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10:20 PM ET, October 2, 2008

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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain pulling out of Michigan  —  John McCain is pulling out of Michigan, according to two Republicans, a stunning move a month away from Election Day that indicates the difficulty Republicans are having in finding blue states to put in play.  —  McCain will go off TV in Michigan …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain fate hangs on three states  —  ST. LOUIS — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) now must win Pennsylvania, Wisconsin or Minnesota in order to get enough electoral votes to win the presidency, his campaign says.  —  Those were considered swing states in 2000 and 2004, but George W. Bush lost them both times.
Marc Ambinder:
McCain's Now Playing Defense; Obama Bracing For Counterattacks  —  The Politico reports this afternoon that the McCain campaign has canceled their television ads and direct mail program in Michigan, and plans instead to fortify McCain's defensive positions in states won by President Bush in 2004.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
McCain Moves Out of Michigan: What It Means
Cenk Uygur / The Huffington Post:   McCain Campaign Working the Ref in the VP Debate
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Palin's new plan: Go after Biden  —  ST. LOUIS — Sarah Palin plans to go on the attack in tonight's debate, hitting Joe Biden for what she will call his foreign policy blunders and penchant for adopting liberal positions on taxes and other issues, according to campaign officials involved in prepping her for tonight's showdown.
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Daily Mail:
Sarah Palin blunders over talks with British ambassador that never took place as her first TV debate looms … Sarah Palin has committed yet another political blunder after claiming she had held talks with a British ambassador - talks that never actually took place.
Discussion: unbossed.com
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Plouffe protests  —  David Plouffe spoke to reporters just now, my colleague Victoria McGrane reports, previewing the debate.  —  After repeatedly calling Palin first “an extremely good debater,” then a “great” one, at the end he ramped it up to “Gov. Palin is one of the best debaters in American politics …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Don't Blame Gwen Ifill If the Veep Debate Sucks  —  WHAT A STUPID FORMAT.  —  A 90-minute televised window through which we've been invited to compare the political stands, leadership abilities, and temperaments of vice-presidential candidates Sarah Palin and Joe Biden is about to open.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin's foreign policy adviser stood in for Biden in mock debates
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Sarah Biden  —  Journalists continue to ask, “What was John …
Discussion: Macsmind
Byron York / The Corner:
Scenes From the Debate — Palin Prep
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Obama camp: Palin ‘one of the best’
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Blake D. Dvorak / Real Clear Politics:   Palin's Last Stand?  —  It's come to one night in St. Louis for Sarah Palin.
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Debate Tip: Look for Palin to Use Biden's Own Words to Attack Obama
Discussion: Hot Air
CNN:
Biden and Palin disagree on climate change cause
Discussion: The Reaction
CBS News:
VP Candidates Assess Dick Cheney  —  CBS Evening News: Biden And Palin Answer Katie Couric's Vice-Presidential Questions … Katie Couric: What do you think is the best and worst thing that Dick Cheney has done as vice president?  —  Joe Biden: I'm not being a wise guy here ... that I don't know what he's done.
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Bill Curry / The Huffington Post:   Biden's Big Night
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The Veeps  —  9.58 pm.  Biden uses Petraeus against Palin on the silly notion of a “surge” in Afghanistan.  Devastating.  His comparison between Iraq and Afghanistan is also very telling.  Palin's soundbites on this sound alarmingly like George W. Bush.  —  9.57 pm.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
RNC shatters monthly fundraising record  —  The RNC raised nearly $66 million in September, breaking its all-time record.  —  Committee spokesman Alex Conant credited the haul to the strength of John McCain and Sarah Palin.  —  The figure is a reminder that, despite her recent slip-ups …
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Matt / Think Progress:
Lieberman: We Need To Pass The Bailout Because ‘It Will Be Good For John McCain’  —  On Fox News today, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) discussed the downturn in Sen. John McCain's presidential prospects, saying McCain “is behind now because of the economy.”  Lieberman then said that he hopes …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Toby Harnden / Toby Harnden's blog listings:
Revealed: UK ambassador's verdict on Barack Obama  —  Austan Goolsbee , Barack Obama , David Axelrod , David Plouffe , Downing Street , Gordon Brown  —  The following is the full text of a July 2008 letter sent by Sir Nigel Sheinwald, British ambassador to the United States, to Gordon Brown …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Susie Bright / 10 Zen Monkeys:
Why Sarah's Sex Life Matters  —  A lot of people have said “I don't know if it's fair to look at Sarah Palin's sexuality the way people are — I just don't know if it's sexist or appropriate.  Why can't we just treat her like a human being?”  Okay, I'm going to tell you why it's appropriate for us to gloat and delve into every detail.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Financial Crisis: So much for tirades against American greed  —  Ambrose Evans-Pritchard says it is ironic that European banks have turned out to be deeper in debt than their US counterparts.  —  It took a weekend to shatter the complacency of German finance minister Peer Steinbrück.
Discussion: naked capitalism and Econlog
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Photos: Minnesota Left's political tolerance  —  Tonight, as we prepare for our Debate Party tonight at Trocadero's, one of the listeners for our radio station AM 1280 The Patriot has to prepare for some hard work cleaning his work van and personal car.  He made the mistake of thinking …
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Richard Clarke / US News:
Why Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda Might Try to Affect the Election Between Barack Obama and John McCain  —  Intelligence officials are worried, Richard Clarke writes, that al Qaeda may try to affect elections  —  John Kerry believes that the so-called al Qaeda Halloween videotape released days …
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
 
 
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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
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