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10:40 PM ET, September 22, 2008

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Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain camp criticism rife with errors  —  Sen. John McCain's top campaign aides convened a conference call today to complain of being called “liars.”  They pressed the media to scrutinize specific elements of Sen. Barack Obama's record.  —  But the call was so rife with simple …
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Palin Claims “Obama-Biden Democrats” Are Regularly Attacking Her Family, But...  The McCain camp has just blasted out to its list a fundraising email by Sarah Palin claiming that Obama-Biden Democrats are waging frequent attacks on her family.  From the email:
Marc Ambinder:
Sign Of The Times; McCain Camp Accuses Reporter Of Being In Obama “Tank”  —  A reporter asks the McCain campaign to back up some basic claims made by a senior strategist in a public conference call.  —  The campaign refuses, with a prominent spokesperson accusing the reporter, Ben Smith, of being “in the tank.”
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Donklephant
The New / New York Times:   McCain Camp Takes Issue With Times Coverage
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
McCain Campaign Slams New York Times: Not A Journalistic Organization …
CNN:
CNN Poll: GOP takes brunt of blame for economy, Obama gains  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll suggests that by a 2-to-1 margin, Americans blame Republicans over Democrats for the financial crisis that has swept across the country the past few weeks …
Paul Krugman:
Dodd  —  Very preliminary, no details — but this sounds like a big step in the right direction.  —  One of the problems with this blog is that I ruffled a few feathers back when Bush had an 80 percent approval rating, and somehow I wasn't impressed.  People remember, and as a result …
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Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Chris Dodd Stares Down Paulson
Discussion: theday.com, First Draft and Salon
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Dodd bill more aggressive than Treasury plan
Satyam / Think Progress:
Conflict Of Interest? …
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Ethan Winner Responds: Claims He Produced Video  —  Ethan Winner responds.  Written like a VP in a public relations firm that specializes in crisis management and grassroots organization.  I'll post the whole thing below.  —  He produced the video?  He paid for the voice-over narration which he found through a talent agency?
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Dan / Riehl World View:
Axelrod Called Ethan Winner?  —  Updated with slightly longer video — In the interests of the kind of openess I know Ethan Winner would support, I'm posting this AV file of an alleged phone call from David Axelrod to Ethan Winner after Rusty's story broke.
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Is the Obama Campaign Behind Anti-Palin Online Smears?
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Signorile / The Gist:
Hypocrisy Bombshell: Antigay John McCain has a Gay Chief of Staff  —  What does John McCain's loyal chief of staff - a man who apparently is in a long-term relationship with another man, and appears to be open about it to John McCain — think about the fact that Sarah Palin devoutly worships …
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Michael Rogers / BlogActive:
John McCain's Chief of Staff outed, wins Roy Cohn Award  —  When the first source on today's Roy Cohn Award recipient came forward approximately six months ago, he and I decided to wait and see where the presidential election went and how this person's boss performed.  Dismally.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Media Matters for America:
Limbaugh repeats baseless Obama smear: “He's Arab. ...  [H]e's not African-American”  —  On the September 22 broadcast of his syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh baselessly claimed that Sen. Barack Obama is “not black,” and went on to ask: “Do you know he has not one shred of African-American blood?”
Fox News:
FOX News/Rasmussen Poll: Race in Swing States Mirrors 2004 Election  —  Results from four of the five battleground states in the FOX News/Rasmussen Reports polling are similar to the presidential election four years ago.  Virginia, however, is more competitive than it was in 2004.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Minnesota Senate
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
Palin's town charged women for rape exams  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's hometown required women to pay for their own rape examinations while she was mayor, a practice her police chief fought to keep as late as 2000.  —  Former state Rep. Eric Croft, a Democrat …
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Jeanne Sahadi / CNNMoney.com:
Congress pushes back on bailout  —  Democrats want U.S. ownership stake in firms it helps.  Industry wants plan to cover other kinds of debt.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The Bush administration's proposed $700 billion financial rescue took fuller shape on Monday as Senate Democrats circulated …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Republic of T.
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Stephen Spruiell / The Corner:
Energy Alert  —  While all eyes are diverted to the mess on Wall Street, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats are attempting to extend the ban on offshore drilling, which is set to expire October 1.  This just in from Jeb Hensarling's office: … As recently as last week, leading Democrats …
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Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
WHY IS OBAMA SO VAPID, HESITANT, AND GUTLESS?  —  Last week really ought to have been the end of the McCain campaign.  With the whole country feeling (and its financial class acting) as if we lived in a sweltering, bankrupt banana republic, and with this misery added to the generally Belarusian atmosphere …
Eli Lake / New York Sun:
Spies Warn That Al Qaeda Aims for October Surprise  —  Intercepted Messages Asking Local Cells To Be Prepared for Imminent Instructions  —  WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of two major terrorist attacks on Western targets, America's counterterrorism community is warning that Al Qaeda may launch …
Lindsey Ellerson / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton: Hillary Never Wanted to be Obama's VP  —  ABC News' Russell Goldman Reports: Despite saying she would accept the offer to be vice president, Hillary Clinton never really wanted to be Barack Obama's running mate, her husband former President Bill Clinton told ABC's The View.
Serious Eats:
‘Palin Syrah’ Wine Drops in Sales After Sarah Palin Veep Pick  —  Editor's note: This dispatch comes to us from wine guru Amy Monroe.  She works in the grape business in the Bay Area, and literally stumbled across the “Palin Syrah” this month at a San Francisco wine bar.
Discussion: Wonkette
David Prosser / The Independent:
Fury at $2.5bn bonus for Lehman's New York staff  —  Up to 10,000 staff at the New York office of the bankrupt investment bank Lehman Brothers will share a bonus pool set aside for them that is worth $2.5bn (£1.4bn), Barclays Bank, which is buying the business, confirmed last night.
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Biden criticizes Obama ad hitting McCain as technologically inept
Discussion: Commentary and Sister Toldjah
Hindrocket / Power Line:
JOHN MCCAIN, REFORMER
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Arnold Kling / EconLog:
A Simpler Solution  —  On many occasions, including my Cato paper …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Naomi Wolf / The Huffington Post:
The Battle Plan II: Sarah “Evita” Palin, the Muse of the Coming Police State
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Cara Degette / Colorado Independent:
Evangelical leader smacks McCain for lack of ‘principle’
Discussion: Talk To Action
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
McCain Bemoans Fate of Undocumented Irish in America
Discussion: Boston Globe and Lonewacko
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Voting Your Hates  —  Larison makes a strong case for not …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Andrew Cuomo? Seriously?
Myra P. Saefong / MarketWatch:
Crude futures close more than $16 higher
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
FBI searches apartment of alleged Palin hacker
Discussion: NO QUARTER, Weekly Standard and Gawker