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5:20 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 …
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.
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.
Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Fiorina: Palin Doesn't Have Experience to Run Major Company  —  John McCain adviser Carly Fiorina said Tuesday that if Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) was called upon to run Hewlett Packard, as Fiorina did, the Alaska Republican wouldn't be ready.  —  “Do you think [Palin] has the experience to run a major company, like Hewlett Packard?”
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Fiorina: Palin Doesn't Have the Experience to Run a Company
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Fiorina: Palin Lacks Experience to Run a Company
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and MyDD
Ali / Think Progress:   Fiorina: Palin is not qualified to run a major business.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
MCCAIN, SOCIAL SECURITY PRIVATIZATION, AND THE FINANCIAL CRISIS.  —  I sort of buried this in a previous post, but it's worth drawing out.  Today, John McCain said, “Wall Street has betrayed us.  They've broken the social contract between capitalism and the average citizen and the worker.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Obama Gives A Barnburner Speech On The Economy
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Whose policies led to the credit crisis?
Discussion:, QandO and Macsmind
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: Slog
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Studies Detail Contrasts in Rivals' Health-Care Plans  —  Obama's Proposal Would Insure More but at Higher Cost  —  WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate John McCain's health-care plan would make only a small dent in the ranks of the uninsured, at best covering about five million more people, two new reports conclude.
Washington Wire:
McCain-Obama Health Care Debate (Quietly) Rolls On
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.
SteveK / TVNewser:
Couric To Interview Palin Next Week  —  Breaking: TVNewser has learned Katie Couric will interview Republican VP nominee Gov. Sarah Palin next week on the campaign trail, days before the first presidential debate.  —  We hear the interview will air on the CBS Evening News and on all CBS News platforms.
Count the Lies  —  John McCain may be trying to sell himself as a “maverick” and a “straight talker” who will tell the truth no matter the consequences, but independent, non-partisan watchdog groups aren't buying it.  But, since he wrapped up his party's nomination, John McCain has offered more of the same false attacks and smears.
Discussion: Political Punch and The Board
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Palin fires back in Troopergate, releases memos showing insubordination  —  Sarah Palin issued a response to the Troopergate investigation yesterday by releasing internal memoranda that show Walt Monegan got fired for insubordination on budget matters and not because of his refusal to fire Palin's former brother-in-law.
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.
David Hanners /
GOP delegate's hotel tryst goes bad when he wakes up with $120,000 missing  —  He met her in the bar of the swank hotel and invited her to his room.  Once there, the woman fixed the drinks and told him to get undressed.  —  And that, the delegate to the Republican National Convention told police, was the last thing he remembered.
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: Eunomia
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Pro-Lifers And Amniocentesis: Some Questions  —  An interesting debate has been going on out of the media limelight.  Sarah Palin's decision earlier this year to have an amniocentesis to determine if her unborn child had Down Syndrome is not uncontroversial among pro-lifers.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Pro-Lifers And Amnio, Ctd.
Financial Times:
Russia halts trading after 17% share price fall  —  By Catherine Belton and Charles Clover in Moscow and Rachel Morarjee in London  —  Russian shares suffered their steepest one-day fall in more than a decade on Tuesday, losing up to 20 per cent, as a sharp slide in oil prices …
Discussion: and Neptunus Lex
Nate Silver /
Palin's Favorability Numbers Eroding  —  As voters have taken a second look at Sarah Palin in venues like the Charlie Gibson interview and even Tina Fey's SNL sketch, they may not be as enamored of what they're seeing.  —  The Research 2000 poll for Daily Kos now has Palin's favorability-unfavorability scores at 45-44 — just a +1.
Rasmussen Reports:
Palin 47%, Biden 44% in Make-believe Presidential Match-up  —  Sarah Palin bests Joseph Biden 47% to 44% in a hypothetical head-to-head match-up for the presidency, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey (see crosstabs).  —  Just over half of voters view …
Discussion: Open Left, Fox News and Hot Air
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.
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Cognitive Dissonance And The Paranoid Style
Megan McArdle:
Rethinking regulation  —  A couple of people have asked …
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Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
How Transparent Will Palin Be?  —  GOLDEN, COLO. …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Palin ‘phenomenon’ hijacks online sales
David Sirota from Creators Syndicate:
Over The Dead Bodies ... Again
Sarah Palin Said to Have a Tanning Bed in Alaska Governor's Mansion
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
George Saunders / New Yorker:
MY GAL  —  Explaining how she felt when John McCain offered …
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Discussion: The Next Right
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
IF OBAMA LOSES.  —  In this weekend's Washington Post …