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1:30 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 …
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  —  Propelled by concerns over the financial crisis and a return of support from female voters, Barack Obama has opened a formidable 7-point lead over John McCain, reaching the 50% threshold among likely voters for the first time in the general campaign …
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 knows — John McCain is slipping a lot.  But they also have interesting demographic breakdowns.  People normally think of Democrats as always winning big among African-American voters, so there's been relatively little attention paid …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Day 34 - Decoding Sarah Palin
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
NPR:   Listen Now  —  · Republican presidential nominee John …
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.
Michelle Malkin:
A debate “moderator” in the tank for Obama; Update: McCain campaign …
Greta Van Susteren / GretaWire:   Conflict of Interest?  Should someone pull out of the VP debate? or not?
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 …
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.
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 …
Jennifer Haberkorn / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Pelosi paid husband with PAC funds  —  $99,000 for rent, utilities, accounting fees  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has directed nearly $100,000 from her political action committee to her husband's real estate and investment firm over the past decade, a practice of paying a spouse …
New York Times:
Senate to Vote Today on the Bailout Plan  —  WASHINGTON — Senate leaders scheduled a Wednesday vote on a $700 billion financial bailout package after accepting tax breaks and a higher limit for insured bank deposits in a bid to win House approval and send legislation to President Bush by the end of the week.
Discussion: TalkLeft, MSNBC and Spin Cycle
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Hoyer ‘not pleased’ with tax extenders
Discussion: Commentary
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING.... In her latest chat with CBS's Katie Couric, Sarah Palin, asked which newspapers and magazines she reads regularly, responded, “Um, all of them.”  Hilzoy explained last night just how remarkable this is.  —  But while that was clearly the most entertaining exchange …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Palin Sets Up the Choice
Discussion: MoJoBlog
George F. Will / Washington Post:
A Vote Against Rashness  —  His name was George F. Babbitt.  He was 46 years old now, in April 1920, and he made nothing in particular, neither butter nor shoes nor poetry, but he was nimble in the calling of selling houses for more than people could afford to pay.
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
The Omen In My Mail  —  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 a few nuggets randomly selected from thousands of e-mails written in response …
Patrick Poole / Central Ohioans Against Terrorism:
Muslims for Obama running illegal get out the vote drives at swingstate mosques this week — including Noor Center  —  The group, Muslim Americans for Obama, has announced a series of “get out the vote” events at mosques in Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Ohio this week during Ramadan celebrations.
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Michelle Malkin:
Homeless Ohioans for Obama registering in droves; Plus: Meet Mr. …
Thomas Frank / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Blames the Victim
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
High Court Will Not Reconsider Decision on Child Rape
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and ACSBlog
Alex Massie / The Debatable Land:
Winning and Losing in Afghanistan
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Make-Believe Maverick  —  A closer look at the life and career …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Though an Experienced Debater, Biden Is Often Tripped Up by Spontaneity
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Associated Press:
Nobel literature head: US too insular to compete
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Insurgents in Afghanistan Are Gaining, Petraeus Says
 Earlier Items: 
Gary Tuchman / CNN:
You CAN see Russia from here!  —  Program Note: Governor Sarah Palin …
Discussion: The REAL McCain
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Conservative judicial group drops Rezko, Ayers and, yes, Wright on Obama
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Krooney /
Poll: Obama Well Over McCain in Battlegrounds
Discussion: Slog
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Historic Disapproval: Bush Hits All-Time Low Amid Economic Meltdown
Discussion: Political Radar
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Woolly bully  —  Rich, that list of Bailout Bill earmarks gives the game away.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
New Voters Like Obama, But May Not Show up at Polls
Discussion: Daily Kos and
White House: Your ‘status’ is wrong!