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12:00 PM ET, October 2, 2008


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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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
McCain's ‘Stop Sarah Palin’ strategy working like a charm, polls show  —  Fresh evidence tonight that the brilliant McCain campaign strategy to lock away the political effervescence of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to stoke overconfidence among the nation's Democrats and set the stage …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
GOP ‘Gotcha Journalism’ Charges Throw Spotlight on Debate  —  For days now, television viewers have watched Sarah Palin unable to explain the significance of her home state's bordering Russia, unable to name a Supreme Court ruling she disagrees with, unable to name a single newspaper she reads.
Discussion: The E&P Pub and First Draft
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 …
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.
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.
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Biden, Aides Focus On Tone of Debate
Discussion: The Caucus and Real Clear Politics
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
All eyes on St. Louis
Discussion: Boston Globe and
CBS News:
VP Candidates On Church-State Separation
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Kill the bailout: Operation Hold The Line  —  The massive, unprecedented trillion-dollar-plus (remember, they just pulled the figure from thin air) Bailout Crap Sandwich With Sugar On Top returns to the House.  A vote is expected on Friday.  I keep hearing and reading that public opposition …
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog News:
McCain on the bailout bill he supported last night: “This bill is putting us on the brink of economic disaster”  —  John McCain was on “Morning Joe” a few minutes ago to talk mostly about the bailout bill.  His answers were, as usual, discombobulated as he ranted about Washington (as if he hasn't served in D.C. for 26 years.)
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain criticizes Ifill  —  Hours ahead of the vice presidential debate, Sen John McCain (R-Ariz.) criticized the selection of PBS' Gwen Ifill as moderator because she is writing a book called “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.”  —  “Frankly, I wish they had picked …
Discussion: Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
Mike Allen / The Politico:
33 days - Chuck Todd sees race ‘at a tipping point’  —  Newsday cover: “Senate to House: BAIL'S IN YOUR COURT - Sweetened rescue bill clears hurdle, but are there enough votes in the House?” ...  The Obama Channel (really) ... Debate Day II ... Phish reuniting
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.
Marc Ambinder:
So Why's Huck An Early '12 Frontrunner?  —  It's very early to assume that Obama wins, but if he doesn't, expect the GOP to engage in a circular firing squad.  Who's the frontrunner?  —  The betting money is on Mitt Romney for his governing experience, talented pool of political operatives …
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.
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 …
St. Petersburg Times:
Florida GOP meets in secret as Obama passes McCain in polls  —  TALLAHASSEE — Florida Republican leaders hastily convened a top secret meeting this week to grapple with Sen. John McCain's sagging performance in this must-win state.  —  Their fears were confirmed Wednesday when four …
Discussion: Jonathan Martin's Blogs and MSNBC
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
October remains the month for political surprises  —  Featured Topics:  —  AP - In this Oct. 26, 1972 file photo, then presidential adviser Dr. Henry Kissinger tells a White House news ...  BOSTON - Heading into the final weekend of the 2004 presidential campaign, John Kerry was feeling …
Face the State:
DEMOCRACY ALLIANCE MEMO DETAILS DEM PLAN TO “EDUCATE THE IDIOTS” AND TARGET MINORITIES  —  In a confidential internal memorandum obtained by Face The State (PDF), the Colorado Democracy Alliance outlines a roster of “operatives” who worked for Democratic victory in the 2006 general election.
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Rangel's beach trip got ethics thumbs-up  —  The ethics committee approved a trip Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) took to an Antigua beach resort late last year — an excursion that critics say was paid for by lobbyists.  —  Last November, Rangel, his son Steven and a top aide, George Dalley …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
The Politico:
Sweetened bill lures new votes  —  Minnesota Rep. Jim Ramstad finally has a strong chance to win a career-long fight: equal treatment for mental illness in health care coverage.  But victory won't come cheap: It'll be about $700 billion, to be precise.  —  That's the cost of the bailout package Ramstad opposed on Monday.
Associated Press:
Stevens' lawyers seek mistrial, jury dismissed for the day  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens has been thrown into disarray by a defense demand for a mistrial.  —  Judge Emmet Sullivan sent the jury home for the day on Thursday after the veteran Alaska lawmaker's …
Wall Street Journal:
First, Let's Stabilize Home Prices  —  We are in a vicious cycle: falling housing values cause losses on securities, which reduce bank capital, thereby tightening lending and causing house prices to fall further.  The cycle has spread beyond housing, but housing is the place to fix it.
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Obama to drill for debate in Asheville
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Bruce Ackerman / Los Angeles Times:
Abolish the vice presidency
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William Yardley / New York Times:
As Governor, Palin Has Focused on Developing State's Resources
Discussion: The New Republic and Stop The ACLU
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Discussion: Firedoglake, TVNewser and Gothamist
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Commander in Afghanistan Wants More Troops
Discussion: Think Progress
Miriam Jordan / Wall Street Journal:
Latest Immigration Wave: Retreat
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Senators who voted No  —  Here's the quick list of the senators …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
Frank James / The Swamp:
Bill Clinton sells Obama (and himself)
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