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4:00 PM ET, October 21, 2008

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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Why can't Klein get a seat?  UPDATE  —  Time columnist Joe Klein, who's been a forceful critic of the McCain campaign (and already said he's unwilling to accept a post-election apology), has found himself without a seat on the McCain or Palin the past four months.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Wages of Wankery  —  Joe Klein, who in the past had oft been a critic of blogospheric ire, has done some of the very best writing on John McCain's presidential campaign.  For his trouble, he's been banned from the McCain and Palin campaign planes:
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Kristol: What Biden Implied  —  John McCain took note Monday of Joe Biden's remarks the day before at a Seattle fundraiser (where Biden apparently didn't realize at first there were media present).  But there's more McCain could say.  —  Here's McCain, in Belton, Missouri:
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New York Post:
JOE D'OH PUTS O IN ‘CRISIS’ MODE
Discussion: protein wisdom and Stop The ACLU
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Palin Runs with Biden's Test Warning
Discussion: protein wisdom, Hot Air and Commentary
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Why has Biden taken a day off the trail?
Discussion: Dr. Sanity and Pawatercooler.com
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Guess Who Sees MSM Double-Standard on Biden's Latest Gaffe?
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The comprehensive argument against Barack Obama  —  CLOSING THE DEAL  —  A Roadmap for Campaign 2008's Homestretch  —  By Guy Benson (www.guybensonshow.com) and Mary Katharine Ham (www.weeklystandard.com)  —  Editor and Contributor, Ed Morrissey  —  WHO ARE WE?
Ryan / Think Progress:
Palin Claims The Vice President Is ‘In Charge Of The U.S. Senate’  —  Yesterday, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) sat for an interview with KUSA, an NBC affiliate in Colorado.  In response to a question sent to the network by a third grader at a local elementary school about what the Vice President does …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Fresh Face on Cable, Sharp Rise in Ratings  —  Rachel Maddow, a woman who does not own a television set, has done something that is virtually unheard of: she has doubled the audience for a cable news channel's 9 p.m. hour in a matter of days.  —  More important for her bosses at MSNBC is that …
Nitya / Political Punch:
Those Undisclosed Obama Donors  —  In an attempt at political jujitsu (soon to enter the Hall of Verboten Clichés — but not yet), the McCain campaign and the RNC have been attempting to put Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., on the defensive about his record-shattering fundraising …
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Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
McCain Scaling Back in Wisconsin and New Hampshire?
Lynn Sweet:
Obama campaign selling Chicago election night coverage packages to news outlets  —  WASHINGTON—The Obama campaign is putting a hefty price tag on the best camera and reporting positions for news organizations covering Barack Obama's outdoor election night activities in downtown Chicago.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama's Election Night: Grant Park
Pew Research Center:
Growing Doubts About McCain's Judgment, Age and Campaign Conduct  —  Obama's Lead Widens: 52%-38%  —  Barack Obama's lead over John McCain has steadily increased since mid-September, when the race was essentially even.  Shortly after the first presidential debate on Sept. 26 …
Wilshire & Washington on Variety.com:
Spotted: Mark Foley  —  There have been so many scandals since October, 2006, the month that I launched this blog, that I just about forgot who Mark Foley was.  —  I got an excited phone call yesterday from two friends, TV producer Richard Ayoub and talent manager Dolores Cantu, who were having lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Tracking Poll Primer  —  Now that there are fully eight distinct national tracking polls, I thought I'd take the time to give you my Cliff's Notes assessment of each one.  The polls are arranged in the order in which they typically appear throughout the day — as you may have discovered …
Drudge Report:
OPRAH OFFERS PRODUCTION HELP WITH OBAMA'S NETWORK SPECIAL  —  Oprah Winfrey is offering to “produce” the half-hour Barack Obama advertisement set to air on Oct. 29, a top source tells the DRUDGE REPORT.  The Daytime TV dynamo has even offered up her studio space in Chicago.
William Glaberson / New York Times:
U.S. Drops Charges Against 5 Detainees  —  The Pentagon official in charge of prosecutions at Guantanamo on Tuesday dismissed war-charges against five detainees, the latest setback to the government's military commission system.  —  The official, Susan J. Crawford, has broad power …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
RNC raises specter of 9/11 attacks  —  The jumbo jet bearing down on the travellers in the airport concourse is on the front.  —  The Obama hit comes after you flip it open.  —  McCain has dropped the “Who is Barack Obama?” line from his speech, but the party is picking it back up here in a piece that …
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
I hope this is in good taste  —  Barack Obama's grandmother is gravely ill. My temptation yesterday was to say nothing.  And then, this morning, I came across this picture at Andrew's place.  I've reflected a lot—personally—on Obama's campaign and the values of parenting.
Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
Barack Obama: Why I believe he should be the next President  —  There are all sorts of reasons for hoping that Barack Hussein Obama will be the next president of the United States.  He seems highly intelligent.  He has an air of courtesy and sincerity.  Unlike the current occupant of the White House …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Corner
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Talks Nonsense on Tax Cuts  —  Revenues will inevitably be diverted from Social Security.  —  Now we know: 95% of Americans will get a “tax cut” under Barack Obama after all.  Those on the receiving end of a check will include the estimated 44% of Americans who will owe no federal income taxes under his plan.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Holds Lead in Various Scenarios  —  Lead between seven and 10 points among likely voters  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama maintains a lead over John McCain in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update from Saturday through Monday; the size of the lead varies between seven …
Fox News:
Poll Suggests U.S. Troops Support McCain 3-1  —  A Military Times poll indicates landslide support for John McCain, who captures 68 percent of the military vote to Barack Obama's 23 percent.  —  FOXNews.com  —  A poll by the Military Times newspaper group suggests that there is overwhelming support …
Wall Street Journal:
Bernanke Endorses Obama  —  There was a time when Fed chairmen feared to even seem political.  —  Ben Bernanke apparently wants four more years as Federal Reserve Chairman.  At least that's a reasonable conclusion after Mr. Bernanke all but submitted his job application to Barack Obama yesterday …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Are We a Conservative Country?  —  Not for the first time—and, I'm sure, not for the last—Paul Krugman wrote what I was thinking this morning: … To be fair, I would concede that America's strong individulaistic streak makes the country inhospitable to government activism, at least relative to Western Europe.
Michael Dobbs / Washington Post:
OBAMA SCARES SENIORS  —  ANTI-MCCAIN MEDICARE AD. … BARACK OBAMA HAS BEEN TELLING SENIORS THAT THEIR HARD-WON MEDICARE BENEFITS ARE AT RISK IF HIS RIVAL WINS THE ELECTION.  THE MESSAGE HAS BEEN HAMMERED HOME IN A SERIES OF SPEECHES AND TELEVISION ADS, INCLUDING THE ONE SHOWN ABOVE …
Discussion: Townhall.com and FactCheck.org
Marc Ambinder:
Thinking About 2012  —  Here's a thought: the wave of establishment Republican-types endorsing obama is going to lead to a massive, massive anti-elite backlash in the 2012 GOP primary. think about the Democrats' anti-establishment feelings in 2003 — Howard Dean, the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party …
Discussion: marbury
Marisol Bello / USA Today:
White supremacists target middle America  —  The white-power movement is changing its marketing strategy to broaden its appeal.  —  The USA's largest neo-Nazi group is ditching its trademark brown Nazi uniform with swastika armband for a more muted look in black fatigues.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Voting in Kansas  —  So please do keep sending in those stories of how you're seeing the election and how the early voting is going.  —  Here's one from a Kansas Obama supporter:
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Sarah Palin's college years left no lasting impression  —  In the five years of her collegiate career, spanning four universities in three states, Palin left behind few traces.  Not many professors or students even remember her.  —  Reported from Moscow, Idaho — What can we learn …
Dave Davies / Philly.com:
Dems sweating over street $ from Obama  —  When the Philadelphia Democratic Party's faithful gathered for their pre-election fundraiser last night, conversation among many anxious ward leaders kept coming back to the same question: Would Barack Obama come up with street money?
Discussion: Ankle Biting Pundits
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: OFF THE TRAIL  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann  —  *** Obama off the trail: NBC/NJ's Athena Jones reported last night that Obama was canceling his scheduled trips to Iowa and Wisconsin on Thursday and Friday, so he could travel to Hawaii …
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Mary Ann Akers / Washington Post:
McCain's American Idol Make-Up Artist Makes Big Bucks
Discussion: Firedoglake
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Cindy McCain lashes out at media ‘viciousness’
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Those who want Joe Lieberman to remain a Democrat
Discussion: Open Left and The Heretik
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
But Why Keep Talking to Him?  —  I confess I haven't followed …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
NARAL hits McCain in mail
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Boston Globe
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Palin in Debate  —  I missed the vice-presidential debate, being in an airplane.
Discussion: The New Republic
Chicago Tribune:
Barack Obama to visit ill grandmother Madelyn Dunham
Discussion: Wake up America and Donklephant