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8:50 PM ET, September 17, 2008


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Pareene / Gawker:
Sarah Palin's Personal Emails  —  Did the internet just cause Sarah Palin to destroy evidence?  The potential Veep is in a bit of trouble for conducting state business using her personal, unarchived email address ( instead of her official account (which is, of course …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Group Posts E-Mail Hacked From Palin Account — Update  —  Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's private Yahoo e-mail account was hacked, and some of its contents posted on the internet Wednesday.  —  The internet griefers known as Anonymous took credit for the intrusion …
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Sarah Palin's Personal Email Hacked  —  I am advised that this is not a hoax.  —  As the political impact becomes clear, Swampland readers might want to take some time to make sure they have a tricky password on their own email accounts.  —  UPDATE:'s blog “Threat Level” has the scoop.
McCain camp seeks investigation over reported e-mail hack
Discussion: The Swamp
Michelle Malkin:   The story behind the Palin e-mail hacking
Jen Phillips / MoJoBlog:
Breaking: Sarah Palin's Yahoo Account Hacked
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Gawker
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Obama Invokes Rush Limbaugh in New Spanish-Language Ads  —  The Obama campaign has released new radio and TV ads in Spanish that seek to tie Sen. John McCain to anti-immigrant comments made by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.  The ads also suggest the Republican has “dos caras” …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Limbaugh, hitting back over usage in ad, says Obama “stoking racism”  —  Rush Limbaugh, featured in a new, Spanish-language Barack Obama ad, says the commercial distorts his past statements and amounts to “race-baiting” by the Democratic nominee.  —  The commercial, to air in Limbaugh's home state …
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Despite Claims Today He Warned of this Crisis, McCain in 2007 Said He Didn't See This Crisis Coming  —  “Two years ago, I warned that the oversight of Fannie and Freddie was terrible, that we were facing a crisis because of it, or certainly serious problems,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told CBS this morning.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain's attempt to fix Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac in 2005; Update: Obama can't get AIG right  —  With the financial sector in turmoil today, the media and the politicians have started throwing around blame with the same recklessness as lenders threw around credit to create the problem.
Amanda / Think Progress:
FLASHBACK: In 2007, McCain Admitted He ‘Did Not’ Anticipate Financial Crisis
Discussion: News Hounds
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Senate Majority Leader on Economic Woes: ‘No One Knows What to Do’
Discussion: Hot Air
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: Virtual tie in battleground states  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — New polls in five battleground states that could decide the presidency suggest the battle for the White House between Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama remains a dead heat.
Mark Halperin /
Excerpts from Palin's Hannity Interview — Part I  —  GOV. SARAH PALIN TELLS FOX NEWS CHANNEL'S SEAN HANNITY  —  ‘THE CORRUPTION ON WALL STREET’ IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FAILING INSTITUTIONS  —  Palin: 'CEO's and Top Management' Have Been ‘Addicted’ to 'O-P-M, Other People's Money'
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
WE'LL BE WATCHING  —  Sarah Palin goes mano-a-mano with Sean Hannity starting tonight.
Discussion: Spin Cycle
The Huffington Post:
Senate Dem Raises Keating Five, Rips McCain On Economy, Palin  —  One of the Senate's most progressive members ripped John McCain on Tuesday for offering a phony populist self-portrayal in the wake of the current crisis in the financial markets.  In the process, Sherrod Brown of Ohio raised …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain Embraces Regulation After Many Years of Opposition
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Can He Stop ‘Troopergate’?  —  A McCain lawyer scrambles to block a Palin ethics inquiry.  —  A former top Justice Department prosecutor now working for John McCain's presidential campaign has been helping to direct an aggressive legal strategy aimed at shutting down a pre-election ethics investigation into Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Gallup Daily: Obama 47%, McCain 45%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The Sept. 14-16 Gallup Poll Daily tracking update shows Barack Obama regaining a slight, although not statistically significant, edge over John McCain, 47% to 45%, among registered voters, marking the first time since the week …
Washington Mutual Begins Efforts to Sell Itself  —  Washington Mutual, the struggling savings and loan, has been working on several efforts to save itself, including a potential sale, people briefed on the matter said Wednesday.  —  The unsurprising announcement comes as the bank …
New York Times:
Poll Finds McCain, in Tight Race, Is Still Tied to Bush  —  WASHINGTON — Despite an intense effort to distance himself from the way his party has done business in Washington, Senator John McCain is seen by voters as far less likely to bring change to Washington than Senator Barack Obama.
Discussion: Oliver Willis and The Caucus
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Oregon Senate  —  Oregon Senate Race Back To A Dead Heat  —  Oregon Senator Gordon Smith is in dangerous territory again, virtually tied with Jeff Merkley, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of voters in the state.  —  The incumbent Republican holds …
Tina Daunt / Los Angeles Times:
Brad Pitt donating $100,000 to fight gay marriage ban  —  Brad Pitt announced Wednesday that he's donating $100,000 to fight California's Proposition 8, a November ballot initiative that would eliminate same-sex couples' right to marry.  —  “Because no one has the right to deny another their life …
Christine Lagorio / CBS News:
Sneak Preview: Presidential Questions  —  Tonight, we're airing the inaugural piece in our series, “Presidential Questions.”  It's the first in a weekly series in which we'll show you the presidential candidates' answers to questions Katie asked them - both about their politics and about their character.
Discussion: Commentary
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
CNN Demolishes Every McCain Campaign Lie  —  This is by far the most thorough debunking I've seen to date on the myriad of lies coming from Team McCain. … HT Jed, who adds:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama ad hits McCain on social security
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
LOSING IT  —  Did John McCain really just suggest that the …
David Talbot / Salon:
Sarah Palin's wasteful ways
Discussion: Campaign Silo and Daily Kos
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Democrats' hands tied on Lieberman
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
How Magazines Led Investors Toward Ruin
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Scalia says U. of C. has gone liberal
Heidi N. Moore / Deal Journal:
Morgan Stanley Memo: ‘There Is No Rational Basis for the Movements in our Stock’
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The Three-Month T-Bill  —  At one point today, the yield …
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Michael Weiss / Weekly Standard:
Losing It  —  Democrats despair as Obama's campaign falters.
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Obama's Panic  —  Seldom has there been a larger contrast between …
Discussion: and Swampland
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Marc Ambinder:
Obama's Run More Negative Ads
Discussion: MyDD and Commentary
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