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11:25 AM ET, September 27, 2008


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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll Results Suggest More Uncommitted Voters Saw Obama As Debate Winner  —  UPDATED WITH NEAR-FINAL NUMBERS CBS News and Knowledge Networks conducted a nationally representative poll of approximately 500 uncommitted voters reacting to the debate in the minutes after it happened.
Transcript of presidential debate  —  WASHINGTON (CNN ) — Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama debated on the campus of the University of Mississippi Friday night.  The moderator for the debate was Jim Lehrer of the NewsHour on PBS.  What follows is the full transcript of the debate:
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
TWS Exclusive: Kissinger Unhappy About Obama  —  Henry Kissinger believes Barack Obama misstated his views on diplomacy with US adversaries and is not happy about being mischaracterized.  He says: “Senator McCain is right.  I would not recommend the next President of the United States engage …
Round 1 in debates goes to Obama, poll says  —  OXFORD, Mississippi (CNN) — A national poll of people who watched the first presidential debate suggests that Barack Obama came out on top, but there was overwhelming agreement that both Obama and John McCain would be able to handle the job of president if elected.
Nate Silver /
Why Voters Thought Obama Won  —  TPM has the internals of the CNN poll of debate-watchers, which had Obama winning overall by a margin of 51-38.  The poll suggests that Obama is opening up a gap on connectedness, while closing a gap on readiness.  —  Specifically, by a 62-32 margin …
Mark Halperin /
Excerpts of Mark Halperin's Report Cards for the First Presidential Debate  —  Obama  —  Substance: His arguments were hard to follow at the beginning, but he found his voice as the debate progressed, although he never seemed fully in control of his message... If he truly knows more about the world …
The New Republic:
Focus Groups, Undecideds For Obama  —  For what it's worth: The Frank Luntz and Stanley Greenberg focus groups went overwhelmingly for Obama.  And a CBS poll of undecideds went for Obama 40%-22%.  Update : The CNN polls goes to Barack, 51%-38%.  — Isaac Chotiner
Roger Simon / The Politico:
The Mac is back  —  John McCain was very lucky that he decided to show up for the first presidential debate in Oxford, Miss., Friday night.  Because he gave one of his strongest debate performances ever.  —  While Barack Obama repeatedly tried to link McCain to the very unpopular George W. Bush …
TPM Election Central:
Initial Polls Show Obama Winning The Debate  —  Okay, we thought that McCain had a slight upper hand tonight (though we also said it wasn't a game changer, which is basically another way of saying that McCain didn't do what he had to).  But the initial polls suggest that viewers give the nod to Obama in a big way.
Felix Salmon / Portfolio:
McCain's Economics  —  Don't ask me who won the debate in terms …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Marisa Katz / Washington Post:
The Debate: The All-Important Grumpiness Factor
Noah Pollak / Commentary:
CNN's Poll vs. CNN's Spin
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Pacific Views and Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Seems To Have Upper Hand, But No Real Game Changers
Discussion: The Huffington Post
PR Newswire:
Newman's Own Foundation Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Paul Newman  —  Remembering the life and legacy of Paul Newman, Newman's Own Foundation has issued a statement.  The statement, from Vice-Chairman Robert Forrester, follows:  —  “Paul Newman's craft was acting.  His passion was racing.
Paul Newman dies at 83
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Stop The ACLU
The New Republic:
They both lost tonight.  We can go back and forth about whether McCain's anecdotes were more intimate or whether Obama's jabs were snappier.  But beyond stylistic differences in the personalities they project from behind the podium (McCain's the weary parent, Obama's the sharp young know-it-all) …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   As predicted, the “Sen. McCain is right” video
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
The SNL Skit & Focus Groups  —  It's hard to guess what, exactly, the SNL skit will look like.  I think the press is congealing around the (erroneous) idea that Obama won precisely because that's what the focus groups seem to be saying, or at least what the focus groups are saying allows …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Miss Wasilla  —  Andrew Sullivan put up this YouTube video of Sarah Palin competing, I believe, in the Miss Alaska pageant as Miss Wasilla.  Sullivan hates Governor Palin, so I assume he thought it was somehow to her discredit.  As regular readers know, I have nothing against pageants …
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
Beyond Ideology, a Generational Clash  —  One candidate cited Churchill and Eisenhower, and described George Shultz, who served in Ronald Reagan's cabinet, as a “great secretary of state.”  —  The other promised anxious voters a federal budget that could be examined on a “Google for government” …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Wall Street Journal:
Fixing the Paulson Plan  —  The American financial system is in deep trouble.  Regulatory moves to guarantee money market funds, the conversion of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs into bank holding companies, and the Treasury's asset purchase proposal have staved off a crisis for now.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Horses**t”  —  Yep: McCain clearly swore twice when challenged …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Byron York / The Corner:
“Senator McCain Is Absolutely Right...”
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
More Post-Debate Thoughts  —  The other spin line being dropped tonight …
Steven Ginsberg / Washington Post:
Mgaffney / Democracy Corps:
First Presidential Debate: Obama Makes Important Personal …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Daily Kos
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Mark Finkelstein /
Matthews Mad Obama Agreed So Much With McCain
Discussion: New York Post
Rschles / RobertEmmet:
McCain Gets Pakistan Frighteningly Wrong With “Failed State” Comment
Discussion: Eunomia
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
DEBATE LIVEBLOGGING.  —  10:37: Final statements.  McCain says Obama is unready.
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Paul Reiser / The Huffington Post:
Obama Underwhelms, McCain Patronizes