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2:40 AM ET, October 4, 2008

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CNN:
Linguist: Palin spoke at higher level than Biden did  —  (CNN) — An analysis carried out by a language monitoring service said Friday that Gov. Sarah Palin spoke at a more than ninth-grade level and Sen. Joseph Biden spoke at a nearly eighth-grade level in Thursday night's debate between the vice presidential candidates.
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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.
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 …
Time Edit / Swampland:
Did Women Like Sarah?  —  From TIME's Amy Sullivan:  —  Last night in Colorado (one of the key swing states we have our eyes on), the Democratic polling group Greenberg Quinlan Rosner brought together 40 undecided women voters to watch the vice-presidential debate.
Discussion: Time
CNN:
Fact Check: Is Obama willing to meet with Iran's Ahmadinejad?
Discussion: Macsmind and www.redstate.com
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 …
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Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Do Over!  Palin Answers Katie Couric's Questions ... to Fox News' Carl Cameron (She Reads The Economist, She Says)  —  In a post-debate interview today with Fox News' chief political correspondent Carl Cameron, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin provided some of the answers that seemed to elude her in her past interview with Katie Couric.
Fox News:
RAW DATA: Transcript of FOX News' Interview With Palin  —  FOX News' Carl Cameron interviews Sarah Palin Friday.  —  FOXNews.com  —  The following is a transcript of FOX News' Carl Cameron's interview with Sarah Palin Friday.  —  CAMERON: Governor Palin, thanks so much for joining us.
Discussion: Online NewsHour, The Politico and Salon
The Huffington Post:
Palin On Fox News: Couric Annoyed Me  —  Appearing on a friendlier news outlet, Gov. Sarah Palin said she was “annoyed” with the way Katie Couric handled their interview and complained that the CBS Evening News host failed to give her the opportunity to take a proverbial axe to Barack Obama.
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Supreme Court to hear Troopergate appeal
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mudflats
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
SHE READ THE CLIFFSNOTES?  —  Fox gives Sarah Palin a second bite …
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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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 …
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain Plans Fiercer Strategy Against Obama  —  Sen. John McCain and his Republican allies are readying a newly aggressive assault on Sen. Barack Obama's character, believing that to win in November they must shift the conversation back to questions about the Democrat's judgment …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
William Bradley / The Huffington Post:
12 Reasons Why McCain Can Still Win  —  Alaska Governor Sarah Palin discussing when she would deploy “nucular weaponry,” the “be-all, end-all of just too many people in too many parts of our planet,” as she put it in last night's vice presidential debate.  She never actually answers the question.
Wall Street Journal:
Bush Signs Bailout After House Passage  —  WASHINGTON — President George W. Bush signed the biggest government intervention in the financial markets since the Great Depression after U.S. House of Representatives lawmakers wary of growing signs of the nation's economic distress voted Friday …
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Bailout Plan Wins Approval; Democrats Vow Tighter Rules
Paul Krugman:
Has the bailout already failed?  —  OK, I know that's premature.  And I place no weight at all on the fact that the Dow plunged after the vote.  —  But it is interesting that short-term Treasury yields are down — only 0.13% on one-month — suggesting that the flight to safety continues unabated.
Discussion: Corrente, Open Left and Hullabaloo
Justin Rood / ABCNEWS:
Record Refutes Palin's Sudan Claim  —  Palin Administration Against Sudan Divestment Before It Was For It, Documents Show  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin fought to protest atrocities in Sudan by dropping assets tied to the country's brutal regime from the state's multi-billion-dollar investment fund …
Discussion: Lonewacko and AMERICAblog News
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Bush 2000 = Palin 2008.  —  Bush 2000 = Palin 2008.  —  Tonight on MSNBC, Countdown aired a video compilation showing the similarity in rhetoric between George W. Bush in 2000 and Sarah Palin in 2008.  Keith Olbermann reported that “the people around [Palin] — the top-level campaign staffers crafting …
Times of London:
That rubbish they talk about the credit crunch  —  Capitalism is dead.  America has gone socialist.  US leadership has collapsed.  Europe has shown the way.  Oh yes?  —  Gerard Baker  —  There's something curious about the human imagination.  Confronted with unprecedented events …
Discussion: Media Blog
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 …
 
 
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Des Moines Register:
Basu: Is McCain too thin-skinned for presidency?
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
David Barboza / New York Times:
China's Dairy Farmers Say They Are Victims
Nouriel Roubini / Nouriel Roubini's Global …:
Financial and Corporate System is in Cardiac Arrest: The Risk …
Kos / Daily Kos:
TV spending, week ending 9/30
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight.com and MyDD
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Does John McCain's Campaign Own VotefortheMILF.com?
The Corner:
The Great Wink Debate
 Earlier Items: 
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
The Bailout Stupidity, It Burns
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Michigan Campaign Co-Chair Urges Palin On
Discussion: Emptywheel
Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Palin And Her Critics  —  Conor Friedersdorf notes the irony …
Paul Krugman:
Raising the white flag of surrender — to Medicare
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Bailout bill loops in green tech, IRS snooping
Discussion: TalkLeft
Marisa Katz / Washington Post:
The VP Debate: Odd Moments