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9:15 AM ET, October 2, 2008


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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.
Washington Post:
Skepticism of Palin Growing, Poll Finds  —  With the vice presidential candidates set to square off today in their only scheduled debate, public assessments of Sarah Palin's readiness have plummeted, and she may now be a drag on the Republican ticket among key voter groups, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
New York Times:
Questions for the Next Vice President  —  Tonight, Senator Joe Biden of Delaware and Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska will meet in the one and only vice presidential debate of the 2008 campaign.  The Op-Ed editors asked people with knowledge of the vice presidency, the candidates and their records …
Discussion: marbury
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
The Palin Supreme Court stumble  —  Tonight's installment of Katie Couric playing Roger Mudd to Sarah Palin's Ted Kennedy features the much-anticipated Supreme Court non-answer.  —  The bad news for McCain: This offers yet more evidence that Palin has thought little about many policy issues facing the country and world.
Sally Jenkins / Washington Post:
Palin's Strengths Rooted in Alaska  —  Family and Friends Hope She'll Show Trademark Confidence During Debate  —  WASILLA, Alaska — The valley where Sarah Palin was raised is vast and tree-packed, and so quiet that once, when Palin's parents left a door open in their antler-festooned house, a moose poked its nose into their den.
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Palin and Privacy  —  Those excerpts from Couric's interviews give …
Discussion: and Obsidian Wings
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DEAD TO RIGHTS  —  Not knowing any Supreme Court decision …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
David Nather / Beyond the Dome:
Obama Makes McCain Very Uncomfortable  —  Let the record reflect that Barack Obama made the approach to John McCain tonight.  —  As the two shared the Senate floor tonight for the first time since they won their party nominations, Obama stood chatting with Democrats on his side of the aisle …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Ifill: I never told the Commission about the book  —  The AP has a hidden nugget at the end of its report on the Gwen Ifill controversy.  While some have blamed the McCain campaign for agreeing to Ifill as a moderator for tomorrow night's VP debate while writing a book about “The Age of Barack Obama” …
Tom Curry / MSNBC:
Let's do the numbers on the House re-vote  —  Overwhelming Senate vote for financial rescue bill signals likely House OK  —  WASHINGTON -  —  An overwhelming Senate vote Wednesday night to pass the financial sector rescue bill set the stage for likely House passage of the measure on Friday.
Discussion: Wizbang and Stop The ACLU
Michelle Malkin:
Kill the bailout: Operation Hold The Line
Discussion: Bloomberg
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McKinney: DoD shot 5,000 prisoners during Katrina  —  It wouldn't be an election cycle without Cynthia McKinney's lunacy, and fortunately she hasn't shied away from providing it.  Here, we watch as the Green Party's endorsed presidential candidate accuses National Guard soldiers …
Krooney /
More Data Shows Obama Battleground Strength  —  From latest TIME/CNN state polls:  —  FLORIDA: Obama 51, McCain 47  —  MINNESOTA: Obama 54, McCain 43  —  MISSOURI: Obama 49, McCain 48  —  NEVADA: Obama 51, McCain 47  —  VIRGINIA: Obama 53, McCain 44 … Get The Page delivered to your inbox.
The Caucus:
Not-So-Secret Handshake  —  It was Senator Barack Obama who crossed the aisle.  —  On Wednesday evening, as the senators gathered to vote on the $700 billion bailout package, Mr. Obama walked over to the Republican side of the chamber to extend a greeting to Senator John McCain.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and marbury
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Senate Backs Far-Reaching Nuclear Trade Deal With India  —  Measure Goes to Bush, Giving The President a Rare Victory  —  The Senate last night approved a historic agreement that opens up nuclear trade with India for the first time since New Delhi conducted a nuclear test three decades ago …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Senate Approves Indian Nuclear Deal
Discussion: The Agonist
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Report Implicates White House  —  E-Mails Hint at Involvement in Prosecutor Firings, Officials Say  —  In 18 months of searching, Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine and Office of Professional Responsibility chief H. Marshall Jarrett have uncovered new e-mail messages hinting …
Discussion: Truthdig
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Obama channel  —  ChanNenel 73 on the Dish Network is now The Obama Channel.  —  Obama's media buying strategy has been marked by a willingness to work the angles, and to try to pick up a few votes at the margins.  The decision to go to everything from extensive radio buys …
Michelle Malkin:   Obama has his own channel on the Dish Network (screenshot added)
9 Grand Loan At Less than Prime from WaMu = Credit Crisis?  —  So Monday morning my PC laptop crapped out right as I'm about to delve into the Oxdown Gazette for some mmm-good read'n and maybe some write'n.  Being as naturally superstitious as John McCain trying to roll a 4 …
Discussion: Angry Bear
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.
Ryan J. Donmoyer / Bloomberg:
Bailout Bull's-Eye for Kids' Arrow-Makers' Tax Break  —  Oct. 1 (Bloomberg) — Rose City Archery Inc., an Oregon company that makes arrows used by children, hit a bull's-eye with Senate legislation that would rescue Wall Street banks.  —  Senators attached a provision repealing a 39-cent excise tax …
New York Times:
An Everyman on the Trail, With Perks at Home  —  For the millions of voters getting to know him, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, portrays himself at times as an average guy who takes the train to work, frets about money and basically has led a middle-class life.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Obama's Assault on the First Amendment
Discussion: Hot Air
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
36 Hours of Alarm and Action as Crisis Spiraled
Discussion: Kevin Drum
John Markoff / New York Times:
Surveillance of Skype Messages Found in China
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman:
Stockholm Syndrome  —  On Olbermann a few minutes ago …
Discussion: MyDD, Open Left and The Agonist
Issam Ahmed / Christian Science Monitor:
Associated Press:
Estimates show Palin assets top $1 million
Discussion: JammieWearingFool