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9:50 AM ET, October 21, 2008

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Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Obama leaving campaign trail to visit grandmother  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is canceling nearly all his campaign events Thursday and Friday to fly to Hawaii to visit his suddenly gravely ill 85-year-old grandmother, his communications director said.
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama to travel to see ill grandmother  —  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Barack Obama will leave the campaign trail Thursday to travel to Hawaii to see his 86-year-old grandmother, who has fallen ill, spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday.  —  “In the last few weeks her health has deteriorated …
Michael Powell / The Caucus:
Obama Leaving Trail to Visit Ailing Grandmother
Megan Thee / New York Times:
Obama Appeal Rises in Poll; No Gains for McCain Ticket  —  As voters have gotten to know Senator Barack Obama, they have warmed up to him, with more than half, 53 percent, now saying they have a favorable impression of him and 33 percent saying they have an unfavorable view.
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CBS News:
Poll: Obama Gained During Debates  —  CBS News/N.Y. Times Follow-Up Survey Of Likely Voters Suggests Democrat's Advantage Grew  —  (CBS) The standing of the Democratic presidential ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden improved during the last few weeks of the presidential campaign …
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
McCain says his campaign is focused on the economy
Discussion: Southern Appeal
CNN:
McCain camp looking for way to win without Colorado  —  (CNN) — The McCain campaign is looking at an Electoral College strategy heading into the final two weeks that has virtually no room for error and depends heavily on a dramatic comeback in Pennsylvania, which hasn't backed a Republican for president in 20 years.
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Rasmussen Reports:
FOX/Rasmussen Swing State Polling - October 19, 2008
George Packer In / New Yorker:
FIRST COLIN POWELL, NOW...  Ken Adelman is a lifelong conservative Republican.  Campaigned for Goldwater, was hired by Rumsfeld at the Office of Economic Opportunity under Nixon, was assistant to Defense Secretary Rumsfeld under Ford, served as Reagan's director of arms control …
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.
Martiga Lohn / Associated Press:
‘Anti-American’ comments hurt Minn. rep's campaign  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann spent months building her profile through appearances on “Larry King Live” and other TV talk shows.  It took only a few minutes of airtime, and one disparaging remark about Barack Obama, to undo it.
WTAE-TV:
Murtha Calls Western Pa. ‘Redneck’  —  Congressman Says Western Pa. Was ‘Really Redneck’  —  CHARLEROI, Pa. — U.S. Rep. John Murtha is calling many of the people who put him in office “rednecks.”  —  The news comes one week after Murtha claimed the area is racist, then apologized for that comment.
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
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:
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Wave Watch: Smith's political minefield  —  Rep. Christopher Smith, a Republican who has represented central New Jersey since 1980, probably didn't realize he was walking into a political minefield when his family requested a break on his daughter's huge college bill.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Open Left
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Obama Blitzes Florida As Early Voting Starts  —  Barack Obama barnstormed the battleground of Florida on Monday with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and others, as voters began going to the polls in a state that has vexed Democrats in the past two presidential elections.
Discussion: New York Times
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ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Former Democratic Rivals Join Forces in Sunshine State
Discussion: TalkLeft
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Bush Decides to Keep Guantánamo Open  —  WASHINGTON — Despite his stated desire to close the American prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, President Bush has decided not to do so, and never considered proposals drafted in the State Department and the Pentagon that outlined options …
Discussion: Think Progress
Latest Articles in News:
McCain lands at Columbia Regional Airport  —  Sen. John McCain stopped in Columbia on Monday afternoon.  —  The Republican presidential nominee from Arizona landed at the Columbia Regional Airport around 12:30 p.m. As McCain disembarked from the plane, a man yelled, “Go get 'em, John.”
Discussion: Firedoglake, D-Day and Daily Kos
Brooks Jackson / FactCheck.org:
Obama's False Medicare Claim  —  He accuses McCain of proposing to cut benefits.  Not true.  —  In a TV ad and in speeches, Obama is making bogus claims that McCain plans to cut $880 billion from Medicare spending and to reduce benefits.  — A TV spot says McCain's plan requires “cuts in benefits, eligibility or both.”
Discussion: Wonk Room and QandO
Alec Baldwin / The Huffington Post:
Palin on SNL: What Did You Expect?  —  In 1998, I attended the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington.  A friend who is a lobbyist there escorted me to a weekend's worth of events.  As we moved around a brunch reception one late morning, I turned and suddenly faced Henry Kissinger.
Fox News:
Obama Praised ‘Searing and Timely’ Book by Ayers  —  Barack Obama once gave a glowing endorsement of a book by former domestic terrorist William Ayers and was mentioned by name in the book itself.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Barack Obama, who has consistently downplayed his relationship …
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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
RNC On New Mexico “Voter Fraud”: Never Mind  —  As if you needed any more evidence that the Republican effort to tout voter fraud is less about legitimate claims and more about a political agenda, consider this sequence of events:  —  Last week, as we noted at the time …
Discussion: Crooked Timber and The Corner
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
News outlets sweat over exit poll accuracy  —  Media outlets are preparing for the possibility that their Election Day surveys could be skewed because of overstated support for Barack Obama, largely because of the enthusiasm of his supporters.  —  While exit polling is a notoriously inexact science …
 
 
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Ariane Sherine / Guardian:
All aboard the Atheist Bus Campaign
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E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
A Catholic Shift to Obama?
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
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Discussion: TalkLeft
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Dems to hold Fannie, Freddie hearing - post election
Mary Pat Flaherty / Washington Post:
In Ohio, Charges Fly in Fight Over Absentee Ballots
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Neil A. Lewis / New York Times:
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Dale Neal / CITIZEN-TIMES.com:
Bear found dumped at WCU with Obama signs
Discussion: Firedoglake and Majikthise
The Huffington Post:
Rick Davis: Campaign Rethinking Playing The Rev. Wright Card