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11:20 PM ET, October 2, 2008

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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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BIG DIG  —  The McCain camp tells Mike Allen that Palin will go after Joe Biden tonight, trying to catch him out on old foreign policy positions that didn't pan out.  Right.  I don't buy that because I don't think they want to risk getting her into any detailed discussion of any foreign policy or defense issue.
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  —  ST. LOUIS, Missouri (CNN) - Sarah Palin's chief foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann played the role of Joe Biden in several mock debates this week in Arizona, a campaign official confirmed Thursday.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Sarah Biden  —  Journalists continue to ask, “What was John …
Discussion: Macsmind
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Palin v Biden: Debate of the season
Blake D. Dvorak / Real Clear Politics:   Palin's Last Stand?  —  It's come to one night in St. Louis for Sarah Palin.
Byron York / The Corner:
Scenes From the Debate — Palin Prep
DownWithTyranny!:
Polls In Red States
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Obama camp: Palin ‘one of the best’
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
McCain giving up on Michigan
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The Veeps  —  10.30 pm.  Biden's sobriety and authority and call for fundamental change is both reasonable and solid.  It will resonate, I think.  As you can read, I began this debate feeling that she was steam-rolling him.  She was.  But it was a steam-roller coming at you on fumes, not real fuel.
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.
Mad Kane's Political Madness:
Dear “Everyday Working Class” Sarah  —  Sarah Palin, who likes to refer to herself as “Joe Six Pack”, is trying to dupe us into believing she's “an everyday, working-class American.”  Palin even claims that her “Joe Six Pack” status is why “the Washington elite” don't think she should be running for Veep.
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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
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 and Don Surber
Washington Post:
Judge Could Dismiss Stevens's Indictment or Declare Mistrial  —  Prosecutors Wait Until Last Minute to Disclose Potentially Exculpatory Material  —  A federal judge this morning scolded lawyers prosecuting Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens (R) on ethics charges for waiting until the last minute …
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Ted Stevens may escape feds yet
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs and The Hill
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 and Democrats.com
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
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
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
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
 
 
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