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8:50 PM ET, September 18, 2008

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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
McCain Flub?  Republican Says He'd Fire SEC Chair as President  —  ABC News' David Wright reports: At a joint rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Thursday, Republican John McCain slammed the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) for being “asleep,” saying that if he were president, he would fire Chris Cox …
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Gateway Pundit:
FATHER OF HACKER Is Tennessee Dem State Rep!!!!! ...  Update: Name- David Kernell ...Update: He's Been Contacted by Feds!  —  FOLKS— MEET DAVID KERNELL—  WOAH!!!!!!  —  Do you remember this from Michelle Malkin's post last night: … Now there's this...  Wired.com has the latest on the Palin scandal:
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Theo Emery / Tennessean.com:
State rep confirms that son is subject of Palin e-mail chatter  —  State Rep. Mike Kernell confirmed Thursday that his son, a University of Tennessee-Knoxville student, is at the center of heated Internet discussion into the hacking of the personal e-mail of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Palin E-Mail Hacker Says It Was Easy  —  A person claiming to be the hacker who obtained access to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's private Yahoo e-mail on Tuesday has posted a supposed first-person account of the hack, revealing the relatively simple steps he says he took to crack the private e-mail …
Knoxville News-Sentinel:
State rep says son focus of Palin e-mail hacking rumors
Michelle Malkin:
Closing in on the Palin e-mail hacker
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Tracking Palin's Hacker: Signs Point to Dem State Rep's Son?
Discussion: Fox News
Washington Post:
McCain Slights Spanish Prime Minister  —  The Union Radio interview with John McCain on issues of interest to Hispanics was conducted in English and only later translated into Spanish for listeners.  The audio above is of the English-only interview.  —  By Glenn Kessler and Ed O'Keefe
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
EMBARRASSING  —  Well, we've heard the interview now.  And John McCain either doesn't know who the Prime Minister of Spain is, thinks Spain is a country in Latin America, or possibly both.  —  In case, you haven't seen our updates from last night, yesterday John McCain was interviewed …
Daniel Woolls / Associated Press:
Jose Luis Rodriguez Who?
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin's transparency proposal already exists in D.C.  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CNN) - Sarah Palin likes to tell voters around the country about how she “put the government checkbook online” in Alaska.  On Thursday, Palin suggested she would take that same proposal to Washington.
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Learfield / Radio Iowa:
McCain/Palin Rally in Cedar Rapids  —  I arrived on scene about an hour and a half before the event was to start.  The traffic along I-380 was starting to get dicey, folks waiting in line to enter the parking area and wait for a shuttle to the airplane hanger where the rally will take place.
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog News:
Palin puts herself on the top of the ticket.  It's now “Palin and McCain”
Discussion: Political Machine
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   For second time this week, crowds leave after Palin speaks
Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
Republican congressman endorses Obama  —  Rep. Wayne Gilchrest, a maverick Republican from Maryland, endorsed Illinois Democratic Sen. Barack Obama for president in an interview Wednesday with WYPR, Baltimore's National Public Radio station.  —  Gilchrest, who lost a primary campaign …
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Mike Baker / Associated Press:
Michelle Obama: Don't vote because 'she's cute'
Discussion: Wonkette
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   HOUSE REPUBLICAN THROWS HIS SUPPORT TO OBAMA.... There are 434 members …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Palin disinvited from Iran rally  —  The organizers of an anti-Iran rally Monday rescinded their invitation to Alaska Governor Sarah Palin after Democrats protested that her presence would turn the event into a political rally, McCain campaign and Jewish community sources said.
Carla Marinucci / SFGate:
Shocker: Palin Cancels Big California Swing  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was to star at two major California fundraisers and an Orange County rally for 15,000 next week, has canceled her two-day swing through the Golden State, campaign sources said.  —  The change is a shocker …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 48%, McCain 44%  —  Marks Obama's first statistically significant lead in two weeks  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The Sept. 15-17 Gallup Poll Daily tracking update shows Barack Obama with a 48% to 44% lead over John McCain among registered voters, marking the first time that Obama …
Big Ten Battleground Poll:
Obama and McCain in tight race in inaugural Big Ten Battleground Poll  —  In the inaugural Big Ten Battleground Poll taken as the nation's financial crisis worsened this week, John McCain and Barack Obama were in a statistical dead heat in seven of the eight Midwest states included in the survey.
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Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
Key Bush States Might Flip
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
A New McCain on the Campaign Trail  —  VIENNA, Ohio — Senator John McCain's campaign events were once free-wheeling journeys marked by flashes of humor, candor and arch observations from the candidate about presidential politics — and John McCain.  Oh, and moments that left no doubt that Mr. McCain was not working from any script.
J.F. / Media Matters for America:
Dodgy Journalism: Time's Michael Scherer debates strawman, loses  —  Under the header “Dodgy Politics: Using Old Votes to Obscure Current Policies,” Time's Michael Scherer unsuccessfully debunks a claim Barack Obama didn't make in order to accuse the Democratic candidate of offering misleading criticisms of John McCain.
Discussion: Swampland, MyDD and Talking Points Memo
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SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:   Cafferty Mocks McCain: Is privatizing Social Security really a good idea?
Steve Almond / Boston Globe:
Supporting our troops  —  PERHAPS the most insidious byproduct of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has been a reflexive sanctification of the military.  To put this in bumper stickerese: Support the Troops.  —  Well, I have an ugly confession to make: I don't support the troops - at least not unconditionally.
Discussion: Right Wing News
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Little Green Footballs:
Boston Globe Op-Ed: 'I Don't Support the Troops'
Discussion: The Natural Truth
Ali / Think Progress:
CNN: Palin's suggested oil export ban ‘not exactly easy to understand.’  —  This afternoon on CNN, host Wolf Blitzer showed video from last night's townhall with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK), in which Palin — whom McCain said “knows more about energy than …
Discussion: Gristmill and Hullabaloo
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Mark Mooney / Political Radar:   Palin Takes Questions at a McCain Town Hall
Wall Street Journal:
Worst Crisis Since '30s, With No End Yet in Sight  —  The financial crisis that began 13 months ago has entered a new, far more serious phase.  —  Lingering hopes that the damage could be contained to a handful of financial institutions that made bad bets on mortgages have evaporated.
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Wall Street mega bailout ahead?
Discussion: CNBC.com and The Crypt's Blogs
Joseph Morton / Omaha World-Herald:
Sen. Hagel doubts Palin's ready  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska on Wednesday became the nation's most prominent Republican officeholder to publicly question whether Sarah Palin has the experience to serve as president.  —  “She doesn't have any foreign policy credentials,” Hagel said in an interview.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Palin asked daughters on veep vote after they were already in OH for announcement  —  Appearing on Fox last night, Sarah Palin told Sean Hannity a heartwarming story of how she asked her teenage daughters for their opinion before accepting the vp offer.  —  “So ask the girls what they thought …
Brad / Wonk Room:
Revolting: GM Executive Bob Lutz Denies Global Warming, Trashes His Company's Car  —  General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz, on the 100th anniversary of GM's founding, appeared on Stephen Colbert's show last night, and embarassed his company.  Lutz, unfortunately for this aging industrial giant …
 
 
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Did Palin's Pay As Wasilla Mayor Really Get Cut?
Carrie Sturrock / San Francisco Chronicle:
Opposition to same-sex marriage ban grows
Discussion: D-Day
Burlington Free Press:
Write-ins give Welch Republican nomination
Megan Chuchmach / ABCNEWS:
FEMA Says No to Ice For Hurricane Survivors
Discussion: Washington Post
New Scientist:
Software spots the spin in political speeches
Discussion: Hot Air
Greta Van Susteren / GretaWire:
KEEPING THEM HONEST...  I don't understand CNN sometimes …
Discussion: TVNewser
Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
BIDEN DEFENDS ‘PATRIOTIC’ TAX REMARK
Discussion: Hot Air and Oliver Willis
 Earlier Items: 
M. Duss / Wonk Room:
Reaping The Iraq Whirlwind
Discussion: Obsidian Wings and QandO
Binyamin Appelbaum / Washington Post:
Putnam Investments Closes $12B Money-Market Fund
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Incoherence  —  This is shaping up as a pretty bad week for the McCain campaign.
Discussion: TIME.com
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
House GOP cancels meeting after administration ‘refused’ to send representative
Discussion: Think Progress and Washington Wire
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
State of the Race: Is McCain In Trouble?