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12:00 AM ET, October 21, 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 …
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: Open Left and TIME.com
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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
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 …
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.
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CNN:
McCain camp looking for way to win without Colorado  —  (CNN) — The McCain campaign is looking at an Electoral College strategy heading into the final two weeks that has virtually no room for error and depends heavily on a dramatic comeback in Pennsylvania, which hasn't backed a Republican for president in 20 years.
Rasmussen Reports:
FOX/Rasmussen Swing State Polling - October 19, 2008
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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 …
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Megan Thee / New York Times:   Obama Appeal Rises in Poll; No Gains for McCain
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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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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Amanda / Think Progress:
Rep. Hayes: ‘Liberals Hate Real Americans That Work And Achieve And Believe In God’  —  On Saturday, Republican North Carolina Reps. Patrick McHenry and Robin Hayes warmed up the crowd at a rally for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) by throwing red meat to the right-wing audience.
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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 …
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New McCain Robocall Stars ... Sarah Palin!
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
ENTER THE TALKING MOOSE
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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Brian C. Anderson / New York Post:
DEMS GET SET TO MUZZLE THE RIGHT
Ali / Think Progress:
After McCain's mea culpa on Letterman, Larry King wants an apology too.»
Discussion: TVNewser
Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
Senator Is Challenged Over Gifts
Fox News:
Obama Praised ‘Searing and Timely’ Book by Ayers
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
Dale Neal / CITIZEN-TIMES.com:
Bear found dumped at WCU with Obama signs
Discussion: Firedoglake
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
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Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama pays uneasy visit to a N. Carolina barbecue joint
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Heretik
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Defending Islam at a McCain rally
Bob Geiger:
Esquire Magazine Brutally Endorses Massive Democratic Majority In Senate
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight.com