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2:35 PM ET, September 15, 2008


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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MCCAIN STILL SEES THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE ECONOMY AS STRONG.... The Obama campaign routinely tweaks John McCain for having argued that the “fundamentals of our economy are strong.”  Last week, the Washington Post's Jonathan Weisman criticized Obama for using the line, insisting that the quote is “months old.”
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.
Changes rock Wall Street  —  (CNN) — The venerable Lehman Brothers investment bank said early Monday that it will file for bankruptcy, while Bank of America unveiled plans to buy Merrill Lynch — two pieces of news that profoundly alter the American financial landscape.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Financial Russian Roulette
Natalie Gewargis / Political Radar:
Gov. Palin on Wall Street
Discussion: TalkLeft and Campaign Silo
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Whoops!  —  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac survived scrutiny …
Discussion: Copious Dissent
Christopher Hass / Barack Obama and Joe Biden:
Statement from Senator Obama on the Situation in Financial Markets
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
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?
There Will Be Blood  —  Call it the Weekend That Changed Wall Street.  —  The upheaval of the past few days offers some lessons about the markets and how a financial crisis turns fatal.  Here are a few that I've been thinking about.  —  Lesson 1: Perception Is Everything
Discussion: Balkinization and Conglomerate
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
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 …
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
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.
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?
Cathy Young / Wall Street Journal:
Why Feminists Hate Sarah Palin  —  Left-wing feminists have a hard time dealing with strong, successful conservative women in politics such as Margaret Thatcher.  Sarah Palin seems to have truly unhinged more than a few, eliciting a stream of vicious, often misogynist invective.
Rasmussen Reports:
Majority of Voters Say Only McCain, Biden Prepared To Be President  —  Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters say John McCain is prepared right now to be president, and 50% say the same thing about Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph Biden.  Forty-four percent (44%) …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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Memo to Obama
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Mark Mooney / ABCNEWS:
Obama's Exclusive Interview With ‘GMA’
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
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: 
Mark Finkelstein /
‘I Want Her to Decimate This Woman’
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Sweetness & Light:
Co-Workers: Obama Inflated His Resume