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9:55 PM ET, October 26, 2008

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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.
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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...
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?
Discussion: Power Line
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Palin talks clothes at length  —  Recognizing that the clothes kerfuffle still has legs and is damaging her politically ,Sarah Palin used the start of a rally today to offer her most extended defense of the clothes bought for her last month.  —  Palin, speaking in Tampa …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Halloween in Cedar Falls
Discussion: Harry's Place
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.”
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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 …
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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
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
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Steve Chapman / Chicago Tribune:
Obama's secret  —  Message resonates across race, religion  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Barack Obama's success in this campaign is a puzzle.  How is it that a youngish first-term senator with so many disadvantages—a slight résumé, a foreign-sounding name, an exotic background …
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 …
MSNBC:
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?
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The Politico:
McCain guarantees victory  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday on NBC's “Meet the Press” that he can “guarantee” a win on Nov. 4 in a squeaker victory that won't be clear until late that night.  —  McCain spoke amid signs of a tightening race, and reports of renewed determination among his staff …
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Daniel Scarpinato / Arizona Daily Star:
Kyl, in interview, voices doubt about McCain's chances  —  Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl expressed some doubt in a recent interview that his seatmate, John McCain, will be elected president next month.  —  During a visit to the Arizona Daily Star last week for an editorial board meeting …
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Arizona Republic:
McCain: A leader for these times
Discussion: Salon and www.redstate.com
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Could McCain lose his home state?
Discussion: MyDD and Washington Monthly
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
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Stanley Kurtz / The Corner:
A Party Without Members?
Discussion: TBogg and 24Ahead
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: TalkLeft
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Jesse Jackson Jr. hopes to replace Obama in Senate  —  Illinois political insiders say Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who defended Barack Obama after his father famously threatened to castrate him, is the favorite to replace the Democratic nominee in the Senate.  —  Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) …
 
 
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Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:
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Katharine Houreld / Associated Press:
Somali piracy fight offers lucrative market for security firms
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The Politico:
Michael O'Hanlon  —  Michael O'Hanlon is a senior fellow …
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
The High Rise of the First Metropolitan Candidate
Discussion: Booman Tribune and American Power
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Precriminations
Discussion: Eschaton
Los Angeles Times:
Election's endgame is no sure thing
 Earlier Items: 
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
McCain, GOP target Frank on taxes and spending
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
To Know Her Is To Respect Her  —  The great Palin divide.
Lisa Wangsness / Boston Globe:
For Obama, a new cause for confidence - and for caution