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2:50 PM 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.
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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 …
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
McCain ‘amazed’ by Palin treatment  —  John McCain called out fellow Republicans who have questioned running mate Sarah Palin's credentials Tuesday.  —  “What's their problem?”  McCain asked during an interview with radio host Don Imus.  —  “She is a governor, the most popular governor in America,” McCain said.
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin: God will do the right thing on election day
Discussion: TIME.com
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
How Much Is Hillary Clinton's Wardrobe Worth?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mary Ann Akers / Washington Post:
Will Palin's Make-up Artist Add to Extreme Makeover Woes?
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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Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
McCain Advisers Freaked Out by Al Qaeda Preference for McCain
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Jihadists for McCain  —  Interesting Associated Press report …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   AL QAEDA'S PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE?.... A couple of weeks ago …
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: Swampland and The New Republic
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The Huffington Post:
NYT Mag Lifts Curtain On Palin Choice, Angst With Schmidt, Worry In McCain Campaign
Discussion: The Heretik and Donklephant
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Will Anyone Hire Steve Schmidt Again?
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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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 …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Gateway Pundit
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.”
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Obama Grabs Nine Point Lead Over McCain  —  Less than two weeks before Election Day, Barack Obama leads John McCain 49 percent to 40 percent among likely voters, according to a FOX News poll released Wednesday.  —  Obama's advantage comes mainly from independents …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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.
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 …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and AMERICAblog News
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Top Iran officials recommend preemptive strike against Israel  —  Senior Tehran officials are recommending a preemptive strike against Israel to prevent an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear reactors, a senior Islamic Republic official told foreign diplomats two weeks ago in London.
Discussion: Commentary
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.
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.
 
 
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