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9:50 PM ET, October 20, 2008

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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 …
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Booman Tribune:
The GOP Crackup  —  It's somewhat unsettling to see swine like Ken Adelman endorsing Barack Obama, but it's telling.  Yes, a lot of people are beginning to see what side of the bread the butter is spread on.  But there's more to it than that.  Adelman didn't express any disappointment with McCain's tactics.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   PRETTY WEIRD  —  Yesterday we had Colin Powell endorsing Barack Obama.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   Neconservatives for Obama  —  Yesterday, Obama picked up support …
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 …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New McCain Robocall Stars ... Sarah Palin!
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Balloon Juice
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
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama to travel to see ill grandmother  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Barack Obama will leave the campaign trail Thursday to travel to Hawaii to see his 86-year-old grandmother, who has fallen ill, spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday.  —  “In the last few weeks her health has deteriorated …
Discussion: TIME.com and Wonkette
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Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Obama leaving campaign trail to visit grandmother
Discussion: TalkLeft and Gateway Pundit
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 and MyDD
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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 …
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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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
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
WaPo-ABC Daily Tracking - Release #1  —  Democrat Barack Obama enters the final two weeks of the presidential campaign holding a clear lead over Republican John McCain, aided by voters' focus on the shaky economy and by their perceptions that he is better equipped to handle those problems than his rival.
CBS News:
Poll: Obama Gained During Debates  —  CBS News/N.Y. Times Follow-Up Survey Of Likely Voters Suggests Democrat's Advantage Grew  —  (CBS) The standing of the Democratic presidential ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden improved during the last few weeks of the presidential campaign …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and TIME.com
Randyj / TIME.com:
King of the World Says McCain Pretty Much Giving Up on Several Battleground States  —  CNN's John King reports that the Republican team is “making tough decisions” as it sees Colorado as well as New Mexico and Iowa drift away. … Response from McCain aide Hazelbaker: “We see the race tightening both internally and in public polling.
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
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 …
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.
The Campaign Spot:
Obi Wan: 'Believe me, there is someone in the Obama campaign who is deathly afraid of the ‘McCain pulls even or goes ahead’ poll.'  —  My mentor - who goes by the nickname Obi Wan Kenobi - has reappeared again, and remains generally optimistic about McCain's chances.
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 …
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.
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.
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 Bowers / Open Left:
The Victory Chart (Updated with new polls)  —  As I noted yesterday, Obama is easily to the brink of victory, with leads exceeding 8% in states worth 264 electoral votes.  From that point, he only needs six electoral votes to in, and five to tie.  Fully six competitive states—Colorado …
Discussion: MyDD and Eschaton
 
 
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
ENTER THE TALKING MOOSE
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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
George Bennett / Palm Beach Post:
Mahoney's wife files for divorce
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama pays uneasy visit to a N. Carolina barbecue joint
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Bob Geiger:
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Is McCain Coming Back?  —  Photo by Ricky Carioti — The Washington Post
CNN:
McCain says Obama not ready for crisis