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12:15 PM ET, September 16, 2008


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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 …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
In Candidates, 2 Approaches to Wall Street  —  WASHINGTON — The crisis on Wall Street will leave the next president facing tough choices about how best to regulate the financial system, and although neither Senator Barack Obama nor Senator John McCain has yet offered a detailed plan …
McCain blames Wall Street; Biden blames Bush, McCain
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
As markets reel, the blame game begins
Discussion: The Swamp
Randall W. Forsyth / Barron's Online:   An AIG Accident Could Dwarf Lehman's
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: Change of Subject and Wonkette
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: MoJoBlog, Eunomia and Jeffrey Goldberg
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Crystallization?  —  A lot has been written about the Bush Doctrine …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 NO QUARTER
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Today in Food Facts
Discussion: The Debatable Land
Lee Speigel / Political Punch:
Palin and the Teleprompter  —  At a fundraiser in Canton, Ohio, this evening, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had an interesting description of her speech to the Republican convention.  —  “There Ohio was right out in front, right in front of me,” Palin said.  “The teleprompter got messed up …
Washington Wire:
Palin Tells Debunked Teleprompter Tale
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 and Open Left
Chris Bowers / Open Left:   Why Should Anyone Respect The Netroots?
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.
Quinnipiac University:
With White Support, McCain Nips At Obama's Heels In NJ, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Women Stay With Dem, But Men Move To GOP  —  Fueled by a surge of support from white voters, Republican Sen. John McCain has narrowed a 10-point gap and now trails Democratic Sen. Barack Obama 48 …
Politicker NJ:
Quinnipiac poll: Obama has razor-thin lead in N.J.; McCain trails by just 3 points
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Drudge Report:
OBAMA BOOM ECONOMY: RECORD BANK IN BEV HILLS, $28,500 A PLATE!  —  The nation's financials may be in a spiral, but cash is flowing into the Obama campaign faster than Marvin Hamlisch can play “Niagara”!  —  Yesterday, Obama declared how we are in “the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression.”
Charles Franklin /
McCain Gains Not Limited to Red States  —  Obama advisor David Axelrod is quoted in today's Washington Post article by Dan Balz and Peter Slevin: … An interesting claim.  Let's take a look at the data based on state polls, rather than national.  —  Among the strong Republican states …
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 …
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Scott Adams / CNN:
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA STAYS ON MESSAGE.... Yesterday morning, the Obama campaign pounced …
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Ralphie Want a Cracker?  —  This video of Ralph Nader …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
McCain Blinks  —  I think there's something unseemly to scoring …
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 Earlier Items: 
Lee Speigel / Political Punch:
Out West, Obama Faces Gun Battle
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
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Editor and Publisher:
McCain Tells AP and Newspaper Editors: OK, Obama Did NOT Call Palin a ‘Pig’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
Discussion: At-Largely
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Pakistan Is the Problem  —  AND BARACK OBAMA SEEMS …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
A tanning bed in the Governor's Mansion