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7:50 PM ET, September 23, 2008


 Top Items: 
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Palin Camp Goes To New Lengths To Shut Out Media  —  From CBS News' Scott Conroy:  —  (NEW YORK) Update: After media outlets complained to the McCain/Palin campaign about its attempt to prevent an editorial presence at Gov. Palin's first meeting of the day, a pool producer was allowed …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Palin press may boycott UN conference  —  NEW YORK - Journalists, displeased with Sarah Palin's efforts to restrict their access to her, are threatening not to cover her events surrounding the United Nations conference here unless they're allowed more access.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain camp tries to keep reporters out of Palin meetings  —  (CNN) — McCain-Palin campaign officials shifted course Tuesday after being informed by television news organizations that they would not broadcast footage of Sarah Palin's meeting with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai Tuesday in New York …
Discussion: The Swamp, MoJoBlog and Gawker
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
Palin in the City  —  Meeting Uribe |  2:20 p.m.: The next stop on Governor Palin's whirlwind diplomatic tour was a meeting with President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia.  Mr. Uribe has a warm relationship with Senator John McCain, who paid him a visit during extremely unusual campaign trip …
Jeffrey Goldberg:
What is the McCain Camp Hiding?
Discussion: News Hounds
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
A cluster in Midtown  —  Attempts to shield Palin from questions …
Palin Bans Reporters From Meetings, Then Relents
Discussion: The Huffington Post
The Politico:
House GOP rises up against Cheney  —  There was a time when Dick Cheney could turn back a Republican revolt on Capitol Hill.  —  That time is gone.  —  House Republicans rose up en masse against their vice president on Tuesday morning to blast an administration proposal …
Bush Mouthpiece Admits: They've Been Sitting on this Plan  —  Hidden in an article reporting that Cheney's going to go hunt up some support for the $700,000,000,000 bailout is this admission that the Bush Administration has been sitting on it for some time: … Which raises three questions for me:
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gingrich urges vote against ‘stupid’ Paulson plan
Discussion: Daily Kos
Keith Koffler / Roll Call:
White House Dispatches Team to Push Economic Bill
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Democrats to let offshore drilling ban expire  —  WASHINGTON - Democrats have decided to allow a quarter-century ban on drilling for oil off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to expire next week, conceding defeat in an months-long battle with the White House and Republicans set off by $4 a gallon gasoline prices this summer.
Discussion: Slog and QandO
Andy Glass / The Crypt's Blogs:
Gingrich: McCain should make bailout ‘Obama-Bush’ plan
Discussion: The Swamp and Spin Cycle
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Biden garbles Depression history  —  Joe Biden's denunciation of his own campaign's ad to Katie Couric got so much attention last night that another odd note in the interview slipped by.  —  He was speaking about the role of the White House in a financial crisis.
Jesse Walker / Reason:
And if you owned an experimental TV set in 1929, you would have seen him.  And you would have said to yourself, “Who is that guy?  What happened to President Hoover?”  —  From Katie Couric's sit-down with Joe Biden: … [Hat tip: John-David.]
Discussion: Wonkette
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Biden: ‘No coal plants here in America’  —  Some great rope line video from Joe Biden's recent Ohio swing, where he was asked by an anti-pollution campaigner about clean coal — a controversial approach in Democratic circles for which Obama has voiced support, particularly during the Kentucky primary.
Stanley Kurtz / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism On Schools  —  Despite having authored two autobiographies, Barack Obama has never written about his most important executive experience.  From 1995 to 1999, he led an education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on the board until 2001.
Marc Ambinder:
Obama And Ayres  —  Associations can be fair game …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Silent Running
Paul Krugman:
Getting real — and letting the cat out of the bag  —  Whoa — it seems that Ben Bernanke ditched his prepared testimony and, instead, let the cat at least partly out of the bag. … As I wrote earlier this morning, the whole “take these assets off the balance sheets” line is fundamentally disingenuous …
Ernest Luning / Colorado Independent:
Aurora fifth-grader suspended over anti-Obama T-shirt  —  UPDATE: Please read School District says suspended student's anti-Obama t-shirt caused ‘disruption’ for new information on the story.  —  The father of an Aurora fifth-grader said Monday he plans to sue after school officials suspended …
Discussion: Law Blog and Stop The ACLU
Times of London:
CEO murdered by mob of sacked Indian workers  —  Corporate India is in shock after a mob of sacked workers bludgeoned to death the chief executive who had dismissed them from a factory in a suburb of Delhi.  —  Lalit Kishore Choudhary, 47, the head of the Indian operations of Graziano Transmissioni …
Discussion: American Power
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
Credit Is Not a Civil Right  —  I have no way of judging whether the Wall Street bailout is a necessary evil or an impending disaster.  But we're in this mess, ultimately, because our political elites thought it was good social policy to encourage banks to give mortgages to uncreditworthy people …
Discussion: Salon
If Ohio polling looks like Chicago, ‘thank’ Brunner  —  Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has a reputation as the most partisan state official in Ohio.  And she works hard to earn it.  The Democrat's latest stunt rejected absentee ballots for thousands of Republicans.  —  But it's not her first rodeo.
Discussion: Riehl World View
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain in Indiana?  [CORRECTED]  —  Two sources said McCain's ad campaign is set to extend to Indiana, a reliably Republican state where local polling has long showed Obama unexpectedly strong, and where Obama has been running a full-scale campaign.  —  UPDATE: A McCain spokesman …
Discussion: MyDD
Pew Research Center:
57% of Public Favors Wall Street Bailout  —  Obama Seen As Better Able to Address Crisis  —  By a margin of almost two-to-one the American public thinks the government is doing the right thing in investing billions of dollars to try to keep financial institutions and markets secure.
Chris Rock To Bill Clinton: ‘Hillary Lost!’  —  As in his appearance on the View, Bill Clinton offered the most tepid support possible for Barack Obama's presidential ticket on David Letterman's Late Show last night.  After repeatedly invoking his vanquished wife Hillary …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Dramatically Ramping Up Overall Ad Spending; Now Outgunning McCain  —  In a sign that the Obama campaign is getting serious about tapping his financial advantage over McCain with six weeks to go, Obama's overall spending on TV ads has jumped 50% in the last two weeks …
Gallup Daily: Obama Holds 3-Point Edge  —  Voter preferences similar to averages seen in post-primaries period  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. voters are closely divided in their 2008 presidential preferences, with 47% favoring Barack Obama and 44% backing John McCain.
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Johanna Neuman / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Anti-war veterans unfurl ‘Arrest Bush/Cheney’ banner at National Archives
White House:
President Bush Addresses United Nations General Assembly
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Count me Out of the Bailout  —  Sorry for the radio silence.
Discussion: Wizbang
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Obama's Michigan Attack
Discussion: Swampland
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Hard Landing for the Golden Parachute
David Talbot / Salon:
Mean girl  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Detroit Sept. 5, 2008.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
McCain sends press to cabbage class
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Colorado Poll  —  Barack Obama 51  —  John McCain 44
Discussion: TalkLeft and Riehl World View
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Punitive Measures  —  I just heard Ben Bernanke saying …
Discussion: Open Left
Ron Paul / CNN:
Paul: Bailouts will lead to rough ride
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Not a surrogate  —  I'd missed “The View” yesterday …