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2:20 PM ET, September 15, 2008


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Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Obama blames Wall St. crisis on Republican policy  —  CHICAGO - Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama said Monday the upheaval on Wall Street was “the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression” and blamed it on policies that he said Republican rival John McCain supports.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Financial Russian Roulette
Natalie Gewargis / Political Radar:
Gov. Palin on Wall Street
Discussion: TalkLeft and Campaign Silo
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain: Fundamentals are (still) strong
Conn Carroll / The Foundry:
Morning Bell: A Vicious Cycle of Their Own Making
Christopher Hass / Barack Obama and Joe Biden:
Statement from Senator Obama on the Situation in Financial Markets
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Whoops!  —  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac survived scrutiny …
Discussion: Copious Dissent
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Statements on Wall Street
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Did Obama try to scotch an Iraqi-US agreement on military forces?
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
EVEN FOX NEWS.... I guess we've reached a tipping point.  This morning, Fox News' Megyn Kelly was downright indignant, on the air, about the McCain campaign's dishonesty.  Yes, I was surprised, too.  —  McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds, as is his habit, started lying about Barack Obama's tax plan.
Discussion: TBogg
Wall Street Journal:
Palin's Project List Totals $453 Million  —  McCain Campaign Says Record Shows Drop in Requests  —  Last week, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain said his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, hadn't sought earmarks or special-interest spending from Congress, presenting her as a fiscal conservative.
Ryan Corsaro / CBS News:
Biden: Americans Want “ Sleepover With People They Like!”  —  From CBS News' Ryan Corsaro:  —  (CHARLOTTE, N.C.) - Joe Biden came up with an interesting metaphor tonight.  —  When telling the story of how his granddaughters had a slumber party with Barack Obama's daughters during the week …
Discussion: Hot Air and USS Neverdock
New York Times:
Chairman Rangel  —  Mounting embarrassment for taxpayers and Congress makes it imperative that Representative Charles Rangel step aside as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee while his ethical problems are investigated.  —  This recommendation does not come easily …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
On the stump, Obama moves past hope  —  CHICAGO — The “hopemonger” is gone.  —  Barack Obama sounds more like a man trying to shake a rain cloud these days, dispensing a teeth-clenching, I-get-your-pain stump speech in town after town that offers only snippets of the unbridled optimism that long permeated his campaign pitch.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New Obama ad: Hey, McCain's a liar  —  See Kaus for why this is “a total loser strategy,” paying particular attention to 5(b).  If, after a week of saturation coverage of Lipstickgate, you want to whine about the other guy's nastiness, it would behoove you to offer concrete examples at least (McCain's sex-ed ad, etc.).
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘Honor’  —  In his new ad, Obama goes at McCain on process …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Marc Ambinder:
What We Learned This Weekend  —  External Events Drive Elections — Forget strategy and tactics, it's events, like hurricanes, and how campaigns respond to events, that drive elections in the fall.  —  The Po-Mo Campaign — The McCain campaign has gone thoroughly post-modern on us!  Truth?
Poll of polls: Dead heat in Ohio battleground  —  (CNN) - It all came down to Ohio in the last presidential election.  2008 could be a sequel.  —  A new CNN poll of polls of the latest surveys in Ohio suggest the race for the state and its crucial 20 electoral votes is a dead heat.
Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
Cheney Shielded Bush From Crisis  —  This is the second of two stories adapted from “Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency,” to be published Tuesday by Penguin Press.  —  Vice President Cheney convened a meeting in the Situation Room at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, 2004 …
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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Sweetness & Light:
Co-Workers: Obama Inflated His Resume  —  It has been noted by Charles Krauthammer and others that very few people have stepped forward to vouch for Barack Obama.  —  Indeed, there would seem to be an especially conspicuous absence of witnesses to the years after graduated from Columbia …
Mark Finkelstein /
‘I Want Her to Decimate This Woman’ … Is that the definition of the post-partisan politics Barack Obama claims to be preaching?  You know, the kind where there's no blue-state America or red-state America: just the United States of America?  Maybe Chevy Chase didn't get the email.
Discussion: Hot Air and Dirty Harry's Place
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The Plank:
Memo to Obama
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Swampland
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Obama Camp Defends McCain-Can't-Email Attack Ad
Pallab Ghosh / BBC:
Warning sounded on web's future
Discussion: Guardian and Harry's Place
Rasmussen Reports:
Majority of Voters Say Only McCain, Biden Prepared To Be President
Discussion: Hot Air
Ryan / Think Progress:
Palin repeats Bridge to Nowhere lie for 10th time.
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M. Duss / Wonk Room:
Project For The Neoconservative Palin
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Stein / New York Times:
Where to Direct All That Rage
Discussion: The Corner and Reason
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) …
David Carr / New York Times:
An Anchor Lets Down Her Hair
Discussion: TVNewser
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Candidates Strive to Break Through Media Fog
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Luskin: Economy's Fine
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
ACORN commits fraud in Michigan
Cathy Young / Wall Street Journal:
Why Feminists Hate Sarah Palin
Discussion: protein wisdom and Althouse