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8:50 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
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.
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Political Machine
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.
Discussion: The Swamp, Macsmind and Donklephant
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Palin and Privacy  —  Those excerpts from Couric's interviews give me more concerns about Biden than Palin.  He seems to be under the impression that there's a “liberty clause” in the Fourteenth Amendment (he has talked about it in Supreme Court confirmation hearings too).  He misdescribes what Roe held.
Discussion: and Obsidian Wings
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
There's, Of Course In The Great History Of America There Have Been Rulings ...  Here's the video of Sarah Palin and Joe Biden answering questions on Roe v. Wade.  It's pretty stunning:  —  Watch CBS Videos Online  —  Palin's interview: … A couple of points.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DEAD TO RIGHTS  —  Not knowing any Supreme Court decision …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Supreme Court rulings?
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 …
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Ifill: I never told the Commission about the book
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.
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
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)
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: Michelle Malkin and Stop The ACLU
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
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
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Texas Senate  —  Texas Senate: Cornyn's Lead Slips to Seven  —  Incumbent Republican Senator John Cornyn now leads challenger Rick Noriega just 50% to 43% in Texas, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state.  —  Cornyn had an 11-point lead over Noriega in August.
Paul Krugman:
Stockholm Syndrome  —  On Olbermann a few minutes ago (that basement classroom with the heavy paper over the windows and camera sure has come in handy lately!) a phrase popped out of my mouth: “Stockholm Syndrome”, with regard to the rescue.  —  Here's the thing: it's very hard for Congress …
Discussion: MyDD, Open Left and The Agonist
Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
EARLIER, I promised some thoughts on what to do about the news media's outright campaigning for Obama.  (And that's what it is.  Media bias used to mean that they would slow-walk stories that reflected badly on their candidate; now they just flat out ignore them, or even try to shoot them down.
Discussion: TBogg, Jay Currie and Whiskey Fire
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Associated Press:
Estimates show Palin assets top $1 million
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