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11:50 AM ET, October 1, 2008

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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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Joel Millman / Wall Street Journal:
Palin Proved to Be Formidable Foe in Alaska Debates  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska — There are two things people here remember about Sarah Palin's debating style during her race for governor two years ago.  —  One is the stack of color-coded cue cards she took to the podium for help whenever she was asked a policy question.
The Huffington Post:
Why Sarah Palin Is A Better Debater Than You Think
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Los Angeles Times:   Underestimate Palin at your own risk, former rivals say
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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The Politico:
Nervous GOP urges McCain to attack  —  John McCain's fade in recent polls, combined with a barrage of negative news coverage during the financial crisis, has leading Republican activists around the country worrying about his prospects and urging his campaign to become much more aggressive …
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Michelle Malkin:
A debate “moderator” in the tank for Obama; Update: McCain campaign didn't know about book  —  My first syndicated column of the week, filed this afternoon, shines light on PBS anchor Gwen Ifill, who will moderate Thursday's only vice presidential debate.  Try as she might to deflect questions …
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.
Greta Van Susteren / GretaWire:
Conflict of Interest?  Should someone pull out of the VP debate? or not?
Discussion: National Review
CBS News:
Palin Opens Up On Controversial Issues  —  VP Candidate Speaks Frankly With Katie Couric About Feminism, Homosexuality, Abortion And The Environment … The day began early.  After being briefed by her staff, Sarah Palin heads out with her 14-year-old daughter Willow in tow.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING.... In her latest chat …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Palin Sets Up the Choice
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Martha Mendoza / Associated Press:
Campaign tries to explain Palin's Putin comment
Discussion: MyDD
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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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 …
Marc Ambinder:   On The Other Hand, New Polls Cite Palin As Reason For McCain Drop
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GRUMPY MCCAIN EMERGES IN IOWA....With recent polls showing John McCain struggling in Iowa — a state Bush won four years ago — the Republican nominee swung through the Hawkeye State yesterday, including a lengthy chat with the Des Moines Register, which endorsed McCain before January's Iowa caucuses.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
McCain would consider keeping Paulson in Cabinet
Discussion: The Caucus and TIME.com
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 …
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: Below The Beltway
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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, Spin Cycle, MSNBC, DealBook and QandO
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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 …
 
 
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Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Daily Kos and TIME.com
Olivier Knox / CORRESPONDENT:
White House: Your ‘status’ is wrong!
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
CBS: Palin can't name one single newspaper or magazine that she …
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Discussion: The Mahablog
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Townhall.com:
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Discussion: Top of the Ticket
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Lesson From a Crisis: When Trust Vanishes, Worry
Discussion: Scripting News and TPMCafe
Squidoo:
One vote = $2 donation
John Cruickshank / CBC News:
We erred in our judgment
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