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6:20 PM ET, September 18, 2008

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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
McCain Flub?  Republican Says He'd Fire SEC Chair as President  —  ABC News' David Wright reports: At a joint rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Thursday, Republican John McCain slammed the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) for being “asleep at the switch” saying that if he were president …
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Washington Post:
McCain Slights Spanish Prime Minister  —  The Union Radio interview with John McCain on issues of interest to Hispanics was conducted in English and only later translated into Spanish for listeners.  The audio above is of the English-only interview.  —  By Glenn Kessler and Ed O'Keefe
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
EMBARRASSING  —  Well, we've heard the interview now.  And John McCain either doesn't know who the Prime Minister of Spain is, thinks Spain is a country in Latin America, or possibly both.  —  In case, you haven't seen our updates from last night, yesterday John McCain was interviewed …
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
Statement From SEC Chairman Christopher Cox  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  2008-210  —  Washington, D.C., Sept. 18, 2008 — Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox today made the following statement:  —  “While I have great respect for Senator McCain, we have sometimes disagreed, and this is one such occasion.
Marc Ambinder:
Adviser: McCain Considers Zapatero A “NATO Ally,”  —  Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero has been persona non grata at the White House since Spain pulled its troops out of Iraq in 2004.  The Spanish prime minister has, through intermediates, requested a White House visit …
Daniel Woolls / Associated Press:
Jose Luis Rodriguez Who?
Discussion: Spin Cycle
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
EL CID — IN ENGLISH
Lisa Abend / Time:
The Pain in Spain Falls Mainly on McCain
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
National Security and Intelligence
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin's transparency proposal already exists in D.C.  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CNN) - Sarah Palin likes to tell voters around the country about how she “put the government checkbook online” in Alaska.  On Thursday, Palin suggested she would take that same proposal to Washington.
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Learfield / Radio Iowa:
McCain/Palin Rally in Cedar Rapids  —  I arrived on scene about an hour and a half before the event was to start.  The traffic along I-380 was starting to get dicey, folks waiting in line to enter the parking area and wait for a shuttle to the airplane hanger where the rally will take place.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
For second time this week, crowds leave after Palin speaks
Discussion: Salon and Political Punch
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Palin E-Mail Hacker Says It Was Easy  —  A person claiming to be the hacker who obtained access to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's private Yahoo e-mail on Tuesday has posted a supposed first-person account of the hack, revealing the relatively simple steps he says he took to crack the private e-mail …
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Gateway Pundit:
FATHER OF HACKER Is Tennessee Dem State Rep!!!!! ...  Update: Name- David Kernell ...Update: He's Been Contacted by Feds!  —  FOLKS— MEET DAVID KERNELL—  WOAH!!!!!!  —  Do you remember this from Michelle Malkin's post last night: … Now there's this...  Wired.com has the latest on the Palin scandal:
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Palin Hacker Identified? …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 48%, McCain 44%  —  Marks Obama's first statistically significant lead in two weeks  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The Sept. 15-17 Gallup Poll Daily tracking update shows Barack Obama with a 48% to 44% lead over John McCain among registered voters, marking the first time that Obama …
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
Key Bush States Might Flip  —  BARACK OBAMA IS DOING WELL IN FOUR OF FIVE BUSH-WON BATTLEGROUNDS POLLED BY ALLSTATE/NATIONAL JOURNAL.  —  Propelled by dissatisfaction with the country's direction but hampered by doubts about his readiness for the presidency, Barack Obama is forcefully challenging John …
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Marc Ambinder:   AllState/National Journal Battleground Polls
Mike Baker / Associated Press:
Michelle Obama: Don't vote because 'she's cute' … CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Michelle Obama asked voters Thursday to make their choice on the issues, not because, “I like that guy” or, “she's cute.”  —  Might she be talking about Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin?
Discussion: Wonkette and TigerHawk
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Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
Republican congressman endorses Obama
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   HOUSE REPUBLICAN THROWS HIS SUPPORT TO OBAMA.... There are 434 members …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Palin disinvited from Iran rally  —  The organizers of an anti-Iran rally Monday rescinded their invitation to Alaska Governor Sarah Palin after Democrats protested that her presence would turn the event into a political rally, McCain campaign and Jewish community sources said.
Discussion: J Street, TalkLeft and Atlas Shrugs
Joseph Morton / Omaha World-Herald:
Sen. Hagel doubts Palin's ready  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska on Wednesday became the nation's most prominent Republican officeholder to publicly question whether Sarah Palin has the experience to serve as president.  —  “She doesn't have any foreign policy credentials,” Hagel said in an interview.
Frank James / The Swamp:
Wall Street mega bailout ahead?  —  CNBC reported this afternoon that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is shopping an idea around Capitol Hill whereby the feds would create a virtual landfill for the toxic assets now owned by financial institutions.  —  Such a move would allow institutions …
Discussion: CNBC.com and The Crypt's Blogs
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
A New McCain on the Campaign Trail  —  VIENNA, Ohio — Senator John McCain's campaign events were once free-wheeling journeys marked by flashes of humor, candor and arch observations from the candidate about presidential politics — and John McCain.  Oh, and moments that left no doubt that Mr. McCain was not working from any script.
Joe Milicia / Associated Press:
Biden says McCain's economic answers go nowhere  —  CANTON, Ohio - Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday called Republican John McCain's answers to the current economic crisis “the ultimate bridge to nowhere” and said that paying higher taxes would be patriotic for wealthier Americans.
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Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
BIDEN DEFENDS ‘PATRIOTIC’ TAX REMARK
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
State of the Race: Is McCain In Trouble?  —  One of the unpleasant things you discover when you sit in major league baseball press boxes from time to time is that the press — or at least the print media — actually do not like close baseball games.  A walk-off home run or a blown save means …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Incoherence  —  This is shaping up as a pretty bad week for the McCain campaign.  First, the economic fundamentals are sound.  Then we're in a major crisis.  He talks about the excessive compensation that CEOs receive, but continues to have Carly Fiorina ($100 million for her failed stewardship …
Discussion: TIME.com and Matthew Yglesias
Carla Marinucci / SFGate:
Shocker: Palin Cancels Big California Swing  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was to star at two major California fundraisers and an Orange County rally for 15,000 next week, has canceled her two-day swing through the Golden State, campaign sources said.  —  The change is a shocker …
 
 
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Mark Mooney / Political Radar:
Palin Takes Questions at a McCain Town Hall
Discussion: Think Progress
Greta Van Susteren / GretaWire:
KEEPING THEM HONEST...  I don't understand CNN sometimes …
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Ali / Think Progress:
McCain's Hollow Promise To Fight For Equal Pay: 'We'll Take Employers To Court'
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Cafferty Mocks McCain: Is privatizing Social Security really a good idea?
James Gerstenzang / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
When was the last Bush press conference?  Two months, three days and counting
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M. Duss / Wonk Room:
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Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
House GOP cancels meeting after administration ‘refused’ to send representative
Discussion: Washington Wire