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2:25 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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Sheunemann: McCain Just Doesn't Want to Meet With Spain's PM  —  Wow.  I really thought that John McCain's Spain gaffe was just that, a gaffe, wherein he somehow got confused about what was happening and didn't understand that the question about holding a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain camp stands by tough talk on Spain
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
RANDY GIVES IT HIS BEST SHOT
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MCCAIN'S PAIN IN SPAIN.... Following up on an earlier item …
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
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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 …
Washington Wire:
Biden on Tax Increase for Wealthier Citizens: ‘Time to Be Patriotic’
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
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
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 and TalkLeft
Learfield / Radio Iowa:
McCain/Palin Rally in Cedar Rapids  —  I arrived on scene about an hour and a half before the event is 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.
Washington Wire:
McCain Calls for Firing of SEC Commissioner  —  Susan Davis reports on the presidential race.  —  John McCain has two words for Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox: You're Fired.  —  “The chairman of the SEC serves at the appointment of the president and has betrayed the public's trust.
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
ABC Calls Out McCain On His Financial Flip Flops
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A PACKED HOUSE.... A few months ago, John McCain described his favorite setting — town-hall meetings — as the “essence of democracy.”  McCain seemed to revel in interacting with audiences, fielding all kinds of questions.  That is, until the campaign reached crunch time — before yesterday …
Discussion: FOX Embeds and Crooks and Liars
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Michael Cooper / The Caucus:   Palin Unscripted  —  Gov. Sarah Palin and Senator John McCain held …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Palin Hacker Identified?  Claims E-Mails Are Proof Palin Did No Wrong  —  I'm getting bombarded with e-mails claiming that at least one of the persons responsible for hacking into Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account is David Kernell, the son of Tennessee state representative & Democrat Mike Kernell.
 
 
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