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9:10 PM ET, October 21, 2008

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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 …
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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
RNC appears to shell out $150K for Palin fashion  —  The Republican National Committee appears to have spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.
Washington Wire:   Obama's Lead Widens, McCain Falters in Latest Pew Poll
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: Jules Crittenden, HillBuzz and IMAO
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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 …
CNN:
Palin apologizes for patriot ‘pro-America areas’ comment  —  (CNN) - Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin apologized Tuesday for any misunderstanding that resulted when she referred last week to the patriotic values of “the real America” and the “pro-America areas of this great nation.”
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin ignores her own Pakistan remark while criticizing Obama
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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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The Trail / Washington Post:   Obama Election Night Fees Set Some Journos Grumbling
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama's Election Night: Grant Park
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 …
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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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
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.
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
McCain vs. Palin, Patriotism Edition  —  A trusted source in Pennsylvania sends this passage from McCain's rally this evening in Moon Township (emphasis added): … But wait!  In a CNN interview just hours earlier, Sarah Palin had said this about her recent implication that some parts of the country are more pro-American than others:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Pro-American America
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.
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.
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.”
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: TalkLeft and The Huffington Post
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Opens Double-Digit Lead  —  New Poll Shows McCain Ceding Ground on Taxes, Values; Palin Loses Shine  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Barack Obama has opened up a double-digit lead in the presidential race, with a growing number of voters saying they're now comfortable with the Democratic nominee's values …
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 …
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.
Richard A. Epstein / Forbes:
The Obama I (Don't) Know  —  CHICAGO -  —  My Obama number is one.  I know him through our association at the University of Chicago Law School and through mutual friends in the neighborhood.  We have had one or two serious substantive discussions, and when I sent him e-mails …
 
 
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Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Obama's November Surprise: Another Bland SNL Performance?.
Moe Lane / www.redstate.com:
And *this* is why we all did our happy dance when McCain picked Palin.
Discussion: Hot Air and HillBuzz
Washington Wire:
Palin to Give Deposition Friday
Discussion: Associated Press and Donklephant
Paul Waldman / The Huffington Post:
Heads They Win, Tails You Lose: For the Beltway Media, Even …
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Marc Ambinder:
Thinking About 2012  —  Here's a thought: the wave …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Voting in Kansas  —  So please do keep sending in those stories …
William Glaberson / New York Times:
U.S. Drops Charges Against 5 Detainees
Little Green Footballs:
Palin-Hatred Reaching Rabid Level
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Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
Barack Obama: Why I believe he should be the next President
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