Five things you should know as you start the day:
• John McCain's campaign manager's firm has been getting $15,000 a month from failed insurer Freddie Mac. John McCain lied about this. And McCain's Senate chief of staff? (Yeah, the gay one.) He's a former registered lobbyist for Freddie Mac.
• New WaPo/ABC poll gives Barack Obama a nine-point lead over McCain.
• Starbuck's ad agency quit. Doesn't that say something about your brand?