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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 …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama won the night  —  NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) — A national poll of debate watchers suggests that Barack Obama won the second presidential debate.  —  Fifty-four percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released 30 minutes after the end …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging Nashville  —  10.33 pm.  This was, I think, a mauling: a devastating and possibly electorally fatal debate for McCain.  Even on Russia, he sounded a little out of it.  I've watched a lot of debates and participated in many.  I love debate and was trained as a boy in the British system to be a debater.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:   DEBATE LIVEBLOGGING.
Deacon / Power Line:
OBAMA EDGES CLOSER TO THE PRESIDENCY
Discussion: Viking Pundit
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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.
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Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
Drunkblogging Tonight's McCain-Obama Bout  —  In the blue corner, it's Barack Obama.  In the red corner, it's John McCain.  Ready to document the blows with a martini in hand, it's Vodkapundit's Stephen Green.  —  7:06PM “Let the markets run wild and prosperity will rain down on all of us.”
Think Progress:   Presidential Debate Live-Blogging
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.
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.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Not really a town hall  —  I wrote earlier that this would likely …
Marc Ambinder:
Live Blogging: Second Half Hour
Discussion: MyDD
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
[I doubt that] Obama wore an earpiece that was clearly visible on HDTV.  —  (Enlarge.)  —  ADDED: Scrolling around and looking in different frames, I don't see it.  I think this picture creates an illusion of a clear plastic earpiece, but I can't see it in other frames.
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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
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THE “HANDSHAKE” THAT WASN'T  —  You can see our initial comments on this below.  And here's the video — make your own judgments ...  Late Update: A few readers say the two shook hands right after the conclusion of the debate, at that moment where Brokaw told them they were in the way of his teleprompter.
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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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Luntz's Focus Group  —  This is purely a methodological question.  If the reporting on blacks said they were torn between the candidates I wouldn't be asking this question.  But his focus group is allegedly a collection of “swing voters” from Virginia.  And it appears there are a relatively large number of blacks in the focus group.
Discussion: World-O-Crap
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 …
Discussion: Boston Globe and MyDD
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 …
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
The Politico:
McCain proposes bailout for homeowners  —  Here are details of the plan Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced during Tuesday night's presidential debate “to keep families in their homes, avoid foreclosures, save failing neighborhoods, stabilize the housing market and attack the roots of our financial crisis”:
AMERICAN DIGEST:
Let's Face It, the Only Candidate This Year Who Has What It Takes to be President Is...  Because she's the only one who is young enough and idealistic enough and man enough for the job.
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
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,” …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Employer Based Health Care
Discussion: Demagogue
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“That One”  —  The moment the contempt spilled over:
Discussion: The Reaction
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Pakistan  —  On Pakistan, Obama's explication is sound …
The Corner:
Iran vs. Israel
John Fleming / Anniston Star:
McCain wrote on behalf of ex-trooper now awaiting trial in civil rights slaying
Discussion: folo and pandagon.net
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
McCain, Palin head to Fox News
Discussion: Think Progress and News Hounds
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
‘Town-hall McCain:’ Expectations game
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Daniel Gross / Slate:
THE RIGHT BLAMES THE CREDIT CRISIS ON POOR MINORITY HOMEOWNERS.
Discussion: Salon, Economix and The Corner
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Obama Team Ready for Mud
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and TIME.com
Don Kaplan / New York Post:
MCCAIN TO PATCH IT UP WITH DAVE
Discussion: TIME.com
Faiz / Think Progress:
U.S. debt grows too big for National Debt Clock.
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Shakesville
 

 
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