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5:35 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: Oliver Willis
Washington Post:
Big Donors Drive Obama's Money Edge
Discussion: Election Law
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   The RNC's Stimulus Package
Pew Research Center:
Growing Doubts About McCain's Judgment, Age and Campaign Conduct  —  Obama's Lead Widens: 52%-38%  —  Barack Obama's lead over John McCain has steadily increased since mid-September, when the race was essentially even.  Shortly after the first presidential debate on Sept. 26 …
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Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Opens Double-Digit Lead  —  New Poll Shows McCain Ceding Ground on Taxes, Values; Palin Loses Shine  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Barack Obama has opened up a double-digit lead in the presidential race, with a growing number of voters saying they're now comfortable with the Democratic nominee's values …
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CNN:
Palin discusses potential plans for America  —  (CNN) — Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin vowed on Tuesday to use her executive experience to tackle government reform and energy independence if she and Sen. John McCain win this year's presidential election.
Ross Douthat:
Haters  —  In this week's New Yorker, Steve Coll remarks …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Is Palin A 2012 Contender or Pretender?
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
CNN:   Palin apologizes for patriot ‘pro-America areas’ comment
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 …
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
CNN's Rank Dishonesty  —  Watch this clip from a CNN interview with Sarah Palin (I'm assuming nothing of significance has been edited out by TPM).  And then read the context of the quote from Byron's favorable story on how Palin governed from an issue ago: … I'm disgusted, but not surprised.
Discussion: Hot Air
Byron York / The Corner:
Palin and CNN  —  A bit more on CNN's “quote” from National Review …
Discussion: Eunomia and 24Ahead
CNN:   Transcript of Palin interview with CNN
Terry McSweeney / KGO-TV:
Protestor tries to arrest Rove in SF  —  SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — There was major political theater involving President Bush's former chief of staff Karl Rove.  A protestor tried to arrest Rove for treason Tuesday morning while he was speaking at the Mortgage Bankers Association Convention, continuing in San Francisco.
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Desi / Greatscat!:
Another attempt to arrest the nation's most innocent man
Discussion: Think Progress
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
McCain's Camp Shaves Its Ad Targets  —  Democrats who monitor advertising spending now put at five the number of states where Senator John McCain is reducing his advertising - New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Colorado, Maine and Minnesota.  —  In essence, Mr. McCain's campaign has decided to spread …
Associated Press:
AP INVESTIGATION: Alaska funded Palin kids' travel  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Gov. Sarah Palin charged the state for her children to travel with her, including to events where they were not invited, and later amended expense reports to specify that they were on official business.
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
The Huffington Post:
McCain Accidentally Agrees: Western Pennsylvania Is Racist  —  Sen. John McCain offered, on Tuesday, what may go down as one of the more awkward moments of this campaign cycle, in which — speaking in Western Pennsylvania — he declared he 'couldn't agree more' with the sentiment …
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 …
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
Breitbart.tv:
WHILE MUCH OF MEDIA IGNORES, MSNBC AND NBC MISLEAD ON BIDEN AUDIO  —  In reporting on Joe Biden's controversial statements about the world “testing” a President Obama, both NBC and MSNBC played similar but milder audio of statements made by Biden in San Francisco on Saturday rather …
EW.com:
Lorne Michaels: How ‘SNL’ Got Sarah Palin  —  ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How incredibly fortunate was it that the election's breakout star also happens to look exactly like Tina?  —  LORNE MICHAELS: There was all that, and it's the first election with a star in a long time.
Discussion: TIME.com and The Volokh Conspiracy
Moe Lane / www.redstate.com:
And *this* is why we all did our happy dance when McCain picked Palin.  —  You're going to want to watch this one to the end.  —  Because this is what we wanted, and this is what we're going to be getting from here on in.  —  I guess that we know now why Biden took the day off …
Discussion: Hot Air, Riehl World View and HillBuzz
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
The Emperor Has No Taste Buds  —  Here's humorist David Sedaris in that bastion of sophistication, The New Yorker, on undecided voters:  —  To put them in perspective, I think of being on an airplane.  The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat.
Discussion: New Yorker
New York Post:
ROOM DISSERVICE  —  THE source who told us last week about Michelle Obama getting lobster and caviar delivered to her room at the Waldorf-Astoria must have been under the influence of a mind-altering drug.  She was not even staying at the Waldorf.  We regret the mistake, and our former source is going to regret it, too.
 
 
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New York Times:
More Democrats Casting Early Ballots, Data Show
New York Times:
McCain Fights to Keep Crucial Blue State in Play
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
MCCAIN NOT BEING BUSH
Discussion: Shakesville
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
More Trouble Ahead
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Sean Quinn / FiveThirtyEight.com:
On the Road: Northern Virginia
Discussion: The RBC
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Calls Western PA “Most” Patriotic, God-Loving Part Of The Country
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Obama's November Surprise: Another Bland SNL Performance?.
Discussion: Defamer
Richard A. Epstein / Forbes:
The Obama I (Don't) Know  —  CHICAGO -  —  My Obama number is one.