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11:40 AM 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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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.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and TIME.com
The Corner:
McCain on the Economy  —  In Green Bay this morning: … Keep reading this post . . .
New York Times:
For Rivals, Finance Crisis Is Posing on-the-Fly Tests  —  WASHINGTON — The financial crisis has turned the race between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama into an audition for who could best handle a national economic emergency.  —  Mr. McCain, the Republican nominee for president …
Robert Reich / Robert Reich's Blog:
The Bailout of All Bailouts is a Bad Idea
Byron York / The Corner:
Is He or Isn't He?  —  The McCain has released a new ad entitled “Advice.”
Discussion: Althouse and Riehl World View
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
McCain Charges Obama with Taking Advice from Raines
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain, pitchfork in hand, blames Obama allies for crisis
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Drafts Sweeping Plan to Fight Crisis As Turmoil Worsens in Credit Markets  —  Paulson Briefs Congress on Idea to Buy Bad Assets From Banks, Insure Money-Market Funds; Stocks Rebound Sharply  —  WASHINGTON — The federal government is working on a sweeping series of programs …
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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.
Deborah Charles / Reuters:
Obama supports U.S. economic recovery efforts
Washington Post:
Citing Grave Financial Threats, Officials Ready Massive Rescue
Terence Hunt / Associated Press:
Obama to meet economic advisers to offer new plans
Discussion: The Corner and AMERICAblog News
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: Townhall.com and NEWS.com.au
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
SEC Issues Temporary Ban Against Short Selling  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday launched 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.
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David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Poll: GOP brand making comeback  —  New polling suggests that the Republican Party is beginning to regain some of its luster and, perhaps as important, is experiencing a surge in excitement among its political base.  —  A new poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press reports …
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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.) …
Josh Gerstein / New York Sun:
Palin Pick Puts Many Women on the Verge  —  Senator McCain's selection of Governor Palin of Alaska as his running mate, which was hailed in some quarters and met with skepticism in others, is sparking intense reactions from some New Yorkers, who report being driven to fits of rage and even all-consuming panic.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Post-Lehman World  —  A few years ago, real estate was all the rage.  Earlier this year, the business magazines were telling us to invest in Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch, because those stocks were bound to zoom.  Now another herd is on the march.  —  We're in a paradigm shift, its members say.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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 …
Discussion: The Corner and NewsBusters.org
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.
CBN.com:
Exclusive: Obama Campaign Faith Tour Starts Next Week  —  An official with Barack Obama's campaign tells The Brody File that beginning next week the campaign will start an official faith tour in key battleground states called “Barack Obama: Faith, Family and Values Tour”.
Roger Simon / The Politico:
President Bush goes AWOL  —  Where's George?  The president, I mean.  —  You remember him.  Dubya.  No. 43.  Won a second term a few years ago.  It was in all the papers.  —  But where has he been lately?  Where has he been during America's worst financial crisis since the Great Depression?
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 …
Discussion: Don Surber
John R. Lott Jr / Philly.com:
McCain a Bush clone?  These numbers dispute that  —  is a senior research scientist at the University of Maryland  —  Does John McCain represent a third Bush term?  The Obama campaign claims the two are almost indistinguishable.  It was the mantra during the Democratic convention …
Discussion: Townhall.com
Wall Street Journal:
Why It's Getting Mean  —  The financial crisis changes the entire shape and feel of the presidential election.  It isn't just bad news, it's bad news that reveals what many people deep down feared, and hoped not to see revealed: that the huge and sprawling financial system of Wall Street …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and TIME.com
 
 
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Bill Clinton speaks out for Barack Obama. Well, sort of
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