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11:55 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.
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.”
Joshua / Syria Comment:
Syria accuses U.S. in deadly helicopter attack  —  Addendum: This report was just sent by a reader (6:30 p.m. central time, Sunday): … [Landis analysis] The Bush administration seems to be ratcheting up action against Syria during its last days in power.
Discussion: Wampum
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Syria: US conducted cross-border raid
John / Power Line:
BARBARIANS AT THE GATES—OF THE WHITE HOUSE  —  I don't think there is any precedent in our history for the shameful manner in which the Left has treated Sarah Palin.  Left-winger Andrew Sullivan gleefully posted a particularly disgusting example of the phenomenon today; it's a YouTube video titled “Red, White and MILF.”
Discussion: TigerHawk
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
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: The Caucus, Salon and
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...
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
Jonn Lilyea / This ain't Hell …:
More phony soldier stuff  —  This morning, as I began reading the Washington Times, my eyes were assaulted by this image;  —  This is an Obama supporter going into an Obama rally in Fayetteville, NC over this caption; … I get real suspicious of veterans who wear all of their medals when they're not in uniform.
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Gateway Pundit
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
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
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Former GOP senator, vet backs Obama  —  Former Sen. Larry Pressler (R-S.D.), who was the first Vietnam veteran to serve in the United States Senate, is the latest Republican to back Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign, Politico learned Sunday.  —  Pressler, who said that in addition …
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: TBogg, The Jed Report and 24Ahead
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