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11:30 AM ET, September 23, 2008


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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.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
McCain Loses His Head  —  “The queen had only one way of settling all difficulties, great or small.  ‘Off with his head!’ she said without even looking around.”  —  Under the pressure of the financial crisis, one presidential candidate is behaving like a flustered rookie playing in a league too high.
Washington Post:   A New Landscape, the Same Proposals
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Establishment Lives!  —  Once, there was a financial elite in this country.  During the first two-thirds of the 20th century, middle-aged men with names like Mellon and McCloy led Wall Street firms, corporate boards and white-shoe law firms and occasionally emerged to serve in government.
Discussion: Salon
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Economic ‘heart attack:’ Warning signs
Yahoo! News:
What if the bailout plan doesn't work?
Discussion: New York Times and
Jim Snyder / The Hill:
Lobbyists seek change to language
Discussion: Hullabaloo and New York Times
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke / Board of Governors …:
Before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, U.S. Senate  —  Chairman Dodd, Senator Shelby, and members of the Committee, I appreciate this opportunity to discuss recent developments in financial markets and the economy.  As you know, the U.S. economy continues …
McCain Transition Head Lobbied for Freddie Mac Before Takeover  —  Sept. 23 (Bloomberg) — The lobbying firm of the man Republicans say John McCain has chosen to begin planning a presidential transition earned more than a quarter of a million dollars this year representing Freddie Mac …
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.
Julia Hoppock / Political Punch:
Obama on Biden's Initial Opposition to AIG Bailout: “Joe Should Have Waited”
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Marcia Kramer / WCBS-TV:
Anti-Iran Rally Turns Into Anti-Obama Rally  —  Jewish Groups Furious That Protest Against Ahmadinejad Was, At Times, A Pro-Palin, Bash-The-Dems Affair  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― Politics and diplomacy were not a good mix at Monday's protest rally against Iran at the United Nations.
Discussion: Soccer Dad and Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
The Media Blackout: Nearly 40 Days and Counting  —  The country may have turned its attention to the economic crisis and a staggering $700 billion bailout proposal, but political operatives still have their eyes on other issues.  —  Among them, for the Democrats, is keeping track of how long it's …
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Palin Finally Warms Up to Media
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
The Story Behind Biden's Emergency Helicopter Landing in Afghanistan  —  “Ladies and gentlemen, where are we now?  Where are we now?”  Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., said to the National Guard Association today, talking about the war in Afghanistan.  —  “If you want to know where Al Qaeda lives …
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Gates of Hell Freeze Over
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Palin's lawyer meets with independent counsel  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's lawyer met Monday with the independent counsel hired by the state to discuss the investigation into Palin's firing of Alaska's public safety commissioner, campaign officials said.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama Carries Uneven Record as Debater to First Contest With McCain  —  Senator Barack Obama has shown himself at times to be a great orator.  His debating skills, however, have been uneven.  —  Some of his chief strengths — his facility with words, his wry detachment, his reasoning skills …
Discussion: Commentary and Althouse
Scott Lilly / The Politico:
Playing hooky pays off for Palin  —  Despite all of the discussion of Sarah Palin's performance as governor of Alaska, there has been little analysis of the simplest measure of performance: attendance.  As Woody Allen said many years ago, “80 percent of success is just showing up.”
Discussion: Think Progress
Susan Voyles / Reno Gazette-Journal:
Democrats close gap with GOP in Washoe County  —  Washoe County Democrats are closing in on registered Republicans as the parties focus on the Nevada's battleground county in the presidential election.  —  On Thursday, county Voter Registrar Dan Burk said Republicans had 87,971 registered …
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Obama Scales Back His 50 State Strategy  —  Barack Obama has never been particularly shy about his hope to reshape the political landscape of a country deeply divided between red and blue.  To much fanfare earlier this year, his campaign launched into General Election mode pledging …
Discussion: and Swampland
David Weigel / Reason:
Ron Paul's Presidential Endorsement.  For Real, This Time.  —  Two weeks after his “third party alliance” press conference, three weeks after the Rally for the Republic, Ron Paul finally dives in and endorses a presidential candidate.  This guy.  —  Paul's reasoning had a lot to do with Bob Barr's snub of the third party presser.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Focus on the Merits  —  Josh Marshall sums up the blogospheric conventional wisdom: … I think all those esteemed bloggers may be right.  Still, I think the intensive concern over this particular point is a little bit misplaced.  Or, rather, that it should be strictly dominated by concern over the merits of the plan that's passed.
NRA Targets Obama  —  It falsely claims in mailers and TV ads that Obama plans to ban handguns, hunting ammo and use of a gun for home defense.  —  A National Rifle Association advertising campaign distorts Obama's position on gun control beyond recognition.
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Barry Deutsch / The Art of the Possible:
Four Ways David Blankenhorn Is Wrong About Same Sex Marriage
Byron York / The Corner:
Biden Backs Down  —  A statement from Joe, released tonight by the Obama campaign:
Discussion: Power Line and Ace of Spades HQ
Lena H. / Washington Post:
Metro's $11 Billion To-Do List
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Close Contests in Four Key States:
Discussion: Boston Globe
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
GOP threatens stingy lawmakers
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Associated Press:
Millions spend half of income on housing
Discussion: Corrente
Tom / Election '08:
Debate Effects  —  The first of three presidential debates …
 Earlier Items: 
Brian O'Keefe / Fortune:
Here comes $500 oil  —  If Matt Simmons is right …
Washington Post:
Obama, McCain In Tight Race in Va., Poll Shows