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4:05 AM ET, September 19, 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,” saying that if he were president, he would fire Chris Cox …
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stephenbainbridge.com:
McCain's Moronic Critique of Cox  —  I've never really trusted John McCain on the economy.  On this issue, he's simply the lesser of two evils.  Barack Obama knows what he wants to do to the economy and what he wants to do scares the crap out of me.  McCain doesn't know very much of anything …
Wall Street Journal:
SEC Is Set to Issue Temporary Ban Against Short Selling  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission prepared an aggressive assault against short-sellers, saying it would temporarily prevent investors from making bets on stock declines in an attempt to stem some of the worst stock-market slides in years …
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
SEC Panic Raises Odds of Major Market Meltdown
Financial Times:
FSA bans short-selling of banks
Discussion: Portfolio
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
Statement From SEC Chairman Christopher Cox
Discussion: The Swamp
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:
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Theo Emery / Tennessean.com:
State rep confirms that son is subject of Palin e-mail chatter  —  State Rep. Mike Kernell confirmed Thursday that his son, a University of Tennessee-Knoxville student, is at the center of heated Internet discussion into the hacking of the personal e-mail of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Michelle Malkin:
AP reporter e-mails: Yeah, it's all Palin's fault  —  Just call them the Associated (With Hackers) Press.  —  A reader e-mailed AP reporter Ted Bridis yesterday after Bridis's article on the Palin e-mail hacking disclosed that the AP was refusing to cooperate with the feds and suggested that Palin was to blame for the crime.
Knoxville News-Sentinel:
State rep says son focus of Palin e-mail hacking rumors
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
What's on the desk  —  In a picture supplied by Sarah Palin's family to the Associated Press, Palin appears with some rather odd reading matter: The magazine of the ultraconservative John Birch Society.  —  The picture, dating to 1995, when Palin was a member of the Wasilla City Council …
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Michael Shaw / BAGnewsNotes:
Early Signs Of Sarah Palin's Radical Agenda?  (...And A Second Look.)  —  Here is a biographical and personality insight one would only turn up through a more careful examination of political pictures.  —  Last week, the NYT published a widely-read story about the way Sarah Palin treated her friends and foes as the Wasilla mayor.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Jed Report
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Fed and Treasury Offer to Work With Congress on Bailout Plan  —  WASHINGTON — The head of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve began discussions on Thursday with Congressional leaders on what could become the biggest bailout in United States history.  —  While details remain to be worked out …
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Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Bush says he's working hard on economic turmoil
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
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.
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J.F. / Media Matters for America:
Dodgy Journalism: Time's Michael Scherer debates strawman, loses  —  Under the header “Dodgy Politics: Using Old Votes to Obscure Current Policies,” Time's Michael Scherer unsuccessfully debunks a claim Barack Obama didn't make in order to accuse the Democratic candidate of offering misleading criticisms of John McCain.
Discussion: Swampland and MyDD
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Retiring, McCain-Style  —  Though he's now coy, John …
Discussion: American Spectator and Wonk Room
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Cafferty Mocks McCain: Is privatizing Social Security really a good idea?
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 …
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Energy Expertise  —  Today, the person who “knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America” let slip some pearls of wisdom: … I'm not sure I fully grasp that, though I am relieved to know that they, whoever they are, don't have to sit around flagging individual molecules all day long.
Discussion: The RBC, Eunomia and Kevin Drum
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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton: McCain ‘A Great Man’; Praises Wife's, Not Obama's Economic Plan  —  ABC News' Jennifer Parker reports: Former President Bill Clinton has largely kept himself out of the public eye since his wife lost the Democratic primary to Barack Obama.  —  However in a rare television interview tonight …
Discussion: Hot Air and www.redstate.com
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Mike Baker / Associated Press:
Michelle Obama: Don't vote because 'she's cute'
Discussion: Wonkette
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.
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog News:
Palin puts herself on the top of the ticket.  It's now “Palin and McCain”  —  We all know McCain's been having a rough couple days.  No worries, Sarah Palin is taking matters into her own hands.  Today, she unveiled the Palin/McCain ticket.  I've never heard a vice presidential candidate putting themselves first before.
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Manu Raju / The Hill:
‘Gang of 20’ won't offer energy bill  —  A bipartisan group of senators who sought a compromise in the rancorous energy debate won't introduce their bill before lawmakers adjourn for the elections, several Senate aides said Thursday.  —  Instead, the so-called Gang of 20 will offer a statement …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Suitably Flip
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Palin asked daughters on veep vote after they were already in OH for announcement  —  Appearing on Fox last night, Sarah Palin told Sean Hannity a heartwarming story of how she asked her teenage daughters for their opinion before accepting the vp offer.  —  “So ask the girls what they thought …
MSNBC:
Records reveal Palin's push for earmarks  —  As a vice presidential candidate, Gov. Sarah Palin has railed against federal earmarks, or congressional funding for pork-barrel projects.  “In our state, we reformed the abuses of earmarks,” Palin recently boasted to a rally in Lancaster, Pa. …
Discussion: TBogg
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama denies Raines ties, accuses McCain of throwing stones from his “seven glass houses”  —  The campaign puts out a statement from former Fannie Mae chief Franklin Raines, disowning ties to Obama, after a McCain ad attacked him for the ties.  —  The Washington Post reported …
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.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama outraged at being accused of not supporting something he doesn't support  —  Obama, on the trail in New Mexico, had this to say of McCain:  —  “And today he accused me of not supporting what the Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank did with AIG despite no evidence whatsoever that that's what I had said.”
 
 
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Andrew Roth / Club for Growth:
Embarrassing Moment for Paul Krugman
Discussion: The Foundry and www.redstate.com
Erika Hayasaki / Los Angeles Times:
Sarah Palin said yes, thanks, to a road to nowhere in Alaska
Discussion: TalkLeft and Jesus' General
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Trying to Get Christian Music Fans to Tune To the Left
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
Rush Limbaugh / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Is Stoking Racial Antagonism
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Oh, THAT Explains It!  —  Karen DeYoung, associate editor …
Discussion: Washington Post
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Rangel blames everyone else for his ethics problems in ‘Open Letter to New Yorkers’
Discussion: New York Times
Saul Hansell / Bits:
How Wall Street Lied to Its Computers
Discussion: Angry Bear and PrestoPundit
CNN:
Palin's husband won't testify, campaign says
Discussion: TalkLeft
 Earlier Items: 
Randi Kaye / CNN:
Palin's hometown legacy left trail of legal bills
Megan Chuchmach / ABCNEWS:
FEMA Says No to Ice For Hurricane Survivors
Discussion: Corrente
Greta Van Susteren / GretaWire:
KEEPING THEM HONEST...  I don't understand CNN sometimes …
Discussion: TVNewser