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3:15 PM ET, October 8, 2008

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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama's Lead Over McCain Expands to 11  —  52% share of the vote is Obama's highest to date  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking report shows Barack Obama with a 52% to 41% lead over John McCain.  —  These results, based on Oct. 5-7 polling …
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.
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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.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Paging Rick Warren  —  Why did a town hall debate in Nashville revolve around what interests an East Coast newsman?  —  A presidential debate at its best gives voters a glimpse of a candidate's personality, quick-wittedness, likeability, sense of humor, judgment, basic honesty, knowledge, even character.
Discussion: Guardian, Commentary and YID With LID
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
A Showdown That Was More of a Letdown
Discussion: The Caucus and The Corner
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SCRAPPING THE AYERS ATTACK ALREADY?.... The political world was told to expect some ugly, guilt-by-association attacks last night.  We'd hear about Bill Ayers.  And Tony Rezko.  And maybe even Jeremiah Wright.  The phrase “unrepentant terrorist” would be bandied about.  —  And then, nothing.
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Nitya / Political Radar:
Palin Fields Questions on Plane  —  ABC News' Imtiyaz Delawala Reports: For the first time in a month on the campaign trail, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin took questions from her full traveling press corps, covering topics ranging from her continued connection of Sen. Barack …
Mark Halperin / TIME.com:   McCain Release on Ayers
Hotline On Call:
Palin's First Avail  —  On the plane this afternoon from FL to NC.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
John McCain's New Mortgage Plan Is Worse than I Had Imagined Possibly, Even Given What I Know About John McCain  —  Douglas Holtz-Eakin says, this morning: … What does this mean?  It means that John McCain wants to give $100 billion of taxpayers' money to America's worst-behaving mortgage financiers.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Moral hazard  —  My colleague Victoria McGrane, late …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Salon:
Nobody's dummy  —  What a powerful letter — which I am pleased to share with Salon readers.  Yes, let us not forget the tragic series of dubious political judgments that led the U.S. to lurch into Southeast Asia after the French had prudently packed up and left.
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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.
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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Ross Douthat:
The Unplayed Card  —  Andy McCarthy isn't pleased:
Discussion: The Corner and Kevin Drum
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 and 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 …
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.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
John Boehner on Barney Frank: 'He's from Massachusetts, although …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Obama picks up second debate win, poll says  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) — A national poll of debate watchers suggests that Sen. Barack Obama won the second presidential debate.  —  Fifty-four percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey conducted …
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New York Times:
Central Banks Coordinate Cut in Rates  —  Central banks around the world cut short-term interest rates by up to half a percent on Wednesday after investors across Asia and Europe unleashed waves of sell orders onto already depressed stock exchanges.  —  The Federal Reserve …
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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
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 …
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.
Eric Zorn / Change of Subject:
What is (and isn't)'terrorism'?  —  It's common these days to refer to former Weather Underground radical William Ayers as a one-time “domestic terrorist.”  Was he?  —  And I'm wondering if we can have a calm, adult-like, non-partisan discussion about what that term implies and whether it applies retrospectively to Ayers.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Jim Treacher / Mother, May I Sleep with Treacher?:
DEAR KOS:  —  Take a long crawl off a short pier, you astroturfing worm.  —  The more these idiots pound their scrawny chests, the more convinced I am that they're nervous.  If they're so confident, so sure they're going to crush the evil wingnuts, why are they desperately picking apart every utterance McCain makes?
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.
 
 
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Guardian:
Gripe  —  Taking a step back: These debates are actually kind of silly, aren't they?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Vote Vets vs. McCain on G.I. Bill
Discussion: TPM Election Central
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
New U.S. intelligence report warns ‘victory’ not certain in Iraq
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
New York Times:
Politics of Attack  —  It is a sorry fact of American political life …
Discussion: The Swamp and Feministing
nationalacademies.org:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Discussion: New York Times and TalkLeft
Marc Ambinder:
Ad Spending Update: McCain's 100% Negative
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
750,000 lost jobs? The dodgy digits behind the war on piracy
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
The Politico:
Debate II: McCain struggles to derail Obama
Discussion: USA Today, The Live Feed and Salon
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kirsanow / The Corner:
Obama's Disqualifier  —  Andy McCarthy's right that it's imperative …
Hotline On Call:
The Early Line: Diageo/Hotline Tracking Poll
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama vs. McCain: Scripted and improv
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org and Washington Post
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Shadow Knows  —  Last night at the debate, John …
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Obama has slim 2-point lead on McCain
Michele Kambas / Reuters:
Economic woes may give planet a breather
Byron York / The Corner:
The Debate: Bad Feelings After the Snoozer in Nashville
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Signing Off  —  This reader out-Andies Andy: … Steady on.
Discussion: Daily Kos and American Spectator