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3:45 AM ET, October 8, 2008

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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.
Discussion: Wonkette
Deacon / Power Line:
OBAMA EDGES CLOSER TO THE PRESIDENCY  —  I thought that Barack Obama won the “visuals” of tonight's debate.  He looked younger and more vigorous, of course, but, in addition, John McCain did too much moving around.  He seemed focused on addressing a “town hall,” as he has done so well over the years.
Discussion: MyDD and Viking Pundit
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.
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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.
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.”
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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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HIS DISGRACE KNOWS NO BOUNDS
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”:
Discussion: The Corner and Michelle Malkin
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Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:   Debate: Reaction  —  I thought Obama won this one …
Hindrocket / Power Line:
A SEMI-LIVE BLOG  —  I'm not sure whether Scott or Paul …
Discussion: Dartblog
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.
Discussion: Classical Values and PrestoPundit
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 …
Discussion: PERRspectives Blog
Marc Ambinder:
Live Blogging: Second Half Hour
Discussion: 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 …
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Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:   ACORN Nevada Office Raided
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“That One”  —  The moment the contempt spilled over:
Discussion: The Reaction
RADAR:
SECRET SERVICE LOOKING INTO POTENTIAL THREAT AGAINST OBAMA  —  The Secret Service is following up on media reports today that someone in the crowd at a McCain/Palin event suggested killing Barack Obama, according to Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley.  The shout of “kill him” …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Opinion L.A.
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: MyDD and Boston Globe
Bob Cesca / The Huffington Post:
That One?!  —  They say that Senator McCain's strong suit is the town hall debate.  If this was, in fact, Senator McCain's strength, he might as well go home.  Sorry... homes.  —  While not as smirky as the first debate, Senator McCain was jittery, reptilian (the darting tongue), scattered and overall just plain creepy.
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Chris Matthews Post-Debate Drooling  —  This is not a parody: … Update: Olbermann keeps it classy: “McCain, and I'm trying to say this as nicely as possible, didn't look like a well man wandering around on that stage tonight.”
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
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.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Fact Checking’ Fad  —  It's opinion journalism thinly disguised as straight reporting.  —  In a September 1984 campaign speech, Walter Mondale, the Democratic presidential nominee and former vice president, asked, “Do you really want Jerry Falwell to pick the next two judges to the Supreme Court?”
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.
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
 
 
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The Corner:
Re: Three Debates
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
“THE MIDDLE CLASS NEED A RESCUE PACKAGE.”
Discussion: The Opinionator
The Campaign Spot:
October Surprise! Obi Wan Kenobi Is Back.
Discussion: Hot Air
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Downturn in Decibels, Too  —  Neither candidate was selling morning in America.
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics and Guardian
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Employer Based Health Care
Discussion: Demagogue
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Pakistan  —  On Pakistan, Obama's explication is sound …
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
John Fleming / Anniston Star:
McCain wrote on behalf of ex-trooper now awaiting trial in civil rights slaying
Discussion: folo and pandagon.net
Julie Bosman / The Caucus:
Palin on the Plane  —  GREENVILLE, N.C. - After more than a month …
Discussion: TIME.com
Associated Press:
Obama wishes he had more time for staying fit
Discussion: TIME.com and FOX Embeds
Sara Goo / Washington Post:
After Bailout, AIG Executives Head to Resort
Garance Franke-Ruta / Washington Post:
Obama Team Ready for Mud
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and TIME.com
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Obama Outspending McCain Nearly 3 to 1 on Television
 

 
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