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3:00 PM ET, October 2, 2008

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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
GOP ‘Gotcha Journalism’ Charges Throw Spotlight on Debate  —  For days now, television viewers have watched Sarah Palin unable to explain the significance of her home state's bordering Russia, unable to name a Supreme Court ruling she disagrees with, unable to name a single newspaper she reads.
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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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
McCain's ‘Stop Sarah Palin’ strategy working like a charm, polls show  —  Fresh evidence tonight that the brilliant McCain campaign strategy to lock away the political effervescence of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to stoke overconfidence among the nation's Democrats and set the stage …
New York Times:
Questions for the Next Vice President  —  Tonight, Senator Joe Biden of Delaware and Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska will meet in the one and only vice presidential debate of the 2008 campaign.  The Op-Ed editors asked people with knowledge of the vice presidency, the candidates and their records …
Chris Orr / The New Republic:
Another Reason Palin Will Win Tonight
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
McCain: Life isn't fair  —  Republican John McCain — making the rounds of the morning news shows as polls show him falling behind Democratic rival Barack Obama and his running mate losing the confidence of voters — sounded either bitter or fatalistic, or perhaps was trying some gallows humor.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain criticizes Ifill  —  Hours ahead of the vice presidential debate, Sen John McCain (R-Ariz.) criticized the selection of PBS' Gwen Ifill as moderator because she is writing a book called “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama.”  —  “Frankly, I wish they had picked …
Liz Cox Barrett / CJR:
Drudge Raises a Point  —  Gwen Ifill has done solid, important journalism.  She'll likely be a good, tough, and neutral moderator to the vice-presidential debate.  Let's set that aside, for now.  —  Conflict of interest is often about appearances.  There appears, to us …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Leads McCain by 5 Points
Discussion: MyDD
CNN:
McCain: Obama lead rising because 'life isn't fair'
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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 …
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 …
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St. Petersburg Times:
Florida GOP meets in secret as Obama passes McCain in polls  —  TALLAHASSEE — Florida Republican leaders hastily convened a top secret meeting this week to grapple with Sen. John McCain's sagging performance in this must-win state.  —  Their fears were confirmed Wednesday when four …
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog News:
McCain on the bailout bill he supported last night: “This bill is putting us on the brink of economic disaster”  —  John McCain was on “Morning Joe” a few minutes ago to talk mostly about the bailout bill.  His answers were, as usual, discombobulated as he ranted about Washington (as if he hasn't served in D.C. for 26 years.)
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Says Bailout Bill He Voted For Is “Putting Us On The Brink …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
JEFFERSON'S CHURCH-STATE WALL.... CBS's Katie Couric asked the vice presidential candidates two sets of questions last night, and the one about Roe, privacy, and the Supreme Court is getting nearly all of the attention.  That's understandable, of course, given that Sarah Palin's response highlighted …
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Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
Gilchrest Unloads on Know-Nothing Pols and the Rest of Us  —  Wayne Gilchrest, the nine-term Republican congressman who represents Maryland's Eastern Shore and parts of Anne Arundel County, has had it, and he's ready to talk.  —  He's had it with his own party, which he says “has become more narrow …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Obama releases iPhone recruiting, campaign tool  —  Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign launched an iPhone application on Thursday that turns the vaunted device into a political recruiting tool.  —  The most notable feature “organizes and prioritizes your contacts by key battleground states …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Althouse
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 …
KMyles / The Wichita NAACP Blog:
OH NO HE DIDN'T - The Mayor of Ark City performs in Blackface  —  Mel Kuhn, the Mayor of Arkansas City Kansas, won a beauty pageant fundraiser last weekend.  Kuhn participated in the Men in Tights, drag queen contest that has become an annual fund raiser for CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Bruce Ackerman / Los Angeles Times:
Abolish the vice presidency  —  The founders messed up.  We should do away with the office.  —  Sarah Palin is the product of a design flaw — the unintended consequence of the founders' decision to create the vice presidency.  —  For two centuries, presidential nominees have used …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and normblog
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
100 percent, absolute truth?  —  John McCain told the Des Moines Register this week that he always tells “100 percent absolute truth,” even in campaign ads.  There's one big problem with that bold statement: it's just not true.  —  McCain has made a number of statements …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Real Credibility Problems  —  EDIT: Please see also my follow-up post here.  —  Last week, I discussed Real Clear Politics' decision to exclude the Research 2000 daily tracking poll from their national averages.  After a lengthy discussion with RCP founder John McIntyre, I decided to defend them …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE CASE FOR EARMARKS.  —  The “how-a-bill-becomes-a-law” lesson from last night's bailout bill vote is pretty simple: Pork.  As Politico puts it, “with each permutation, the bill has steadily grown in size.  Treasury's initial plan was about three pages long.  The House version, which failed, stretched to 110.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Marc Ambinder:
So Why's Huck An Early '12 Frontrunner?  —  It's very early to assume that Obama wins, but if he does, expect the GOP to engage in a circular firing squad.  Who's the frontrunner?  —  The betting money is on Mitt Romney for his governing experience, talented pool of political operatives …
Dareh Gregorian / New York Post:
NOT ONE 'BUCK'LEY FOR YOU!  —  WILL'S WILL: GRANDSON, 8, DEAD TO ME  —  Before he died, William F. Buckley Jr. put his young grandson on the firing line.  —  The intellectual conservative icon - renowned for his erudition and use of uncommon words - excluded his son's illegitimate child …
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
 
 
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John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
House Dem leaders begin their whip count on bailout bill
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