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7:45 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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Mike Murphy / Swampland:
Des Moines Register...  As a former general in the GOP, I get a lot of emails from various operative types around the country.  Many are old comrades from the forgotten wars of old Republican statewide campaigns.  Unlike the well meaning but under-experienced six month wonders who seem …
CNN:
CNN Polls: Major gains for Obama in battleground states  —  ST. LOUIS, Missouri (CNN) - New polls in five crucial battleground states that could decide the race for the White House suggest Barack Obama is making some major gains.  —  CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corporation polls …
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 …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: Obama gaining in battleground states  —  ST. LOUIS, Missouri (CNN) — Polls of five crucial battleground states in the race for the White House released Wednesday suggest that Barack Obama is making some major gains.  —  The CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corp. polls of likely voters in Florida …
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.
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
McCain turns irritable, sarcastic in interview  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate John McCain, once renowned for his jocular sessions with journalists, appeared irritable and at times sarcastic in an interview in which he defended running mate Sarah Palin's experience …
Discussion: Washington Post and Spin Cycle
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Sarah Palin—The Damage Done  —  Andrew linked to this already, but let me also chime in on Marc's fascinating take on the actual effects of the Palin selection: … I'm happy to see this, not just as an Obama supporter, but frankly, as an American.  One of the great mistakes I think we sometimes …
Discussion: Slog
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Historic Disapproval: Bush Hits All-Time Low Amid Economic Meltdown
Marc Ambinder:
On The Other Hand, New Polls Cite Palin As Reason For McCain Drop
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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CNN:
Controversy brews up around VP moderator  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Controversy swirled over vice presidential debate moderator Gwen Ifill one day before the face-off between Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Joe Biden, after new scrutiny was drawn to her upcoming book featuring Barack Obama.
Steven Ginsberg / Washington Post:
Ifill's Book is no Secret
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain dismisses concerns about Ifill
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Frank James / The Swamp:   Gwen Ifill hit for Obama book, debate
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Something just went wrong with McCain's face on national TV  —  UPDATE: There's now slow-motion video making it painfully clear that something is wrong.  —  In the post below, we showed a scene that just took place in which McCain was momentarily confused on stage, not knowing where to go.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com, Wonkette and Open Left
William R. Kapfer / Washington Blade:
McCain's gay Q&A  —  ‘I hope gay and lesbian Americans will give full consideration to supporting me’  —  Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told the Blade in an exclusive written interview this week that he appreciates the Log Cabin Republicans' decision to endorse him …
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”?
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
My Advice for Sarah...  ...is different than that of the “free Sarah Palin” camp.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
CBS News:
Palin, Biden Trade Views On Abortion  —  CBS Evening News: Biden And Palin Answer Katie Couric's Vice-Presidential Questions … Katie Couric: Why do you think Roe v. Wade was a good decision?  —  Joe Biden: Because it's as close to a consensus that can exist in a society as heterogeneous as ours.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Bill Clinton: Economic Crisis Means Veep Choice Is More Important  —  Bill Clinton — doing some powerful campaigning in Florida for the first time on Obama's behalf today — laid out an interesting argument against McCain-Palin, claiming that the economy will consume so much of the new president's attention …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XVI: Remembering Biden's Speeches in 2d Grade  —  She said the following: … Two things: when Palin was in Second Grade, Biden hadn't been elected to the Senate.  And when she was in third grade, do you really believe she was hearing about speeches by Joe Biden?
Discussion: CNN and Outside The Beltway
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin campaign to shift media strategy  —  SEDONA, Arizona (CNN) - Sarah Palin's interview Tuesday with conservative talker Hugh Hewitt gave the vice presidential candidate a chance to showcase elements of her life story and demonstrate some of the folksiness that's been central to her political success.
Kathleen Parker / Chicago Tribune:
Speak correctly, or build a big bunker  —  WASHINGTON — Allow me to introduce myself.  I am a traitor and an idiot.  Also, my mother should have aborted me and left me in a Dumpster, but since she didn't, I should “off” myself.  —  Those are just a few nuggets randomly selected from thousands …
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
McCaskill Has ‘Joe Biden Moment’ by Saying Biden ‘Sometimes Says Things That Are Kind of Stupid’  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., today told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the American people don't know much about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin “and she is now being thrust on a stage without …
 
 
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