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11:45 PM ET, October 7, 2008

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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.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
CBS Poll: Uncommitted Voters Say Obama Won Debate  —  UPDATED CBS News and Knowledge Networks have, once again, conducted a nationally representative poll of uncommitted voters to get their immediate reaction to tonight's presidential debate.  —  And this new poll has good news for the Democratic ticket …
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
The Second Presidential Debate  —  Tonight's debate wasn't even close.  Sen. Barack Obama ran away with it — particularly when speaking about the economy and health care.  Talking about his mother's death from cancer was very powerful.  On nearly every issue, Obama was more substantive …
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Obama Team Ready for Mud  —  Obama campaign spokesman Robert Gibbs in St. Paul, Minn. (Jim Mone/Associated Press)  —  NASHVILLE — Barack Obama's advisers are usually cautious about managing expectations — never predicting a landslide, always downplaying how well their candidate will do in the debates.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and TIME.com
Marc Ambinder:
Live Blogging: Second Half Hour  —  9:55: Obama's reference to his mom's death was pretty powerful...I think his best moment so far.  And he seems much more at ease discussing health care and defending his plan than McCain does explaining or defending his.  —  9:54: McCain: Health care is a privilege.
Discussion: MyDD
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Marc Ambinder:
Live Blogging: Third Half Hour  —  10:29: Here's a YouTube of “That One.”  —  10:24: McCain uses question about whether US would defend Israel military if Iran attacks to bring up “without preconditions” vow, but McCain does not answer question...neither does Obama...smart of them both not to answer this question.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Not really a town hall  —  I wrote earlier that this would likely …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Debate Live-Blog and Chat!  —  The second John McCain/Barack Obama presidential debate will start at 9 PM ET, and Hot Air will be at the forefront of instant commentary!  I'm using the Cover It Live system again tonight, but I'm combining it with the Ustream chat room from my show.
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Steve Kornacki / New York Observer:
Dukakis on the Election: Obama Knows How to Win, ‘McCain Has Nothing’
Discussion: Firedoglake and Wonkette
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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CNN:
Records: Ayers, Obama crossed paths on boards
Discussion: Townhall.com and Macsmind
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Robert Gibbs Still Doesn't Know Much About Obama and Ayers
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Townhall.com
Oskar Garcia / Associated Press:
ACORN office in Vegas raided in voter-fraud probe  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada state authorities are raiding the Las Vegas headquarters of an organization that works to get low-income people to vote.  —  A Nevada secretary of state's office spokesman said Tuesday that investigators are looking …
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Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:   ACORN Nevada Office Raided
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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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Live-blogging the big “town hall” debate.  —  6:14 Central Time: I'm just setting up the post so you'll know I'm doing this again.  —  8:11: After they blame each other for the financial crisis, Obama tells us we don't want to hear them blaming each other.  We just want to know how to stay in our homes and pay our bills.
Discussion: Classical Values and PrestoPundit
Michelle Malkin:
Liveblogging the town hall debate: Zzzzzzzz  —  I don't have any prizes to give away, but you get Special MM.com Bonus Points if your insipid question suggestion gets asked tonight.  —  As for drinking game proposals, I recommend taking a swig every time Tom Brokaw inserts his two cents after the citizens ask their questions.
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
ROUND TWO DEBATE BLOGGING #2  —  9:29 PM ... Except for defense, veterans affairs and “some other vital programs”.  Wow, that's pretty air tight.  —  9:30 PM ... This debate's so boring I don't even know what to tell the staff to upload to youtube.  —  9:33 PM ... $20 for whoever can grab John McCain's notepad and let me see it.
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Kate Howard / Tennessean.com:
Cindy McCain makes appearance at Children's Hospital  —  Cindy McCain said today that she expects her husband to clear the record at tonight's debate and let America know where he truly stands.  —  McCain, who stopped to visit a half-dozen children at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital …
Sara Goo / Washington Post:
After Bailout, AIG Executives Head to Resort  —  Less than a week after the federal government offered an $85 billion bailout to insurance giant AIG, the company held a week-long retreat for its executives at the luxury St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, Calif., running up a tab of $440,000 …
Discussion: The Sideshow and Seeing the Forest
Hindrocket / Power Line:
A TREE FALLS IN THE FOREST  —  Yesterday in Albuquerque, John McCain delivered an excellent speech that finally made the case that Barack Obama and the Democrats are primarily responsible for the current financial crisis.  McCain contrasted his own record, particularly as it related to Fannie and Freddy, with Obama's blank slate.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain dumps racial-joking campaigner
Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
Palin on the Plane  —  GREENVILLE, N.C. - After more than a month on the campaign trail, Gov. Sarah Palin has finally taken questions from her traveling press corps.  —  The very brief press conference occurred on a flight from Pensacola, Fla., to Greenville, N.C., when Ms. Palin walked …
Associated Press:
Obama wishes he had more time for staying fit  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Barack Obama says he wishes he had more time for staying fit.  And the Democratic presidential candidate admits that he still occasionally smokes a cigarette.  —  “Most of my workouts have to come before my day starts,” …
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 …
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Shakesville
CNN:
McCain, Obama point fingers, draw contrasts in debate  —  (CNN) — Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama went head-to-head on the economy, domestic policy and foreign affairs as they faced off in their second presidential debate.  —  The debate was set up like a town hall meeting, and the audience was made up of undecided voters.
Daniel Gross / Slate:
THE RIGHT BLAMES THE CREDIT CRISIS ON POOR MINORITY HOMEOWNERS.  THIS IS NOT MERELY OFFENSIVE, BUT ENTIRELY WRONG.  —  We've now entered a new stage of the financial crisis: the ritual assigning of blame.  It began in earnest with Monday's congressional roasting of Lehman Bros. CEO Richard Fuld …
Discussion: Salon, Economix and The Corner
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Pakistan  —  On Pakistan, Obama's explication is sound, but he did call for invading an ally, which was pretty offensive.  McCain was right, too.  Pakistan is so complicated and difficult that a lot of explaining is necessary, and there really isn't a clear way to fix the problem.
 
 
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