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9:55 AM ET, October 20, 2008

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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.
Jim Butler / theeagle.com:
Barack Obama is the better choice for our president  —  In the past 50 years, The Eagle has never recommended a Democrat for president.  We made no recommendations in 1960 and 1964 — when Texas' own Lyndon B. Johnson was on the Democratic ticket — nor did we in 1968 …
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Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
More Challenges for McCain, From Ayers to the Palin Pick  —  Obama leads on optimism and temperment in final weeks.  —  More challenges for John McCain: Likely voters overwhelmingly reject his effort to make an issue of Barack Obama's association with 1960s radical William Ayers.
Discussion: Think Progress and TalkLeft
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Obama: Powell will have a role in adminstration
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Bloomberg
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Real Plumbers of Ohio  —  Forty years ago, Richard Nixon made a remarkable marketing discovery.  By exploiting America's divisions — divisions over Vietnam, divisions over cultural change and, above all, racial divisions — he was able to reinvent the Republican brand.
Discussion: Corrente and DownWithTyranny!
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Pat Buchanan says Colin Powell endorsed Obama because he's black  —  Liberals in general are no fans of Colin Powell, but watching the right wing ideologues slam Powell because of his endorsement of Obama, I can only assume that they fear this particular endorsement because it will have an impact on undecided and independent voters.
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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
George Will: Colin Powell Endorsed Obama Because He's Black
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HE SEES IT TOO  —  I spent most of this weekend at a family celebration.
Discussion: RADAMISTO
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Jon Stewart to Sarah Palin: ‘[Expletive] You.’  —  Speaking to a college audience in Boston, Mass. Friday, “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart used his stand-up routine to respond to Sarah Palin's comments about “pro-America” parts of the country, shedding the profanity restrictions that govern his Comedy Central show.
Blair Levin / New York Times:
What Bradley Effect?  —  WITH only two weeks to go before the election, talk has turned to the Bradley effect.  The phenomenon is named for Tom Bradley, the African-American mayor of Los Angeles, who lost the 1982 California governor's race even though exit polls predicted he'd defeat his Republican opponent, George Deukmejian.
Discussion: The Corner and Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Sal Russo / Wall Street Journal:
Tom Bradley Didn't Lose Because of Race
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
Michael Tomasky / Guardian:
The Republicans have lifted the lid off their rightwing id  —  Now McCain's supporters are casting Obama as anti-American.  This may well scare voters, but not the way they mean to  —  A year or two ago, if you'd told me that Barack Obama would be leading John McCain by a seemingly comfortable margin …
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
Ontario police arrest man in voter fraud case  —  Mark Jacoby, who owns a firm hired by the California Republican Party, violated state laws with his own registration, authorities say.  —  SACRAMENTO — The owner of a firm that the California Republican Party hired to register tens of thousands …
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Robert / Calitics:
Arrest Made in Widening GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal
Discussion: Firedoglake and Majikthise
Wall Street Journal:
Nafta-Plus  —  Canada looks to Europe in anticipation of Obama protectionism.  —  Barack Obama's promise to unilaterally rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement if Canada and Mexico won't go along with his ideas on labor and the environment has not gone unnoticed in Ottawa.
Discussion: Power Line and www.redstate.com
Lawrence K. Altman, M.D. / New York Times:
Many Holes in Disclosure of Nominees' Health  —  Fifteen days before the election, serious gaps remain in the public's knowledge about the health of the presidential and vice-presidential nominees.  The limited information provided by the candidates is a striking departure from recent campaigns …
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Turning Indiana blue  —  Sen. Barack Obama speaks at a rally at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Oct. 8, 2008.  —  INDIANAPOLIS — In presidential elections since the Depression, Indiana has been the lone industrial state where the elephants always roam.
Michael Vasquez / MiamiHerald.com:
Busy day expected as early voting starts  —  Monday marks the first day of early voting in South Florida.  But in a high-stakes presidential election, voting early doesn't guarantee avoiding lines.  —  MRVASQUEZ@MIAMIHERALD.COM  —  Buoyed by the hype and excitement befitting …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Gateway Pundit:
Obama & Ayers Shared an Office Building... A Little Office Building (Photos)  —  OBAMA LIED ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH TERRORIST BILL AYERS  —  He wasn't just some “guy who lived in the neighborhood” in Chicago.  —  They worked on the same floor of the same office building for several years.
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Military report: Terms ‘jihad,’ ‘Islamist’ needed  —  Team sees no reason to soften words  —  A U.S. military “Red Team” charged with challenging conventional thinking says that words like “jihad” and “Islamist” are needed in discussing 21st-century terrorism and that federal agencies …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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 …
Discussion: The Campaign Spot and Commentary
Rachel D'Oro / Associated Press:
Troopergate investigator, Palins to meet this week  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Gov. Sarah 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 …
Discussion: MSNBC and TIME.com
New York Post:
ACORN INSTILLED FEAR: WORKERS  —  Pushed to meet daily quotas and bullied by bosses if they didn't, Ohio ACORN workers faked voter registrations, signed up people more than once, and even paid off registrants to keep from being fired, its canvassers told The Post.  —  “Every day, there was pressure on us.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
New York Times:
Deficit Rises, and the Consensus Is to Let It Grow  —  Like water rushing over a river's banks, the federal government's rapidly mounting expenses are overwhelming the federal budget and increasing an already swollen deficit.  —  The bank bailout, in the latest big outlay …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Truthdig
 
 
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David Sirota / Open Left:
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