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11:30 AM 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.
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.
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.
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
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Ross Douthat:
The Unplayed Card  —  Andy McCarthy isn't pleased:
Discussion: The Corner
Deacon / Power Line:
OBAMA EDGES CLOSER TO THE PRESIDENCY
Discussion: MyDD
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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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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Poor NRCC has to pick and choose  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) will focus its limited resources on just a handful of GOP-held seats, if its first ad buys are any indication.  —  The committee used independent expenditures to launch a trio of ads Tuesday in districts it hopes to hold in November.
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
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
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 …
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 and Balloon Juice
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.
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
30 Civilians Died in Afghan Raid, U.S. Inquiry Finds  —  WASHINGTON — An investigation by the military has concluded that American airstrikes on Aug. 22 in a village in western Afghanistan killed far more civilians than American commanders there have acknowledged, according to two American military officials.
Roger Simon / The Politico:
McCain loses by not winning  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Watching John McCain and Barack Obama at their second presidential debate was like watching two fighters circling each other, throwing a jab here, landing a blow there, but neither one ever delivering a knockout punch.
Discussion: The Caucus
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The Nashville Skyline Debate: First Thoughts  —  RESOLVED: There was no game changer.  —  Tonight's second presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain featured areas of agreement, a few areas of marked contrast on issues and absolutely no mention of Charles Keating, Bill Ayers or Tony Rezko.
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 and Marc Ambinder
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.
Discussion: Media Blog and Stop The ACLU
 
 
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John Whitesides / Reuters:
Obama has slim 2-point lead on McCain
Discussion: TalkLeft and Hotline On Call
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Safe as Houses  —  A fellow New Hampshirite writes:
Michele Kambas / Reuters:
Economic woes may give planet a breather
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Bloomberg:
U.S. Stocks Drop; S&P 500, Dow Post Worst Retreats Since 1937
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Mike Sunnucks / Phoenix Business News:
Polls show McCain closing gap with Obama
Amz / Democracy Corps:
Second Presidential Debate: Undecided Voters Move Decisively Toward Obama
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder:
Your Thoughts On That One.  —  That one, as in, the second debate.
Discussion: marbury
The Huffington Post:
Who Won The Debate? Clean Sweep For Obama
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
If Social Security Was a Private Corporation Then it Would Sue …
RADAR:
SECRET SERVICE LOOKING INTO POTENTIAL THREAT AGAINST OBAMA
Discussion: New York Magazine
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“That One”  —  The moment the contempt spilled over:
Discussion: culturekitchen and The Raw Story