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7:30 PM ET, October 21, 2008

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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Poll: Obama opens biggest lead over McCain
Washington Wire:   Obama's Lead Widens, McCain Falters in Latest Pew Poll
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 …
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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Lewis Diuguid / Midwest Voices:
Shame on McCain and Palin for using an old code word for black  —  The “socialist” label that Sen. John McCain and his GOP presidential running mate Sarah Palin are trying to attach to Sen. Barack Obama actually has long and very ugly historical roots.  —  J. Edgar Hoover …
Discussion: HillBuzz
Marc Ambinder:   Thinking About 2012  —  Here's a thought: the wave …
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 and Chicago
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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
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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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
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Palin Runs with Biden's Test Warning
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain: The two faces of Barack Obama
Discussion: PoliGazette
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?
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
CNN's Rank Dishonesty  —  Watch this clip from a CNN interview with Sarah Palin (I'm assuming nothing of significance has been edited out by TPM).  And then read the context of the quote from Byron's favorable story on how Palin governed from an issue ago: … I'm disgusted, but not surprised.
Discussion: Hot Air
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   INCOMPETENT, STUPID, UNQUALIFIED, CORRUPT, OR ALL OF THE ABOVE?
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.
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 …
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Jon Cohen / Washington Post:   Obama Leads Among the Young and the Landline-less
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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.”
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.
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 …
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
McCain Scaling Back in Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Colorado?  —  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 …
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 …
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Drudge unplugged: How his campaign influence has collapsed  —  I'm not saying that given the choice I wouldn't pick a robust economy and a worry-free global outlook.  But circumstances being what they are, I have to say that as the White House campaign hits its final stride under the ominous shadow …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TalkLeft
CNN:
Transcript of Palin interview with CNN  —  (CNN) — Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin spoke Tuesday to CNN's Drew Griffin.  It was her first interview with the network.  Here is the transcript.  —  CNN: You seemed to be very much on your game.  You get huge crowds.
Discussion: The Corner
Paul Waldman / The Huffington Post:
Heads They Win, Tails You Lose: For the Beltway Media, Even Democratic Victories Prove the Country is Conservative  —  We usually have to wait until after the Democrats emerge victorious at the polls for the Beltway finger-waggers to begin warning them not to be too ambitious, not to do too much …
Associated Press:
AP INVESTIGATION: Alaska funded Palin kids' travel  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Patio Man Revisited  —  Patio Man is surprised at how much the bankruptcy of Sharper Image has upset him.  In the vast expanse of teenage clothing stores at the mall, Sharper Image at least offered him a moment of interest and delight.  The store allowed him to indulge his curiosity …
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:
 
 
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