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10:35 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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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Neconservatives for Obama  —  Yesterday, Obama picked up support from the moderate part of the GOP foreign policy establishment.  —  Today, he gets an endorsement from the more hawkish wing.  —  Ken Adelman, a top Pentagon aide under Reagan, tells George Packer why he's supporting a Democrat for the first time in his life.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Booman Tribune:   The GOP Crackup  —  It's somewhat unsettling to see swine …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   PRETTY WEIRD  —  Yesterday we had Colin Powell endorsing Barack Obama.
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  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is canceling nearly all his campaign events Thursday and Friday to fly to Hawaii to visit his suddenly gravely ill 85-year-old grandmother, his communications director said.
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama to suspend for ill grandmother
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Fox News:
Obama to Leave Campaign Trail to Visit Sick Grandmother
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
ENTER THE TALKING MOOSE
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New McCain Robocall Stars ... Sarah Palin!
Discussion: Hotline On Call and Balloon Juice
WTAE-TV:
Murtha Calls Western Pa. ‘Redneck’  —  Congressman Says Western Pa. Was ‘Really Redneck’  —  CHARLEROI, Pa. — U.S. Rep. John Murtha is calling many of the people who put him in office “rednecks.”  —  The news comes one week after Murtha claimed the area is racist, then apologized for that comment.
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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: Washington Post, 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 …
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, Hot Air and TIME.com
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Megan Thee / New York Times:   Obama Appeal Rises in Poll; No Gains for McCain
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
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.
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, Eschaton and TPM Election Central
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Rasmussen Reports:
FOX/Rasmussen Swing State Polling - October 19, 2008
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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.
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
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.
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.
Dale Neal / CITIZEN-TIMES.com:
Bear found dumped at WCU with Obama signs  —  Comments on Topix forums (click to comment):  —  CULLOWHEE - A dead bear was found dumped this morning on the Western Carolina University campus, draped with a pair of Obama campaign signs, university police said.
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.
 
 
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
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