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2:10 PM ET, September 18, 2008

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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
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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 …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
EL CID — IN ENGLISH  —  The original untranslated English version of John McCain's interview with Radio Caracol Miami has now been released.  —  Have a listen (the key passage about Spain starts at 2:58 in):  —  At first it sounds like McCain is taking a hard neocon line against Prime Minister Zapatero …
Lisa Abend / Time:
The Pain in Spain Falls Mainly on McCain  —  Sen. John McCain pauses as he speaks to supporters at the Winner Aviation hangar at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport  —  You gotta feel for José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.  Here the Spanish prime minister is only four months …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Sheunemann: McCain Just Doesn't Want to Meet With Spain's PM
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MCCAIN'S PAIN IN SPAIN.... Following up on an earlier item …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
RANDY GIVES IT HIS BEST SHOT
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain camp stands by tough talk on Spain
The Raw Story:
McCain seems confused by questions about Spain in radio interview
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Emptywheel
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.
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Associated Press:
GOP senator: A ‘stretch’ to say Palin is qualified
Discussion: BobGeiger.com
The Politico:
Campaign-trail reporters sidelined
Discussion: FishBowlDC and Wonkette
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Wall Street Journal:
Worst Crisis Since '30s, With No End Yet in Sight  —  The financial crisis that began 13 months ago has entered a new, far more serious phase.  —  Lingering hopes that the damage could be contained to a handful of financial institutions that made bad bets on mortgages have evaporated.
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
McCain on the Economy  —  In Iowa today, John McCain discussed the causes of the financial crisis in some detail, noted his history of calling for Fannie and Freddie reform, proposed some further moves (like the creation of a mortgage and financial institutions trust and, in classic McCain fashion …
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain talks even tougher on financial crisis, says he would have …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
ABC Calls Out McCain On His Financial Flip Flops
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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Douglass K. Daniel / Associated Press:
Biden calls paying higher taxes a patriotic act  —  WASHINGTON - Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden said Thursday that paying more in taxes is the patriotic thing to do for wealthier Americans.  In a new TV ad that repeats widely debunked claims about the Democratic tax plan …
Kathleen Hennessey / Associated Press:
Obama mocks McCain in Nevada stops  —  Barack Obama sharpened his attacks on John McCain and mocked the Republican's recent calls for reform in two stops in Nevada on Wednesday after days of listening to nervous supporters fret about the Democrat's chances of taking the White House.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Wire
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
Palin Unscripted  —  Gov. Sarah Palin and Senator John McCain held a town-hall-style meeting Wednesday in Grand Rapids, Mich. (Photo: Todd Heisler/The New York Times)  —  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - As she took questions from voters for the first time since she was tapped as Senator John McCain's running mate …
Discussion: New York Times and Runnin' Scared
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A PACKED HOUSE.... A few months ago, John McCain described …
Discussion: FOX Embeds and Crooks and Liars
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp, TalkLeft and Don Surber
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
McCain aides: Obama ‘cheerleading’ market crisis  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Top aides to Republian John McCain are claiming Democrat Barack Obama and his advisers are exploiting Wall Street's financial problems for political gain.  —  Aide Steve Schmidt, who worked for the Bush-Cheney team in 2004 …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
McCain's Closing Argument  —  Man is in love and loves what vanishes.  —  What more is there to say?  —  Conservatives, who reputedly have lumps of coal where their hearts should be, have fallen in love.  So have many people who are not doctrinal conservatives.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: BACK TO AUGUST?  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann  —  *** We're back to August?  This presidential contest has certainly been a roller-coaster ride.  And as we suggested yesterday, something in the race turned this week.
Rachel Lucas:
You're decent, but just confused and stupid.  —  Good morning, hillbilly mouth-breathers!  How are we today?  Did we put our shoes on the correct feet and wipe all the drool off our faces before heading outside to plant turnips and whup our kids?  Good, good.  —  Now go find a Democrat to help you read the rest of this post.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Valleywag:
Microsoft announcement tomorrow: No more Seinfeld ads!  —  Remember those awful Microsoft ads with Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates?  Well, now you can forget them.  Microsoft flacks are desperately dialing reporters to spin them about “phase two” of the ad campaign — a phase …
 
 
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