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5:55 PM ET, September 21, 2008

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Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Yes, There Are Deeply Angry Democratic Members of Congress  —  This email is from a lawmaker and it should give you a flavor for what's going on right now in Congress.
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New York Times:
Bipartisan Support for Wall St. Rescue Plan Emerges  —  WASHINGTON — Bipartisan support appeared to be emerging Sunday among American lawmakers to approve quickly a vast bailout of financial institutions in the United States.  The Bush administration has proposed granting unfettered authority …
Avi Zenilman / The Politico:
Many economists skeptical of bailout  —  Many of the same economists and opinion-makers who'd provided a bipartisan sheen of consensus to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's previous moves have quickly begun casting doubts on the wisdom of a policy that would allow Treasury …
Newt Gingrich / The Corner:   Before D.C. Gets Our Money, It Owes Us Some Answers
Associated Press:
Paulson urges quick action on $700 billion bailout
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Meena Thiruvengadam / Wall Street Journal:
Paulson Presses Congress to Act On $700 Billion Bailout Plan
Discussion: Open Left and MyDD
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
Campaigns Beef Up Economic Teams in Face of Crisis
Discussion: The Caucus, Althouse and TIME.com
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.
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The Big Trunk / Power Line:   COMEDIAN, SATIRIZE THYSELF
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama: No blank check for Wall St  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In his first comments about a $700 billion government bailout package meant to help stabilize Wall Street, Sen. Barack Obama on Sunday stopped short of saying whether he supports the proposal, as he laid out some broad economic goals he believes such a plan should include.
Discussion: TIME.com
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Matt Stoller / Open Left:
An Anonymous Lawmaker Diagrams the High Stakes Chicken in the House  —  Another email. … Ouch.  —  If anyone out there is good with diagramming software it'd be a neat picture to put together.
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.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Democrats and Double Standards  —  Obama's not-so-secret weapon: the media.  —  When Barack Obama announced his presidential candidacy in Springfield, Illinois, on February 10, 2007, he promised to change the practice of American politics. … Obama told the crowd on that chilly day that he was running …
CNN:
Interview With Obama, McCain Economic Advisers; Interview With Ron Paul  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  WOLF BLITZER, HOST: This is LATE EDITION, the last word in Sunday talk.  —  BLITZER: A roller coaster week on Wall Street.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Paul Krugman:
Thinking the bailout through  —  What is this bailout supposed to do?  Will it actually serve the purpose?  What should we be doing instead?  Let's talk.  —  First, a capsule analysis of the crisis.  —  1. It all starts with the bursting of the housing bubble.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Record  —  Ali Frick rounds up the record of Bush administration financial mismanagement in the inimitable Think Progress style.  Remember when $5.1 billion in expenses for Iraq reconstruction were charged with no documentation?  Or the “widespread” waste and mismanagement on the millions of dollars spent on Katrina recovery?
Mark Naymik / OPENERS:
Ohio Newspaper Poll shows John McCain with slight lead over Barack Obama … CLEVELAND — The first Ohio Newspaper Poll, a collaboration among Ohio's largest daily newspapers, shows Republican Sen. John McCain with a lead over Democrat Sen. Barack Obama in Ohio and provides a snapshot …
Discussion: TIME.com
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.
Amanda Scott / Barack Obama and Joe Biden:
Barack in Charlotte, NC: “The stakes are too high”  —  Barack just finished an event in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He spoke about the struggling economy and his plan to strengthen American and the middle class.  He also addressed John McCain's recent remarks and view on healthcare...
 
 
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Farhad Manjoo / Washington Post:
Gov.Palin@Hacked.Com  —  Sometime last Tuesday, an unknown …
Discussion: The Corner and The Other McCain
Charlotte Eby / Quad City Times:
Times polls: Obama leads Iowa, Illinois
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
Palin to meet Kissinger, Uribe, Karzai
Discussion: TIME.com
Daily Mail:
Sarah Palin is as popular as Diana in the hearts of the American public
Discussion: USS Neverdock
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Bill Moyers & Kevin Phillips on Bad Money
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Bonney Kapp / FOX Embeds:
Protesting Obama by Air
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Behind the Scenes, Teams for Both Candidates Plan for a Presidential Transition
Rex Murphy / Globe and Mail:
The incredible shrinking Obama