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11:35 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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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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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 …
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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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: Betsy's Page
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Obama-Ayers “Fact Check”  —  Apparently, Rep. Michele Bachman is being furiously “fact-checked” for having claimed that Barack Obama had a close connection with unrepentant terrorist, Bill Ayers.  According to Fact.Check.org, a supposedly non-partisan organization, “There's...no evidence of a deep or strong friendship with Ayers.”
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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.
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!
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.
The New / The Caucus:
Early Voting, a Rundown  —  For New Yorkers and others, “early voting” still means getting up before the polls open on Nov. 4 and being among the first to cast a ballot on Election Day.  But by the middle of this week, dozens of states will provide a way for at least some voters to cast …
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Michael Vasquez / MiamiHerald.com:
Busy day expected as early voting starts
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
McCain has $47 million to spend in October  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate John McCain reports spending $37 million in September and has $47 million for the campaign in October.  —  McCain's monthly financial report filed with the Federal Election Commission shows …
Discussion: TIME.com and Bloomberg
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Palm Beach Post:
Source: Wayne Huizenga wants to sell more of Dolphins to Stephen M. Ross this year  —  MIAMI GARDENS — By the end of the year, an NFL source said Sunday, Dolphins co-owner Wayne Huizenga would like to sell all but a small percentage of the team to real estate mogul Stephen M. Ross …
Michelle Malkin:
What happened when they “spread the wealth” in Zimbabwe  —  The Raleigh News and Observer profiles a couple from Zimbabwe that was forced to escape their native country when the thug-o-crats decided to “spread the wealth around.”
Discussion: Hot Air and The Other McCain
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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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Wallow in the Mire  —  Re Joe the Plumber, if I hear another …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Dr. Sanity
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
Palin-Fey meeting nabs best ‘SNL’ ratings in 14 years
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
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
Turning Indiana blue
New York Post:
ACORN INSTILLED FEAR: WORKERS
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Rachel D'Oro / Associated Press:
Troopergate investigator, Palins to meet this week
Discussion: TIME.com and MSNBC
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Obama ‘Flooding’ Florida Beginning With Tampa Visit
Discussion: TIME.com
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Kenneth P. Vogel / Yahoo! News:
McCain: Obama cash will lead to scandal
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Bloomberg
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
‘Joe the Plumber’ in media cross hairs
Discussion: PSoTD and Pajamas Media