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Spin Control

Friday’s quickie political briefing

Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:

First presidential debate is on as McCain agrees to participate. Watch the video:

Biden meets Georgian president without reporters during opening photo opportunity

David Letterman continues assault on McCain Watch the video:

Palin says she will donate money from those implicated in federal corruption probe

To read the stories behind the headlines, click here and scroll down

Prez/Veep: John McCain planned to participate in the presidential debate in Oxford, Miss. Sarah Palin planned to watch the debate in Philadelphia.
Barack Obama planned to participate in a presidential debate at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. Joe Biden attends a fish fry in Cudahy, Wis.
Spokane-area Democrats will hold a party to watch tonight’s first presidential debate, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Hamilton Studios, 1427 W. Dean, which sometimes is called Toad Hall. Admission is $10.
Spokane-area Republicans have no plans for an event tonight, County Chairman Curt Fackler said, but expect to hold a debate-watch party at Gonzaga on Oct. 2 for the vice presidential debate.
“At this point, my strong sense is that the best thing that I can do, rather than to inject presidential politics into these delicate negotiations, is to go down to Mississippi and explain to the American people what is going on and my vision for leading the country over the next four years.” — Barack Obama, to reporters Friday.
A recent AP-Yahoo News poll found that 18 percent of likely voters are up for grabs — undecided or willing to change their minds about Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.