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3:50 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 …
Financial Times:
FSA bans short-selling of banks
Discussion: Firedoglake and Portfolio
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Camp Removed Bush Criticism From Wall Street Statement
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
Statement From SEC Chairman Christopher Cox
Discussion: The Swamp
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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
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
Frank James / The Swamp:
Wall Street mega bailout ahead?
Discussion: CNBC.com and The Crypt's Blogs
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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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 …
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: www.redstate.com and Hot Air
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Mike Baker / Associated Press:
Michelle Obama: Don't vote because 'she's cute'
Discussion: Wonkette
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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CNN:
Palin's husband won't testify, campaign says  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's husband won't comply with a subpoena issued by state lawmakers investigating her firing of Alaska's public safety commissioner, the McCain-Palin campaign said Thursday.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Matt Volz / Associated Press:
Palin's husband refuses to testify in probe
Discussion: Think Progress
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
Carrie Sturrock / San Francisco Chronicle:
Opposition to same-sex marriage ban grows  —  (09-17) 07:28 PDT — Opposition to a California ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage is mounting following Attorney General Jerry Brown's move to change the language on the initiative, according to a Field Poll to be released today.
 
 
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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
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama outraged at being accused of not supporting something he doesn't support
Randi Kaye / CNN:
Palin's hometown legacy left trail of legal bills
Megan Chuchmach / ABCNEWS:
FEMA Says No to Ice For Hurricane Survivors
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Palin Takes Questions at a McCain Town Hall
Greta Van Susteren / GretaWire:
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McCain Slights Spanish Prime Minister