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9:30 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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Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
McCain Campaign Slams New York Times: Not A Journalistic Organization “By Any Standard”  —  The McCain campaign is going on the attack against the New York Times for reporting that campaign manger Rick Davis was paid almost $2 million as head of a lobbying organization that represented Fannie Mae …
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
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:
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 …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Think Progress
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Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Dodd bill more aggressive than Treasury plan  —  Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd is taking much more aggressive approach to the Treasury bailout plan, demanding foreclosure assistance, limits on executive compensation and profit sharing for taxpayers if the Treasury begins …
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Chris Dodd Stares Down Paulson
Discussion: First Draft and Salon
Satyam / Think Progress:
Conflict Of Interest? …
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 …
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
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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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Is the Obama Campaign Behind Anti-Palin Online Smears?
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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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Confederate Yankee:
Were Rape Victims Billed in Wasilla, Or is This Just More Astroturfing?  —  Wasilla, Alaska got it's first full-time police force in 1993, when eight uniformed officers formed the city's “thin blue line.”  More than a decade later, the small-town police force has tripled in size, to 24 commissioned officers.
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
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Jessica Yellin / CNN:
Palin's town charged women for rape exams
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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.
Discussion: NY Daily News Blogs
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: South Carolina Senate  —  South Carolina Senate: Graham 50% Conley 41%  —  The first Rasmussen Reports poll of South Carolina's United State Senate race shows Republican Senator Lindsey Graham attracting 50% of the vote while Democratic challenger Bob Conley earns 41%.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Swing State Project
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Anxious Investors Push Dow Down 372 Points  —  Stocks fell sharply and oil prices suddenly spiked on Monday as investors anxiously waited for Washington lawmakers to hash out the details of the biggest government bailout in history — a politically fraught process that will create a new slate of winners and losers on Wall Street.
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Truthdig
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Kevin Hassett / Bloomberg:
How the Democrats Created the Financial Crisis: Kevin Hassett  —  Sept. 22 (Bloomberg) — The financial crisis of the past year has provided a number of surprising twists and turns, and from Bear Stearns Cos. to American International Group Inc., ambiguity has been a big part of the story.
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.
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?”
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
 
 
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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
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Military intelligence: Iran halfway to first nuclear bomb
Discussion: New York Sun and Hot Air
Cara Degette / Colorado Independent:
Evangelical leader smacks McCain for lack of ‘principle’
Discussion: Talk To Action
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 …
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Andrew Cuomo? Seriously?
ACLU:
Appeals Court Orders Defense Department To Release Detainee Abuse …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Hullabaloo
Myra P. Saefong / MarketWatch:
Crude futures close more than $16 higher
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
FBI searches apartment of alleged Palin hacker
Discussion: Weekly Standard, NO QUARTER and Gawker
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The End-Times And Sarah Palin
Discussion: Commentary and www.redstate.com