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11:05 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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Wizbang and QandO
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
Deacon / Power Line:
OBAMA EDGES CLOSER TO THE PRESIDENCY
Discussion: MyDD and Viking Pundit
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 and Open Left
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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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake
The Politico:
Campaign shifts back to economic crisis  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama left here with the presidential campaign unavoidably shifted to the topic of economic crisis and onto the electoral terrain of traditionally conservative states.
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
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.
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
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: Washington Wire and The Caucus
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
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.
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.
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.
Bloomberg:
U.S. Stocks Drop; S&P 500, Dow Post Worst Retreats Since 1937  —  Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) — U.S. stocks fell, sending the Standard & Poor's 500 Index below 1,000 for the first time since 2003, on speculation banks and real-estate companies are running short of money as the credit crisis worsens.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
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
Amz / Democracy Corps:
Second Presidential Debate: Undecided Voters Move Decisively Toward Obama  —  Barack Obama once again won tonight's debate, and undecided voters are prepared to move toward his candidacy, according to Democracy Corps research conducted around tonight's second presidential debate.
 
 
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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
Nancy Trejos / Washington Post:
Retirement Savings Lose $2 Trillion in 15 Months
Mike Sunnucks / Phoenix Business News:
Polls show McCain closing gap with Obama
Michael J. Totten:
The Forgotten War  —  Immediately following Russia's invasion …
Discussion: Hot Air
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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 and Opinion L.A.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“That One”  —  The moment the contempt spilled over:
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Reaction
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
[I doubt that] Obama wore an earpiece that was clearly visible on HDTV.
Discussion: Sadly, No!