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4:55 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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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 …
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.
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 …
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:   Historic Disapproval: Bush Hits All-Time Low Amid Economic Meltdown
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Day 34 - Decoding Sarah Palin
Discussion: TIME.com and AMERICAblog News
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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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Ifill's book was no secret  —  Michelle Malkin and World Net Daily have made a lot of noise today about the fact the Gwen Ifill, the moderator of Thursday's VP debate, has a new book coming on Inauguration day about Barack Obama and the politics of race — it's now leading on the front of Drudge.
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
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Ifill Attack  —  It's straight out of Rove.  Attack the debate moderator.
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.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin XVI: Remembering Biden's Speeches in 2d Grade
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
My Advice for Sarah...  ...is different than that of the “free Sarah Palin” camp.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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 …
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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 …
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.
Discussion: The Swamp and Washington Monthly
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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 …
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Causes and Instruments  —  George Will asks rhetorical questions:
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Wizbang and Betsy's Page
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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 …
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Make-Believe Maverick  —  A closer look at the life and career of John McCain reveals a disturbing record of recklessness and dishonesty  —  At Fort McNair, an army base located along the Potomac River in the nation's capital, a chance reunion takes place one day between two former POWs.
Discussion: Firedoglake and DownWithTyranny!
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 …
 
 
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Something just went wrong with McCain's face on national TV
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Muslims for Obama running illegal get out the vote drives …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Conservative judicial group drops Rezko, Ayers and, yes, Wright on Obama