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7:40 PM ET, October 3, 2008

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Faiz / Think Progress:
VIDEO: Watch Sarah Palin Read Her Answers In Last Night's Debate  —  For Sarah Palin, last night's debate was an open-book exam.  She spent much of the evening methodically reading and rehearsing answers from “carefully scripted talking points.”  Palin's notes were largely hidden from plain view …
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Fox News:
Palin Disagrees With Michigan Pullout, Takes Second Stab at ‘Gotcha’ Questions  —  Sarah Palin, in an interview with FOX News, disagreed Friday with the McCain campaign's decision to pull out of Michigan.  —  FOXNews.com  —  Sarah Palin criticized John McCain's decision to pull campaign resources …
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Hail Mary vs. Cool Barry  —  Krauthammer's Hail Mary Rule: You get only two per game.  John McCain, unfortunately, has already thrown three.  The first was his bet on the surge, a deep pass to David Petraeus who miraculously ran it all the way into the end zone.
The Politico:
Palin meets expectations but still falls short  —  ST. LOUIS — Millions of Americans were watching Thursday night's vice-presidential debate waiting for a demolition derby moment — another crash by GOP running mate Sarah Palin, another serving of raw material for the writers at “Saturday Night Live.”
Tv H.H. / Nielsen Wire:
45% Of Households In Top Local TV Markets Watched Palin and Biden's V.P. Debate  —  The combined overall household rating for Thursday night's vice presidential debate, in 55 of the 56 local television markets where Nielsen maintains electronic TV meters, was 45.0.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Palin Rebound  —  There are some moments when members of a political movement come together as one, sharing the same thoughts, feeling the same emotions, breathing the same shallow breaths.  One of those occasions occurred Thursday night when Republicans around the country crouched nervously behind …
Hollywoodreporter / The Live Feed:
Final: 69,989,000 viewers — Palin-Biden the most-watched vp debate ever  —  UPDATED: Thursday's highly anticipated face-off between Alaska governor Sarah Palin and Delaware senator Joe Biden was the most-watched vp debate of all time.  —  Last night's event was seen by nearly 70 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Aden Nak / ph33r and loathing:
Moosehunter  —  So, I've been quiet thus far, but I figure it's about time I went moose hunting.  So let me start off nice and big for ya, in case there's any doubt as to where I stand.  Sarah Palin is a stupid, self important, ignorant bitch who I wouldn't put in charge of wiping her own ass.
Frank James / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Katie Couric ‘annoyed’ her
Discussion: Washington Post
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Palin And Her Critics  —  Conor Friedersdorf notes the irony …
George Harris / Midwest Voices:
Who Won VP Debate: A Review of Polls with October 3 pm update
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ruben Navarrette Jr / CNN:
Navarrette: For Palin, a tie is a win
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Why McCain Goes Easy on Fannie and the CRA  —  Here is the big question of the moment that many GOPers are asking: Why is John McCain not tearing into Barack Obama and the Dems on the huge role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the Community Reinvestment Act in the financial crisis on Wall Street?
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Leading by 7 Points  —  Today marks full week of Obama leading by significant margin  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Sept. 30-Oct. 2 has Barack Obama leading John McCain by seven percentage points, 49% to 42%.  —  Obama has held a statistically significant lead …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Marisa Katz / Washington Post:
The VP Debate: Odd Moments  —  In every debate, there are odd moments that tend to pass unnoticed because they do not concern the central issues of the day.  Thursday night's vice-presidential debate featured two such episodes.  In one, Sen. Joseph Biden was illogical on the matter of gay rights.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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Fox News:
RAW DATA: Transcript of FOX News' Interview With Palin
Discussion: The Politico
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Bush Signs Rescue Bill After House Vote  —  WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives gave final approval on Friday to the $700 billion bailout for the financial system, reversing course to authorize what may be the most expensive government intervention in history.
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Projecting through the Screen  —  A very wise TV executive once told me that the key to TV is projecting through the screen.  It's one of the keys to the success of, say, a Bill O'Reilly, who comes through the screen and grabs you by the throat.  Palin too projects through the screen like crazy.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Campaign's Ad Spending Now Nearly 100 Percent Devoted To Attack Ads  —  The McCain campaign has now shifted virtually 100 percent of his national ad spending into negative ads attacking Obama, a detailed breakdown of his ad buys reveals.  —  By contrast, the Obama campaign is devoting less …
Frances Robles / Americas Conference:
Old flame cited as part of McCain's Latin experience  —  Sen. John McCain's senior foreign policy adviser cites a steamy romance 50 years ago with a Brazilian babe among the things that illustrate the candidate's decades-long interest in Latin America  —  Speaking at an Americas Conference …
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Michigan Campaign Co-Chair Urges Palin On  —  Chuck Yob, the long-time McCain-supporting ex-member of the Republican National Committee, writes to Sarah Palin and urges Palin to pressure her boss into reconsidering his campaign's decision to withdraw from Michigan.
Discussion: Emptywheel
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Palin Out Of The Loop On Decision To Pull Out Of Michigan
Discussion: Emptywheel
Andrea Billups / Washington Times:
FBI raids Obama friend's office  —  The FBI on Wednesday raided the county offices of a former Illinois state senator who is a poker-playing buddy of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.  —  According to Chicago authorities, the FBI visited the offices in Joliet, Ill. …
 
 
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Paul Krugman:
Raising the white flag of surrender — to Medicare
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Bailout bill loops in green tech, IRS snooping
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
McCain and Michigan  —  I never had the chance to comment …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and MyDD
Michael Ledeen / The Corner:
Did Biden Really Say “Theocracy,” not “Bureaucracy”?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Real Clear Politics:
The Vice Presidential Debate
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Corrente
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Adds Field Office In Nebraska
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Ben Wasserstein / The New Republic:
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The Campaign Spot:
Dishonorable Ifill  —  Gwen Ifill's questions were not glaringly biased …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weekly Standard
Paul Krugman:
The track record  —  This chart shows U6, the broadest measure …
Discussion: Angry Bear and The Big Picture