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Topic: Morning Jane | By CJP | October 29, 2008

  Good morning, Janes!   The annual Drag Race race took place in Washington last night, with drag queens dressing up for a high-heeled race to the finish.  This year’s organizers issued a special warning, “If you’re planning to dress as vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin . . . Please don’t come toting a rifle.  An Eskimo sidekick, however, is probably just fine.”

Got that gals?  Rifles=bad, Eskimos=good, the Janes= even better, the Morning Jane= the best…

Top Domestic Story:  T-minus 6 Days

  • The McCain campaign released a memo to the media with the message, NOT SO FAST.   “The McCain campaign has made impressive strides over the last week of tracking. The campaign is functionally tied across the battleground states over the last four tracks.”  See the whole thing HERE.  
  • If you were planning to watch TV tonight, you’ll be watching Barack Obama’s half-hour infomercial at 8 p.m. on seven national networks.  Could the multi-million ad buy backfire as overkill?  A media strategist isn’t worried.   “Campaigns, by definition, are overkill.” [Atlanta Journal Constitution]
Other Top Story:  The Economy
  • The Dow closed up 900 points yesterday.  Some experts say we’ve seen the bottom, while another says the selling’s not over.   “There are still people hanging on by their fingernails who need to be moved into the sell column.”  [Wall Street Journal]
  • The bailout was designed for failing banks, but hedge funds, insurance companies, car makers and other companies are lining up for a hand out.  Said one banking consultant, “It has the makings to become a real feeding frenzy.”   [Washington Times]
Top International Story:  U.S. Forces handed over control of the southern province of Wasit to Iraqi authorities, giving Iraqis control over 13 of the country’s 18 provinces.  Reports say there had been 18 attacks per week in Wasit at the height of the war, but weeks now pass without incident.  [New York Times]
General Motors is the latest company to end 401(k) matches for employees, joining Thrifty Rent-a-Car, Frontier Airlines and other companies that say the benefit is too costly for their bottom lines. Great.  [USA Today] 
The Washington Post writes about Elizabeth Edwards today, recounting a speech she just gave on health care reform,  ”Her hair has grown back, longer and thicker. She needs a hand climbing into the director’s chair positioned at the front of the George Washington University auditorium.  Look closely: The wedding band is missing.”  
THIS seems like a very bad idea. [RTE]