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9:50 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.
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 …
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’  —  (CNN) - The Obama campaign is preparing rolling out a new line of “faith merchandise” - the latest move in an ambitious effort to win over religious voters.  —  “Check out the Believers for Barack, Pro-Family Pro-Obama …
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Corner and Ta-Nehisi Coates
Faiz / Think Progress:
Fiorina rips Tina Fey's portray of Palin as ‘dismissive’ and ‘sexist.’
Discussion: CBS News and bustardblog
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 …
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
Hollywood events could rake in $9M  —  LOS ANGELES — Celebrities have taken a serious drubbing from Republicans this political season.  But this week they will prove again that they're good at raising gobs of money for Democrats.  —  Barack Obama has planned appearances …
Shelby Grad / L.A. Now:
Could Obama and Barbra break a record in Beverly Hills?
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: Commentary and Exurban League
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% …
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
As the Markets Plunge, Bernanke and Paulson Gamble Depositor's Money  —  So, yesterday when it became clear Lehman wasn't going to be rescued the Fed relaxed its rules about what it would lend money to banks and brokerage houses and added 25 billion to that loan facility.
Discussion: and Financial Times
Liz Capo McCormick / Bloomberg:
Fed Adds Most Reserves Since 9/11 as Banks Hoard Cash
Discussion: naked capitalism
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.
Think Progress:
McCain Loses Fox News: Megyn Kelly Rips McCain Flack For Claiming Obama Would Raise Middle Class Taxes  —  On Fox News today, host Megyn Kelly called out McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds for the campaign's lies about Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) tax proposals.
Matt Clark / Iowa Politics:
IowaPolitics: Judge and other Dems take on Palin's credentials  —  INDIANOLA — The Harkin Steak Fry is traditionally a fundraiser that acts as a stage to rally Democrats around their candidates in addition to highlighting a star of the party.  While this year's gathering did all of those things …
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.
Discussion: Liberal Values and The RBC
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain's Crowd Numbers Plummet In Palin's Absence  —  John McCain returned to the campaign trail on Monday, only this time without his popular vice presidential pick, Sarah Palin.  The results were somewhat less than enthusiastic.  As reported by MSNBC's First Read, the Republican presidential …
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Ali / Think Progress:
George Allen: 'Americans are not addicted to oil, they're addicted to freedom.'
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Stephen Spruiell / The Corner:
Don't Do It  —  I'm hearing disconcerting rumors that McCain …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Ben Smith / The Politico:
A tanning bed in the Governor's Mansion
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
McCain Blasts Wall Street Failure, Neglects To Mention His Adviser Helped Cause It
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
David Talbot / Salon:
The pastor who clashed with Palin
Houston Chronicle:
Politicians, FEMA blame each other for relief missteps
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Ace Comes Up Aces
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
McCain says Obama didn't call Palin a pig
Renae Merle / Washington Post:
Dow Drops More Than 500 Points on Financial Turmoil
Michael Scherer / Time:
McCain's Outraged and Outrageous Campaign
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Swampland
Intolerance thrives in Palin's Pacific Northwest
Murray Waas / The Huffington Post:
Former Bush counselor Dan Bartlett unloads on Cheney: “Doesn't …
Fox News:
Atlantic Monthly Editor to Offer Apology to McCain for Photog's Doctored Pics
New York Post: