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7:00 PM ET, October 22, 2008


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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.
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:
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 …
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 The Heretik
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
Marc Ambinder:
Republicans Disgusted By RNC Spending On Palin
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Tax Expert: Palin Has to Declare Clothes
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Wonkette
The Amazing Palin-Dobson Interview
Discussion: Hot Air and The Huffington Post
The Huffington Post:
GOP Pulling Its Ads From Bachmann's Race, Media Buyers Say  —  Five days after Rep. Michele Bachmann went on a McCarthy-esque rant suggesting Barack Obama was unpatriotic and urging the major newspapers of the country to investigate anti-American sentiment in Congress, the national Republican political parties are running for cover.
Reid Wilson / The Politico:
NRCC abandons Bachmann  —  Less than a week after controversial comments about investigating the patriotism of members of Congress, the National Republican Congressional Committee has pulled out of Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's district, a well-placed GOP source tells Scorecard.
Matt / Think Progress:
Bachmann Doubles Down: 'Barack Obama's Views Are Against America'  —  On the defensive over her controversial Hardball appearance last Friday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) told the St. Cloud Times yesterday that she regretted suggesting that Barack Obama held “anti-American” views.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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.
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.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
In New McCain Robocall, Rudy Giuliani Suggests Obama Opposes Jailing Murderers And Rapists  —  It was perhaps predictable that the task of recording the worst of McCain's robo-slime — the worst so far, at least — would fall to Rudy Giuliani.  —  Giuliani has recorded a new McCain robocall …
James Kirchick / NY Daily News:
Who are left-wing haters to point fingers at John McCain?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain robo-text: ‘You will lose your freedoms...’
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Rudy takes to phones to hit Obama on crime
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 …
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 …
Mike Murphy / Swampland:   Zing the Bling...  I saw the RNC statement on Gov. Palin's $150 …
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Poll: Obama Holds Leads in Key States; McCain Attacks Not Swaying Voters  —  With less than two weeks to go 'til Election Day, Barack Obama has held or increased his leads in four key states won by President George W. Bush in 2004 — Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Pajamas Media
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
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: and Taylor Marsh
Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
McCain's path to victory through Pa.  —  Facing seemingly limited options for getting to an Electoral College majority, John McCain's path to victory likely runs through Pennsylvania, a state that no Republican presidential candidate has won in two decades, a state in which he trails in the polls …
Tina Fey plays you sort of bubble-headed...  Sarah: “That's funny.  I play her bubble-headed too when I imitate her.  —  ...but you don't get to be governor without being smart.  Do you think you're intellectual?  —  Sarah: Yehhh-sss.  And you have to be up on not only current events …
The Trail / Washington Post:
Study: Coverage of McCain Much More Negative Than That of Obama  —  Media coverage of John McCain has been heavily unfavorable since the political conventions, more than three times as negative as the portrayal of Barack Obama, a new study says.  —  Fifty-seven percent of the print …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OFF THE RAILS  —  MSNBC just ran what we can only call an extraordinary interview with NBC News' Chuck Todd and Brian Williams.  They were discussing the interview NBC just did with John McCain and Sarah Palin.  We'll have the video shortly.  But what really stood out was the candidness …
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Paul Bedard / US News:
GOP “Death List” Predicts Democratic Blowout in the House
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Roland Martin / CNN:
Martin: GOP attacks show fear and desperation
Walter Alarkon / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Report: Obama Internal Poll Shows Two-Point Race in Pennsylvania
Gallup Daily: Obama's Likely Voter Lead is 5 to 8 Points
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
A Day At The Congressional Races  —  Here's today's run-down of the Congressional races:
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Campaign Buys Air Time In Indiana
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Welch / Reason:
If by “Hero” You Mean Traitor
Little Green Footballs:
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Discussion: The Corner
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama adviser to McCain adviser: Are you a Muslim?
Glenn W Smith / Open Left:
Race Boating: Swift Boat Backer Funds Racist Mail
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
The ‘Socialist’ Scare  —  WOODBRIDGE — John McCain should not …