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12:25 PM ET, October 8, 2008

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Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
You Guys Are Nuts  —  We have a disaster here — which is what you should expect when you delegate a non-conservative to make the conservative (nay, the American) case.  We can parse it eight ways to Sunday, but I think the commentary is missing the big picture.
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CNN:
Transcript of second McCain, Obama debate  —  NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) — Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama debated in Nashville, Tennessee, on Tuesday night.  NBC's Tom Brokaw moderated the debate.  Here is a transcript of that debate.  —  Brokaw: Good evening from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jeff Jacoby / Boston Globe:
Obama's 180 on genocide  —  JOHN MCCAIN'S opening words last night were: “Senator Obama, it's good to be with you at a town hall meeting!”  Indeed it was.  We now know why Barack Obama declined McCain's invitation earlier this year to appear together in a series of 10 town hall meetings around the country.
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 …
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
A Showdown That Was More of a Letdown  —  Considering how adamantly John McCain advocated a “town hall” arrangement for this year's presidential debates, viewers might justifiably have expected him to thrive in the debate held last night in Nashville, since it followed that format.
Ross Douthat:
The Unplayed Card  —  Andy McCarthy isn't pleased: … You know, part of me actually wishes that John McCain had started talking about Bill Ayers, the Annenberg Challenge, Rashid Khalidi, and how the Global Poverty Act will line the pockets of Hugo Chavez.  (Maybe in his answer to one of the questions about the economy - why not?)
Discussion: The Corner and Kevin Drum
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Paging Rick Warren
Discussion: Commentary and YID With LID
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The Nashville Skyline Debate: First Thoughts
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Chris Matthews Post-Debate Drooling
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Time Edit / Swampland:
They Liked Him, They Really Liked Him  —  From TIME's Amy Sullivan:  —  As he did for the first presidential debate, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg gathered a group of undecided voters in a swing state (this time Colorado) to watch the town hall, polling them before and after to gauge …
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Amz / Democracy Corps:   Second Presidential Debate: Undecided Voters Move Decisively Toward Obama
Knoxville News-Sentinel:
UTK student David Kernell indicted in Palin e-mail hacking case  —  David C. Kernell, 20, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Knoxville, Tennessee., for intentionally accessing without authorization the e-mail account of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.  —  More details as they develop online and in Thursday's News Sentinel.
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The Smoking Gun:
Palin Hacker Indicted
Discussion: Political Punch
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For release at 7:00 a.m. EDT Joint Statement by Central Banks  —  Throughout the current financial crisis, central banks have engaged in continuous close consultation and have cooperated in unprecedented joint actions such as the provision of liquidity to reduce strains in financial markets.
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Signing Off  —  This reader out-Andies Andy: … Steady on.  This next month is going to be a long month.  Lots of things will happen.  But McCain has to make some of them happen.  His charge that Obama doesn't know the difference between “strategy” and “tactics” could equally well be leveled at his own campaign.
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Edited SNL subprime video also happens to excise Barney Frank's involvement  —  Not every comedy sketch on “Saturday Night Live” has to do with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.  —  It just seems that way recently, as The Ticket has reported here and here and here.  —  But there's an unusual twist this week over another SNL skit.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: NOTHING CHANGED  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Part three of the four-part debate series is now over, and the one big conclusion is that nothing changed.  And nothing changing isn't a good result for McCain.
Discussion: The New Republic and Donklephant
Wall Street Journal:
Housing Pain Gauge: Nearly 1 in 6 Owners ‘Under Water’  —  More Defaults and Foreclosures Are Likely as Borrowers With Greater Debt Than Value in Their Homes Are Put in a Tight Spot  —  The relentless slide in home prices has left nearly one in six U.S. homeowners owing more on a mortgage …
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Nobody's dummy  —  Liberals underestimate Sarah Palin's vitality and — yes — smarts at their own peril.  Plus: Obama's presidential air, Biden's condescending mugging, feminism's lost sisters.  —  Dear Camille,  —  I was actually leaning towards Obama before he stated his willingness …
Byron York / The Corner:
The Debate: Bad Feelings After the Snoozer in Nashville  —  I have a new story up on last night's debate in Nashville.  After it ended, there was serious unhappiness in some quarters of the McCain campaign — not with Barack Obama, but with NBC's Tom Brokaw.
Discussion: Commentary
Matthew Weaver / NO QUARTER:
Obama is Hiding a Radical Past!  —  Edited and updated at 8:50 p.m. ET.  —  Did you know that Barack Obama was affiliated with a leading national socialist party?  Barack Obama didn't include in his 2008 resume that he entered politics in the mid-1990s endorsed by Chicago's leading socialists.
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Md. Police Put Activists' Names On Terror Lists  —  The Maryland State Police classified 53 nonviolent activists as terrorists and entered their names and personal information into state and federal databases that track terrorism suspects, the state police chief acknowledged yesterday.
Discussion: Open Left
Marc Ambinder:
The McCain Resurgence Plan  —  On a conference call with reporters, McCain policy chief Douglas Holtz-Eakin spelled out how McCain would pay for his plan for the government to buy troubled mortgages and replace when with more favorable fixed-rate mortgages at minimal direct cost to the homeowners.
Peter Kirsanow / The Corner:
Obama's Disqualifier  —  Andy McCarthy's right that it's imperative to attack the premise that Obama's a plausible president.  Obama consorted with a terrorist who brags about planting bombs and whose organization planted hundreds of bombs.  Some were meant to kill cops.  Some were meant to kill soldiers.
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Prosecutors talking to Rezko, seek to delay sentencing  —  Federal prosecutors asked a judge Monday to indefinitely postpone Tony Rezko's scheduled Oct. 28 sentencing on corruption charges, acknowledging they are engaged in talks with the former top political fund-raiser for Sen. Barack Obama …
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Shadow Knows  —  Last night at the debate, John McCain kept insisting that he'll get Osama bin Laden and he knows how to do it:  —  If McCain knows how to get Osama, I can understand his reluctance to describe the details of the plan to a globally televised audience.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Palin's Kind of Patriotism  —  Criticizing Sarah Palin is truly shooting fish in a barrel.  But given the huge attention she is getting, you can't just ignore what she has to say.  And there was one thing she said in the debate with Joe Biden that really sticks in my craw.
Discussion: MoJoBlog and TalkLeft
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
If Social Security Was a Private Corporation Then it Would Sue Tom Brokaw for Every Penny He Has  —  If a news reporter deliberately makes a false statement claiming that a private company like Boeing or Microsoft is going broke, the company has the right to sue the reporter and the news agency.
Hotline On Call:
The Early Line: Diageo/Hotline Tracking Poll  — Obama and McCain are now tied 44-44% among men.  Today's Diageo/Hotline poll is the first in which Obama has not led men since he trailed them 46-45% in the survey completed 9/26.  — The candidates remained tied on economic issues.
Discussion: TalkLeft, The Corner and Hot Air
 
 
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Take That, IRS  —  Lest anyone ever call into question CAP's non-partisan bona fides:
Discussion: Associated Press and TalkLeft
Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
Watch Gen. David Petraeus Live
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama vs. McCain: Scripted and improv
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Wire:
Obama Campaign Takes Issue with McCain's ‘That One’ Remark
Discussion: The Caucus
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Obama has slim 2-point lead on McCain
Roger Simon / The Politico:
McCain loses by not winning
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Poor NRCC has to pick and choose
Bloomberg:
U.S. Stocks Drop; S&P 500, Dow Post Worst Retreats Since 1937
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Mark Niquette / Editorial RSS:
Ohio registers 666,000 new voters
Discussion: The Seminal
Austin Knoblauch / Los Angeles Times:
Lisa Guerrero: Time to end this monkey business?
Discussion: Media Blog
Marc Ambinder:
Your Thoughts On That One.  —  That one, as in, the second debate.
Discussion: marbury