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9:50 PM ET, October 1, 2008

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KCCI-TV:
NEW KCCI Poll: Clear Presidential Frontrunner Emerges  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — An exclusive KCCI poll shows Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama widening his lead here in Iowa.  —  The new poll interviewed 600 Iowans on Monday and Tuesday who regularly vote in elections for opinion on the upcoming presidential election.
Discussion: Daily Kos and MSNBC
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Campaign Silo
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
AP Poll: Obama takes a 7-point lead over McCain
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Sarah Palin—The Damage Done
Discussion: Slog and Comments from Left Field
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
McCain: The Angry Warrior?
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.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Supreme Court rulings?  —  The long-awaited answer to the question of what Supreme Court rulings Sarah Palin disagrees with, other than Roe v. Wade, was broadcast tonight.  —  She couldn't say.  —  In questions posed to both Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president …
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Couric vs. Palin, round 17  —  Score another one to Couric, with that much-awaited Supreme Court question:
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The Palin Supreme Court stumble
Discussion: Donklephant
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DEAD TO RIGHTS  —  Not knowing any Supreme Court decision …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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.
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Jim Treacher / Mother, May I Sleep with Treacher?:
A PARTIAL LIST OF GWEN IFILL'S QUESTIONS FOR THE VP DEBATE  —  Mayor Palin, Barack Obama is a handsome, charismatic demigod.  How many boxes of Kleenex will you need after your crushing loss?  —  Senator Biden, what is your favorite color?  And if you have time for a follow-up question: Why?
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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 …
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Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:   John McCain: the Washington Blade interview
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
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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beliefnet:
The Twelve Tribes of American Politics in the '08 Election  —  Moral issues are dramatically less important this year than in previous years - even among the most religiously observant voters, according to the 2008 edition of the Twelve Tribes of American Politics.
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Steve Waldman / beliefnet:   With the Economy Slumping, Values Voters Are Caring Less About Values
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 …
The Nation:
McCain's Kremlin Ties … Over the course of the presidential campaign, John McCain has repeatedly emphasized his willingness to stand up to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as proof that only he possesses the fortitude and judgment to become the next leader of the free world.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Obama Widens Lead Over McCain  —  CBS News Survey Shows Obama Opening Up Nine-Point Edge On Strength Of Debate Performance And Handling Of Financial Crisis  —  (CBS) Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama leads GOP rival John McCain 49 percent to 40 percent among registered voters in a new CBS News poll.
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Discussion: Angry Bear and Kevin Drum
Associated Press:
Estimates show Palin assets top $1 million
The Huffington Post:
Pro-War Group Offering Cash For Frats To Demonstrate At VP Debate
Brandon Friedman / VetVoice:
McCain's Miserable Record of Not Supporting America's Troops and Veterans
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
The Politics of the Bailout Bill
Libby Copeland / Washington Post:
Shooting From the Hip, With a Smile to Boot
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog:
McCain Campaign Takes the Hard Questions
Discussion: Wonkette
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Palin Had Another Private E-Mail Account, Company Says
Discussion: Threat Level and cab drollery
Chris Good / The Hill:
Palin questioner rejects ‘gotcha journalism’ charge
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XVI: Remembering Biden's Speeches in 2d Grade
Discussion: CNN and Outside The Beltway
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Make-Believe Maverick  —  A closer look at the life and career …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Firedoglake