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12:55 AM ET, September 16, 2008


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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  —  Self-proclaimed “hockey mom” Sarah Palin had a private tanning bed installed in the Governor's Mansion in Juneau, Alaska, confirmed on Monday.  —  “She did.  She paid for it with her own money,” Roger Wetherell …
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.
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
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
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
McCain Blasts Wall Street Failure, Neglects To Mention His Adviser Helped Cause It  —  As the news broke of the Lehman Brothers meltdown and the rest of the latest financial crisis, John McCain, speaking at a campaign rally in Florida on Monday, angrily declared,
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:   In Candidates, 2 Approaches to Wall Street
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 …
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
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
McCain says Obama didn't call Palin a pig  —  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Did Barack Obama really call Sarah Palin a pig, as a John McCain ad leads people to believe?  “No,” McCain said Monday.  The Republican presidential nominee defended the ad anyway, saying Obama “chooses his words very carefully.”
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.
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Obamaphiles Drowning Out Criticism Again  —  Chicago Talk Radio Host Milt Rosenberg had NRO's own David Freddoso, author of The Case Against Barack Obama, his show tonight.  Rosenberg's producer emails to say that they're again trying to silence Freddoso, just like they did when Stanly Kurtz was on recently:
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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Lee Speigel / Political Punch:
Palin and the Teleprompter
Elizabeth Benjamin / NY Daily News:
Vito Fossella wants back on ballot
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
WaMu Rating Lowered to Junk by S&P on Mortgage Losses
Discussion: Left in the West
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Report: Blogger Thwarts al Qaeda 9/11 Anniversary Plans **bumped**
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Top Democrats Privately Urging Major Donors To Fund Outside Groups To Attack McCain
Discussion: Exurban League
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Obama to McCain: Senator - what economy are you talking about?
Ali / Think Progress:
George Allen: 'Americans are not addicted to oil, they're addicted to freedom.'
No Blood / No Blood for Hubris:
Roveian Push-Poll Targets FL Voters to Smear Obama
 Earlier Items: 
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
Matt Clark / Iowa Politics:
IowaPolitics: Judge and other Dems take on Palin's credentials
Gallup Daily: Race Stabilizes With McCain Up by Two
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MCCAIN ADVISOR RIPS ‘SNL’ SKIT.... By now, I suspect …
Intolerance thrives in Palin's Pacific Northwest
Discussion: Lonewacko and Cold Fury