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1:40 PM ET, October 8, 2008

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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.
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.
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: Commentary and YID With LID
Byron York / The Corner:
The Debate: Bad Feelings After the Snoozer in Nashville
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Commentary
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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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 …
Ross Douthat:
The Unplayed Card  —  Andy McCarthy isn't pleased: … You know, part of me actually wishes that John McCain had started talking about Bill Ayers, the Annenberg Challenge, Rashid Khalidi, and how the Global Poverty Act will line the pockets of Hugo Chavez.  (Maybe in his answer to one of the questions about the economy - why not?)
Discussion: The Corner and Kevin Drum
CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama won the night
Discussion: MoJoBlog, Salon and Political Radar
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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Duncan Mansfield / Associated Press:
Son of Tenn. Democrat indicted in Palin hacking
The Smoking Gun:
Palin Hacker Indicted
Discussion: Political Punch
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 …
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Amz / Democracy Corps:
Second Presidential Debate: Undecided Voters Move Decisively Toward Obama
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Hotline On Call:
Palin's First Avail  —  On the plane this afternoon from FL to NC.  Full transcript, per NBC/NJ's Matthew Berger, available after the jump.  She said she's raising Bill Ayers issue because it speaks to Barack Obama's “forthrightness.”  —  PALIN AVAIL  —  Plane from FL to NC  —  October 7, 2008
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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.
The Politico:
Debate II: McCain struggles to derail Obama  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — John McCain came here Tuesday hoping the second presidential debate would help him jar loose a campaign that for the past three weeks has been about the economy, the economy and the economy.  —  He didn't get his wish.
Discussion: USA Today, Salon and The Live Feed
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama vs. McCain: Scripted and improv
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org and Washington Post
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Round Two Goes to Obama
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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Marc Ambinder:
The McCain Resurgence Plan  —  On a conference call with reporters, McCain policy chief Douglas Holtz-Eakin spelled out how McCain would pay for his plan for the government to buy troubled mortgages and replace when with more favorable fixed-rate mortgages at minimal direct cost to the homeowners.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, Kevin Drum and Hot Air
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.
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.
The Huffington Post:
Biden: Palin Must Condemn Supporters' Hateful Obama Attacks  —  Joe Biden lashed out at Sarah Palin on Wednesday, calling her recent rhetoric “ugly” and “mildly dangerous,” and expressing shock that the Alaska Governor did not interrupt recent rallies when supporters shouted hateful attacks …
Hotline On Call:
The Early Line: Diageo/Hotline Tracking Poll  — Obama and McCain are now tied 44-44% among men.  Today's Diageo/Hotline poll is the first in which Obama has not led men since he trailed them 46-45% in the survey completed 9/26.  — The candidates remained tied on economic issues.
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.
 
 
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Zogby:
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Study of Data Mining for Terrorists Is Urged
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Nitya / Political Radar:
For First Time, Palin Takes Questions
Discussion: Think Progress and The Swamp
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Did soft bias again affect the debate?
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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Peter Kirsanow / The Corner:
Obama's Disqualifier  —  Andy McCarthy's right that it's imperative …
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Wire:
Obama Campaign Takes Issue with McCain's ‘That One’ Remark
Discussion: The Politico and The Caucus
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Shadow Knows  —  Last night at the debate, John …
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Obama has slim 2-point lead on McCain
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Prosecutors talking to Rezko, seek to delay sentencing
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Poor NRCC has to pick and choose
Marc Ambinder:
Your Thoughts On That One.  —  That one, as in, the second debate.
Discussion: American Prospect