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11:55 PM ET, September 15, 2008


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Mark Mooney / ABCNEWS:
Obama's Exclusive Interview With ‘GMA’  —  Latest Accusation of Campaign Low Blows Via Attack Ads  —  Sen. Barack Obama insisted today that his campaign commercial pointing out that Republican Sen. John McCain doesn't know how to use a computer wasn't a sly shot at his rival's age.  —  “I didn't say that.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Obama to McCain: Senator - what economy are you talking about?
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Biden Uncorks Tough Populist Hit On McCain Over “Fundamentals” Line
Discussion: MyDD and TheZoo
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Greg Gutfeld / The Huffington Post:
SARAH PALIN'S MURDEROUS WEB OF DEATH  —  Calling Sarah Palin a murderer might seem a stretch.  —  At first.  —  But alarmingly, Sarah Louise Heath Palin was born on February 11, 1964 - a suspicious beginning, as it is also the forty-eighth anniversary of the arrest of the free-thinking …
New York Times:
Fed Takes Steps to Aid A.I.G.  —  Major credit ratings agencies downgraded the American International Group late Monday, worsening its financial health, as Federal Reserve officials and two leading investment banks were in urgent talks to put together a $75 billion line of credit to stave off a crisis at the company.
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
As the Markets Plunge, Bernanke and Paulson Gamble Depositor's Money
Discussion: and Financial Times
Liz Capo McCormick / Bloomberg:
Fed Adds Most Reserves Since 9/11 as Banks Hoard Cash
Discussion: naked capitalism
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
In Candidates, 2 Approaches to Wall Street  —  WASHINGTON — The crisis on Wall Street will leave the next president facing tough choices about how best to regulate the financial system, and although neither Senator Barack Obama nor Senator John McCain has yet offered a detailed plan …
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Boehner points finger at Dems over market meltdown
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
Powell still undecided, says Obama win would be ‘electrifying’  —  (CNN) — Former Bush Secretary of State Colin Powell said Monday that he has not yet decided which candidate to back in this year's presidential race.  —  The election of an African-American president “would be electrifying …
Barry Schweid / Associated Press:
Five ex-secretaries of state urge talks with Iran
Discussion: GINA COBB
Ben Smith / The Politico:
A tanning bed in the Governor's Mansion  —  Sarah Palin brought one unusual accessory to the Alaska Governor's mansion after moving in last year: A tanning bed.  —  Al Giordano's NarcoNews first reported that Palin had the apparatus installed in the mansion in Juneau, and a spokesman …
Rachel Paula Ab... / Us Weekly:
Sarah Palin Installed Tanning Bed at Governor's Mansion
Associated Press:
Palin won't meet with ‘Troopergate’ investigator  —  Campaign says governor won't cooperate because investigation is ‘tainted’  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A campaign spokesman says Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin won't speak with an investigator hired by lawmakers to look into the firing of her public safety commissioner.
Fired Official: Governor Sarah Palin Did Not Tell the Truth to ABC  —  Walt Monegan Says He Was Called to Gov.'s Office Over a “Private Family Matter”  —  “She's not telling the truth when she told ABC neither she nor her husband pressured me to fire Trooper Wooten,” said Walt Monegan …
Discussion: Shakesville
Dan Gilgoff / God-o-Meter:
Obama Rolls Out New Line of Faith Merchandise  —  God-o-Meter has learned that the Obama campaign is about to email religious supporters an annoucnement about a new line of Obama faith merchandise—bumper stickers, buttons, and signs with three different messages, featured here—along with the following note:
Obama campaign rolls out new ‘faith merchandise’
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“What's happened to John McCain?  He's running the sleaziest ads ever.  Truly vile.”  —  “Dishonest smears that he repeats, even after it's been exposed as a lie.  Truth be damned.  A disgraceful, dishonorable campaign... It seems deception is all he has left.”  —  That's the voiceover on this new Obama ad:
Discussion: American Power and Commentary
Shelby Grad / L.A. Now:
Could Obama and Barbra break a record in Beverly Hills?  —  The polls are one thing, but it sounds like Barack Obama might make progress in other ways during two ultra-rich Beverly Hills fund-raisers Tuesday.  According to Politico, the events could raise more than $9 million, which, if it happens, would be a one-day record.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Memories Of Keating  —  As we watch yet another Republican financial crisis unfold before our very eyes, everybody needs to employ Mr Google to read up a little bit on the Keating Five scandal.  McCain was big, big pals with Charles Keating.  He spoke up for Keating with the regulators …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Their Brand is Collapse  —  John McCain is up with an ad touting his …
Media Matters for America:
Applebee's and green tea redux: Reuters' Decker said Biden's “French cuffs” could cause problems for him “connect[ing] with voters”  —  On the September 15 edition of MSNBC Live, while assessing Sen. Joe Biden's speech on the economy, Reuters Washington correspondent Jon Decker said that Biden does not …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Bloomberg agrees with McCain: Economy ‘fundamentally ... strong’  —  I just now asked the New York mayor, a former Wall Street hand who's been in the mix in the current crisis, whether he agrees with McCain that the fundamentals of the American economy are strong.
Stephen Spruiell / The Corner:
Don't Do It  —  I'm hearing disconcerting rumors that McCain is planning to endorse the so-called Gang of [10] [16] 20 energy legislation.  That would be a huge mistake.  In terms of its effect on the conservative base, supporting the Gang of 20's energy bill would be like McCain pouring …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
This is Weird  —  That's Mitt Romney calling McCain out on lying, following on Karl Rove's assertions that McCain has “gone too far.”  This is starting to look coordinated, and Rove doesn't speak out of turn for no reason.  Either there are some very angry conservative insiders knifing …
Megan McArdle:
Obama goes for the jungular  —  Obama is seeking to blame the current crisis on the Bush Administration: … This is high-test hooey.  This was not some criminal activity that the Bush administration should have been investigating more thoroughly; it was a thorough, massive …
Discussion: Barack Obama and Joe Biden and CNN
John McCain / US News:
John McCain's Journey From Maverick to Liar  —  There is a good reason why John McCain's campaign is having some trouble with truthiness these days.  —  McCain's claim to be a “maverick” rests on the liberal positions he took during the days when he openly fought with Republican leaders and the party's conservative base.
Gallup Daily: Race Stabilizes With McCain Up by Two  —  Race nearly back to pre-convention period competitive status  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Voter preferences in the race for president are unchanged from where they stood over the weekend.  John McCain still edges out Barack Obama, 47% to 45% …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MCCAIN ADVISOR RIPS ‘SNL’ SKIT.... By now, I suspect most of you have seen the opening skit from “Saturday Night Live,” which featured a joint press conference hosted by Sarah Palin (played perfectly by Tina Fey) and Hillary Clinton (Amy Poehler).  If you missed it, and it was pretty hilarious, NBC has posted the whole thing.
Ali / Think Progress:
George Allen: 'Americans are not addicted to oil, they're addicted to freedom.'  —  Today on Laura Ingraham's radio show, former Virgina governor George Allen (R) scoffed at claims that Americans are addicted to oil, calling it “an elitist point of view.”  Allen insisted it was freedom …
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Report: Blogger Thwarts al Qaeda 9/11 Anniversary Plans **bumped**  —  Bump and Sticky Update: I have to bump this to the top owing to the fact that Drudge linked the original Hindustan Times article crediting myself, The Jawa Report (seriously, we haven't been My Pet Jawa since like 2005) …
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National Review:
McCain Responds to Obama's Reported Undermining of the Commander …
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Obamaphiles Drowning Out Criticism Again
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
WaMu Rating Lowered to Junk by S&P on Mortgage Losses
Discussion: Left in the West
Fox News:
Lindsay Lohan Blasts Palin on Blog
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Top Democrats Privately Urging Major Donors To Fund Outside Groups To Attack McCain
Discussion: Exurban League
No Blood / No Blood for Hubris:
Roveian Push-Poll Targets FL Voters to Smear Obama
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Palin Interview Cont'd
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New Ad Stars Fellow McCain POW Suggesting He's Unfit To Be President
 Earlier Items: 
David Talbot / Salon:
The pastor who clashed with Palin
Houston Chronicle:
Politicians, FEMA blame each other for relief missteps
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Ace Comes Up Aces
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
McCain says Obama didn't call Palin a pig
Matt Clark / Iowa Politics:
IowaPolitics: Judge and other Dems take on Palin's credentials
Intolerance thrives in Palin's Pacific Northwest
Discussion: Lonewacko
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain's Crowd Numbers Plummet In Palin's Absence