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1:50 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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The RNC's Stimulus Package
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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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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 …
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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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Is Palin A 2012 Contender or Pretender?
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Ross Douthat:
Haters  —  In this week's New Yorker, Steve Coll remarks …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
CNN:   Palin apologizes for patriot ‘pro-America areas’ comment
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin ignores her own Pakistan remark while criticizing Obama
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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 …
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Marc Ambinder:
McCain Calls Western PA “Most” Patriotic, God-Loving Part Of The Country
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
McCain vs. Palin, Patriotism Edition
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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.
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 …
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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
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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
CNN:
Transcript of Palin interview with CNN  —  (CNN) — Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin spoke Tuesday to CNN's Drew Griffin.  It was her first interview with the network.  Here is the transcript.  —  CNN: You seemed to be very much on your game.  You get huge crowds.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The comprehensive argument against Barack Obama  —  CLOSING THE DEAL  —  A Roadmap for Campaign 2008's Homestretch  —  By Guy Benson (www.guybensonshow.com) and Mary Katharine Ham (www.weeklystandard.com)  —  Editor and Contributor, Ed Morrissey  —  WHO ARE WE?
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Obama to media: pony up for election night access  —  (Crain's) — The best-funded political campaign in American history says news organizations will have to pay—in some cases almost $2,000 each—if they want to cover Barack Obama's election-night celebration in Chicago.
Discussion: Hot Air, The Swamp and www.redstate.com
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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, HillBuzz and Riehl World View
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
 
 
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McCain Fights to Keep Crucial Blue State in Play
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More Democrats Casting Early Ballots, Data Show
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
MCCAIN NOT BEING BUSH
Dave / Political Machine:
A Closer Look At the State Polling
Discussion: Riehl World View
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
More Trouble Ahead
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Washington Wire:
McCain Tells of His ‘Little Personal Experience’ in Cuban Missile Crisis
Discussion: TalkLeft
 Earlier Items: 
Sean Quinn / FiveThirtyEight.com:
On the Road: Northern Virginia
Discussion: Cogitamus
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Obama's November Surprise: Another Bland SNL Performance?.
Nielsen Wire:
Do Dem & GOP Viewers Respond To TV Shows Differently?
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Swamp
Richard A. Epstein / Forbes:
The Obama I (Don't) Know  —  CHICAGO -  —  My Obama number is one.