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3:50 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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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.
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.
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.
Michael Goldfarb / JohnMcCain.com:
No Time for the Facts  —  Time magazine's Karen Tumulty accuses this campaign of racism for launching this ad targeting Senator Obama's ties to Fannie Mae Chairman Franklin Raines.  Why?  Tumulty writes: … The only problem with Ms. Tumulty's story is that we also released …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Cuffy Meigs / Perfunction:
Most Racist Ad EVER ... No, THIS Is ... Wait, THIS One ...  Last week, Joshua Micah Ezekiel Boutros-Boutros Marshall declared McCain's “Education” the most racist political ad EVAH: … Put aside for a moment that McCain's ad is accurate in describing the cutting-edge sex ed courses Obama wanted to teach kindykids.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   WHAT FLAILING LOOKS LIKE.... Is it me, or has John McCain's …
The Corner:
McCain on the Economy  —  In Green Bay this morning:
Discussion: Associated Press
Byron York / The Corner:
Washington Post Faults McCain For Relying On...Washington Post
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
McCain Charges Obama with Taking Advice from Raines
Discussion: Hot Air
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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%.
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: Portfolio
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
John R. Emshwiller / Wall Street Journal:
McCain Wins Endorsement of Democrat  —  As Barack Obama and John McCain battle for the Hispanic vote, a leading Latino backer of Hillary Clinton is crossing party lines to support the Republican presidential nominee.  —  In an interview Thursday, Miguel D. Lausell, a Puerto Rican businessman …
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.
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.
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.
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Palin won't say whether veep is an executive post  —  Vice President Dick Cheney has said his office only partially belongs to the executive branch.  Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden disagrees and Republican rival Sarah Palin isn't saying.  —  Sen. Biden (Del.) …
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 …
Sean Oxendine / The Next Right:
What is the Argument for Why McCain Will Win?  —  InTrade currently has the candidates roughly tied.  As of this writing, McCain is at around 49 and falling, while Obama is at around 51 and rising.  Still, that's basically a tie.  The question is, where do we go from here?
New York Times:
Blocking Care for Women  —  LAST month, the Bush administration launched the latest salvo in its eight-year campaign to undermine women's rights and women's health by placing ideology ahead of science: a proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services that would govern family planning.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
12th Amendment Update: Tie Probability Continues to Increase  —  The latest in our occasional series informing you about the country's worst nightmare: a 269-269 Electoral College tie...  As you may have noticed from our scenario chart, the probability of a tie has increased dramatically in recent days and now stands at 3.2 percent.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Opportunity  —  If the powers that be tell me that the country needs something like the financial measures being announced today, I'm not going to disagree with them.  But tactically, I think it'd be crazy to just hand this package over for the President's signature.
Wendy Norris / The Colorado Independent:
Iraqi Ayatollah Sistani's Web site hacked  —  It's been a busy week for computer hackers.  —  A team of system crackers identifying themselves as “Group XP” have taken control of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's Web site.  The compromised home page now features a YouTube video …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Wonkette
Nick Werner / TheStarPress.com:
Obama fans tag local Republican headquarters  —  GOP chairman predicts vandalism will energize McCain voters.  —  MUNCIE — A vandal who apparently plans to vote for Barack Obama attacked the Delaware County Republican Party Headquarters sometime this week with a gold spray can.
Discussion: Wake up America
 
 
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