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5:50 PM ET, September 19, 2008

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Karen Tumulty / Swampland:
McCain Plays the Race Card  —  When politicians interject race into a campaign, they seldom do it directly.  Consider McCain's new ad, which the campaign says it will be airing nationally: This is hardly subtle: Sinister images of two black men, followed by one of a vulnerable-looking elderly white woman.
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Michael Dobbs / Washington Post:
OBAMA'S FANNIE MAE ‘CONNECTION’ … AN ALREADY NASTY PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN IS GETTING NASTIER.  THE MELTDOWN ON WALL STREET HAS TOUCHED OFF FRANTIC ATTEMPTS BY BOTH THE MCCAIN AND OBAMA CAMPS TO SECURE POLITICAL ADVANTAGE AND INDULGE IN GUILT BY ASSOCIATION.
Washington Post:
‘Always for Less Regulation’?  —  TO LISTEN to Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain is a Johnny-come-lately to the cause of regulating financial markets.  “He has consistently opposed the sorts of common-sense regulations that might have lessened the current crisis,” Mr. Obama said in New Mexico yesterday.
Wall Street Journal:
McCain's Scapegoat  —  John McCain has made it clear this week he doesn't understand what's happening on Wall Street any better than Barack Obama does.  But on Thursday, he took his populist riffing up a notch and found his scapegoat for financial panic — Christopher Cox, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Rush Limbaugh / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Is Stoking Racial Antagonism  —  I understand the rough and tumble of politics.  But Barack Obama — the supposedly postpartisan, postracial candidate of hope and change — has gone where few modern candidates have gone before.  —  Mr. Obama's campaign is now trafficking in prejudice of its own making.
Byron York / The Corner:
Washington Post Faults McCain For Relying On...Washington Post  —  A number of journalists are trying hard to fit McCain's “Advice” ad into the now-established theme of the McCain campaign employing lies and underhanded tactics.  The Obama campaign says the ad is a lie.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Kurtz: Don't trust Washington Post reporting  —  Howard Kurtz issues a rather amazing analysis of John McCain's ad connecting Franklin Raines to Barack Obama.  The Washington Post media analyst calls the basis of the McCain ad a “disputed premise” — despite his own newspaper's reporting on the Raines-Obama relationship:
Michael Goldfarb / JohnMcCain.com:   No Time for the Facts  —  Time magazine's Karen Tumulty accuses …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHAT FLAILING LOOKS LIKE.... Is it me, or has John McCain's …
Discussion: MSNBC, Jack & Jill Politics and CNN
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Breaking: Paulson plan could cost $1 trillion  —  Congressional leaders said after meeting Thursday evening with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke that as much as $1 trillion could be needed to avoid an imminent meltdown of the U.S. financial system.
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   CLASSIC MCCAIN  —  John McCain will tell you that if you're …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Now Leads McCain by 5 Points  —  At 49%, support for Obama is near his record high for the year  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Tuesday through Thursday finds Barack Obama with a five percentage point lead over John McCain in the presidential preferences of registered voters, 49% to 44%.
Julia Hoppock / Political Punch:
Undermining McCain Campaign Attack, Republicans Back Obama's Version of Meeting with Iraqi Leaders  —  Earlier this week, the campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., seized upon a column in the New York Post that described Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., as having urged Iraqi leaders in a private meeting …
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Randi Kaye / CNN:
Todd Palin: ‘first dude’ or ‘shadow governor?’  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) — He's the man Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin affectionately calls her “first dude.”  —  Todd Palin was introduced to the nation at the Republican National Convention as a blue-collar oil worker, a laid-back father of five and a world-record-holding snowmobile racer.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin's Collapse Continues  —  Moulitsas notes a staggering 21 point decline in a week.  More here.  On 9/11, Palin had a 52 - 35 favorable - unfavorable rating.  She now has a 42 - 46 favorable - unfavorable rating.  She went from + 17 to - 4 in a week [update now - 5] .
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
History Will Judge  —  WASHINGTON — For the last 150 years, most American war presidents — most notably Lincoln, Wilson, Roosevelt — have entered (or re-entered) office knowing war was looming.  Not so George Bush.  Not so the war on terror.  The 9/11 attacks literally came out of the blue.
James Gerstenzang / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Stephen Hadley on his boss, President Bush: ‘Remarkably unaffected by eight years’  —  For eight years, Stephen J. Hadley has observed President Bush up close.  —  As the president's national security advisor throughout the second term, and on many occasions before that as the deputy national …
Nitya / Political Punch:
Oh, That Joe!  (No. 13 in a Series) - Kicking Ohio State's A**  —  Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., spent the past two days trying to win over Ohio voters, but he may have undermined that work in one quick dis of the Ohio State Buckeyes football team Friday morning.
Telegraph:
Baroness Warnock: Dementia sufferers may have a ‘duty to die’  —  Elderly people suffering from dementia should consider ending their lives because they are a burden on the NHS and their families, according to the influential medical ethics expert Baroness Warnock.
Christy Hoppe / Dallas Morning News:
Libertarian Bob Barr moves to keep Obama, McCain off Texas ballot  —  choppe@dallasnews.com  —  AUSTIN - Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr is forcing a legal showdown in the Texas Supreme Court to keep the names of Barack Obama and John McCain off the November ballot.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
McCain defends retirement accounts amid stock dive  —  GREEN BAY, Wisc.  (AP) — Wall Street turmoil left John McCain scrambling to explain why the fundamentals of the U.S. economy remained strong.  It also left him defending his support for privately investing Social Security money …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘Panicked’ McCain's solution is ‘to blame me for it’  —  At a rally in Coral Gables, Obama responds to McCain's shots: … (video from Jed Report)
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Florida, long way from Alaska  —  An interesting focus group from the St. Pete Times finds a bit of what could be called an Ed Koch effect:
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Chris Cox's Terrible Idea  —  The decision by SEC Chairman Chris Cox to ban short selling is a terrible idea.  It is an encroachment on free-market principles.  In extreme, the absence of short sellers would inflate stock market upturns, probably into bubbles.  Short sellers keep the market honest.
Discussion: Sadly, No! and TigerHawk
Matt / Think Progress:
McCain repeats Palin's lie: Alaska 'provides 20 percent of America's energy requirements.'  —  In her interview with ABC News last week, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin asserted that Alaska “produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy.”  After FactCheck.org pointed out that Alaska …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Mark Henderson / Times of London:
How scary is this spider?  That may depend on your politics  —  We all like to think that our political views are shaped by our personal experiences and by deep reflection on the great issues of the day.  Yet research suggests that they may also be influenced by our biology.
Discussion: Time, The Moderate Voice and Guardian
Stuart Taylor / National Journal Online:
Campaign Lies, Media Double Standards  —  I NO LONGER TRUST THE MAJOR NEWSPAPERS OR TELEVISION NETWORKS TO PROVIDE CONSISTENTLY ACCURATE AND FAIR REPORTING AND ANALYSIS OF ALL THE CHARGES AND COUNTERCHARGES.  —  Some who have been admirers of John McCain think that the war hero has debased himself …
Ryan / Think Progress:
Fleischer: Bush Is Not Taking Questions From Press Because Doing So ‘Would Hurt John McCain’  —  On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said that Bush has not taken questions from the press in over seven weeks because he wants to “make sure this election remains fully focused on the two candidates”:
USA Today:
From McCain, an erratic response to crisis  —  As Wall Street's roller-coaster week unfolded, John McCain's views on the economy went through about as many gyrations as the Dow Jones industrial average.  Brace your neck for a quick recap.  —  Monday: Speaking at a rally in Jacksonville …
CNBC.com:
Where Next for the Dollar?  18 Sep 2008  —  Is the U.S. government's proposal to take on bad bank assets a good move?  Sharada Selvanathan, currency strategist at BNP Paribas gives her take on how this will affect the dollar, with CNBC's Maura Fogarty & Stephen Sedgwick.
Discussion: The Swamp and Portfolio
 
 
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Dan Childs / ABCNEWS:
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Nitya / Political Radar:
Palin Warns Against ‘Second Holocaust’ by Ahmadinejad
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HIS STANDARD MO  —  Did John McCain just make his first edge toward …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Poll: People prefer Obama over McCain as teacher
Discussion: Political Machine
Kos / Daily Kos:
Palin's favorability trajectory
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Bad Math and the Bradley Effect
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Sarah Quaylin  —  Actually, Dan Quayle is looking pretty good right now.
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 Earlier Items: 
John McQuaid / American Prospect:
The Demise of the Washington News Bureau
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Opportunity
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
12th Amendment Update: Tie Probability Continues to Increase
New York Times:
Blocking Care for Women