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2:30 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 …
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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 and Change of Subject
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.
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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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Difference on Health Care
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Essence of McCain's Health Plan: Don't Get Sick
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.
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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: Media Blog and Michelle Malkin
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 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.
IBDeditorials.com:
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
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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 …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   OBAMA STAYS ON MESSAGE.... Yesterday morning, the Obama campaign pounced …
Reuters:
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.”
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M. Duss / Wonk Room:
Five Former U.S. Secretaries Of State: ‘Talk To Iran’
Discussion: Commentary and Political Radar
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 …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Presidential Contest Remains a Dead Heat  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The Sept. 13-15 Gallup Poll Daily tracking update shows John McCain (47%) and Barack Obama (46%) locked in a close contest when registered voters are asked for whom they would vote if the election were held today.
American Thinker:
Obama's Foul Weather Friends  —  The lack of media interest in the role of former domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn in Democratic nominee Barack Obama's political ascent in Chicago is one of the most remarkable aspects of the 2008 presidential campaign.
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
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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 Wire:
Palin to Meet Foreign Leaders at U.N.  —  Monica Langley reports on the presidential race.  —  Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will meet with foreign leaders next week at the United Nations, a move to boost her foreign-policy credentials, a Republican strategist said.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Wonkette
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).
 
 
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Stephen Graham / Associated Press:
Pakistan orders troops to open fire if US raids
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
George Saunders / New Yorker:
MY GAL  —  Explaining how she felt when John McCain offered …
Krooney / TIME.com:
McCain: “It Is a Bad Economy”
James Gerstenzang / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
New limits on snowmobiles — what will Dick Cheney and Todd Palin do?
SteveK / TVNewser:
Couric To Interview Palin Next Week
Discussion: Hot Air and Media Blog
Alex Castellanos / CNN:
Castellanos: ‘Yes we can’ needs second act
Discussion: The Next Right
Nouriel Roubini / Nouriel Roubini's Global …:
The Worst Financial Crisis Since the Great Depression
Discussion: First Draft
Michael Dobbs / Washington Post:
PALIN FOR ENERGY CZAR!
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Adams / CNN:
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
I Just Got Push-Polled on Obama and Israel
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Washington Wire:
Palin Tells Debunked Teleprompter Tale
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Jamie Gorelick, Mistress of Disaster
Discussion: Neptunus Lex and EconoPundit
Benjamin Sarlin / New York Sun:
Poll: McCain Fast Approaching Obama Among New York State Voters
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
The Ugly New McCain  —  Following his loss to George W. Bush …