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9:40 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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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.
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 …
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
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:   Snap Polls Give Debate Win To Obama
Deacon / Power Line:
OBAMA EDGES CLOSER TO THE PRESIDENCY
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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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.
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
Drunkblogging the McCain-Obama Bout  —  In the blue corner, Barack Obama.  In the red corner, John McCain.  Document the blows with a martini in hand, Vodkapundit's Stephen Green.  —  8:35PM Instant analysis?  McCain won, but not by nearly enough to matter.  He was up against a punk kid, and barely came away on points.
New York Times:
Britain Announces Huge Bank Bailout  —  LONDON — Desperate to halt chaos swirling through Europe's markets, , Britain announced a massive, three-part bailout for its banks on Wednesday, pledging hundreds of billions of dollars to restore confidence in the world's second-largest financial center.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Nationalizations in the UK  —  Britain under Gordon Brown …
Michelle Malkin:
McCain wants to spend $300 billion to buy up bad mortgages; Martin Feldstein behind it  —  Scroll down for updates...McCain's April 15 remarks added below...Economist Martin Feldstein pitched the plan in the WSJ...see response below...  I can't underscore enough what a rotten idea John McCain's ACORN-like government mortgage buy-up is.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
GOP likes ‘that one’ too  —  A Republican official emails, on background:
Discussion: Daily Kos
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The Huffington Post:
“That One,” McCain Calls Obama In Debate (VIDEO)
Discussion: BAGnewsNotes and Gateway Pundit
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
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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.
Austin Knoblauch / Los Angeles Times:
Lisa Guerrero: Time to end this monkey business?  —  All in all it's been a rough few days for the monkeys.  —  On Friday night, the Angels' Rally Monkey let down the home crowd in Anaheim.  Although the team triumphed Sunday night in Boston, you can't credit the monkey unless he sneaked into Jared Weaver's suitcase.
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Kevin D. Williamson / Media Blog:
L.A. Times Calls Governor Palin a ‘Monkey’
Discussion: THE CITIZENS JOURNAL
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.
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: Daily Kos, BuzzFlash.org and Open Left
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCaskill's edge  —  I mentioned a few days ago that Claire McCaskill's mild affect masks a bit of a killer, and perhaps the Obama campaign's deftest surrogate on the attack.  —  But I was still kind of amused by her brief interaction with Mitt Romney in the press file just now.
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.
Marc Ambinder:
Your Thoughts On That One.  —  That one, as in, the second debate.  What did you think I meant?  —  (BTW: McCain uses “that one” frequently in his stump speeches; the set-up is usually clearer, as McCain refers to Obama's being one of the senators who supported it, not McCain — as in …
Discussion: marbury
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
Mark Niquette / Editorial RSS:
Ohio registers 666,000 new voters  —  A record number of Ohioans are registered to vote for the Nov. 4 election, when officials are predicting a record voter turnout with the hard-fought presidential race in the Buckeye State.  —  Nearly 8.2 million people are registered in Ohio …
Discussion: The Seminal, Marc Ambinder and The RBC
The Huffington Post:
Who Won The Debate?  Clean Sweep For Obama  —  The insta-polls, which provide viewers with a somewhat skewed but important insight into how each candidate fared say, by and large, that Obama scored a victory in the second debate.  —  NBC's focus group of undecided Pennsylvania voters …
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
AIG execs' retreat after bailout angers lawmakers  —  WASHINGTON - Days after it got a federal bailout, American International Group Inc. spent $440,000 on a posh California retreat for its executives, complete with spa treatments, banquets and golf outings, according to lawmakers investigating the company's meltdown.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Donklephant
 
 
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New York Times:
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