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2:25 PM ET, September 20, 2008

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FactCheck.org:
Scaring Seniors  —  An Obama-Biden ad says McCain supports “cutting benefits in half” for Social Security recipients.  False!  —  A new Obama ad characterizes the “Bush-McCain privatization plan” as “cutting Social Security Benefits in half.”  This is a falsehood sure to frighten seniors who rely on their Social Security checks.
Discussion: Wake up America and TRAIL BLAZERS
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Entitlement politics  —  Obama is rolling out today an attack on McCain on Social Security that began airing — and which I posted — earlier this week.  —  Pegged to the Wall Street mess, and aimed at striking fear into voters about the privatization of Social Security …
Discussion: The Swamp
Ed Whelan / The Corner:
Brazen Bias  —  Byron York yesterday exposed the hilarious “Fact Checker” column by the Washington Post's Michael Dobbs, which accuses the McCain campaign of “clearly exaggerating wildly” in accurately stating in a video news release:  —  “Obama has no background in economics.  Who advises him?
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Washington Post:
Linking Obama to Ex-Fannie Mae Chief Is a Stretch  —  “Obama has no background in economics.  Who advises him?  The Post says it's Franklin Raines, for ‘advice on mortgage and housing policy.’ Shocking.  Under Raines, Fannie Mae committed ‘extensive financial fraud.’ Raines made millions.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Cafe Hayek
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
John McCain's radio: Jab at Obama
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 50%, McCain 44%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Wednesday through Friday finds Barack Obama maintaining his lead over John McCain among registered voters, by a 50% to 44% margin.  —  Obama has held at least a small margin over McCain in each …
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DJ Drummond / Wizbang:   How Liberal Trolls Are Working To Get McCain Elected President
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
The State of the Race  —  There's been a lot of talk …
Discussion: American Power
Associated Press:
Poll: Racial misgivings of whites an Obama issue  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep-seated racial misgivings could cost Barack Obama the White House if the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll that found one-third of white Democrats harbor negative views toward blacks — many calling them …
Paul Krugman:
Uneasy feelings  —  Details are scarce on the big buyout; but as a few dribble out, I'm getting uneasy.  —  Here's the source of my uneasiness: the underlying premise behind the buyout seems, still, to be that this is mainly a liquidity problem.  So if the government stands ready to buy securities at “fair value”, all will be well.
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The Huffington Post:
Hale “Bonddad” Stewart: The Death of Republican Philosophy  —  Last week was historic.  It is a week that financial and economic people will study for generations.  It also marked the end of certain elements of the Republican Party's ideology.  Below are statements the Republican party …
Discussion: HorsesAss.Org
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NPR:
Listen Now  —  · The Securities and Exchange Commission …
Jeffrey Diamond / ABCNEWS:
Transgendered Woman Wins Sex Discrimination Case  —  In Potentially Groundbreaking Case, Court Finds Sex Discrimination Law Applies to Transgendered Woman  —  A transgendered woman, who lost a job offer because of her sexual status, has won a potentially groundbreaking federal sex discrimination lawsuit.
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Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard:
The Palin Effect  —  Her enemies are bellowing like a wounded moose.  —  Now that the dust is beginning to settle from the whirlwind descent of Hurricane Sarah, it may be time to stand back a little and assess in perspective what the moose-hunting beauty from Wasilla, Alaska, has wrought.
Democracy Now:
Charges Dropped Against DN!  Journalists - Investigation Needed  —  The St. Paul City Attorney's office announced Friday it will not prosecute Democracy Now! journalists Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar.  St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman also issued a statement Friday that …
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Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Charges Dropped Against Democracy Now Journalists
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Editor and Publisher:
Anchorage Paper: McCain Confuses National Guard and Army Troops  —  NEW YORK From David Hulen at the always-valuable Alaska Politics blog at the Anchorage Daily News (www.adn.com) tonight:  —  “Candidates spend a lot of time talking, and they all misspeak sometimes.
Alan Boraas / Anchorage Daily News:
Kopp hiring proved Palin's fundamentalist street cred  —  So far Gov. Palin's handling of Alaska's Troopergate has focused on why Commissioner of Public Safety Walt Monegan was fired.  An equally important question is why Chuck Kopp was hired to replace him.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Spin Cycle
Paul Krugman:
McCain on banking and health  —  OK, a correspondent directs me to John McCain's article, Better Health Care at Lower Cost for Every American, in the Sept./Oct. issue of Contingencies, the magazine of the American Academy of Actuaries.  You might want to be seated before reading this.
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Meryl Yourish / Yourish.com:
Democrats threaten to kneecap Jewish nonprofits  —  Why is it, exactly, that so many Jews are Democrats?  That's right.  Because Democrats are the champions of liberal, social causes.  They're against tyranny and all for liberty, freedom, and especially, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Meanwhile, the Other No. 2 Keeps On Punching  —  FLAT ROCK, Mich. — As the economy reels, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. — the Other Running Mate — has been absolutely butchering Senator John McCain across the Rust Belt this week.  It is not clear who has noticed.
 
 
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Dean Baker / American Prospect:
The Budget and the Bailout  —  The bailout will clearly carry …
Discussion: The Swamp and Washington Post
John McCormick / The Swamp:
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Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Real Time Economics:
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Caroline Glick / Jerusalem Post:
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Discussion: Power Line
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Discussion: Power Line
Wall Street Journal:
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Karzai Agrees To Meet With Palin
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