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6:30 PM ET, October 7, 2008

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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Unleashed, Palin Makes a Pit Bull Look Tame  —  FORT MYERS, Fla., Oct. 6 John McCain is collapsing in the polls in Florida and other swing states, but Sarah Palin, God bless her, has a solution.  —  “For me, the heels are on, the gloves are off,” she announced at high noon Monday to a group …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HIS DISGRACE KNOWS NO BOUNDS  —  As we saw yesterday, John McCain's latest gambit is to juice up his and Palin's crowds into calling Obama a “terrorist”, hurling racial epithets at black reporters (presumably, there aren't many in attendance as supporters), or just random calls for murder.
Discussion: Spin Cycle, ATTACKERMAN, Daily Kos and folo
Washington Wire:   Palin Continues Hammering Obama on Policy and Character
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
William Ayers' past was unknown: Obama  —  NASHVILLE — Barack Obama has since condemned the Vietnam war-protest tactics of William Ayers, though a top adviser said today Obama didn't know of his past when Ayers hosted a campaign reception for Obama in 1995.
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David Frum:
“The Chicago Way”  —  My pals over at the Corner are very excited …
Doug Heye / The Hill's Pundits Blog:   The Second Presidential Debate
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: 9-Point Obama Lead Ties Campaign High  —  Voters prefer Obama to McCain by 51% to 42%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking poll shows registered voters preferring Barack Obama to John McCain for president by 51% to 42%.  —  The nine percentage point lead …
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans' Satisfaction at All-Time Low of 9%  —  Dismal rating sets stage for town hall-style debate  — USA - Election 2008 - Government and Politics - Most Important Problem - Satisfaction - Americas - Northern America  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
How McCain could pull this one off  —  Can John McCain possibly win this thing?  Can he actually win in November?  —  The outlook is bleak: The polls are ugly, the Electoral College map is grim, the economy is getting worse, and McCain's choice of Sarah Palin may have energized the Republican base …
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Hulu, NBC Pull SNL Skit  —  But Political Skits Bringing in Huge Numbers  —  The presidential campaign has been good for “Saturday Night Live” — and for Hulu.com.  In a few short weeks, the first clip of Tina Fey impersonating Gov. Sarah Palin has become the site's most-viewed of all time.
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Michelle Malkin:
The forbidden skit: Full transcript and screenshots of SNL's Soros …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Advisers worry about ‘grumpy McCain’  —  When Politico's Ryan Grim approached Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) after the evening of the Senate bailout vote, the reporter didn't even get his question out.  —  “Excuse me, you're bothering me,” McCain said.  —  It was a surprising rebuke …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Obama Outspending McCain Nearly 3 to 1 on Television  —  Barack Obama is outspending John McCain at nearly a three-to-one clip on television time in the final weeks of the presidential election, according to ad buy information obtained by The Fix, a financial edge that is almost certainly contributing …
ABCNEWS:
After Bailout, AIG Execs Head to California Resort  —  Rescued by Taxpayers, $440,000 for Retreat Including “Pedicures, Manicures”  —  Less than a week after the federal government committed $85 billion to bail out AIG, executives of the giant AIG insurance company headed for a week-long retreat …
Discussion: Don Surber
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Sara Goo / Washington Post:
After Bailout, AIG Executives Head to Resort
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain dumps racial-joking campaigner  —  The McCain campaign has denounced a racially charged, anti-Barack Obama newspaper column written by one of the Republican campaign's organizers in Virginia, and has removed the author-activist from his post as a member of the candidate's statewide leadership team …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A follow-up follow up  —  Lynn Sweet reported yesterday that the two campaigns had reached an agreement under which, among other things, moderator Tom Brokaw wouldn't ask follow-up questions tonight.  —  But Brokaw wasn't a party to the deal, I'm told, and hasn't agreed to it …
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Lynn Sweet:
Obama interviewed by Brokaw at private Goldman Sachs dinner last year.
Discussion: Washington Post
Steve Kornacki / New York Observer:
Dukakis on the Election: Obama Knows How to Win, ‘McCain Has Nothing’  —  When John McCain's campaign made it clear over the weekend that their stretch-run strategy would lean heavily on raising questions about Barack Obama's personal history and past “associations,” Obama's communications director provided …
Discussion: Wonkette
Fox News:
ACORN Vegas Office Raided in Voter Fraud Investigation  —  ACORN's Las Vegas headquarters has been raided by Nevada authorities looking for evidence of voter fraud.  —  LAS VEGAS — Nevada state authorities are raiding the Las Vegas headquarters of an organization that works to get low-income people to vote.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
When Will The Press Do Its Job?  —  They have blinked, as Richard Cohen reiterates today.  A good contrast with Hillary Clinton: … My view is that the Palin candidacy is such a farce the mainstream media simply do not know what to do.  The sane response is to dismiss it as a joke …
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
This Debate's Biggest Loser
Blue Texan / Firedoglake:
Peggy Noonan Admits GOP Base Is Full Of Racist A**holes  —  A rather revealing exchange on ‘Hardball’ last night in which Nooner tells the truth about her fetid, decaying party (ignore the BS about Nooner being undecided about who to vote for): … Calling Obama a terrorist?  Fine.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
McCain also said U.S. troops killed civilians  —  John McCain in 2000 said because of tactical decisions U.S. troops were put in the position of killing civilians in Kosovo — something awfully similar to the comments he's now attacking Barack Obama for.  —  During a Republican primary debate …
Daily Mail:
Man shot three times in street by racist gunman - for wearing Barack Obama T-shirt … A man told today how he was shot three times in a London street for wearing a Barack Obama T-shirt.  —  Dube Egwuatu was buying a mobile telephone top-up card in an off-licence when the gunman confronted …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Commentary
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Bush Now Least Popular President Since Polling Began  —  Not sure how I missed this yesterday, but with the new Gallup poll, George W. Bush has passed Nixon and Truman, and become the least popular President of all-time.  According to the Roper Center, here is the worst net approval / disapproval result …
Brett J. Blackledge / Associated Press:
State reviewing per diem payments to Palin  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Gov. Sarah Palin's practice of charging the state when she stays in her home must be reviewed to determine if she should pay taxes on the payments, state Finance Director Kim Garnero said Tuesday.
Faiz / Think Progress:
U.S. debt grows too big for National Debt Clock.  —  The National Debt Clock in New York's Times Square — first erected in 1989 when the debt was less than $3 trillion — cannot keep pace with the growing national debt, now at more than $10 trillion.  NBC's Brian Williams reported last night that …
KPIX-TV:
CBS 5 Poll: Young Voters Lead Prop 8 Support Shift  —  SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) ― A new CBS 5 poll finds that California's Proposition 8 has picked up support in the wake of a television ad campaign that features footage of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom proclaiming same-sex marriage is here to stay “whether you like it or not.”
 
 
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Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Obama Team Ready for Mud
Discussion: TIME.com
Don Kaplan / New York Post:
MCCAIN TO PATCH IT UP WITH DAVE
Discussion: TIME.com
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Markets Slide After Bernanke Remarks
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Truthdig
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Debate Format  —  The Town Hall, in case you were wondering, is basically a farce:
Discussion: TalkLeft
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers  —  Ed Whelan takes apart …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Corner
David M. Walker / CNN:
Commentary: America's $53 trillion debt problem
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Looking Forward to a Friendly Townhall Debate
 Earlier Items: 
The Campaign Spot:
Looking Hard at that CBS News Poll...
New York Magazine:
How McCain Lost His Brand
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: NEEDING A GAME-CHANGER
Wall Street Journal:
About That Middle-Class Tax Cut . . .
Discussion: American Spectator and Donklephant