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4:05 PM ET, October 22, 2008

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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:
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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 …
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: Firedoglake and TIME.com
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.
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
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.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
How Much Is Hillary Clinton's Wardrobe Worth?  —  Politico reports that the RNC has spent $150,000 on clothing, accessories, hair care, and makeup for Sarah Palin.  McCain-Palin spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt responded to the story, writing in a statement: “With all of the important issues facing …
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.
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
McCain Advisers Freaked Out by Al Qaeda Preference for McCain  —  I just got off a conference call held by the McCain campaign to deny that Al Qaeda, contrary to reports in the AP and the Washington Post, is rooting for their man.  To describe the call as panicked would be an understatement.
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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WKOW-TV:
Robocaller quits his job  —  Madison (WKOW) — There's a new perspective on the now infamous robocalls paid for by the Republican National Committee.  —  Voters in more than 13 states, including Wisconsin are getting calls from people accusing Barack Obama of having ties to terrorists.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Rudy takes to phones to hit Obama on crime
James Kirchick / NY Daily News:
Who are left-wing haters to point fingers at John McCain?
Discussion: Media Blog and Commentary
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 …
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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?
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 …
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Obama takes on national security in Va. swing  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrat Barack Obama convened a panel of foreign policy and military luminaries Wednesday to discuss “urgent issues” facing the country from abroad, an attempt to inoculate himself against the renewed charge that he is too untested for the White House.
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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 …
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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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: Daily Kos
Glenn W Smith / Open Left:
Race Boating: Swift Boat Backer Funds Racist Mail  —  Swift Boat funder Robert Perry, a top national Republican donor, is funding overtly racist attack mail this cycle.  It's not Swift Boating.  It's Race Boating.  —  A group called “Empower Texans,” chaired by Tim Dunn of Midland …
Discussion: Off the Kuff
 
 
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
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Discussion: The Corner