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Sarah Palin has fired up the base of the Republican Party, but after recent interviews, even some conservative pundits say she's not qualified to be a heartbeat away from the White House.  Tonight, she'll face off with Senator Joe Biden, who's built his own reputation for foot-in-mouth disease.  We look at the prospects for a vice-presidential debate that might really matter in next month's election. Also, a second chance for the bailout bill, and airplane wreckage in the High Sierra has renewed the search for millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett, who disappeared 13 months ago.  

The Way to Win

John Harris and Mark Halperin

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Sonya Geis
Katie Cooper

Reporter's Notebook Wreckage of Fossett's Plane Is Found 7 MIN, 48 SEC

Steve Fossett was the first man to circumnavigate the world in a hot-air balloon and the first to fly an airplane solo around the globe without refueling. Last September, the 63-year old millionaire took off in a light plane from Yerington, Nevada, and hasn't been seen since. On Monday, in the wilderness near Mammoth Lakes, California, a hiker found Fossett's identification papers and a thousand dollars in cash. Today, searchers discovered the wreckage of his light plane at an elevation of 10,000 feet, as Steve Chawkins reports in the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Steve Chawkins, Reporter, Los Angeles TImes

Making News Is the Second Time the Charm for the Bailout Bill? 5 MIN, 50 SEC

Last night the Senate passed its version of economic rescue, a measure that's grown from three pages to 451.  President Bush is urging business leaders to lobby the House to go along. Democratic Congressman Barney Frank, who is spearheading the bill, says members are hearing a new message from their constituents. Maura Reynolds is economics writer for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Maura Reynolds, Economic Correspondent, Los Angeles Times

Main Topic Palin vs Biden: A Preview of the Vice Presidential Debate 35 MIN, 23 SEC

Political junkies--and much of the rest of the country--will be focused tonight on St. Louis, Missouri, where Alaska's first-term Governor Sarah Palin will debate 36-year Senate veteran Joseph Biden. Palin won't be the only loose canon; Biden is capable of the kind of gaffe that leads to lasting impressions. While the latest polls show that Palin's recent interviews have dulled the shine on her brilliant appearance at the Republican convention, past opponents say she can appeal directly to voters who don't care about facts, figures and policies. In the meantime, she's been boning up. Past vice presidential debates have produced fireworks that turned out not to matter come the November election. Will this one make a difference for John McCain or Barack Obama

Guests:
John Harris, Politico (@HarrisPolitico)
Andrew Kohut, Pew Research Center (@pewresearch)
Rod Dreher, The American Conservative (@roddreher)
Dean Barnett, Staff Writer, Weekly Standard
David Corn, Mother Jones magazine (@DavidCornDC)

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