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12:40 PM ET, September 21, 2008

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Mike Allen / The Politico:
43 days - Stephanopoulos: “The era of big government is back”  —  Execs at failed Lehman could get $2.5 billion (with a b) in bonuses — Paulson package could pass off House floor on Thursday — Newsweek cover: “King Henry” Paulson — From Sunday shows: Paulson will resist curbs on executive pay …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: Foreign banks may get help  —  In a change from the original proposal sent to Capitol Hill, foreign-based banks with big U.S. operations could qualify for the Treasury Department's mortgage bailout, according to the fine print of an administration statement Saturday night.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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 …
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Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
Lobbyists Scramble to Sway Deal
David Rogers / The Politico:
Dems on bailout: Include homeowners
Discussion: RADAMISTO and TPMCafe
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Hank Paulson To Dems: Not Allowing CEO's to Keep Multi-Million …
Discussion: Alas, a blog and Crooks and Liars
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.
Peter Bray / Slate:
Did Obama Just Touch the Third Rail?  —  CURIOUS EDITS TO HIS SOCIAL SECURITY PAGE.  —  Barack Obama is such a hard-core wonk, his camp grinds through policy day in, day out.  That may be a great quality to have in a president—but it's not necessarily a smart strategy for a presidential candidate just weeks before an election.
Discussion: Althouse and Stop The ACLU
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: Oliver Willis and Political Radar
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...
Confederate Yankee:
Huff-Po Writer Declares Imminent Coup; Openly Suggests Revolution
Discussion: Riehl World View
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Crisis  —  I'm blogging under the influence, so perhaps things aren't quite as dramatic as they seem to me right now, but the bailout plan on the table right now seems to me like something of a crisis point for American liberalism.  The plan is bad.  But bad policies get enacted all the time.
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.
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
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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