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3:20 PM ET, September 17, 2008


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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain Embraces Regulation After Many Years of Opposition  —  A decade ago, Sen. John McCain embraced legislation to broadly deregulate the banking and insurance industries, helping to sweep aside a thicket of rules established over decades in favor of a less restricted financial marketplace …
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
McCain has 2 faces: Washington in- and outsider  —  VIENNA, Ohio (AP) — John McCain embraces and expels Washington like an accordion player belting out a song.  —  Squeeze in and he touts his vast knowledge of the capital city.  Draw out and he casts himself a reformer bent on changing its ways.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Raw Story
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Sensible regulation was always needed
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Marc Ambinder:
What The Heck Is AIG, Part II?
Mark Preston / CNN:
Prominent Clinton backer and DNC member to endorse McCain  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter and member of the Democratic National Committee's Platform Committee, will endorse John McCain for president on Wednesday, her spokesman tells CNN.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Rothschilds Against Elitism  —  Irony truly is dead as Lynn Forester de Rothschild endorses John McCain on anti-elitism grounds: … On an unrelated note, the stakes have rarely been higher in an election for extremely rich people than they are in this one.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Drudge-ology 101: McCain, Obama and Media Bias  —  Yesterday was a typical recent day on the Drudge Report — the single most influential source for how the presidential campaign is covered in the country.  —  In the banner headline spot for most of the day was a picture …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 …
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.
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Clinton blindsided by scheduled event with Palin  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has canceled an appearance at a New York rally next week after organizers blindsided her by inviting Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, aides to the senator said Tuesday.
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Group Posts E-Mail Hacked From Palin Account  —  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, and screenshots …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Anthony / Tech Voice:
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Frank James / The Swamp:
Biden on AIG bailout: ‘No’  —  by Frank James (corrected from an earlier version which wrongly said Biden's remarks were made today.  He made them yesterday.)  —  Sen. Joe “Working-Class Hero” Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, said yesterday in an interview we missed in real time that he's against the AIG bailout.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Does Obama Support the AIG Bailout?
New York Times:
Holding Mr. Rove in Contempt  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is deciding what matters should get priority in the short time left before Congress adjourns this month.  Her list must include a vote to hold Karl Rove in contempt for his lawless decision to defy a Congressional subpoena to testify about the United States attorneys scandal.
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and Hullabaloo
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:
Discussion: Shakesville
Amir Taheri / New York Post:
OBAMA OBJECTS  —  BUT THE EVIDENCE SAYS I'M RIGHT  —  IN Monday's Post, I discussed how Barack Obama, during his July trip, had asked Iraqi leaders not to finalize an agreement vital to the future of US forces in Iraq - and how the effect of such a delay would be to postpone the departure …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA GAMBLES ON LENGTHY ECONOMIC AD.... Audiences have grown accustomed to certain kinds of political advertising.  The new spot from the Obama campaign is a little something different.  —  The spot is two minutes long, making it four times as long as the typical campaign ad.
Andy /
EXCLUSIVE: Barack Obama's L.A. Fundraiser - video  —  Our friend and contributor Lewis Payton (you've seen many of his photographs on these pages), attended the Obama fundraiser last night in Beverly Hills, and sent us this exclusive report, which includes video of Obama's speech, in two parts.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Palin “Disappointed” In “Understandable” AIG Bailout  —  From CBS News' Scott Conroy:  —  (CLEVELAND, Ohio) During a quick stop at a diner in Cleveland, Ohio, Sarah Palin was asked for her reaction to the AIG bailout.  —  “Dissapointed that taxpayers are called upon to bailout another one,” she said.
Discussion: SFGate
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
True Whoppers  —  Economists are not generally known for their lyrical phrasing.  But the other day, one told me something about the election that has stuck with me: He cautioned against succumbing to the “symmetry of sin.”  —  This unexpected snippet of political poetry …
Associated Press:
North Carolina a new battleground  —  RALEIGH, N.C. - All of a sudden, North Carolina matters.  —  It hasn't for decades in presidential elections.  —  Then Democrat Barack Obama made an aggressive play for this traditionally GOP state and polls showed the race tightening.
Discussion: American Spectator
Ronald Radosh / Los Angeles Times:
Case closed: The Rosenbergs were Soviet spies  —  A startling confession again proves their guilt.  Now it's time for their left-wing defenders to acknowledge it.  —  Julius and ethel Rosenberg were executed 55 years ago, on June 19, 1953.  But last week, they were back in the headlines …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Can Obama really pull it off?  —  Can Barack Obama actually blow this thing?  Can he actually lose in November?  —  We have a deeply troubled economy, an unpopular war, a very unpopular president and a historic reluctance on the part of the American people to elect the same party to the White House three terms in a row.
Kim Zetter / Wired News:
Voter Database Glitches Could Disenfranchise Thousands  —  Electronic voting machines have been the focus of much controversy the last few years.  But another election technology has received little scrutiny yet could create numerous problems and disenfranchise thousands of voters in November, election experts say.
Discussion: Feministe
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.
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Attorney general says state staff won't testify
Discussion: TalkLeft, Salon and Hot Air
Kristi Keck / CNN:
Palin power recharges GOP ticket
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Case Against Me  —  Alex Massie is disappointed …
Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blogs:
Martha: McCain presidency “really weird”
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
‘Barbies for War!’  —  Carly Fiorina, the woman John McCain sent …
Discussion: Hot Air and Tim Blair