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3:40 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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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
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
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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Supreme Court rulings?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Couric vs. Palin, round 17
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Ali / Think Progress:
Palin can't name a Supreme Court case she disagrees with.
Discussion: CBS News and MyDD
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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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 …
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Obama Widens Lead Over McCain  —  CBS News Survey Shows Obama Opening Up Nine-Point Edge On Strength Of Debate Performance And Handling Of Financial Crisis  —  (CBS) Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama leads GOP rival John McCain 49 percent to 40 percent among registered voters in a new CBS News poll.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
McCain: The Angry Warrior?
CNN:
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.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Ifill: I never told the Commission about the book
Jeanne Sahadi / CNNMoney.com:
Senate passes bailout  —  Plan to buy $700B in troubled assets wins OK.  Backers hope add-ons will yield more yes-votes in House.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The Senate on Wednesday night passed a sweeping and controversial financial bailout similar in key ways to one rejected by the House just two days earlier.
Discussion: The Reaction and Viking Pundit
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:   Senate easily passes bailout
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 …
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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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)
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 …
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Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Kathleen Parker Shocked To Find Her Party's Full Of “Vicious” …
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, Newshoggers.com and Open Left
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
William R. Kapfer / Washington Blade:
McCain's gay Q&A  —  ‘I hope gay and lesbian Americans will give full consideration to supporting me’  —  Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told the Blade in an exclusive written interview this week that he appreciates the Log Cabin Republicans' decision to endorse him …
Issam Ahmed / Christian Science Monitor:
FLIRTING WITH PALIN EARNS PAKISTANI PRESIDENT A FATWA  —  A leading religious leader condemned Asif Ali Zardari's comments to Sarah Palin at the UN. … After the flirtation came the fatwa.  —  With some overly friendly comments to Gov. Sarah Palin at the United Nations …
 
 
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John Markoff / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Huffington Post
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Texas Senate
Discussion: Daily Kos and Off the Kuff
New York Times:
An Everyman on the Trail, With Perks at Home
Associated Press:
Estimates show Palin assets top $1 million
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Pro-War Group Offering Cash For Frats To Demonstrate At VP Debate
The Nation:
McCain's Kremlin Ties
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Chris Good / The Hill:
Palin questioner rejects ‘gotcha journalism’ charge
Discussion: Booman Tribune