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8:55 AM ET, September 15, 2008


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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  The Federal Reserve Board on Sunday announced several initiatives to provide additional support to financial markets, including enhancements to its existing liquidity facilities.  —  “In close collaboration with the Treasury and the Securities and Exchange Commission …
Wall Street Journal:
AIG Scrambles to Raise Cash, Talks to Fed  —  Insurer Looks to Sell Automotive Business, Annuities Unit;  —  It Seeks $10 Billion in Fresh Capital as Downgrade Threatens  —  Insurer American International Group Inc., succumbing to relentless investor pressure that drove its shares down 31% …
Agence France Presse:
US in ‘once-in-a-century’ financial crisis : Greenspan … The United States is mired in a “once-in-a century” financial crisis which is now more than likely to spark a recession, former Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan said Sunday.  —  The talismanic ex-central banker said that the crisis …
Discussion: Commentary
A.I.G. Seeks $40 Billion in Fed Aid to Survive  —  The American International Group is seeking a $40 billion bridge loan from the Federal Reserve, as it faces a potential downgrade from credit ratings agencies that could spell its doom, a person briefed on the matter said Sunday night.
Wall Street Journal:
Crisis on Wall Street as Lehman Totters, Merrill Is Sold, AIG Seeks to Raise Cash  —  Fed Will Expand Its Lending Arsenal in a Bid to Calm Markets;  —  Moves Cap a Momentous Weekend for American Finance  —  NEW YORK — The American financial system was shaken to its core on Sunday.
Discussion: Jay Currie and The American Mind
L.L. Brasier / Detroit Free Press:
Bad voter applications found  —  Clerks see fraudulent, duplicate forms from group  —  Several municipal clerks across the state are reporting fraudulent and duplicate voter registration applications, most of them from a nationwide community activist group working to help low- and moderate-income families.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Bank meltdown wallops campaigns  —  America's banking instability could upend the final 50 days of the presidential campaign, with both candidates forced to confront a calamity that has gotten only glancing attention during the first 20 months of the race for the White House.
Howard Wolfson / The Flack:
It's 3am on Wall Street  —  During the primary the Clinton campaign posited the idea that a President would face a 3am call on the economy.  It looks like one of those 3am calls came this weekend as the government made the decision to let Lehman Brothers go bankrupt rather than bail the firm out.
Andy Ostroy / The Huffington Post:
Why Replacing Biden With Hillary Makes Perfect Sense for Obama  —  Sen. Joe Biden's a perfectly appropriate vice presidential running-mate for Sen. Barack Obama.  He's got 36 years of Senate experience, is a true intellect, a foreign policy expert, and a genuinely nice guy.
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Palin hit hard on the Sunday shows  —  Palin-mania continued to dominate the conversation on the Sunday morning talk shows, as Democrats slammed Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin for distorting her record in ads and on the campaign trail.  —  The attacks came in the midst …
Discussion: Open Left and Riehl World View
Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Biden speech to take hard hit at McCain  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Joe Biden will deliver a high-profile first attack in a sustained anti-McCain offensive in a speech called “Bush 44” Monday in the key battleground state of Michigan.  —  While the lines of attack have long been drawn …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
New York Post:
OBAMA TRIED TO STALL GIS' IRAQ WITHDRAWAL  —  WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.
Discussion: Hot Air and Pajamas Media
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
Sarah Palin and the full “Dairygate” Timeline  —  I need to thank alert reader Lee Indiana for pointing me to what is now, unfortunately, being called “Dairygate” in some circles and setting me off on a morning's expedition with The Google.  Even if you are already aware of the strange goings …
Jeffrey Goldberg:
About that McCain Photo  —  Like others at the Atlantic, I was appalled to read about the actions of Jill Greenberg, the freelance photographer who took the cover portrait that illustrates my article about John McCain.  Greenberg doctored photographs of McCain she took during her Atlantic-arranged shoot …
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Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
Cheney Shielded Bush From Crisis
Discussion: Balkinization and Swampland
Washington Post:
Familiar Ground May Be Election's Deciding Factor
Sweetness & Light:
Co-Workers: Obama Inflated His Resume
Gordon Smith / Conglomerate:
Monday?  —  This news about Lehman and AIG and Merrill …
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Despite record month, Obama needs more cash
Discussion: Prairie Weather and
New York Times:
Up Front  —  Robert Stone, who reviews Dexter Filkins's book …
NY Daily News:
Goodwin: Barack's big blunder
Ben Smith / The Politico:
The RNC's cash advantage
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Democrats' Governor Nominee to Be Chosen in Primary
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Washington Post:
How Washington Failed to Rein In Fannie, Freddie
The Huffington Post:
Tina Fey As Sarah Palin On SNL (VIDEO)
Discussion: and Dean's World
Ariel Leve / Times of London:
Revealed: UK's first official sharia courts
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Patrick Nielsen Hayden / Making Light:
Either a heart attack, or a Greek of the same name
Discussion: Boing Boing and Obsidian Wings
Randall Kennedy / Washington Post:
The Big ‘What If’  —  The hopes of black America ride on his shoulders.
Rove: McCain went ‘too far’ in ads
Willie Brown / San Francisco Chronicle:
How does President Palin sound?
Discussion: Don Surber and Chicago Boyz