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1:35 PM ET, September 16, 2008


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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Holtz-Eakin: McCain helped create BlackBerry  —  Asked what work John McCain did as Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee that helped him understand the financial markets, the candidate's top economic adviser wielded visual evidence: his BlackBerry.  —  “He did this,” Douglas Holtz-Eakin …
Associated Press:
Adviser says McCain helped create the BlackBerry  —  MIAMI (AP) — Move over, Al Gore.  You may lay claim to the Internet, but John McCain helped create the BlackBerry.  —  At least that's the contention of a top McCain policy adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin.
Discussion: The RBC, Wonkette and Change of Subject
Amanda / Think Progress:
McCain Adviser: McCain ‘Helped Create’ The Blackberry
Discussion: Wonk Room and MSNBC
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama's character assassins target another National Review journalist  —  David Freddoso attempted to appear on Milt Rosenberg's WGN radio show last night, and just as when Stanley Kurtz tried to talk on the same show, the Barack Obama campaign organized a disruption of the show.
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
The Case Against David Freddoso  —  Via our Media Blog, I checked out the Obama campaign's alleged factsheet on Freddoso.  Its accusations against him are almost all either false or trivial.  —  The first three accusations are all false.  —  Claim 1 concerns Obama's friendship with unrepentant terrorists: DF is right.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Media Blog
John McCormick / The Swamp:
WGN-AM again target of Obama campaign  —  by John McCormick and Steven Schmadeke, updated  —  Chicago radio station WGN-AM is again coming under attack from the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama for offering airtime to a controversial author.  —  It is the second time in recent weeks …
Wall Street Journal:
Why Obama's Health Plan Is Better  —  The big threat to growth in the next decade is not oil or food prices, but the rising cost of health care.  The doubling of health insurance premiums since 2000 makes employers choose between cutting benefits and hiring fewer workers.
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
McCain's Radical Agenda  —  Talk about a shock to the system.  Has anyone bothered to notice the radical changes that John McCain and Sarah Palin are planning for the nation's health insurance system?  —  These are changes that will set in motion nothing less than the dismantling …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Essence of McCain's Health Plan: Don't Get Sick
Discussion: American Prospect
Bradley Burston / Haaretz:
What is truly frightening about Sarah Palin  —  TEL AVIV - It was in the taxicab this morning that it finally struck me about Sarah Palin.  —  I get it.  I get that millions of Americans have a crying need for someone to stand up and say the things that Sarah Palin has been telling them.
Discussion: Jeffrey Goldberg, MoJoBlog and Eunomia
The Real Culprits In This Meltdown  —  Big Government: Barack Obama and Democrats blame the historic financial turmoil on the market.  But if it's dysfunctional, Democrats during the Clinton years are a prime reason for it.  —  Read More: Business & Regulation
Discussion: Hot Air and Cold Fury
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
In Candidates, 2 Approaches to Wall Street
Byron York / National Review:
On Sex-Ed Ad, McCain Is Right  —  In recent days, a consensus has developed among the Obama campaign and commentators in the press that John McCain has decided to lie his way to the White House.  Exhibit A in this new consensus is McCain's ad, released last week, claiming that Barack Obama's …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   OBAMA STAYS ON MESSAGE.... Yesterday morning, the Obama campaign pounced …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
IF OBAMA LOSES.  —  In this weekend's Washington Post, Randall Kennedy considers the effect of an Obama loss on the black community: … There's been a some racist fearmongering from the usual suspects about riots about the aftermath of an Obama loss (something that is extremely unlikely).
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TBogg
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Today in Food Facts
David Brooks / New York Times:
Why Experience Matters  —  Philosophical debates arise at the oddest times, and in the heat of this election season, one is now rising in Republican ranks.  The narrow question is this: Is Sarah Palin qualified to be vice president?  Most conservatives say yes, on the grounds that something …
Washington Wire:
Palin Tells Debunked Teleprompter Tale  —  Elizabeth Williamson reports from Canton, Ohio on the presidential campaign.  —  “Country Club First” read a lonely protestor's sign, lampooning the McCain campaign's Country First mantra, as the Sarah Palin motorcade swung past.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Why The Lack Of Respect For The Netroots?  —  Matt Stoller and Chris Bowers discuss the Netroots and its actions.  Bowers uses the provocative title “Why Should Anyone Respect The Netroots?”  It is a good question.  I know I personally lost a lot of respect for the Netroots in the past 2 years.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Chris Bowers / Open Left:   Why Should Anyone Respect The Netroots?
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
McCain Spokesman Told Off On All Networks  —  Congratulations to the John McCain campaign, which has now officially been told off on all three big cable news networks!  Attached is a video of MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell taking some hard swings at McCain's sacrificial spokesman, Tucker Bounds, about campaign lying Monday.
Washington Post:
U.S. Stock Markets Moderate After Tumultuous Day of Trading  —  Investors Buoyed by Drop in Fuel, Consumer Prices  —  After a historic plunge yesterday, U.S. stocks suffered modest declines this morning as nervous investors awaited news of the fate of insurer American International Group.
Discussion: Associated Press
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
The Ugly New McCain  —  Following his loss to George W. Bush in the 2000 South Carolina primary, John McCain did something extraordinary: He confessed to lying about how he felt about the Confederate battle flag, which he actually abhorred.  “I broke my promise to always tell the truth,” McCain said.
Agence France Presse:
Obama camp hits back at Iraq double-talk claim  —  PUEBLO, Colorado (AFP) — Barack Obama's White House campaign angrily denied Monday a report that he had secretly urged the Iraqis to postpone a deal to withdraw US troops until after November's election.  —  In the New York Post …
Five former U.S. state secretaries urge Iran talks  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five former U.S. secretaries of state said on Monday the next American administration should talk to Iran, a foe President George W. Bush has generally shunned as part of an “axis of evil.”
The Huffington Post:
Fiorina: Palin Doesn't Have Experience To Run A Major Company  —  Carly Fiorina, a key surrogate for John McCain on economic issues, said on Tuesday that Sarah Palin does not have the experience needed to run a major company like the one that Fiorina formerly headed.
Discussion: Think Progress and Campaign Silo
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Alex Castellanos / CNN:
Castellanos: ‘Yes we can’ needs second act
Discussion: The Next Right
American Thinker:
Obama's Foul Weather Friends
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Wizbang
Nouriel Roubini / Nouriel Roubini's Global …:
The Worst Financial Crisis Since the Great Depression
Discussion: First Draft
Michael Dobbs / Washington Post:
Justin Rood / ABCNEWS:
Critics Question Palin's Record on “Epidemic” Rape, Domestic Violence in Alaska
Scott Adams / CNN:
Commentary: Dilbert's Adams economic plans poll
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Charles Franklin /
McCain Gains Not Limited to Red States
Discussion: Weekly Standard and MyDD
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Interest Groups Step Up Efforts in a Tight Race
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
I Just Got Push-Polled on Obama and Israel
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
McCain Blinks  —  I think there's something unseemly to scoring …
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Jamie Gorelick, Mistress of Disaster
Benjamin Sarlin / New York Sun:
Poll: McCain Fast Approaching Obama Among New York State Voters
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Julia O'Malley / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Radio host suspended for airing anti-Palin protesters' numbers