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1:30 PM ET, October 3, 2008

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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 …
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CNN:
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:
FactCheck.org:
FactChecking Biden-Palin Debate  —  The candidates were not 100 percent accurate.  To say the least.  —  Biden and Palin debated, and both mangled some facts.  — Palin mistakenly claimed that troop levels in Iraq had returned to “pre-surge” levels.  Levels are gradually coming …
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 …
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.
Ace / minx.cc:
Biden's 14 Lies  —  Fresh from the McCain people.  —  JOE BIDEN'S 14 LIES TONIGHT  —  1. TAX VOTE: Biden said McCain voted “the exact same way” as Obama to increase taxes on Americans earning just $42,000, but McCain DID NOT VOTE THAT WAY.  —  2. AHMEDINIJAD MEETING …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Free Sarah Palin  —  She's doing just fine being herself.  —  Maybe John McCain should fire the advisers who won't let Sarah Palin do more interviews.  The Alaska Governor has faced two major campaign challenges — her acceptance speech and last night's debate — and each time she's shown herself worthy of the national stage.
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.
Frank James / The Swamp:
Biden won independents in VP debate
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight.com and Feministe
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Palin Delivers, But Doubts Linger
Gateway Pundit:
Monster Rally Greets Palin Like a Super Bowl Champ After Debate!
Discussion: Power Line
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Keeping Up With Biden II …
Discussion: Commentary and Mere Rhetoric
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 …
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Washington Post:
Lobbyist Hired by Freddie Mac to Work on McCain Is Now Senator's Aide  —  When mortgage giant Freddie Mac feared several years ago that Sen. John McCain was too outspoken on the issue of executive pay, it pinpointed a lobbyist known for his closeness to McCain and hired him to work with the senator.
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
You can find anything you want — except Katie's Restaurant  —  One of the more tiresome habits politicians have is to inject personal anecdotes into answers on economic questions as a way of avoiding discussion of real data.  Both sides do it, although usually this happens when one side wants …
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Patricia Talorico / Second Helpings:
Joe gives Delaware shout-outs: UPDATED
Discussion: The Campaign Spot and NO QUARTER
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 …
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 …
George Harris / Midwest Voices:
Who Won VP Debate: A Review of Polls  —  Random and non-random polls for the vice presidential debate declare Biden the winner over Palin in the vice-presidential debate.  —  Non-random (unscientific) polls on AOL and MSNBC web sites show Biden winning 48 to 45 and 78.6 to 18.9 respectively.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
The Campaign Spot:
Dishonorable Ifill  —  Gwen Ifill's questions were not glaringly biased, but it was ridiculous that she didn't feel the need to acknowledge her book on “The Age of Obama” at the beginning of the debate.  It was the third time in this process that she has behaved dishonorably.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Jobs Report Underlines Economic Decline  —  The government is out with more bad economic news this morning: The job market began to deteriorate even before the financial crisis reached a more serious stage two weeks ago.  —  Employers cut 159,000 jobs in September, more than twice …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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: MyDD and The Agonist
Charlie Cook / National Journal Online:
A Tie Goes To The House  —  DEMOCRATS NOW CONTROL 27 STATES' DELEGATIONS, BUT THAT MAY NOT BE ENOUGH TO BREAK AN ELECTORAL COLLEGE DEADLOCK.  —  What if the Electoral College ended up tied, 269-269, prolonging this Alice-in-Wonderland campaign?  That's what would happen if Barack Obama won every state …
Bloomberg:
Money-Market Rates Climb to Records, BOE Relaxes Funding Rules  —  Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — Money-market rates jumped to records and the Bank of England relaxed borrowing rules for financial institutions as “extraordinary” strains deepened the credit freeze.  —  The London interbank offered rate …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
 
 
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Robert McFarlane / Wall Street Journal:
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Curve  —  Watching the mismatch between the complicated …
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