:
McCain would have liked heads-up from Powell
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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.
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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%.
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.
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.
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Still Smearing Hillary
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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: GINA COBB and Right Wing News
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.
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: Political Punch and Newsweek Blogs
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
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 …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
PALIN: TROOPERGATE DOESN'T GO AWAY  —  Sometime this week, “Palin and her husband will meet this week with an investigator determining whether she violated state ethics law when firing her public safety director.  Thomas Van Flein, the attorney for both Sarah and Todd Palin …
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 …
Alec Baldwin / The Huffington Post:
Palin on SNL: What Did You Expect?  —  In 1998, I attended the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington.  A friend who is a lobbyist there escorted me to a weekend's worth of events.  As we moved around a brunch reception one late morning, I turned and suddenly faced Henry Kissinger.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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 …
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: FiveThirtyEight.com
Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama pays uneasy visit to a N. Carolina barbecue joint  —  FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — When Sen. Barack Obama entered a barbecue joint here to greet dozens of people eating lunch after church services on Sunday, Diane Fanning, 54, who works at a Sam's Club, began yelling, “Socialist, socialist, socialist — get out of here!”
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Heretik
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 …
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 …
Ross Douthat:
Spreading the Wealth  —  For a week or so now, I've been listening to smart conservatives suggest that Obama's “spreading the wealth” remark might really, really hurt him - “talk about playing into the most extreme stereotype of your party, that it is infested with socialists,” …
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 …
Emptywheel:
MI Republicans Admit to Illegal Foreclosure Scheme, “Surrender” to Democrats  —  Democrats and Republicans have settled the suit seeking to prevent Michigan Republicans from using foreclosure lists to challenge voters.  The MDP statement on the settlement says:
Discussion: The Raw Story
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Damn the Polls: McCain's Irreducibles Beg to Differ  —  Before John McCain and his traveling press corps entered a packed hall in Concord, N.C., for a rally on the morning of Oct. 18, local members of Congress sought to rile up the crowd.  —  Then they had to calm it down.
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Something New Here  —  Radical?  Check.  Tied to ACORN?  Check.  Redistributionist?  Check.  —  During his first campaign for the Illinois state senate in 1995-96, Barack Obama was a member of, and was endorsed by, the far-left New Party.  Obama's New Party ties give the lie to his claim …
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
McCain Employing GOP Operative Accused Of Voter Registration Fraud
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Randyj / TIME.com:
King of the World Says McCain Pretty Much Giving Up on Several Battleground States
Discussion: The New Republic
Dale Neal / CITIZEN-TIMES.com:
Bear found dumped at WCU with Obama signs
Richard L. Hasen / FindLaw's Writ:
Eight Years After Bush v. Gore, Why is There Still So Much Election …
Amz / Democracy Corps:
On the Verge of Another Wave
Discussion: TPM Election Central
George Bennett / Palm Beach Post:
Mahoney's wife files for divorce
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
The Victory Chart (Updated with new polls)
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 Earlier Items: 
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Voter Fraud, Yawn . . .
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
‘F’ FOR BARACK'S SCHOOL FIX
Wall Street Journal:
Google CEO Backs Obama
Discussion: The Washington Note
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The crowd gap  —  Actually, it's more of a canyon.
Beth Arnold / Spiegel Online:
Why Europeans Love Obama
Discussion: The Corner and PoliGazette
CNN:
McCain says Obama not ready for crisis
Jim Manzi / The Corner:
Chess, Not Checkers
Discussion: Hot Air