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5:35 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 at the switch” saying that if he were president …
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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
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Adviser: McCain Considers Zapatero A “NATO Ally,”  —  Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has been persona non grata at the White House since Spain pulled its troops out of Iraq in 2004.  The Spanish prime minister has, through intermediates, requested a White House visit …
Daniel Woolls / Associated Press:
Jose Luis Rodriguez Who?  —  MADRID, Spain (AP) — John McCain either doesn't want to meet Spain's prime minister any time soon or isn't quite sure who he is.  —  In a radio interview broadcast in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries Thursday, the Republican presidential candidate …
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Oliver Willis
Washington Wire:
McCain Calls for Firing of SEC Commissioner  —  Susan Davis reports on the presidential race.  —  John McCain has two words for Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox: You're Fired.  —  “The chairman of the SEC serves at the appointment of the president and has betrayed the public's trust.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
Statement From SEC Chairman Christopher Cox
Discussion: The Swamp
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
National Security and Intelligence
Discussion: JustOneMinute
The Hill:   White House: Bush has confidence in SEC chairman
Lisa Abend / Time:
The Pain in Spain Falls Mainly on McCain
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Satyam / Think Progress:   McCain's plan to fire SEC commissioner is unconstitutional.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain talks even tougher on financial crisis, says he would have …
The Politico:   McCain: Would fire Bush SEC chairman
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.
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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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
For second time this week, crowds leave after Palin speaks  —  At a rally outside Youngstown, Ohio, Tuesday night, dozens of attendees left while McCain was still speaking.  —  I caught up with a few of them.  Some explained that the airplane hangar where the rally was being held had grown crammed and uncomfortable.
Discussion: Salon and Political Punch
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 …
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.
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
Key Bush States Might Flip  —  BARACK OBAMA IS DOING WELL IN FOUR OF FIVE BUSH-WON BATTLEGROUNDS POLLED BY ALLSTATE/NATIONAL JOURNAL.  —  Propelled by dissatisfaction with the country's direction but hampered by doubts about his readiness for the presidency, Barack Obama is forcefully challenging John …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Marc Ambinder:   AllState/National Journal Battleground Polls
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
State of the Race: Is McCain In Trouble?  —  One of the unpleasant things you discover when you sit in major league baseball press boxes from time to time is that the press — or at least the print media — actually do not like close baseball games.  A walk-off home run or a blown save means …
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   HOUSE REPUBLICAN THROWS HIS SUPPORT TO OBAMA.... There are 434 members …
Binyamin Appelbaum / Washington Post:
Putnam Investments Closes $12B Money-Market Fund  —  Putnam Investments has closed a $12.3 billion money-market fund to limit losses to its investors, the large mutual fund company said today.  The highly unusual announcement is the latest sign that tremendous financial pressures are now threatening …
Discussion: Portfolio
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Megan McArdle:   Putnam closes a money market fund: how worried should you be?
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.
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.
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 …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Incoherence  —  This is shaping up as a pretty bad week for the McCain campaign.  First, the economic fundamentals are sound.  Then we're in a major crisis.  He talks about the excessive compensation that CEOs receive, but continues to have Carly Fiorina ($100 million for her failed stewardship …
Discussion: TIME.com and Matthew Yglesias
 
 
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When was the last Bush press conference?  Two months, three days and counting
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