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12:20 PM ET, September 22, 2008

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William Kristol / New York Times:
A Fine Mess  —  A friend serving in the Bush administration called Sunday to try to talk me out of my doubts about the $700 billion financial bailout the administration was asking Congress to approve.  I picked up the phone, and made the mistake of good-naturedly remarking …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Cash for Trash  —  Some skeptics are calling Henry Paulson's $700 billion rescue plan for the U.S. financial system “cash for trash.”  Others are calling the proposed legislation the Authorization for Use of Financial Force, after the Authorization for Use of Military Force …
The Politico:
CEO pay emerges as bailout barrier  —  Flying in the face of Congress and both presidential campaigns, Treasury is resisting efforts to impose pay limits on Wall Street executives and bankers whose companies stand to be helped by the government's $700 billion rescue plan for the financial markets.
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Dodd to seek changes to Treasury relief package
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs and The Swamp
Dawn Kopecki / Bloomberg:
U.S. Treasury Widens Scope of Plan to Buy Bad Debt
Discussion: American Street
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Hope, Change, & Lies: Orchestrated “Grassroots” Smear Campaigns & the People that Run Them [Updated]  —  ***Sticky***Scroll past on main page for newer posts***Updates sprinkled throughout post and summarized at end***  —  Extensive research was conducted by the Jawa Report to determine …
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Ace of Spades HQ:
“eswinner's” YouTube Account Officially Closed 15 Minutes Ago;  —  No Defamation Without Representation!  —  I would once again stress that this is the best confirmation of everything Rusty alleged... and the stuff he didn't quite allege but we're all thinking is most likely true.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Dan / Riehl World View:
Did Obama Fund Web-based Smear Campaign Targeting Palin?
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For release at 9:30 p.m. EDT  —  The Federal Reserve Board on Sunday approved, pending a statutory five-day antitrust waiting period, the applications of Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to become bank holding companies.  —  To provide increased liquidity support to these firms as they transition …
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Nitya / Political Punch:
Last Year's Big Five Wall Street Bonuses
Discussion: Think Progress and MoJoBlog
New York Times:
Loan Titans Paid McCain Adviser Nearly $2 Million  —  Senator John McCain's campaign manager was paid more than $30,000 a month for five years as president of an advocacy group set up by the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to defend them against stricter regulations, current and former officials say.
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Kevin Hassett / Bloomberg:
How the Democrats Created the Financial Crisis: Kevin Hassett
Discussion: The Corner
Sarah Palin / New York Sun:
Palin on Ahmadinejad: ‘He Must Be Stopped’  —  Governor Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president, was scheduled to speak today at a rally in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza to protest the appearance here of President Ahmadinejad of Iran.  Her appearance was canceled by rally organizers who sought a nonpolitical event.
Washington Post:
Steering the McCain Campaign, a Lot of Old Bush Hands  —  When Gov. Sarah Palin flew home to Alaska for the first time since being named the Republican vice presidential nominee, she brought along at least half a dozen new advisers to conduct briefings, stage-manage her first television interview …
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Conservatives Try New Tack on Campuses  —  COLORADO SPRINGS — Acknowledging that 20 years and millions of dollars spent loudly and bitterly attacking the liberal leanings of American campuses have failed to make much of a dent in the way undergraduates are educated, some conservatives have decided to try a new strategy.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Team McCain tosses more chum overboard  —  McCain's campaign knows they have to shift the debate away from one solely focused on the near-collapse of the economy on the watch of a Republican administration.  —  They began this effort last week by having McCain lay some of the blame …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Early voting starts today in some states  —  FAIRFAX, Va. — Voters by the thousands will begin casting ballots for president this week in an early voting process that's expected to set records this year.  —  Residents of Virginia, Kentucky and Georgia are among the first in the nation eligible to vote in person, as well as by mail.
Discussion: The Caucus and Electoral-vote.com
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The End-Times And Sarah Palin  —  Yes, she believes in them.  Of course she believes in them.  Her former pastor believes that Alaska will be the refuge for the faithful in the lower 48 states when the Rapture comes.  She is a Biblical literalist who denies evolution - who has to deny evolution - to remain in her church.
Bill Cotterell / News Press:
Palin draws crowd of 60,000 in The Villages  —  THE VILLAGES — Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin told wildly cheering, flag-waving, chanting supporters that John McCain is “the only great man in this race” and promised Sunday he will fix the nation's economy if voters give the GOP four more years in the White House.
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George Bennett / Palm Beach Post:
Palin draws record crowd in Central Florida
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
John McCain: Immigration reform redux  —  John McCain opened today with an old Irish joke about a couple of guys buying each other drinks at a bar and bit by bit discovering how much they have in common, even went to the same high school.  —  “The O'Reilly twins are getting drunk again,” the bartender explains.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
New York Times:
2 Candidates Back Bailout, With Caveats  —  PHILADELPHIA — Senators John McCain and Barack Obama warned Sunday that there should be more oversight built into the government's $700 billion plan to stabilize the financial markets but said the potentially enormous expenditure would not force …
 
 
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NY Daily News:
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Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
A Peace From the Bottom Up  —  Amid the din of the financial crisis …
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Chris Bowers / Open Left:
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Obama walks the abortion minefield
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
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U.S. officer: Pakistani forces aided Taliban
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