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10:00 AM ET, October 22, 2008


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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.
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 …
Discussion: The Jed Report
Washington Post:
Big Donors Drive Obama's Money Edge  —  The record-shattering $150 million in donations that Sen. Barack Obama raised in September represents only part of the financial advantage the Democratic nominee has amassed entering the final weeks of the presidential contest, newly released campaign finance records show.
Discussion: Election Law and Prairie Weather
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Poll: Obama opens biggest lead over McCain  —  Dem leads rival by 10 points among registered voters in NBC/WSJ survey  —  WASHINGTON - With voters' increased confidence in his ability to serve as commander in chief, as well as a majority who now believe he would do a good job as president …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The RNC's Stimulus Package
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SURPRISE, SURPRISE  —  So Gov. Palin is giving her first interview to CNN to CNN's investigative reporter Drew Griffin.  —  Remember this is the guy they sent to Alaska to investigate Trooper-gate and came back snarking, “But please tell me if you think [Trooper Mike Wooten's] tale …
Transcript of Palin interview with CNN
Discussion: The Corner and Eunomia
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
CNN's Rank Dishonesty
Discussion: Hot Air and Talking Points Memo
The Huffington Post:
NYT Mag Lifts Curtain On Palin Choice, Angst With Schmidt, Worry In McCain Campaign  —  The New York Times Magazine is set to publish an explosive story this Sunday on the inner workings and combative personalities of what has been a wild few months for the McCain campaign.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Wonkette
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Early voting a boost for Dems  —  Democrats are voting early in greater numbers than their Republican counterparts in several closely contested states, reversing a pattern that favored the GOP in past elections.  —  The trend is evident in Ohio, North Carolina and Iowa, Nevada and New Mexico, state and county figures show.
New York Times:
More Democrats Casting Early Ballots, Data Show
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama's lead widens in latest Ipsos/McClatchy poll  —  WASHINGTON — Entering the homestretch, Barack Obama leads John McCain by 50 to 42 percent and appears to be gaining strength on key issues despite a barrage of criticism from his rival.  —  A new Ipsos/McClatchy poll out Tuesday found:
Discussion: TPM Election Central and MyDD
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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Making Light
Charlie Cook / National Journal Online:
In Endgame, Metrics Are Adding Up For Obama  —  It Ain't Over Till It's Over, But Several Key Factors Don't Look Good For McCain  —  One of the most unsettling aspects of this campaign is that for an election cycle so turbulent, with so many surprising twists and turns …
New York Times:
McCain Fights to Keep Crucial Blue State in Play  —  MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — People are scratching their heads: Why is Senator John McCain here?  —  Senator Barack Obama has a double-digit lead in recent Pennsylvania polls.  Senator John Kerry beat President Bush here in 2004.
Discussion: Washington Post and Spin Cycle
Los Angeles Times:
McCain's push may not budge Pennsylvania
Discussion: The Caucus and AMERICAblog News
Dave / Political Machine:
A Closer Look At the State Polling  —  Alternate Title #1: Why the Democrats are still very nervous.  —  Alternate title #2: Why John McCain is touring PA today.  —  RCP is THE must-have resource for any election and this one is no different.  While I've been keeping a sharp eye on the state polling …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Bonney Kapp / FOX Embeds:
Creative Protesting  —  MIAMI - Another protest by air for …
AFL-CIO kicks off largest Get Out The Vote effort ever
Discussion: QandO and Real Clear Politics
Lynn Sweet:
Joe Biden at Seattle fund raiser transcript says Obama will be tested
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
The Emperor Has No Taste Buds
Discussion: New Yorker
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Shakesville
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Calls Western PA “Most” Patriotic, God-Loving Part Of The Country
Lorne Michaels: How ‘SNL’ Got Sarah Palin
Discussion: and The Volokh Conspiracy
Richard A. Epstein / Forbes:
The Obama I (Don't) Know  —  CHICAGO -  —  My Obama number is one.