Weekend in Review: The Reach of Bloomberg Donations, Plumber Wars

Here's the segment of Meet the Press in which Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama.

Former McCain campaign staffer Mike Murphy says Powell's endorsement is "a real sledgehammer blow to McCain."

John McCain totally does not care, though.

One hundred thousand people showed up to an Obama rally in St. Louis, and this is what it looked like.

The Daily News endorsed Obama.

Obama also picked up the backing of many other major newspapers including the Concord Monitor, The Denver Post, the Kansas City Star, and the Las Vegas Sun; McCain picked up fewer, including the Tampa Tribune and the Columbus Dispatch.

The woman who yelled "Socialist" at Obama when he walked into a diner later asked for his position on the North American Union.

Obama's lead slipped to three points in a new national poll.

Obama's plumber calls McCain's Joe the Plumber part of "the biggest problem for this industry."

Eve Fairbanks writes, "I guess Joe the Plumber is the X-Box to Sarah Palin's Furby."

Democrat Harry Reid and Republicans Norm Coleman and Susan Collins, all Senators, condemned the McCain campaign's robocalls.

McCain defended the calls.

McClatchy has a somewhat biting analysis of McCain's view of war and the military, noting, "The words 'diplomacy' and 'State Department ,' however, don't appear on the McCain-Palin campaign Web page, which outlines a national security platform heavy with vows to pump up U.S. military muscle."

Palin is not popular among black Alaskans, nor among Alaskan Natives, almost a fifth of the state.

Obama broke all his own records and raised $150 million in September.

Numerous claims Cindy McCain has made don't line up with events, reports the Times.

In response to the Times story, McCain's lawyer brings up Obama's drug dealer.

A McCain adviser talks about "the real Virginia."

Michelle Bachman says more insane stuff, and it's about Obama this time.

Marc Ambinder has an extremely deep read on those events.

Bloomberg administration officials explicitly asked beneficiaries of his charitable donations to testify in favor of giving him a third term.

Adam Lisberg is outraged that many of those who testified on Bloomberg's behalf at the term-limits hearings are on his payroll.

Over the course of the last year, Bloomberg bestowed discretionary funds on City Council members who have the power to stop him.

The city's Republicans aren't happy with Bloomberg, but they'll probably let him run as one of them, anyway.

Bloomberg, who has given lots of money to State Senate Republicans, says David Paterson may be better off if the Democrats don't take over.

A Forest Hills blogger thinks "the tide has officially turned against" Bloomberg.

A nonprofit that Councilman Hiram Monserrate funded with city money can't produce any records.

Rudy Giuliani may well face his massive campaign debt and run for governor in 2010, although Paterson may also be a difficult opponent.

Paterson's top aide, Charles O'Byrne, paid about $200,000 in back taxes after newspapers reported several debts. He cited clininical depression as the reason he failed to pay.

The New York Post is skeptical, partly because O'Byrne made political contributions at the same time.

Paterson is standing by him.

The Democrat & Chronicle endorsed incumbent Republican Representative Randy Kuhl, Democrat Alice Kryzan and Democrat Dan Maffei for Congress.

A liberal blogger takes issue with the Kuhl endorsement.

Representatives Joe Crowley and Nydia Velazquez are split on Willets Point.

The wife of a Republican mayor is hosting a fund-raiser for Democratic Representative Maurice Hinchey this Wednesday.

The Press & Sun Bulletin editorial page is decidedly neutral on development.

A good government guy in Western New York thinks reducing the size of local government will be more efficient and save lots of money.

And the Daily News stalks the Spitzers on their 21st wedding anniversary. Weekend in Review: The Reach of Bloomberg Donations, Plumber Wars