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12:35 PM ET, October 20, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
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.
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Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Obama-Ayers “Fact Check”
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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Karen Tumulty / Swampland:   The Bradley Effect Reconsidered
Sal Russo / Wall Street Journal:
Tom Bradley Didn't Lose Because of Race
Discussion: Betsy's Page
The Moderate Voice:
The Excrescence Of Right-Wing GOP Hate  —  The racist and xenophobic bile that has flowed from the right-wing Republican base and spokesmouths like Rush Limbaugh has been unprecedented in this campaign season, and it was easy to predict that the moment Colin Powell endorsed Barack …
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.
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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CNN:
U.S.-Iraq deal would whittle troops' immunity  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — U.S. troops or contractors who commit “major and premeditated murders” in Iraq while off-duty and outside U.S. facilities would fall under Iraqi jurisdiction, according to a copy of a draft U.S.-Iraq agreement obtained by CNN.
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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 …
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Washington Post:
Is Capitalism Dead?  —  IS THIS the end of American capitalism?  As financial panic spread across the globe and governments scrambled to contain the damage, reality seemed to announce the doom of U.S.-style free markets and President Bush's ideology.  But this is wrong in two ways.
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 …
Discussion: Althouse
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.
Mwilliams / Mark Williams:
EXCLUSIVE: .22 Gunshot, paint balls fired at McCain / Palin Straight Talk Express  —  (Sunday, October 19 - Filed by Mark Williams in Raton, New Mexico with the Stop Obama Tour) We learned at this morning's Stop Obama Rally here that the McCain/Palin Straight Talk Express came through town yesterday.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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!
Frank James / The Swamp:
Bernanke backs new fiscal stimulus  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke backed the idea of a second economic stimulus package when he testified before the House Budget Committee this morning.  —  Bernanke didn't give many specifics, including how large such a stimulus there should be.
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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 …
Byron York / National Review:
John McCain and an Army of Joes  —  Woodbridge, Va. — Tito Munoz was ready to rock when John McCain showed here up at the Connaughton Community Plaza in Woodbridge, Virginia Saturday afternoon.  Dressed in a yellow hard hat covered with McCain-Palin stickers, wearing an orange high-visibility vest …
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
Obama: Powell will have a role in administration  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  WASHINGTON - With or without a formal title, Colin Powell will have Barack Obama's ear if the Democratic presidential candidate wins the White House in the Nov. 4 election, the candidate said Monday.
CBN.com:
Palin Signals Support for Federal Marriage Amendment  —  In a one-on-one interview with The Brody File, Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin signaled her support for a federal marriage amendment.  Up to this point, she hadn't really said one way or the other whether she officially supports one.
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Cross-examination of Stevens begins again  —  The corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has entered its final week, with Stevens on the stand being cross-examined by federal prosecutors.  —  Stevens' attitude is much less combative than last week, which may help Stevens with jurors …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
 
 
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Some Papers in Financial Trouble Are Leaving the A.P. to Cut Costs
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Gore to host live webcast for Obama camp tonight
Discussion: TIME.com
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Wallow in the Mire  —  Re Joe the Plumber, if I hear another …
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
Palin-Fey meeting nabs best ‘SNL’ ratings in 14 years
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
McCain has $47 million to spend in October
Discussion: Bloomberg and TIME.com
Michelle Malkin:
What happened when they “spread the wealth” in Zimbabwe
Discussion: Hot Air and The Other McCain
Howard Wolfson / The New Republic:
The End of Nixonland  —  Rick Perlstein's Nixonland brilliantly covers …
Discussion: Newsweek and Newsweek Blogs
Scott / Power Line:
Willful Blindness  —  American constitutionalism and sovereignty …
Discussion: The Corner
 Earlier Items: 
Kenneth R. Timmerman / NewsMax.com:
Obama's Secret Campaign Cash: Has $63 Million Flowed from Foreign Sources?
The New / The Caucus:
Early Voting, a Rundown
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Turning Indiana blue
New York Post:
ACORN INSTILLED FEAR: WORKERS
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
tbo.com:
Obama ‘Flooding’ Florida Beginning With Tampa Visit
Discussion: TIME.com
 

 
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Selina Cheng / Columbia Journalism Review:
Selina Cheng says her editor told her that staff advocating for press freedom publicly would create a conflict with WSJ's reporting of the issue in Hong Kong

Los Angeles Times:
LA County Sheriff's Department secretly investigated and urged the state AG to prosecute an LA Times reporter who wrote about a leaked list of problem deputies

BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

 
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