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2:00 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”
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 …
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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.
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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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
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.
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.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Bachmann Lies, Denies She Ever Called Barack Obama's Views ‘Anti-American’  —  After right-wing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on MSNBC's Hardball on Friday and called for a McCarthyite investigation into the “anti-American views” of members of Congress, she has come under a withering storm of criticism.
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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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
ARE THEY ALL AS SLEAZY AS MCCAIN?  —  Either because of age or recent immersion in politics, a lot of readers have asked, is it really usually this bad?  Do they all get this sleazy?  As sleazy as McCain?  —  The simple answer, I think, is, No. They don't.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Kevin Drum
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Polish Immigrant / WUI:
She is not a woman - She is a Republican  —  I've heard it before.  It doesn't bother me at all when the extreme lefties say it.  It doesn't bother me at all when so called feminists (or as Rush calls them, femi-nazis) say it.  But when one of my parishioners, supposedly a Catholic …
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.
 
 
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain camp: Obama donors hidden
Marc Ambinder:
Plouffe, Axelrod And The Long Ball
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Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
Populism Without Pitchforks
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USA Today:
GM-Chrysler push for quick deal
Discussion: www.redstate.com
David Carr / New York Times:
Jim Cramer Retreats Along With the Dow
Discussion: The Big Picture
The Trail / Washington Post:
Palin Criticizes Robocalls
Discussion: MSNBC
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain Lies Again, Repeats False Claim He 'Received The Highest Honor …
Discussion: VetVoice
Los Angeles Times:
McCain's old voter-fraud saw
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
 Earlier Items: 
Africanpress / African Press International:
Important Update: US Law firm enters into agreement to represent API …
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
Michelle Malkin:
What happened when they “spread the wealth” in Zimbabwe
Discussion: Hot Air and The Other McCain
Kenneth R. Timmerman / NewsMax.com:
Obama's Secret Campaign Cash: Has $63 Million Flowed from Foreign Sources?