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9:30 PM ET, October 22, 2008


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Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Sarah Palin's Personal Shopper  —  M  —  ove over Carson Kressley.  A new celebrity shopper has emerged!  —  The attention from Jeanne Cummings's much-talked-about Politico story has naturally focused on the $150,000 in luxury clothing purchased for Sarah Palin at Neiman Marcus, Sak's Fifth Avenue, and Barney's.
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:
The Huffington Post:
Chuck Todd On McCain-Palin: No Chemistry, No Trust, Possibly No Chance  —  Commenting on a new joint interview with John McCain and Sarah Palin, NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd described the Republican ticket as lacking cohesion, chemistry, and (he hinted) trust.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Kevin Drum and Taylor Marsh
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OFF THE RAILS  —  MSNBC just ran what we can only call an extraordinary interview with NBC News' Chuck Todd and Brian Williams.  They were discussing the interview NBC just did with John McCain and Sarah Palin.  We'll have the video shortly.  But what really stood out was the candidness …
Discussion: Althouse
Marc Ambinder:
Palin: McCain Supports GOP Abortion, Stem Cell Platform Planks  —  Dr. James Dobson today asked Gov. Sarah Palin about her private conversations with Sen. McCain about the Republican platform's planks on life and marriage.  —  “In your private conversations with Senator McCain is it your impression …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin: God will do the right thing on election day  —  FINDLAY, Ohio (CNN) — In an interview posted online Wednesday, Sarah Palin told Dr. James Dobson of “Focus on the Family” that she is confident God will do “the right thing for America” on Nov. 4.  —  Dobson asked the vice presidential hopeful …
Discussion: The Heretik and Firedoglake
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Tax Expert: Palin Has to Declare Clothes
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Wonkette
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
The Amazing Palin-Dobson Interview
Discussion: Hot Air
Josh Painter /
Fashioning criticism  —  The anti-Palin media critiques are wearing thin
Discussion: PoliGazette and Yahoo! News
Reid Wilson / The Politico:
NRCC abandons Bachmann  —  Less than a week after controversial comments about investigating the patriotism of members of Congress, the National Republican Congressional Committee has pulled out of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's district, a well-placed GOP source tells Scorecard.
Discussion:, Salon and Hotline On Call
Matt / Think Progress:
Bachmann Doubles Down: 'Barack Obama's Views Are Against America'  —  On the defensive over her controversial Hardball appearance last Friday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told the St. Cloud Times yesterday that she regretted suggesting that Barack Obama held “anti-American” views.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
House Republicans Bow to Political Reality  —  Storm clouds are gathering for House Republicans.  Photo by J. Scott Applewhite of the Associated Press  —  With only 13 days left before the November election, the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee is coming to grips …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
In New McCain Robocall, Rudy Giuliani Suggests Obama Opposes Jailing Murderers And Rapists  —  It was perhaps predictable that the task of recording the worst of McCain's robo-slime — the worst so far, at least — would fall to Rudy Giuliani.  —  Giuliani has recorded a new McCain robocall …
The Huffington Post:
Another GOP Senator Decries Ayers Robocalls
Discussion: MSNBC and TPM Election Central
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain robo-text: ‘You will lose your freedoms...’
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.
Paul Bedard / US News:
GOP “Death List” Predicts Democratic Blowout in the House  —  Voter displeasure with the war and economy, coupled with Sen. Barack Obama's popularity, has the House GOP running for cover.  Even though polls have shown that Americans don't like congressional Democrats any more …
Discussion: Daily Kos, MyDD and Kevin Drum
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 …
Mike Murphy / Swampland:   Zing the Bling...  I saw the RNC statement on Gov. Palin's $150 …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
AP presidential poll: All even in the homestretch … WASHINGTON (AP) - The presidential race tightened after the final debate, with John McCain gaining among whites and people earning less than $50,000, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that shows McCain and Barack Obama essentially running …
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Poll: Obama Holds Leads in Key States; McCain Attacks Not Swaying Voters  —  With less than two weeks to go 'til Election Day, Barack Obama has held or increased his leads in four key states won by President George W. Bush in 2004 — Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Pajamas Media and Donklephant
Wall Street Journal:
Iran's Preconditions  —  So much for Obama's diplomacy.  —  Barack Obama's declaration that, if elected, he would be willing to sit down and talk to Iran “without preconditions” has been widely discussed in this country.  It's a key policy difference between him and John McCain, who rejects unconditional talks with Tehran.
The Trail / Washington Post:
Study: Coverage of McCain Much More Negative Than That of Obama  —  Media coverage of John McCain has been heavily unfavorable since the political conventions, more than three times as negative as the portrayal of Barack Obama, a new study says.  —  Fifty-seven percent of the print …
Discussion: Don Surber and
Tina Fey plays you sort of bubble-headed...  Sarah: “That's funny.  I play her bubble-headed too when I imitate her.  —  ...but you don't get to be governor without being smart.  Do you think you're intellectual?  —  Sarah: Yehhh-sss.  And you have to be up on not only current events …
Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
McCain's path to victory through Pa.  —  Facing seemingly limited options for getting to an Electoral College majority, John McCain's path to victory likely runs through Pennsylvania, a state that no Republican presidential candidate has won in two decades, a state in which he trails in the polls …
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Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
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Michael Ledeen / The Corner:
Andy Is So Right . . . Again
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Roland Martin / CNN:
Martin: GOP attacks show fear and desperation
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Obama and the Tax Tipping Point
Walter Alarkon / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Report: Obama Internal Poll Shows Two-Point Race in Pennsylvania
Gallup Daily: Obama's Likely Voter Lead is 5 to 8 Points
NBC News and Election Protection Announce Partnership
Discussion: and Right Wing News
James Kirchick / NY Daily News:
Who are left-wing haters to point fingers at John McCain?
Little Green Footballs:
Ayers' New Book: America is a White Supremacist Nation
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama adviser to McCain adviser: Are you a Muslim?
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Obama Grabs Nine Point Lead Over McCain
Discussion: Shakesville