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10:35 PM ET, October 26, 2008


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Palin and Hasselbeck blast ‘ridiculous’ wardrobe story  —  TAMPA, Florida (CNN) - Ensuring that news of the Republican National Committee's sartorial spending spree will remain in the headlines for at least one more news cycle, Sarah Palin on Sunday sounded off on the $150,000 wardrobe …
New York Post:
PIT BULL TURNS ON MCMAVERICK  —  NOW PALIN'S BUCKING HER OWN TICKET  —  By CARL CAMPANILE in Mesilla, NM, and GINGER ADAMS OTIS in NY  —  Sarah Palin is the rogue elephant in the GOP war room.  —  The maverick mom is distancing herself from John McCain and blowing off the advice …
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Emphasizing Frugal Tastes, Palin Addresses Clothing Issue  —  TAMPA — An exasperated Gov. Sarah Palin veered off script on Sunday to confront, as she called it, “the whole clothes thing.”  —  “You know, I tried to just ignore it,” Ms. Palin said, speaking to a crowd of thousands at a rally here.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Palin talks clothes at length
The New Republic:
Sarah Palin, Going Rogue
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Dschabner / Political Radar:
Palin a Diva? Ruffled Feathers in McCain Camp
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Albert Aji / Associated Press:
US special forces launch rare attack inside Syria … DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - U.S. military helicopters launched an extremely rare attack Sunday on Syrian territory close to the border with Iraq, killing eight people in a strike the government in Damascus condemned as “serious aggression.”
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Red, White And MILF  —  The new face of Republicanism:  —  How many Sarah Palins will be in Halloween parties this year?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Halloween in Cedar Falls
Discussion: Harry's Place
Andrew Quinn / Reuters:
Obama lead drops to 5 points  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Barack Obama's lead over Republican rival John McCain has dropped to 5 points, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Sunday.  —  Obama leads McCain by 49 percent …
Ross Douthat:
Rush Limbaugh Explains It all  —  This Rush Limbaugh monologue is a fascinating document, and should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand one of the most powerful conservative narratives emerging around the looming GOP debacle.  For Rush, there are only two kinds of people …
Amanda Scott / Barack Obama and Joe Biden:
Barack Rallies 100,000 in Denver, CO  —  Barack spoke to over 100,000 residents of Denver, Colorado this morning about putting our country on the right track again. … Read Barack's full remarks, as prepared for delivery...
Denver Post:
Police: More than 100,000 watch Obama  —  Standing in front of more than 100,000 supporters in Civic Center park, Barack Obama said today he is ready for the final nine days of the presidential campaign and vowed to stay focused on improving the country's faltering economy.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Goodbye To All That  —  Steve Chapman expresses the core reason for Obama's success: … It is what Reagan did as well.  And the great crushing blow of this campaign is to have watched John McCain run a campaign that is, at its worst, “the systematic organization of hatreds.”
Discussion: The Heretik
Steve Chapman / Chicago Tribune:   Obama's secret  —  Message resonates across race, religion
Redalert /
Stunning results in early voting in California.  Smile redstaters  —  California has begun early voting already as well as mail-in balloting.  The number of people who have gone in to vote in person has been extensive.  The results so far prove what we had always suspected.
Daniel Scarpinato / Arizona Daily Star:   Kyl, in interview, voices doubt about McCain's chances
Arizona Republic:
McCain: A leader for these times
Discussion: Salon and
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Chuck Todd, Charlie Cook, Kelly O'Donnell  —  MR. TOM BROKAW: Our issues this Sunday: With just nine days to go, polls show Obama widening his lead over McCain while the Republican vice presidential nominee comes under increased criticism.  What will be McCain's final message to undecided voters?
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Adviser Fills a Role That Exceeds His Title  —  CHICAGO — The senator calls before bedtime.  —  The cellphone in David Axelrod's shirt pocket comes to life, sometimes before midnight, sometimes after.  If the ring tone is “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours” by Stevie Wonder …
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Judge dismisses juror in Stevens case  —  The judge overseeing Sen. Ted Stevens's corruption trial dismissed one juror Sunday evening and ordered deliberations to restart just eight days before the Alaska Republican stands for reelection.  —  Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said Sunday he planned …
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs and TalkLeft
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Closing, tomorrow  —  The Obama campaign says the candidate will debut his “closing argument,” a kind of campaign ritual, tomorrow in Canton, Ohio.  —  The speech, according to the campaign, “lays out the choice in this election and details how he will fix our economy and bring the change we need to Washington.”
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Jed Report
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Choosing Corsi  —  Stanley Kurtz takes my short item last night on the New Party as symbolic of everything that's wrong with the coverage of Obama: “a bias against conservative concerns, combined with an utterly incurious and credulous acceptance of even the most questionable assertions by Obama supporters.”
Discussion: The Corner
Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
A Party Without Members?
Discussion: The Jed Report, TBogg and 24Ahead
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