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11:25 AM ET, September 21, 2008

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The Politico:
Franken helps craft McCain ‘SNL’ skit  —  Al Franken, the former “Saturday Night Live” star now running in a high-profile Senate race in Minnesota, helped craft the opening sketch mocking John McCain that kicked off the NBC comedy show Saturday, according to two well-placed sources inside the network.
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Campaigns Beef Up Economic Teams in Face of Crisis  —  On Tuesday night, as the federal government was seizing control of insurance giant AIG, Sen. Barack Obama was speeding toward a Hollywood fundraiser.  The Democratic presidential nominee had 20 minutes before he arrived …
Discussion: TIME.com and Althouse
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Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
Lobbyists Scramble to Sway Deal
Arnold Kling / EconLog:
Morning Reading  —  Who was asleep while financial markets ran amok?
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
But Will It Work?  —  As the federal government steps to the center …
Discussion: Seeing the Forest and CNNMoney.com
Brookings Institute:
Concerns about the Treasury Rescue Plan
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and RADAMISTO
Larisa Alexandrovna / The Huffington Post:
Welcome to the final stages of the coup...  UPDATES AT BOTTOM … In 2000, the long fought for and long admired democracy of the United States of America began a slow and steady decline toward fascism - a Bush family tradition - with the installment of a president - a man the citizens overwhelmingly rejected …
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Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
You say you want a revolution, well, you know...  A couple years back I talked about a kind of bloodless civil war happening in the US, the idea being that a logistical reshuffling could bring back into the national discussion federalist principles and arguments.
Confederate Yankee:
Huff-Po Writer Declares Imminent Coup; Openly Suggests Revolution
Discussion: Riehl World View
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
A Bad Bank Rescue  —  With truly extraordinary speed, opinion has swung behind the radical idea that the government should commit hundreds of billions in taxpayer money to purchasing dud loans from banks that aren't actually insolvent.  As recently as a week ago, no public official had even mentioned this option.
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Paul Krugman:
No deal  —  I hate to say this, but looking at the plan as leaked, I have to say no deal.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PUT ON THE BRAKES  —  As noted in the previous post …
Discussion: The RBC
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Seeking a President Who Gives Goose Bumps?  So's Obama.  —  Now that he's finally fired up on the soup-line economy, Barack Obama knows he can't fade out again.  He was eager to talk privately to a Democratic ex-president who could offer more fatherly wisdom — not to mention a surreptitious smoke — and less fraternal rivalry.
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
The Push to ‘Otherize’ Obama  —  Here's a sad monument to the sleaziness of this presidential campaign: Almost one-third of voters “know” that Barack Obama is a Muslim or believe that he could be.  —  In short, the political campaign to transform Mr. Obama into a Muslim is succeeding.
Aaron Bruns / FOX Embeds:
Obama's “Got A Problem” If He Tries to Take Biden's Guns  —  CASTLEWOOD, VA — Memo to Barack Obama: don't mess with Joe Biden's guns.  —  At a fish fry for mine workers in rural Southwest Virginia, the Delaware Senator commiserated on being from coal country himself …
Discussion: www.redstate.com
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Rex Murphy / Globe and Mail:
The incredible shrinking Obama  —  How's Barack Obama's narrative going?  —  Journalists used to tell stories, now they plumb narratives.  Narrative is a pretentious borrowing from the abstraction-clotted world of academic criticism, where texts are interrogated, authors are dead and high-toned fatuousness is king.
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Hank Paulson To Dems: Not Allowing CEO's to Keep Multi-Million Dollar Salaries Is A “Poison Pill”  —  Glad to see Paulson and the Republican Party are looking after Wall Street first: … A poison pill?  The executives who drove their banks into insolvency won't let the government save …
Discussion: Alas, a blog and Crooks and Liars
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David Rogers / The Politico:
Dems on bailout: Include homeowners
Discussion: Firedoglake, RADAMISTO and TPMCafe
Newsweek:
All the Candidates' Cars  —  From the magazine issue dated Sep 29, 2008  —  When you have seven homes, that's a lot of garages to fill.  After the fuss over the number of residences owned by the two presidential nominees, NEWSWEEK looked into the candidates' cars.
Discussion: Political Radar
Bonney Kapp / FOX Embeds:
Protesting Obama by Air  —  JACKSONVILLE, FL - Protesters are as common to the campaign trail as supporters - from those waving McCain signs at the entrance of events, to the more subtle passersby who flash the thumbs down gesture (or worse) along the motorcade route, to the occasional group that infiltrates and interrupts an event.
Discussion: Beltway Snark and Sister Toldjah
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Bill Moyers & Kevin Phillips on Bad Money  —  Bill Moyers sits down with former Nixon White House strategist and political and economic critic Kevin Phillips, whose latest book BAD MONEY: RECKLESS FINANCE, FAILED POLITICS, AND THE GLOBAL CRISIS OF AMERICAN CAPITALISM explores the role …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Sam Harris / Newsweek:
When Atheists Attack  —  A noted provocateur rips Sarah Palin—and defends elitism.  —  Jack Dempsey / AP  —  Yes, I Can: Refusing to hesitate isn't a primordial truth of wise governance  —  From the magazine issue dated Sep 29, 2008  —  Let me confess that I was genuinely unnerved …
Discussion: Hot Air and Macsmind
 
 
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Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:
Why the Surge Worked  —  Earlier this week in Baghdad …
Discussion: Commentary and American Power
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
If...  Which candidate will keep his head?  —  “If you can keep …
Discussion: Commentary and Booman Tribune
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Behind the Scenes, Teams for Both Candidates Plan for a Presidential Transition
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Obama Hopes to Reverse Party Fortunes in Vote-Rich Fla.
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7 Years Later, 9/11 Hijackers' Remains Are in Limbo
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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Sarah's Surprise: Palin to meet world leaders at U.N. next week
Discussion: protein wisdom
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BEFORE WE JUMP IN  —  There are subjects I know a lot …
Discussion: Eschaton
Brooks Jackson / FactCheck.org:
Obama's Social Security Whopper
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Rachel Maddow's ratings are incredible