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7:55 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.
Discussion:, Gawker and
CNN:   McCain camp seeks investigation over reported e-mail hack
Jen Phillips / MoJoBlog:
Breaking: Sarah Palin's Yahoo Account Hacked
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Gawker
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.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain Embraces Regulation After Many Years of Opposition
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 …
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.
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 …
Dan Fagan / Anchorage Daily News:
No one is above the truth, even Palin  —  You really can't experience the full effect of Monday's news conference featuring Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton unless you hear it for yourself.  Stapleton passionately attacked former Commissioner of Public Safety Walt Monegan.
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.
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 …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
How Magazines Led Investors Toward Ruin  —  In December, Fortune magazine admitted it had been remiss naming insurance giant AIG one of its “10 Stocks To Buy Now” before a yearlong 18 percent decline.  “We... didn't expect [the] mortgage unit to be such an albatross,” editors wrote.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Alexandra Twin /
Stocks wipe out as fears grow
Discussion: TalkLeft and Booman Tribune
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 …
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.
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 and
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:
Heidi N. Moore / Deal Journal:
Morgan Stanley Memo: ‘There Is No Rational Basis for the Movements in our Stock’  —  The financial markets, it seems, are out of control.  Today, Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack acknowledged to employees the dire movements in the company's stock and reassured employees.  Deal Journal is reprinting his memo below.
Discussion: All Spin Zone and Portfolio
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Scalia says U. of C. has gone liberal  —  On the eve of today's 221st anniversary of the U.S. Constitution's adoption, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told conservative lawyers in Chicago that the University of Chicago Law School — where he used to teach — has lost its edge and gone liberal.
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Bill Turque / Washington Post:
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
WE'LL BE WATCHING  —  Sarah Palin goes mano-a-mano with Sean Hannity starting tonight.
Discussion: Spin Cycle
White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino
David Cho / Washington Post:
Fed Asks Treasury for Funds to Backstop Intervention Efforts
Discussion: The Corner
Dale Eisman / Virginian-Pilot:
Poll shows McCain, Warner leading races in Virginia
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael Weiss / Weekly Standard:
Losing It  —  Democrats despair as Obama's campaign falters.
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Biden: McCain fell off his horse
Discussion: Firedoglake
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
McCain and the Power of Populism
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
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Marc Ambinder:
Obama's Run More Negative Ads
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Scott Horton / Harper's:
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Amanda / Think Progress:
McCain and Palin to appear on Larry King Live tonight.