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4:25 PM ET, October 21, 2008

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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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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:
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Palin Runs with Biden's Test Warning
Discussion: protein wisdom and Commentary
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Why has Biden taken a day off the trail?
Discussion: Dr. Sanity and Pawatercooler.com
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain: The two faces of Barack Obama
Discussion: PoliGazette
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Guess Who Sees MSM Double-Standard on Biden's Latest Gaffe?
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama's Election Night: Grant Park
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?
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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:
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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Dennis Sanders / The Moderate Voice:
Subtext and Liberals  —  Bloggingheads.tv has a great conversation …
Sean Callebs / CNN:
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The Trail / Washington Post:
The Republican Party's Identity Crisis
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Cindy McCain lashes out at media ‘viciousness’
Dave Davies / Philly.com:
Dems sweating over street $ from Obama
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Those who want Joe Lieberman to remain a Democrat
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
NARAL hits McCain in mail
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