The Note: The Wreckage

On Biden's strategy: "If she makes a gaffe, he underplays it," one of the people prepping Biden for his vice presidential debate tells Politico's Roger Simon.

Can Palin still be Palin? "Off script, though, Palin has become increasingly tentative. Last week, when a member of the press pool asked Palin a question at the outset of a meeting she and McCain were holding with the presidents of Georgia and Ukraine, she looked to McCain, who shook his head, and she stayed silent," The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin writes.

Which is more dangerous? Palin being Palin, or Biden being Biden?

"Unlike his Republican counterpart, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Biden has not been shy about talking to reporters, but comments he has made since Obama chose him last month have presented Democrats with their own problems and revived the longtime senator's reputation for gaffes," Perry Bacon Jr. writes in The Washington Post.

The Sked:

Barack Obama holds an 11 am ET rally in Reno, Nev.

John McCain holds a roundtable discussion in Des Moines at 11 am ET (and isn't coming back to Washington this time -- not yet, anyway).

Sarah Palin is down in Sedona, Ariz. at the McCain ranch, preparing for the Thursday veep's debate.

Joe Biden continues his debate prep in Wilmington, Del. with no public events scheduled.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., outlines his plan for the economic mess at a 10 am ET speech at the National Press Club in Washington.

Also in the news:

The woman behind those e-mail forwards out of Wasilla: "[Anne] Kilkenny, 57, lives with her husband and son in a one-level home surrounded by raspberry bushes, crab apple trees, birch and fireweed," Erika Hayasaki writes for the Los Angeles Times. "She speaks in a high-pitched voice, cheerful as a grade school teacher, pausing for deep breaths between thoughts. She parts her steel gray hair down the middle, wears ankle-length skirts, irons meticulously and grows potatoes and asparagus in her backyard."

Can we settle it over the poker table? "John McCain bet with $100 chips. Barack Obama threw nickels around like they were manhole covers," Christi Parsons and Ray Long write in the Chicago Tribune. "Maybe that's why Obama thinks it's a subject worth harping on -- even though both men played in the company of lobbyists."

Troopergate update: "A lawsuit aimed at freezing the Legislature's abuse-of-power investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin hits the courtroom this week," per the Anchorage Daily News' Kyle Hopkins. "The lawyer representing five Republican lawmakers who filed the case says he may try to put the state-hired investigator -- or Anchorage Democratic Sen. Hollis French, who is overseeing the investigation -- on the witness stand. A Superior Court judge on Monday combined the case with a similar lawsuit filed by the attorney general. Both suits argue the legislature doesn't have the authority to investigate Palin."

Remember Rezko? "Convicted political fixer Antoin "Tony" Rezko has been quietly visiting Chicago's federal courthouse, setting off speculation that he may be spilling secrets to prosecutors in return for a lenient sentence," the AP's Mike Robinson reports.

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