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2:50 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 …
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Miller Gets Fox News Slot, Holds No Grudges About ‘NYT’ Exit  —  NEW YORK Three years after her difficult departure from The New York Times, Judith Miller says she still misses some of the people she worked with and the “excitement of the newsroom.”  She also says the Times remains “indispensable.”
Discussion: TalkLeft
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Fox News Hires Disgraced Reporter Judith Miller
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
Obama-Ayers “Fact Check”
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: TWO WEEKS OUT  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann  —  *** Two weeks out: There are no significant changes to this week's NBC electoral map.  Obama continues to hold a 264-163 lead over McCain, which is unchanged from last week.
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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.
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.
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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: MyDD and TPM Election Central
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 …
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Ross Douthat:
Spreading the Wealth
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain camp hits up Russian envoy  —  On a day on which McCain campaign manager Rick Davis hinted that Obama was taking foreign money, the Russian Mission to the United Nations has released a standard-issue fundraising letter gone a bit astray: It was addressed to the Russian envoy to the U.N. …
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RIA Novosti:   Russian UN mission gets letter from McCain seeking election cash
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.
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.
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Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
McCain supporters heckle early voters
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:
Obama's Carbon Ultimatum  —  The coming offer you won't be able to refuse.  —  Liberals pretend that only President Bush is preventing the U.S. from adopting some global warming “solution.”  But occasionally their mask slips.  As Barack Obama's energy adviser has now made clear …
Jim Manzi / The Corner:
Chess, Not Checkers  —  I've hesitated to do this post, partly because I think excessive conservative attention gets paid to short-term political horse race issues.  But here's something practical and urgent that I think everybody on the Right — from rabid Sarah Palin fans to Andrew Sullivan …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama's Lead Edges Higher  —  Has double-digit lead among registered voters  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Friday through Sunday gives Barack Obama an 11 percentage point lead over John McCain in the presidential vote preferences of all registered voters, 52% to 41%.
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: Balkinization and Althouse
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 …
 
 
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Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Supreme Court to Hear Case on Illegal Immigrants' Use of Fake IDs
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Moderate Voice
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Is McCain Coming Back?  —  Photo by Ricky Carioti — The Washington Post
Beth Arnold / Spiegel Online:
Why Europeans Love Obama
Discussion: The Corner and PoliGazette
Marie Woolf / Times of London:
Blow to image of ‘green’ reusable nappy
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She is not a woman - She is a Republican
Marc Ambinder:
Plouffe, Axelrod And The Long Ball
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Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
Populism Without Pitchforks
Discussion: Prairie Weather
The Trail / Washington Post:
Palin Criticizes Robocalls
Discussion: MSNBC
Africanpress / African Press International:
Important Update: US Law firm enters into agreement to represent API …
Kenneth R. Timmerman / NewsMax.com:
Obama's Secret Campaign Cash: Has $63 Million Flowed from Foreign Sources?
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Real Plumbers of Ohio
Discussion: The Impolitic and Corrente