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9:40 AM ET, October 3, 2008


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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
CBS Poll: More Uncommitted Voters Saw Biden As Winner  —  UPDATED CBS News and Knowledge Networks have conducted a nationally representative poll of 473 uncommitted voters to get their immediate reaction to tonight's vice presidential debate.  —  After the first presidential debate …
Transcript of Palin, Biden debate  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The vice presidential candidates, Democratic Sen. Joe Biden and Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, debated in St. Louis, Missouri, Thursday night.  Gwen Ifill of PBS was the debate moderator.  Here is a transcript of that debate:
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 …
Poll: Biden wins debate, Palin exceeds expectations  —  (CNN) - A national poll of people who watched the vice presidential debate suggests that Democratic Sen. Joe Biden won but also hints that Republican Gov. Sarah Palin exceeded expectations.  —  The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey …
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
Palin Takes On A New Foe: Her Image  —  Sarah Palin looked as though she had prepared for her appearance at the vice presidential debate last night by studying Tina Fey's impressions of her on “Saturday Night Live.”  She twinkled and winked and piled on the perkiness, a “darn right” here and an “I'll betcha” there.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
D'OH  —  Watching the debate I noticed that Biden referred to the Muslim population of Bosnia and Herzegovina as “Bosniaks”.  This is actually the correct term, though in English people often say simply Bosnian Muslims.  When he said it, the first thing I though was, I wonder how many right-wingers …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
You betcha Sarah Palin can debate  —  ST. LOUIS — Sarah Palin was supposed to fall off the stage at her vice presidential debate Thursday evening.  Instead, she ended up dominating it.  —  She not only kept Joe Biden on the defensive for much of the debate, she not only repeatedly attacked Barack Obama …
Michelle Malkin:
SARAH ROCKS!  —  First, I would like to see all the Sarah doubters and detractors in the Beltway/Manhattan corridor eat their words.  —  Eat them.  —  Sarah Palin is the real deal.  Five weeks on the campaign trail, thrust onto the national stage, she rocked tonight's debate.
New York Times:
The Vice-Presidential Debate  —  We cannot recall when there were lower expectations for a candidate than the ones that preceded Sarah Palin's appearance in Thursday night's vice-presidential debate with Joseph Biden.  After a series of stumbling interviews that raised serious doubts …
Marisa Katz / Washington Post:
The VP Debate: The Strangest I've Ever Seen  —  Exactly an hour into the debate, Joe Biden began an answer by saying, “Facts matter, Gwen.”  —  To him, maybe.  To Sarah Palin, maybe not.  The pattern, so far, has been one of Biden presenting facts and Palin countering with... saying stuff.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Palin Delivers, But Doubts Linger
Discussion: GretaWire and Guardian
Joanna Weiss / Boston Globe:   Rivals shine, Palin a bit more brightly
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
In Debate, G.O.P. Ticket Survives a Test
Discussion: Don Surber and Pajamas Media
CBS News:
CBS Poll: Uncommitted Voters Say Biden Won
Gateway Pundit:
Monster Rally Greets Palin Like a Super Bowl Champ After Debate!
Adam T. Yoshida / The Shotgun:
Biden's Afghan Whopper
Discussion: Trailhead
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Biden gets veep role wrong
Discussion: Hot Air, Betsy's Page and Wizbang
CBS News:
VP Candidates Assess Dick Cheney
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Early Snap Polls: Biden Won Handily
Discussion: Daily Kos and
Washington Wire:   Who Won the Vice-Presidential Debate?
Los Angeles Times:
Schwarzenegger to U.S.: State may need $7-billion loan  —  In a letter obtained by The Times, the governor warns that tight credit has dried up funds California routinely relies on and it may have to seek emergency aid within weeks.  —  SACRAMENTO — California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger …
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Exclusive: Barack Obama is ‘aloof’ says British ambassador to US  —  Barack Obama is a “decidedly liberal” senator “who was finding his feet, and then got diverted by his presidential ambitions”, according to a frank verdict delivered to Gordon Brown by the British ambassador to the United States.
Daily Mail:   Sarah Palin blunders over talks with British ambassador that never …
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Agency's '04 Rule Let Banks Pile Up New Debt, and Risk  —  “We have a good deal of comfort about the capital cushions at these firms at the moment.”  — Christopher Cox, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, March 11, 2008.  —  As rumors swirled that Bear Stearns faced imminent collapse …
David Kurtz / TPM Election Central:
What McKiernan Really Said  —  In tonight's debate, Sarah Palin mischaracterized statements by the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David McKiernan, in which he said that an Iraq-like “surge” would not be appropriate for Afghanistan.  —  Palin asserted that one thing distinguishing …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Sarah Palin and Joe Biden Complete Debate Transcript
Discussion: Hot Air
Russell Roberts / Wall Street Journal:
How Government Stoked the Mania  —  Housing prices would never have risen so high without multiple Washington mistakes.  —  Many believe that wild greed and market failure led us into this sorry mess.  According to that narrative, investors in search of higher yields bought novel securities …
Discussion: Commentary, Econlog and Cafe Hayek
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Edge of the Abyss  —  As recently as three weeks ago it was still possible to argue that the state of the U.S. economy, while clearly not good, wasn't disastrous — that the financial system, while under stress, wasn't in full meltdown and that Wall Street's troubles weren't having that much impact on Main Street.
Discussion: The Agonist
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Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Fake pollsters' scare tactics target Obama
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Sarah  —  She's the real deal.  I admit: the bit …
Fox News:
Virginia Teachers Union Sparks Outrage With ‘Obama Blue Day’
Discussion: Fraters Libertas and Wizbang
James Fallows:
Your VP debate wrapup in four bullet points
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Hezbollah Out - NATO In?  —  E-mail from a foreign-policy insider:
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Wizbang
The New Republic:
Palin Channels Reagan
Discussion: Firedoglake
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: Feministing
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Bottom Line  —  Biden didn't put the boot in …
Discussion: Jeffrey Goldberg and Daily Kos
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Biden's Best Answer: John McCain is No Maverick
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Susie Bright / 10 Zen Monkeys:
Why Sarah's Sex Life Matters