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7:05 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.
Michael Goldfarb / JohnMcCain.com:   No Time for the Facts  —  Time magazine's Karen Tumulty accuses …
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 M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Congressional Leaders Stunned by Warnings  —  WASHINGTON — It was a room full of people who rarely hold their tongues.  But as the Fed chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, laid out the potentially devastating ramifications of the financial crisis before congressional leaders on Thursday night, there was a stunned silence at first.
Discussion: Balkinization
Frank James / The Swamp:
Economy could die, lawmakers told
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs and CNBC.com
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%.
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Amir Taheri / National Review:
Obama 101  —  On Monday, in an opinion piece published in the New York Post, I suggested that Senator Barack Obama had urged Iraqi leaders to postpone making an agreement with the United States until there was a new administration in Washington.  —  I said this because Obama himself had said it.
Discussion: pw and Patterico's Pontifications
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:
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
One thought pushes fence-sitters to the left: Palin
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Nitya / Political Radar:
Palin Warns Against ‘Second Holocaust’ by Ahmadinejad  —  ABC News' Imtiyaz Delawala Reports: Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin warned against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's pursuit of nuclear weapons for a “second holocaust,” while blaming “Democrat partisans” for forcing rally organizers …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Atlas Shrugs
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Fox demands McCain camp remove Garrett from ad  —  Fox News sent a cease and desist letter to the McCain campaign today over a new ad that includes the voice of correspondent Major Garrett, according to a letter obtained by Politico.  —  From the letter sent to Trevor Potter, general counsel for the McCain campaign.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Bad Math and the Bradley Effect  —  Theorem: The amount of time conservatives spend talking about the Bradley Effect is inversely proportional to the fortunes of their candidate.  —  Sean Oxendine at The Next Right purports to find evidence of a Bradley Effect in the Democratic primaries …
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Sean Oxendine / The Next Right:
What is the Argument for Why McCain Will Win?
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
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.
Kos / Daily Kos:
Palin's favorability trajectory  —  Al Rodgers whipped this up:  —  Worth more than 1,000 words, huh?
Discussion: TalkLeft and TPM Election Central
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
HIS STANDARD MO  —  Did John McCain just make his first edge toward that (hollow) apology that Joe Klein says he'll never accept?  —  (To be clear: Joe was referring to McCain's established pattern of engaging in sleazy or dishonest behavior knowing he can latter come back to the Washington bigs, moral hat in hand, for absolution.)
Discussion: Firedoglake and MyDD
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.
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.
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 …
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
Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
PRAYING FOR THE TROOPS, AND THE WORLD.  Are we fighting a Holy War?  —  Devastating.
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
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Confirmed: Despite Claim, Palin's Pay As Mayor Of Wasilla Went Up  —  I've just obtained some records from the city of Wasilla that confirm that Sarah Palin's pay as mayor went up, despite her claim that she took a pay cut.  —  One thing Palin has frequently claimed as proof of her reform credentials …
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”:
 
 
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
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Discussion: Greg's Opinion
John McQuaid / American Prospect:
The Demise of the Washington News Bureau
Roderick T. Long / The Art of the Possible:
Those Who Control the Past Control the Future
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Randi Kaye / CNN:
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 Earlier Items: 
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
Chris Cox's Terrible Idea
Discussion: Sadly, No! and TigerHawk
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin's Collapse Continues
Christy Hoppe / Dallas Morning News:
Libertarian Bob Barr moves to keep Obama, McCain off Texas ballot
Discussion: The Moderate Voice