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8:35 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.
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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.
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: Macsmind, The Swamp and Donklephant
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.
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: pandagon.net and Obsidian Wings
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
New York Times:
Questions for the Next Vice President
Discussion: marbury
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Ifill: I never told the Commission about the book  —  The AP has a hidden nugget at the end of its report on the Gwen Ifill controversy.  While some have blamed the McCain campaign for agreeing to Ifill as a moderator for tomorrow night's VP debate while writing a book about “The Age of Barack Obama” …
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KCCI-TV:
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.
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Krooney / TIME.com:
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.
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 …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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Michelle Malkin:   Obama has his own channel on the Dish Network (screenshot added)
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
CNN:
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 …
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New York Times:   Poll Finds Obama Gaining Support and McCain Weakened in Bailout Crisis
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.
Firedoglake:
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
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.
 
 
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Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Obama's Assault on the First Amendment
Discussion: Hot Air
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McKinney: DoD shot 5,000 prisoners during Katrina
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Report Implicates White House
Discussion: Truthdig
Tom Curry / MSNBC:
Let's do the numbers on the House re-vote
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Senate Approves Indian Nuclear Deal
Discussion: The Agonist
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36 Hours of Alarm and Action as Crisis Spiraled
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 Earlier Items: 
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Senate easily passes bailout
John Markoff / New York Times:
Surveillance of Skype Messages Found in China
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Issam Ahmed / Christian Science Monitor:
FLIRTING WITH PALIN EARNS PAKISTANI PRESIDENT A FATWA
Associated Press:
Estimates show Palin assets top $1 million
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Something just went wrong with McCain's face on national TV
Discussion: Newshoggers.com, Wonkette and Open Left