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1:25 PM ET, October 22, 2008

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Marc Ambinder:
Republicans Disgusted By RNC Spending On Palin … There is already an attempt to blame the media — as in, the liberal media would have looked askance at Palin if she wasn't clad in Neiman Marcus, but this won't wash. Republicans, RNC donors and at least one RNC staff member have e-mailed …
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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.
CitizenLink:
Dr. Dobson Talks with Gov. Sarah Palin  —  The Republican vice presidential candidate talks about her family, the sanctity of human life and the pressures of the election season.  Dr. Dobson encourages listeners to pray for our country as the election draws near.  —  Listen to the broadcast:
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: OBAMA WIDENS LEAD  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann  —  *** Obama widens his lead: With 13 days to go, Obama has opened up his biggest lead over McCain in the NBC/WSJ poll, 52%-42%, which is up four points from his lead two weeks ago.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Feminists and Sarah Palin  —  Part of the idea behind picking Sarah Palin was to help broaden the GOP's appeal to women.  Instead, Palin is even less popular among women than John McCain.  And if this exchange between Rick Davis and Bill Bennett is any guide, conservatives aren't looking …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin's $150,000 camp wardrobe
Washington Post:
On Al-Qaeda Web Sites, Joy Over U.S. Crisis, Support for McCain  —  Al-Qaeda is watching the U.S. stock market's downward slide with something akin to jubilation, with its leaders hailing the financial crisis as a vindication of its strategy of crippling America's economy through endless, costly foreign wars against Islamist insurgents.
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Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
Al-Qaida-linked Web site backs McCain as president  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  WASHINGTON - Al-Qaida supporters suggested in a Web site message this week they would welcome a pre-election terror attack on the U.S. as a way to usher in a McCain presidency.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Jihadists for McCain  —  Interesting Associated Press report …
Paul J. Nyden / Charleston Gazette:
Woman quits job at call center over anti-Obama script  —  WESTON, W.Va. — Chaylee Cole, a student at Fairmont State University, lost her part-time job in Weston last Friday after refusing to make telephone calls attacking Barack Obama.  —  McCain-Palin 2008 and the Republican National Committee …
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WKOW-TV:
Robocaller quits his job
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Washington Post:
Big Donors Drive Obama's Money Edge
Robert Draper / New York Times:
The Making (and Remaking) of McCain  —  On the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 24, John McCain convened a meeting in his suite at the Hilton hotel in Midtown Manhattan.  Among the handful of campaign officials in attendance were McCain's chief campaign strategist, Steve Schmidt …
Discussion: The New Republic
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Washington Wire:
Early Voting Update: North Carolina Gets Big Turnout  —  Maurice Tamman reports on the 2008 election.  —  Nearly half a million North Carolina voters have already cast their ballots, either with a mail-in absentee ballot or by casting one in person.  —  That means nothing Republican …
Discussion: Donklephant
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Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Early voting a boost for Dems
Discussion: MiamiHerald.com
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The ‘Socialist’ Scare  —  WOODBRIDGE — John McCain should not have to be here, not on a crisp October Saturday scarcely two weeks before the election.  Prince William County is the electoral Maginot line between the Washington suburbs and what a McCain spokeswoman has just unhelpfully described as “real Virginia.”
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
How Anti-Intellectual Is Palin?  —  Ramesh Ponnuru asks the question.  He refers to Noam Scheiber's devastating piece on Palin's Nixonian hatred of educated elites.  But Ponnuru wants more evidence.  Here's one way to look at the question: how has Palin brought up her own kids?
Discussion: The Corner
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
As clock ticks, hope dims for McCain savior  —  For the GOP, the cavalry apparently isn't coming.  —  Republicans attuned to conservative third-party efforts say that with less than two weeks to go until Election Day, the prospects for any 11th-hour, anti-Obama ad campaign are highly unlikely.
John / Power Line:
THE END OF JOURNALISM AS WE KNEW IT  —  I'm not familiar with columnist Orson Scott Card, but his open letter to journalists is must reading.  It appeared first in The Rhinoceros Times of Greensboro, North Carolina.  Via InstaPundit: … But the mainstream media—which is to say …
DJ Drummond / Wizbang:
Gallup and New Coke  —  The polls are wrong this year, very wrong.  I have been saying this for months, and I have backed up my claim with both statistical and anecdotal support.  The claims I have made have inspired some, caused others to laugh in derision, and brought others to test their assumptions and revisit the hard data.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Bachmann: It's All Chris Matthews' Fault!  ‘He Laid A Trap, And I Walked Into It’  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is still on the defensive from an appearance last Friday on MSNBC's Hardball, in which she called for the media to conduct a “penetrating exposé” into anti-American views of members of Congress.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Police prepare for unrest  —  Police departments in cities across the country are beefing up their ranks for Election Day, preparing for possible civil unrest and riots after the historic presidential contest.  —  Public safety officials said in interviews with The Hill that the election …
Michael Barone / Wall Street Journal:
Are the Polls Accurate?  —  Reading them right is more art than science.  —  Can we trust the polls this year?  That's a question many people have been asking as we approach the end of this long, long presidential campaign.  As a recovering pollster and continuing poll consumer, my answer is yes — with qualifications.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
O'Reilly: You'll Still Have Me to Kick Around  —  Bill O'Reilly has signed up for another tour of duty at Fox News, saying that he decided “to put myself through all the attacks and smears” for several more years.  —  The pugnacious pundit said that he signed the contract despite what he sees as a constant assault on his reputation.
Discussion: Think Progress and TVNewser
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Right-Wing Independent Group Sinks Over A Million Dollars Into Ads Attacking “Chicken” Obama  —  Let Freedom Ring, a conservative outside group formed in 2004, is spending over $1.2 million on a pair of ads attacking Barack Obama in multiple battleground states, newly-filed FEC reports show.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
The McCain Pennsylvania Theory  —  OK, so commenters in the previous swing state thread have laid out what they see as McCain's rationale behind targeting Pennsylvania instead of Colorado, and I can kind of see how it makes sense.  In the extended entry, I provide a full explanation.
 
 
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Steal Back Your Vote!  —  Greg Palast's book: Armed Madhouse is a good read.
Discussion: Greg Palast
The Trail / Washington Post:
McCain Stands by Controversial Flier
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
Where is the Credit Crunch? III
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