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5:05 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:
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 …
New York Post:
JOE D'OH PUTS O IN ‘CRISIS’ MODE  —  SAYS WORLD WOULD TEST YOUNG PREZ  —  By CARL CAMPANILE in Belton, Mo., and GEOFF EARLE in Orlando, Fla.  —  Joe Biden warned that America's enemies would test Barack Obama with an international crisis within six months if he's elected president …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Stop The ACLU
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Palin Runs with Biden's Test Warning
Discussion: protein wisdom and Commentary
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain: The two faces of Barack Obama
Discussion: PoliGazette
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 …
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Obama to media: pony up for election night access  —  (Crain's) — The best-funded political campaign in American history says news organizations will have to pay—in some cases almost $2,000 each—if they want to cover Barack Obama's election-night celebration in Chicago.
Discussion: Hot Air
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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.
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama's Election Night: Grant Park
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Is Palin A 2012 Contender or Pretender?  —  As Barack Obama has maintained a steady lead over John McCain over the last few weeks in the presidential race, many political junkies have begun to look beyond 2008 to the next presidential election.  —  And, inevitably, that conversation begins …
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The Trail / Washington Post:   The Republican Party's Identity Crisis
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?
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 …
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Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Volcker Makes a Comeback as Part of Obama Brain Trust
Discussion: The Corner, Salon and The Big Picture
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 …
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.
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
McCain Scaling Back in Wisconsin and New Hampshire?  —  ABC News' George Stephanopoulos reports: Democratic sources say the McCain camp may be giving up on New Hampshire and Wisconsin.  —  Instead of placing new television advertising buys in those states, they say the McCain campaign …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘Erratic’  —  Obama's newest negative spot shifts away from health care policy and attacks McCain's temperament head-on.  —  The unreleased ad, which aired in at least Virginia, quotes newspaper descriptions of McCain having “careened from stance to stance,” been “erratic,” and “poured gasoline on the economic mess.”
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.
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 …
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 …
New York Post:
ROOM DISSERVICE  —  THE source who told us last week about Michelle Obama getting lobster and caviar delivered to her room at the Waldorf-Astoria must have been under the influence of a mind-altering drug.  She was not even staying at the Waldorf.  We regret the mistake, and our former source is going to regret it, too.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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:
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: FactCheck.org and Townhall.com
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
 
 
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Patio Man Revisited
Dennis Sanders / The Moderate Voice:
Subtext and Liberals  —  Bloggingheads.tv has a great conversation …
Marc Ambinder:
Thinking About 2012  —  Here's a thought: the wave …
Discussion: marbury
Marc Ambinder:
Chamber's New Anti-Card Check Ads
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain And Independents  —  They were and are the core base of his appeal.
Discussion: unbossed.com and AMERICAblog News
William Glaberson / New York Times:
U.S. Drops Charges Against 5 Detainees
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Are We a Conservative Country?
Little Green Footballs:
Palin-Hatred Reaching Rabid Level
Discussion: Polimom Says and JammieWearingFool
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