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5:10 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.
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.
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 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: Obsidian Wings and
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DEAD TO RIGHTS  —  Not knowing any Supreme Court decision she opposes except for Roe v. Wade ain't great.  Frankly, though, for the Christian right, that's really the only Supreme Court jurisprudence they want you to know.  But there was a bigger goof in this latest segment from the Couric interview …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Couric vs. Palin, round 17
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 …
Associated Press:
House girds for second try on financial rescue  —  Play Video Reuters - Senate rescues the rescue  — Play Video Video: GOP: Bailout ‘pleasant extraordinary experience’ AP  —  AP - Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., talks with reporters during a news conference on the ...
Washington Post:
Senate Approves Bailout
Mike Glover / Associated Press:
McCain turns irritable, sarcastic in interview  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate John McCain, once renowned for his jocular sessions with journalists, appeared irritable and at times sarcastic in an interview in which he defended running mate Sarah Palin's experience …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
McCain: The Angry Warrior?
Controversy brews up around VP moderator  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Controversy swirled over vice presidential debate moderator Gwen Ifill one day before the face-off between Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Joe Biden, after new scrutiny was drawn to her upcoming book featuring Barack Obama.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
VP debate moderator's impartiality questioned
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Ifill: I never told the Commission about the book
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)
CNN Polls: Major gains for Obama in battleground states  —  ST. LOUIS, Missouri (CNN) - New polls in five crucial battleground states that could decide the race for the White House suggest Barack Obama is making some major gains.  —  CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corporation polls …
New York Times:
Poll Finds Obama Gaining Support and McCain Weakened in Bailout Crisis
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kathleen Parker / Chicago Tribune:
Speak correctly, or build a big bunker  —  WASHINGTON — 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 just a few nuggets randomly selected from thousands …
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.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Something just went wrong with McCain's face on national TV  —  UPDATE: There's now slow-motion video making it painfully clear that something is wrong.  —  In the post below, we showed a scene that just took place in which McCain was momentarily confused on stage, not knowing where to go.
Discussion: Wonkette, and Open Left
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
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
Face the State:
DEMOCRACY ALLIANCE MEMO DETAILS DEM PLAN TO “EDUCATE THE IDIOTS” AND TARGET MINORITIES  —  In a confidential internal memorandum obtained by Face The State (PDF), the Colorado Democracy Alliance outlines a roster of “operatives” who worked for Democratic victory in the 2006 general election.
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Estimates show Palin assets top $1 million
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Palin questioner rejects ‘gotcha journalism’ charge
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