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2:45 PM ET, October 1, 2008

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Quinnipiac University:
Obama Over 50 Percent In Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll Finds; Debate, Palin's Fade, Economy Put Democrat On Top  —  FLORIDA: Obama 49 - McCain 43 pre-debate; Obama 51 - McCain 43 post-debate; OHIO: Obama 49 - McCain 42 pre-debate; Obama 50 - McCain 42 post-debate …
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Pew Research Center:
Obama Boosts Leadership Image and Regains Lead Over McCain  —  Growing Concerns About Palin's Qualifications  —  Barack Obama has achieved a significant lead over John McCain in the days following the first presidential debate.  Pew's new survey conducted Sept. 27-29 finds that Obama …
Massimo Calabresi / Time:
Poll: Obama Makes Gains with Women, Hits New High  —  Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is greeted by supporters at a rally at Mountain Range High School in Westminster, Colo., on Sept. 29  —  Propelled by concerns over the financial crisis and a return of support from female voters …
Marc Ambinder:
On The Other Hand, New Polls Cite Palin As Reason For McCain Drop  —  As discussed below, the McCain-Palin campaign attributes all of Sen. McCain's gravity in recent polls to the economy.  But new Quinnipiac and Pew polls provide evidence to the contrary.  Specifically, Pew finds that 51% …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   The McCain Bubble?  —  New Pew poll shows what everyone already …
Bob Unruh / wnd.com:
VP debate moderator Ifill releasing pro-Obama book  —  Focuses on blacks who are ‘forging a bold new path to political power’  —  The moderator of Thursday's vice-presidential debate is writing a book to come out about the time the next president takes the oath of office that aims to …
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Greta Van Susteren / GretaWire:
oh - oh !!  —  I confirmed for us here on GretaWire: the McCain campaign did NOT know about Gwen Ifill's book (I think I told them when I made my efforts - emails about midnight - to find out!)  I am stunned....the campaign (actually both) should have been told before the campaign agreed to have her moderate.
Andrew Halcro / Christian Science Monitor:
WHAT IT'S LIKE TO DEBATE SARAH PALIN  —  I know firsthand: She's a master of the nonanswer.  —  Republish  —  When he faces off against Sarah Palin Thursday night, Joe Biden will have his hands full.  —  I should know.  I've debated Governor Palin more than two dozen times.
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
McCain: I've turned to Palin for foreign policy advice many times in the past  —  On NPR this morning: … Yeah, right, Joe Biden doesn't hold a candle to the woman who's read most of the newspapers and magazines in the world.  And McCain has turned to her for sage foreign policy advice “many times in the past”?
NPR:
Listen Now  —  · Republican presidential nominee John …
Discussion: MoJoBlog and The Impolitic
Ben / Think Progress:
McCain: ‘I Always Aspire To Be A Dictator’  —  Discussing the Wall Street bailout yesterday during an interview with the Des Moines Register editorial board, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said the failure of Congress to act is “just not acceptable.”  Then — presumably making an attempt at humor …
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George Soros / Financial Times:
Recapitalise the banking system  —  The emergency legislation currently before Congress was ill-conceived - or more accurately, not conceived at all.  As Congress tried to improve what Treasury originally requested, an amalgam plan has emerged that consists of Treasury's original Troubled …
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Amanda Ripley / Time:
Why Aren't Americans Buying the Bailout?
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Soros floats alternative bailout plan with Dems
Discussion: Electoral-vote.com
Wall Street Journal:
Bill v. Barack on Banks  —  Clinton instructs Obama on finance and Phil Gramm.  —  A running cliché of the political left and the press corps these days is that our current financial problems all flow from Congress's 1999 decision to repeal the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 that separated commercial and investment banking.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Conservative judicial group drops Rezko, Ayers and, yes, Wright on Obama  —  The conservative Judicial Confirmation Network goes up today with an ad reminding voters in two key states about Obama's ties to Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright.  —  Representatives for the group say it will be a …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Marc Ambinder:
Conservative Group Targets Obama With Ayers, Wright Associations
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Ifill Attack  —  It's straight out of Rove.  Attack the debate moderator.  The best that can happen from the Rove-Schmidt point of view is that Ifill softens her questions to Palin out of fear of being smeared by the McCain camp, as they have tried to smear me and any other journalist doing their job.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 48%, McCain 44%  —  Slightly closer race now than two days ago  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update of registered voters finds Barack Obama at 48%, and John McCain at 44%, marking a slight narrowing of the race from the eight percentage point margin Obama held earlier this week.
Discussion: Hot Air
Thomas Frank / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Blames the Victim  —  Capitalism sure is fragile if subprime borrowers can ruin it.  —  Two weeks ago, I wrote that the breakdown of the nation's financial industry was undeniably a self-induced injury; that it would finally force conservatives to own up to the wrongheadedness …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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Bill Carter / New York Times:
Palin Effect on Ratings Only Modest for CBS
Discussion: Emptywheel and Slog
Los Angeles Times:
Why the $700-billion rescue plan failed
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Kevin Drum
Michelle Malkin:
Homeless Ohioans for Obama registering in droves; Plus: Meet Mr. …
Patrick Poole / Central Ohioans Against Terrorism:
Muslims for Obama running illegal get out the vote drives …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Make-Believe Maverick  —  A closer look at the life and career …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Firedoglake
Associated Press:
Nobel literature head: US too insular to compete
 Earlier Items: 
Gary Tuchman / CNN:
You CAN see Russia from here!  —  Program Note: Governor Sarah Palin …
Discussion: The REAL McCain
Krooney / TIME.com:
Poll: Obama Well Over McCain in Battlegrounds
Discussion: Slog
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Historic Disapproval: Bush Hits All-Time Low Amid Economic Meltdown
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A Vote Against Rashness  —  His name was George F. Babbitt.
Olivier Knox / CORRESPONDENT:
White House: Your ‘status’ is wrong!