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Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Palin's Makeup Stylist Fetches Highest Salary in 2-Week Period  —  (Photo: Michael Appleton for The New York Times)  —  Updated |  12:20 p.m. Who was the highest paid individual in Senator John McCain's presidential campaign during the first half of October as it headed down the homestretch?
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
So You Think You Can Be Vice-President?  —  The Palin story has now nuked the shark:
Mark Mooney / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Obama Explains Why His Campaign Will Wait for ‘Toot’  —  Obama Tells 'GMA's' Robin Roberts Why He's Halting His Campaign Swing to Visit Grandmother  —  Barack Obama is home today in Hawaii with his ailing grandmother rather than on the campaign trail because he fears she won't make it to Election Day.
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Associated Press:
Obama: Grandmother may not see Election Day
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Arrives in Hawaii to Visit Ailing Grandmother
Discussion: The Swamp and Althouse
Associated Press:
Former Mass. Gov. William Weld to endorse Obama  —  SALEM, N.H.—Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, a Republican, is endorsing Democrat Barack Obama for president, citing the senator's steady leadership, good judgment and ability to unify Democrats, Republicans and independents.
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
McCain for President  —  WASHINGTON — Contrarian that I am, I'm voting for John McCain.  I'm not talking about bucking the polls or the media consensus that it's over before it's over.  I'm talking about bucking the rush of wet-fingered conservatives leaping to Barack Obama before they're left …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Final bill on the Barackopolis: $5.3 million  —  Keep this figure in mind when people claim that the $150,000 the RNC spent on Sarah Palin's wardrobe represents some kind of frivolity.  At least she's going to wear the clothes more than once, and it may raise some decent funds for charity at the end of the campaign.
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Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Obama Spending Furiously Outpaces McCain's
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Michelle Malkin:
Why that McCain volunteer's “mutilation” story smells awfully weird; Update: Police to administer polygraph; conflicting evidence at scene  —  Scroll down for updates..."Police planned to administer a polygraph test to Ashley Todd, 20, because her statements about the attack conflict with evidence …
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Ari / Firedoglake:
Sarah Palin Refuses To Answer Whether Or Not Abortion Clinic Bombers Are Terrorists  —  I just watched some highlights of Brian William's interview with Sarah Palin and John McCain.  —  This exchange was shocking: (I transcribed this section myself — sorry about any errors.)
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Ruben Navarrette Jr / CNN:
Navarette: Liberals let loose on Palin, the Plumber
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Something About Sarah  —  My husband called it first.  Then, a brilliant 75-year-old scholar and raconteur confessed to me over wine: “I'm sexually attracted to her.  I don't care that she knows nothing.”  —  Finally, writer Robert Draper closed the file on the Sarah Palin mystery …
ABCNEWS:
Breaking Down the Battleground States  —  McCain Faces an Uphill Battle in Eight Key States Up for Grabs  —  Election Day often comes down to the results of a few crucial battleground states where key electoral votes can hold the key to the White House.  —  In 2000, that battleground was certainly Florida.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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gqrr.com:
NPR's Final Survey: Obama moves into commanding lead in battleground states and on all key elements of campaign  —  Greenberg Quinlan Rosner National Public Radio  —  US Politics … Executive Summary  —  With just over a week left before the election, Barack Obama's strategy of campaigning …
Marc Ambinder:
11 Days Out, And The Whispering Begins  —  Call it a circular firing squad, or internal dissension, or simply the natural evolution of a campaign that is disappointed with how the endgame is playing out.  —  There's a faction within the McCain campaign has begun to whisper about Gov. Sarah Palin to reporters.
Discussion: The Other McCain
Charles Piller / Los Angeles Times:
Palin appointed friends and donors to key posts in Alaska, records show  —  100-plus jobs went to campaign donors or their relatives, sometimes without apparent regard to qualifications.  Several donors got state-subsidized loans for business ventures of dubious public value.
John Dinges / The Huffington Post:
McCain's Private Visit With Chilean Dictator Pinochet Revealed For First Time  —  John McCain, who has harshly criticized the idea of sitting down with dictators without pre-conditions, appears to have done just that.  In 1985, McCain traveled to Chile for a friendly meeting with Chile's military ruler …
Brad Bumsted / PittsburghLIVE.com:
Race would be different if Ridge were VP pick, ex-gov says  —  HARRISBURG — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge said today that John McCain can't become president without carrying Pennsylvania and that the race would be different if McCain had chosen him as his running mate.
The Politico:
Blame game: GOP forms circular firing squad  —  With despair rising even among many of John McCain's own advisors, influential Republicans inside and outside his campaign are engaged in an intense round of blame-casting and rear-covering—much of it virtually conceding that an Election Day rout is likely.
Patterico / Patterico's Pontifications:
1&1 Internet Has Allowed My Domain to Be Hijacked  —  The company “1&1″ has allowed my domain, patterico.com, to be hijacked.  —  Look up at the address bar.  This is still the Patterico site — but I no longer have the patterico.com domain — even though I renewed it before the expiration date.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Alan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
How's Obama Going to Raise $4.3 Trillion?  —  The Democrat's tax and spending plans deserve closer examination.  —  The most troublesome tax increases in Barack Obama's plan are not those we can already see but those sure to be announced later, after the election is over and budget realities rear their ugly head.
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
David Montgomery / Washington Post:
A Happiness Gap: Doomacrats And Republigrins  —  Now the good news for Republicans: You are happier than Democrats.  You always have been, and you probably always will be.  —  Never mind that your presidential candidate is sinking in the polls while your president plumbs historic depths …
ABCNEWS:
New Allegations in Mahoney Sex Scandal  —  Current and former members of the staff of Congressman Tim Mahoney (D-Fla) say he has yet to come completely clean about his multiple affairs, abusive behavior and alleged ethical lapses.  —  Last week, following a series of reports on The Blotter …
Scott / Power Line:
WHAT DID DELLA WARE?  —  Yesterday we noted the Obama's campaign's acceptance of credit card contributions made via the Internet under false names and addresses in “Who is John Galt?”  Many readers wrote to confirm the experiment conducted by our reader under the names John Galt, Osama bin Laden …
 
 
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Floyd Norris / New York Times:
United Panic  —  I'll be blogging through much of today, as the world fears the worst.
Tracy Lea Carnes / The Huffington Post:
Trying to Help This Country Makes Obama a Good Candidate, Not a Socialist
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Early Voting, Now at 11%, Could Reach 30%
Discussion: Townhall.com and Riehl World View
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Regular Needs Children
Beth Arnold / The Huffington Post:
Is Elisabeth Hasselbeck too dumb to be on “The View?”
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Paul Bedard / US News:
Bill Ayers to Release New Edition of Memoir, After Nov. 4th
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James Pethokoukis / US News:
The Obama (Stock Market) Discount May Be Real
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