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10:55 AM ET, October 20, 2008

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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.
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Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Obama: Powell will have a role in adminstration  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  WASHINGTON - Colin Powell will have a role as a top presidential adviser in an Obama administration, the Democratic White House hopeful said Monday.  —  “He will have a role as one of my advisers …
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Pat Buchanan says Colin Powell endorsed Obama because he's black
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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Sal Russo / Wall Street Journal:
Tom Bradley Didn't Lose Because of Race
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
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!
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Palin Becomes Increasingly Accessible To The National Media  —  From CBS News' Scott Conroy:  —  (COLORADO SPRINGS) It was less than two weeks ago when Sarah Palin astonished her traveling press corps by lifting the curtain (literally) and journeying to the back of her campaign plane …
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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
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The New / The Caucus:
Early Voting, a Rundown
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 …
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 …
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 …
Kenneth R. Timmerman / NewsMax.com:
Obama's Secret Campaign Cash: Has $63 Million Flowed from Foreign Sources?  —  As Barack Obama reaped a stunning $150 million in campaign donations in September, bringing his total to more than $600 million, new questions have arisen about the source of his amazing funding.
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Doug Ross
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.
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.
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
tbo.com:
Obama ‘Flooding’ Florida Beginning With Tampa Visit  —  TAMPA - As early voting begins in Florida, some of the biggest names in Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign will barnstorm Florida for three days, starting with Obama's appearance at a rally today at Tampa's George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Discussion: TIME.com
Wall Street Journal:
How to Read the Constitution  —  The following is an excerpt from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's Wriston Lecture to the Manhattan Institute last Thursday:  —  When John F. Kennedy said in his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country …
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.
 
 
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Howard Wolfson / The New Republic:
The End of Nixonland  —  Rick Perlstein's Nixonland brilliantly covers …
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Scott / Power Line:
Willful Blindness  —  American constitutionalism and sovereignty …
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Rachel D'Oro / Associated Press:
Troopergate investigator, Palins to meet this week
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CBN.com:
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John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
‘Joe the Plumber’ in media cross hairs
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