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10:50 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.
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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 …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Matthew Yglesias
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and marbury
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Poll: Obama opens biggest lead over McCain
Associated Press:
AP INVESTIGATION: Alaska funded Palin kids' travel
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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.
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
New York Times:
More Democrats Casting Early Ballots, Data Show
Discussion: TIME.com and MiamiHerald.com
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 …
CNN:
Rendell ‘still a little nervous’ about Penn., asks Obama to return  —  (CNN) — Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has sent two separate memos to the Obama campaign in the past five days requesting that the Democratic Presidential candidate—as well as Hillary and Bill Clinton—return to campaign in Pennsylvania …
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Los Angeles Times:
McCain's push may not budge Pennsylvania
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and The Caucus
New York Times:
McCain Fights to Keep Crucial Blue State in Play
Discussion: Washington Post and Spin Cycle
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.
Lewis Diuguid / Midwest Voices:
Shame on McCain and Palin for using an old code word for black  —  The “socialist” label that Sen. John McCain and his GOP presidential running mate Sarah Palin are trying to attach to Sen. Barack Obama actually has long and very ugly historical roots.  —  J. Edgar Hoover …
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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.
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
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
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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
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 …
 
 
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CNN:
AFL-CIO kicks off largest Get Out The Vote effort ever
Discussion: QandO
Lynn Sweet:
Joe Biden at Seattle fund raiser transcript says Obama will be tested
Charlie Cook / National Journal Online:
In Endgame, Metrics Are Adding Up For Obama
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
The Emperor Has No Taste Buds
Discussion: New Yorker
 Earlier Items: 
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
MCCAIN NOT BEING BUSH
Discussion: Shakesville
EW.com:
Lorne Michaels: How ‘SNL’ Got Sarah Palin
Discussion: TIME.com