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12:40 PM 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.
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.
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 …
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 …
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Obama Boosted Most By Debate  —  Uncommitted Voters Give Edge To Obama On Economy, McCain On Iraq  —  (CBS) The first presidential debate helped uncommitted voters learn about the candidates - and it appears that Democrat Barack Obama benefited the most, according …
Noah Pollak / Commentary:
CNN's Poll vs. CNN's Spin
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Felix Salmon / Portfolio:
McCain's Economics  —  Don't ask me who won the debate in terms …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mgaffney / Democracy Corps:
First Presidential Debate: Obama Makes Important Personal …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Daily Kos
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.
Aljean Harmetz / New York Times:
Paul Newman, a Magnetic Titan of Hollywood, Is Dead at 83  —  Paul Newman, one of the last of the great 20th-century movie stars, died Friday at his home in Westport, Conn. He was 83.  —  The cause was cancer, said Jeff Sanderson of Chasen & Company, Mr. Newman's publicist.
Discussion: TalkLeft and INSTAPUTZ
Paul Newman dies at 83  —  (CNN) — Paul Newman, the legendary actor whose steely blue eyes, good-humored charm and advocacy of worthy causes made him one of the most renowned figures in American arts, has died of cancer at his home in Westport, Connecticut.  He was 83.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Horses**t”: Correction  —  I've removed the original post of a little time ago because after listening to the clip about two dozen times, what sounded like McCain saying “horses**t” actually comes through as having a hard “c” at the front of it.  My husband insists that McCain said “Course not.”
Discussion: Riehl World View and Spin Cycle
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SO ANGRY  —  McCain's unwillingness to make eye contact with Obama through the debate seems to be getting picked up by a lot of observers.  Here's an interesting exchange on the subject between Chris Matthews and the Post's Eugene Robinson ...  Here's one comment we got from TPM Reader EO ...
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
McCain's High Horse Meets Obama's High-Mindedness  —  John McCain wore the more presidential tie — that much can be said for him — but Barack Obama displayed the more presidential temperament, or the kind of demeanor people presumably would want in a president, when the two candidates met …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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 …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Balloon Juice
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
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Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Points About the Points  —  Many, many readers have written …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Neocon / The Jawa Report:
Bitter Much?  —  From The People's Cube, we get a painful glimpse …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Debate Spinners  —  Did anyone notice that in the TV spin …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The Ticket's complete McCain-Obama debate transcript, Sept. 26, 2008
Discussion: Wizbang
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
How McCain Stirred a Simmering Pot
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The Mississippi Debate: First Thoughts and Who Won?
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Byron York / The Corner:
“Senator McCain Is Absolutely Right...”
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John Podhoretz / Commentary:
More Post-Debate Thoughts  —  The other spin line being dropped tonight …
Steven Ginsberg / Washington Post:
Mark Finkelstein /
Matthews Mad Obama Agreed So Much With McCain
Discussion: New York Post
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Miss Wasilla  —  Andrew Sullivan put up this YouTube video …