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3:40 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.
Amanda / Think Progress:
McCain Adviser: McCain ‘Helped Create’ The Blackberry
Discussion: MoJoBlog
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
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
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Whose policies led to the credit crisis?
Discussion: QandO and
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: Slog
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Obama Gives A Barnburner Speech On The Economy
Cost And Coverage Implications Of The McCain Plan To Restructure Health Insurance  —  Achieving John McCain's vision would radically transform the  —  U.S. health insurance landscape, with negligible gains in  —  ABSTRACT:  —  Senator John McCain's (R-AZ) health plan would eliminate …
Discussion: Wonk Room and Feministe
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
Discussion: The New Republic
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 and MoJoBlog
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.
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
Discussion:, Hot Air and Media Blog
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.
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Did Obama just confirm Taheri?
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 Don Surber
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 …
David Sirota from Creators Syndicate:
Over The Dead Bodies ... Again  —  It is mere months after Democrats won the election on a promise to defend America's middle class.  The nation demands action to address burgeoning health care and environmental crises.  But somehow, the first significant initiative the newly empowered Democratic Party …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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: Hot Air and Fox News
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.
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.
Sarah Palin Said to Have a Tanning Bed in Alaska Governor's Mansion  —  Tanning Beds Provide Much Needed Vitamin D in Northern Latitudes  —  WASHINGTON - Today the Indoor Tanning Association addressed rumors that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who was recently chosen as Presidential Nominee …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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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Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog News:
McCain's ultimate inside-the-beltway solution to the economy: Form a commission
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Pro-Lifers And Amniocentesis: Some Questions
Discussion: Minor Matters and Althouse
Agence France Presse:
Palin will not cooperate with ‘Troopergate’ inquiry
Stephen Graham / Associated Press:
Pakistan orders troops to open fire if US raids
George Saunders / New Yorker:
MY GAL  —  Explaining how she felt when John McCain offered …
Wesley Loy / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin accuses Monegan of insubordination
Krooney /
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?
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Castellanos / CNN:
Castellanos: ‘Yes we can’ needs second act
Discussion: The Next Right
Scott Adams / CNN:
Commentary: Dilbert's Adams economic plans poll
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
IF OBAMA LOSES.  —  In this weekend's Washington Post …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
I Just Got Push-Polled on Obama and Israel
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Why The Lack Of Respect For The Netroots?
Discussion: Open Left and JustOneMinute
Washington Wire:
Palin Tells Debunked Teleprompter Tale
Byron York / National Review:
On Sex-Ed Ad, McCain Is Right

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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
The White House calls on Fox News to correct coverage of bribery claims against Biden by an informant now charged with lying; source: Fox declines to make fixes

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