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9:50 AM ET, October 4, 2008


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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.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Palin gives more to charity than Biden  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made considerably less money than rival Sen. Joe Biden, but the Palin family gave more to charity in the last two years than Biden has in the last eight combined, according to Palin's tax records released Friday afternoon.
Discussion: Power Line
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.
Julia Hoppock / Political Radar:
Palin Gets McCain Stance on Homeowner Protections Wrong
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.
Shushannah Walshe / FOX Embeds:
Cameron Interviews Post-Debate Palin
Discussion: Don Surber and Gateway Pundit
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.
Sarah Boseley / Guardian:
US cuts funding for condoms in Marie Stopes' African clinics  —  The US government is cutting its funding for the supply of contraceptives to family planning clinics run by Marie Stopes International in Africa, alleging that it condones forced abortions in China.
Bill Sammon / Fox News:
Lawmaker Accused of Fannie Mae Conflict of Interest  —  Unqualified home buyers were not the only ones who benefitted from Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank's efforts to deregulate Fannie Mae throughout the 1990s.  —  So did Frank's partner, a Fannie Mae executive at the forefront of the agency's push to relax lending restrictions.
New York Times:
For Treasury Dept., Now Comes Hard Part of Bailout  —  WASHINGTON — It will be one of the world's largest asset management firms with an impressive $700 billion war chest.  Nothing short of the global economy depends on its success.  And the Treasury Department has barely a month to get it up and running.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Martin Feldstein / Wall Street Journal:
The Problem Is Still Falling House Prices  —  The bailout bill doesn't get at the root of the credit crunch.  —  A successful plan to stabilize the U.S. economy and prevent a deep global recession must do more than buy back impaired debt from financial institutions.
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
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
Damien Cave / New York Times:
In Florida's Economic Pain, Obama Gains Ground  —  NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Jim Piccillo lost his job as a bank vice president in August, applied for food stamps to support his two young daughters and swore off a life of loyalty to the Republican Party.  He now volunteers here in Pasco County for Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
NRCC Ad: Naming Names  —  More of this.  More of this.  Nothing but this for the next 32 days.  —  The election hangs on this single issue.  —  The public believes Republicans caused this disaster, and we'll lose based on that misperception.  —  The Democrats actually caused it …
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Kos / Daily Kos:
TV spending, week ending 9/30
Discussion: and MyDD
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:
Does John McCain's Campaign Own
 Earlier Items: 
The Corner:
The Great Wink Debate
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
The Bailout Stupidity, It Burns
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
Marisa Katz / Washington Post:
The VP Debate: Odd Moments