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He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

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Powell endorses Obama; Palin appears on SNL

Big news from both camps, sorta.

This morning, former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama while appearing on Meet the Press.  Calling him a "transformational figure," Powell cited Obama's inclusiveness, steadiness, and intellectual vigor.  "He has a definitive way of doing things that will serve us well," said Powell.

In some ways, Powell's observations about Obama was a sharp rebuke of none other than his former boss, President Bush, who hardly qualifies as intellectually curious or inclusive.  It was a very revealing insight about Powell and speaks volumes about his time spent as Secretary of State.

The McCain camp made news of its own with Sarah Palin's appearance on SNL.  I don't know if this stuff really changes opinions at all, but both skits were hillarious, particularly the rap with Amy Poehler during Weekend Update.  Poehler is quickly approaching Will Farrell-dom in her standing as one of the show's all-time greats, and will be sorely missed when she leaves after the election.

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Let's see, Powell endorsement of Obama on MTP v. Palin trying to gin up votes by going on SNL. The game is over, Mcloser. Go home to house #6...you can measure the drapes there I suppose.

This race is over. I am going to sit back and enjoy these next two weeks.

October 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

If only Amy Poehler had done her skit on MTP, then we could compare the camps' weekends. (Brokaw as a dancing Eskimo). SNL was brilliant - and credit McCain/Palin camp for guts to go through with it - but skit was funny because of Poehler and SNL crew genious. Would hardly chalk it up to Sarah Palin's "comedic chops."

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJen

"Poehler is quickly approaching Will Farrell-dom in her standing as one of the show's all-time greats, and will be sorely missed when she leaves after the election. "

Really??? The same Will Farrell that spent 10 years with a megaphone in that lame cheerleading skit? Amy Poehler also is not that good, and neither is Tina Fey. I'm sorry, I look at SNL and see alot of wasted potential... Mad-TV>SNL

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthe gooch

Gooch, you clearly don't watch "30 Rock" one of the best shows on TV

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

Gooch, you clearly don't watch "30 Rock" one of the best shows on TV

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMitch

Mitch two times: I've seen it a few times, it's not bad, but it's not that great, either. Certainly not as good as Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life.

SNL hasn't been good in a generation. Yeah, Will Farrell did a funny and pretty good W impression, but honestly, the show is more often than not horrible horse cocky. The skits are wayyyyyy too long and most often not that funny or clever. The last GREAT class featured Sandler, Spade, and the funny fat guy who died of an od. Norm McDonald and and Dennis Miller were great too.

October 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterthe gooch

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