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11:55 AM ET, September 18, 2008

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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 …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OY  —  Well, it doesn't appear to have registered in the American press yet.  But the story keeps bubbling in the Spanish press about McCain's bizarre gaffe about the Spanish Prime Minister.  Here's the front page cut out from the Spanish news channel that did the interview.  They've talked to the interviewer now.
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
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 …
Discussion: Wonkette and Brian Beutler
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
John McCain just forget where Spain was.  Seriously, not kidding.  —  UPDATE: I now have the English-language version of the interview.  Listen to it here. … (UPDATE: I now have the Spanish version of the interview cropped to the 1 minute 37 seconds in question.  You can listen to it here, but it's in Spanish.)
Lisa Abend / Time:
Did McCain Diss Spain?  —  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 from an end …
Fox News:
Exclusive: Gov. Sarah Palin on ‘Hannity & Colmes’  —  This is a rush transcript from “Hannity & Colmes,” September 17, 2008.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  SEAN HANNITY, CO-HOST: She is the politician who has taken America by storm and who has changed the very dynamic of the presidential race.
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
ABC Calls Out McCain On His Financial Flip Flops
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Douglass K. Daniel / Associated Press:
Biden: Paying higher taxes patriotic for wealthy  —  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 …
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Michelle Malkin:
The story behind the Palin e-mail hacking  —  This afternoon, I mentioned an infamous group of hackers whose Internet bulletin board was the gathering place for those who bragged about and publicized the Sarah Palin private e-mail hacking.  —  A tech-savvy reader who monitors …
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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.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Lonewacko
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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.
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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FOX Embeds:
McPalin town hall was pre-ticketed
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   A PACKED HOUSE.... A few months ago, John McCain described …
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.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Needs to Sell Himself, Not Attack McCain  —  Be careful not to assign too much scientific precision to polls.  They aren't as accurate as portrayed.  But several different surveys at roughly the same time that show similar results are useful guides.  So three trends in recent polls must worry …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:   Role Reversal  —  Karl Rove thinks it is a mistake for Barack Obama …
Wall Street Journal:
Will McCain Waste Palin?  —  The media is turning the news into a presidential video game.  “Hurricane Ike” or “Wall Street Meltdown” appears onscreen, and the media boots up Barack Obama and John McCain to see how well they talk the problem.  Mostly they are speaking gobbledygook about things they barely understand.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Trump endorses McCain on Larry King  —  Donald Trump, the flamboyant New York magnate, said on CNN's “Larry King Live” on Wednesday night that he is supporting Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for president.  —  Trump, never shy with his opinions, went on to say that McCain appears to be winning …
Discussion: Political Machine and Moonbattery
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Jim Treacher / Mother, May I Sleep with Treacher?:
THEY HOPE PEOPLE DON'T NOTICE HOW THEY'VE CHANGED THE GROUND RULES  —  In today's Chicago Tribune, the Obama camp responds to nitpicky concerns about their attempts to shut down radio shows that might say things they don't like, via their “Obama Action Wires”:
Kristin Jensen / Bloomberg:
Democratic Congress May Adjourn, Leave Crisis to Fed, Treasury  —  Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) — The Democratic-controlled Congress, acknowledging that it isn't equipped to lead the way to a solution for the financial crisis and can't agree on a path to follow, is likely to just get out of the way.
USA Today:
Our view on bipartisanship: Who's the better uniter?  —  McCain has a longer record of bucking his party's orthodoxy.  —  Presidents who try to push through major policy changes without the opposing party almost always come to grief.  George W. Bush's bid to create private accounts …
Discussion: Commentary, Sister Toldjah and Hot Air
 
 
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