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10:30 AM ET, September 22, 2008


 Top Items: 
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 …
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 …
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 …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Dodd to seek changes to Treasury relief package  —  Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) said that the $700 billion bailout for Wall Street firms proposed by the U.S. Treasury Department needed to be modified and Democrats would most likely add new provisions to the package.
Discussion: The Swamp
New York Times:
Democrats Set Terms as Bailout Debate Begins  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats began to set their own terms on Sunday for a plan to rescue the nation's financial institutions, including greater legislative oversight of the Treasury Department, more direct assistance for homeowners …
The Politico:
CEO pay emerges as bailout barrier
Discussion: Salon and The Corner
Nitya / Political Punch:
Last Year's Big Five Wall Street Bonuses
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Think Progress
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Hope, Change, & Lies: Orchestrated “Grassroots” Smear Campaigns & the People that Run Them  —  Extensive research was conducted by the Jawa Report to determine the source of smears directed toward Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.  Those smears included false allegations …
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
LIKE CLOCKWORK, VIDEOS TAKEN DOWN!!!  —  Update: Rusty Uploading His Copy Now  —  Obama Connected PR Firm Produces, Uploads Lying Anti-Palin Ad on YouTube, Then Pushes it Virally as “Grassroots” Effort; PR Exec Sockpuppets Praise Video for “Getting the Truth Out;” Company Employee Uploads …
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.
Dan / Riehl World View:
Did Obama Fund Web-based Smear Campaign Targeting Palin?
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.
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.
Orlando Sentinel:
Palin wows 'em in The Villages
George Bennett / Palm Beach Post:
Palin draws record crowd in Central Florida
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.
New York Times:
Radical Shift for Goldman and Morgan  —  Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, the last two independent investment banks on Wall Street, will transform themselves into bank holding companies subject to far greater regulation, the Federal Reserve said Sunday night, a move that fundamentally reshapes …
Dale Wetzel /
Obama campaign staff pulling out of ND  —  BISMARCK, N.D.  —  Barack Obama, who has deployed more than 50 staffers in North Dakota in an attempt to become the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state since 1964, is pulling out.  —  An Obama spokeswoman, Amy Brundage …
The Politico:
The race discussion Obama didn't want
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.
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
NY Daily News:
Run, Mike, run  —  Michael Bloomberg must stand for reelection to a third term as mayor in 2009.  Run, Mike, run.  —  New York is only beginning to weather the damaging effects of the worst financial crisis to hit the U.S. since the Great Depression.  Severe aftershocks of lost jobs …
Discussion: New York Magazine and City Room
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Walter Shapiro / Salon:
The battle for votes in Pennsylvania's Clinton country
Discussion: MSNBC
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Stand-Ins, Naps Help Debate Preparation
Discussion: MSNBC, The Caucus and
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
A Peace From the Bottom Up  —  Amid the din of the financial crisis …
Discussion: Soccer Dad and Commentary
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Why Should We Negotiate With Bush At All?  —  I am going to ask …
Walt Bogdanich / New York Times:
A Disability Epidemic Among a Railroad's Retirees
Discussion: City Room and Spin Cycle
Associated Press:
Barack Obama to campaign in Green Bay on Monday
 Earlier Items: 
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Obama walks the abortion minefield
Discussion: Power Line
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Politico Intends to Expand After Presidential Race Ends
Discussion: FishBowlDC and Romenesko
Sean D. Naylor / Military Times HOME:
U.S. officer: Pakistani forces aided Taliban
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Agonist