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11:15 AM ET, October 24, 2008

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Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Palin's Makeup Stylist Fetches Highest Salary in 2-Week Period  —  Who was the highest paid individual in Senator John McCain's presidential campaign during the first half of October as it headed down the homestretch?  —  Not Randy Scheunemann, Mr. McCain's chief foreign policy adviser …
The Politico:
Blame game: GOP forms circular firing squad  —  With despair rising even among many of John McCain's own advisors, influential Republicans inside and outside his campaign are engaged in an intense round of blame-casting and rear-covering—much of it virtually conceding that an Election Day rout is likely.
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
In McCain's Uphill Battle, Winning Is an Option  —  MIAMI — Senator John McCain woke Thursday morning to what has become a fairly common greeting in these tough last weeks of his campaign.  A raft of polls showing him well behind.  Early post-mortems on his candidacy.  Even Republicans speaking of him in the past tense.
Associated Press:
Former Mass. Gov. William Weld to endorse Obama  —  SALEM, N.H.—Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, a Republican, is endorsing Democrat Barack Obama for president, citing the senator's steady leadership, good judgment and ability to unify Democrats, Republicans and independents.
Michael Luo / The Caucus:
Obama Spending Furiously Outpaces McCain's  —  Senator Barack Obama's fund-raising juggernaut appears to have slowed dramatically from its record-shattering pace in September, raising $36 million in the first half of October, according to new filings with the Federal Election Commission.
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
McCain for President  —  WASHINGTON — Contrarian that I am, I'm voting for John McCain.  I'm not talking about bucking the polls or the media consensus that it's over before it's over.  I'm talking about bucking the rush of wet-fingered conservatives leaping to Barack Obama before they're left …
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Something About Sarah  —  My husband called it first.  Then, a brilliant 75-year-old scholar and raconteur confessed to me over wine: “I'm sexually attracted to her.  I don't care that she knows nothing.”  —  Finally, writer Robert Draper closed the file on the Sarah Palin mystery …
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Lois Romano / Washington Post:
Ideology Aside, This Has Been the Year of the Woman
Discussion: The New Republic and TIME.com
Charles Piller / Los Angeles Times:
Palin appointed friends and donors to key posts in Alaska, records show  —  100-plus jobs went to campaign donors or their relatives, sometimes without apparent regard to qualifications.  Several donors got state-subsidized loans for business ventures of dubious public value.
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Ken Dilanian / Associated Press:
Spending rose in Palin's Alaska administrations
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michelle Malkin:
Why that McCain volunteer's “mutilation” story smells awfully weird; Update: Police to administer polygraph; conflicting evidence at scene  —  Scroll down for updates..."Police planned to administer a polygraph test to Ashley Todd, 20, because her statements about the attack conflict with evidence …
New York Times:
Group's Tally of New Voters Was Vastly Overstated  —  On Oct. 6, the community organizing group Acorn and an affiliated charity called Project Vote announced with jubilation that they had registered 1.3 million new voters.  But it turns out the claim was a wild exaggeration …
New York Times:
Barack Obama for President  —  Hyperbole is the currency of presidential campaigns, but this year the nation's future truly hangs in the balance.  —  The United States is battered and drifting after eight years of President Bush's failed leadership.  He is saddling his successor with two wars …
Alan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
How's Obama Going to Raise $4.3 Trillion?  —  The Democrat's tax and spending plans deserve closer examination.  —  The most troublesome tax increases in Barack Obama's plan are not those we can already see but those sure to be announced later, after the election is over and budget realities rear their ugly head.
Discussion: Commentary and Betsy's Page
CNN:
Former Bush aide voting for Obama  —  (CNN) — Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary who sharply criticized President Bush in his memoir last spring, told CNN Thursday he's voting for Barack Obama.  —  “From the very beginning I have said I am going to support the candidate …
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Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Last Words: McClellan Endorses Obama
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Today's Polls, 10/23: McCain on Life Support  —  This is not the time when John McCain can afford a bad polling day.  And yet he's had perhaps his worst one of the year.  —  The national trackers were essentially a push — three moved toward Obama, two toward McCain, two were flat — but the action today is at the state level.
RushLimbaugh.com:
The Future of Conservatism  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Linda from unknown parts of upstate New York, hello.  —  CALLER: Hi, Rush.  Upstate New York, western New York.  —  RUSH: Upstate western New York.  —  CALLER: Not to be confused with western Pennsylvania.  —  RUSH: Right.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Eunomia
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E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:   Civil War on the Right
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Final bill on the Barackopolis: $5.3 million  —  Keep this figure in mind when people claim that the $150,000 the RNC spent on Sarah Palin's wardrobe represents some kind of frivolity.  At least she's going to wear the clothes more than once, and it may raise some decent funds for charity at the end of the campaign.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Arrives in Hawaii to Visit Ailing Grandmother  —  HONOLULU — On a whirlwind trip back to Hawaii, Senator Barack Obama spent more than an hour visiting his ailing grandmother late Thursday and is set to return to her bedside on Friday morning after arriving here on a nine-hour flight …
Discussion: The Swamp and Althouse
Mark Mooney / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Obama Explains Why His Campaign Will Wait for ‘Toot’  —  Obama Tells 'GMA's' Robin Roberts Why He's Halting His Campaign Swing to Visit Grandmother  —  Barack Obama is home today in Hawaii with his ailing grandmother rather than on the campaign trail because he fears she won't make it to Election Day.
Jill Zuckman / Chicago Tribune:
Sarah Palin talks about wardrobe flap, double standard for women and special education  —  An exclusive interview: ‘If people only knew how frugal we are’  —  PITTSBURGH - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin insisted in an interview with the Tribune on Thursday that she did not accept $150,000 worth …
Peter Robinson / Forbes:
The Point Of No Return  —  Thomas Frank, a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, writes about ordinary folks back in his home state of Kansas as a kind of reverse model.  You can do all right, he argues, by watching the way those farmers, small businessmen and homemakers vote …
Discussion: Commentary and RIGHTWINGSPARKLE
Gateway Pundit:
1995 Obama Race Baiting Video Discovered  —  It sounds like those first 10 years with Rev. Jeremiah Wright rubbed off on The One...  Barack Obama slams “white executives” living out in the suburbs who do not want to pay taxes to inner city children in a 1995 interview:
cbs8.com:
THREATENING LETTERS SPARK NEW PROP 8 CONTROVERSY  —  Last Updated:  —  A threatening letter has sparked a new controversy here in San Diego surrounding the gay marriage debate.  Donors who gave money to the No on Prop 8 campaign say they received blackmail letters demanding money …
 
 
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Paul Taylor / PewResearch.org:
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
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Associated Press:
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