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4:45 AM ET, October 27, 2008


 Top Items: 
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 …
Looking at the Left:
Festival of Obama, October 26, 2008  —  Nine days before the 2008 Presidential election, the Obama campaign held a rally in Denver, a “blue” city in the important swing state of Colorado.  Behind me, looking east towards the State Capitol, there were tens of thousands of people.
Discussion: American Power
Little Green Footballs:
A Guillotine at the Obama Rally
Discussion: Take Our Country Back
Amanda Scott / Barack Obama and Joe Biden:
Barack Rallies 100,000 in Denver, CO
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.
Jennifer Oldham / Los Angeles Times:
Popularity of mail-in voting surges in California, elsewhere
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.”
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: American Power and TigerHawk
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Red, White And MILF
Discussion: The Heretik and Ed
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Halloween in Cedar Falls
Discussion: Harry's Place
Jay / Stop The ACLU:
(Audio) Obama the Marxist  —  Update II: For those in the comments saying only Republicans care about redistrubtion of wealth, and that the poor folks who will vote for Obama want it and we are only helping Obama by exposing him as a marxist....Americans Oppose Redistributing Wealth 84% To 13%!
Lowell / Raising Kaine:
Wolf Campaign Assaults Feder Staffers While Wolf Stands By and Does Nothing  —  Well, folks, it looks like we've got another one of those moments in Virginia politics when we scratch our heads and ask, “What is wrong with these people?”  —  Here's a the short version of what happened …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Republicans Assault Democratic Tracker While Rep. Wolf Does Nothing
Discussion: MyDD
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Widening Gyre  —  Economic data rarely inspire poetic thoughts.  But as I was contemplating the latest set of numbers, I realized that I had William Butler Yeats running through my head: “Turning and turning in the widening gyre / The falcon cannot hear the falconer; / Things fall apart; the center cannot hold.”
Washington Post:
Poll Gives Obama 8-Point Va. Lead  —  Barack Obama has opened up an eight-point lead over Republican John McCain in Virginia, and the Democrat is entering the final week of the campaign with several core advantages when it comes to turning out his supporters, according to a new Washington Post poll.
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.
Articles and Analysis  —  Zimmeran & Associates and Marketing Intelligence  —  10/16-19/08, 408 likely voters, MoE +/- 4.9 … October 21, 2008 For Immediate Release  —  Presidential Race Narrows in Arizona  —  A new survey of Arizona likely voters suggests …
Discussion: Wonkette, MyDD and Washington Monthly
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 …
Discussion: and Eunomia
William Kristol / New York Times:
Remember the Marne  —  “My center is giving way.  My right is in retreat.  Situation excellent.  I attack!”  —  That's the message supposedly sent by General Ferdinand Foch of France to his commanding general, Joseph Joffre, during the crucial First Battle of the Marne in September 1914.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and TBogg
Richard N. Haass / Newsweek:
The World That Awaits  —  From the magazine issue dated Nov 3, 2008  —  FROM: Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations  —  There are only two and a half months—76 days, to be precise— between Election Day and your Inauguration, and you will need every one of them to get ready for the world you will inherit.
Discussion: Commentary
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Goodbye To All That  —  Steve Chapman expresses the core reason for Obama's success:
Discussion: The Heretik
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Officials Counter Ahmadinejad Health Rumors
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Right Pundits
Des Moines Register:
Register editorial board endorses Obama for President
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
McCain's Warning About Voter Fraud Stokes a Fiery Campaign Even Further
CBS News:
The Bet That Blew Up Wall Street
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
The Party of Yesterday  —  Two years ago, a list of the nation's …
Discussion: Cogitamus and Commentary
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Long by Obama's Side, an Adviser Fills a Role That Exceeds His Title
Discussion: The E&P Pub
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Judge dismisses juror in Stevens case
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs and TalkLeft