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3:40 PM ET, September 18, 2008

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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
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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 …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
EL CID — IN ENGLISH  —  The original untranslated English version of John McCain's interview with Radio Caracol Miami has now been released.  —  Have a listen (the key passage about Spain starts at 2:58 in):  —  At first it sounds like McCain is taking a hard neocon line against Prime Minister Zapatero …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain camp stands by tough talk on Spain  —  John McCain pointedly declined to commit to a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in a radio interview this week, sparking a major story in Madrid.  —  Talking to a Latino-oriented radio station in Miami Monday morning …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Sheunemann: McCain Just Doesn't Want to Meet With Spain's PM  —  Wow.  I really thought that John McCain's Spain gaffe was just that, a gaffe, wherein he somehow got confused about what was happening and didn't understand that the question about holding a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister …
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:   VIVA (PRIME MINISTER) ZAPATERO!
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog:
McCain-Spain, Continued  —  McCain said in June that Zapatero …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
RANDY GIVES IT HIS BEST SHOT
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   CHIN-SCRATCHING BIG THINK ON MCCAIN'S ZAPATERO GAFFE
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 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.
The Politico:   McCain: Would fire Bush SEC chairman
Massie Ritsch / OpenSecrets.org:
Bundlers for McCain, Obama Are Among Wall Street's Tumblers
Discussion: The Swamp and Lynn Sweet
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain talks even tougher on financial crisis, says he would have …
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Ben Smith'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.
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Associated Press:   GOP senator: A ‘stretch’ to say Palin is qualified
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 …
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 …
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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 …
Kathleen Hennessey / Associated Press:
Obama mocks McCain in Nevada stops  —  Barack Obama sharpened his attacks on John McCain and mocked the Republican's recent calls for reform in two stops in Nevada on Wednesday after days of listening to nervous supporters fret about the Democrat's chances of taking the White House.
Joe Milicia / Associated Press:
Biden says McCain's economic answers go nowhere  —  CANTON, Ohio - Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday called Republican John McCain's answers to the current economic crisis “the ultimate bridge to nowhere” and said that paying higher taxes would be patriotic for wealthier Americans.
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
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
McCain on the Economy  —  In Iowa today, John McCain discussed the causes of the financial crisis in some detail, noted his history of calling for Fannie and Freddie reform, proposed some further moves (like the creation of a mortgage and financial institutions trust and, in classic McCain fashion …
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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 is 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.
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Oh, That Joe!  (No. 12 in a Series) — Are You Ready for Some Football?  —  Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., joked today that he decided to run for vice president when he realized he couldn't play professional football.  But that's not stopping the senator from making the sport a prominent part of his campaign …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Clarke: Cuba's No State Sponsor of Terrorism  —  One obstacle to the adoption of a more humane and sensible Cuba policy is that the country has found itself on the State Department's list of state sponsors of terrorism.  It's pretty clear to anyone who thinks about it that this is a politically …
Discussion: American Footprints
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Patrick Doherty / The Havana Note:   Richard Clarke: Cuba Not a State Sponsor of Terror
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
Palin Unscripted  —  Gov. Sarah Palin and Senator John McCain held a town-hall-style meeting Wednesday in Grand Rapids, Mich. (Photo: Todd Heisler/The New York Times)  —  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - As she took questions from voters for the first time since she was tapped as Senator John McCain's running mate …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A PACKED HOUSE.... A few months ago, John McCain described …
Discussion: FOX Embeds and Crooks and Liars
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
McCain aides: Obama ‘cheerleading’ market crisis  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Top aides to Republian John McCain are claiming Democrat Barack Obama and his advisers are exploiting Wall Street's financial problems for political gain.  —  Aide Steve Schmidt, who worked for the Bush-Cheney team in 2004 …
 
 
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