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11:50 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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Palin v Biden: Debate of the season  —  by Mark Silva and updated at 10:25 pm EDT  —  “Say it ain't so, Joe” - sounds like the canned line of the night.  Unfortunately, Sarah Palin reeled it out so quickly and without any setup and then moved on that it came and went without claiming …
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Plouffe protests  —  David Plouffe spoke to reporters just now …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Blake D. Dvorak / Real Clear Politics:   Palin's Last Stand?  —  It's come to one night in St. Louis for Sarah Palin.
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
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
McCain Moves Out of Michigan: What It Means
DownWithTyranny!:
Polls In Red States
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
McCain giving up on Michigan
St. Petersburg Times:   Florida GOP meets in secret as Obama passes McCain in polls
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
LIVE BIDEN-PALIN BLOGGING PART II  —  10:03 PM ... Didn't Palin just get the name wrong of our Army commander in Afghanistan.  His name is David D. McKiernan.  Who's the McClellan she was talking about?  She pretty clearly misstated what he said, but she seems not even to know who he is.
Discussion: Raising Kaine
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GEN. MCCLELLAN  —  Needless to say, getting the name of the top general in Afghanistan wrong just shows that Palin is new to the subject matter.  But lying about what he said is a much bigger deal.
Discussion: Liberty Street
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Michelle Malkin:
SARAH ROCKS!  —  First, I would like to see all the Sarah doubters and detractors in the Beltway/Manhattan corridor eat their words.  —  Eat them.  —  Sarah Palin is the real deal.  Five weeks on the campaign trail, thrust onto the national stage, she rocked tonight's debate.
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Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Sarah Biden  —  Journalists continue to ask, “What was John …
Discussion: The Swamp and Macsmind
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
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Emptywheel
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Biden's Best Answer: John McCain is No Maverick  —  Share This: Digg! … More...
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
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
Kos / Daily Kos:
Post-debate thoughts  —  Sarah Palin won!  Actually, she survived, since she had no “deer in headlight” moments.  Of course, it's easy to do that when you say, straight up, that you won't answer any questions you don't like.  And in true to her word, she tossed aside any question …
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
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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