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2:40 AM ET, September 23, 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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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:
The New / New York Times:
McCain Camp Takes Issue With Times Coverage
Discussion: The Caucus
Marc Ambinder:
Sign Of The Times; McCain Camp Accuses Reporter Of Being In Obama “Tank”
Discussion: Donklephant and The Daily Dish
Paul Krugman:
Daddy doesn't know best  —  I've had more time to read the Dodd proposal — and it is a big improvement over the Paulson plan.  The key feature, I believe, is the equity participation: if Treasury buys assets, it gets warrants that can be converted into equity if the price of the purchased assets falls.
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Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Chris Dodd Stares Down Paulson  —  So there was “Goldman” Hank, holding a gun on the economy and staring Congress down.  “Give me the 700 billion, or the economy gets it!” he threatened.  For two days it looked like he was going to get away with it, 700 billion dollars to spend on the Wall Street gang …
Discussion: theday.com and First Draft
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.
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Jesse Benton / Ron Paul's Campaign For Liberty:
A New Alliance - By Dr. Ron Paul
Discussion: Wonkette and Donklephant
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 …
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?
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?”
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
Naomi Klein / The Huffington Post:
Now is the Time to Resist Wall Street's Shock Doctrine  —  I wrote The Shock Doctrine in the hopes that it would make us all better prepared for the next big shock.  Well, that shock has certainly arrived, along with gloves-off attempts to use it to push through radical pro-corporate policies …
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Newt Gingrich / solutionsday2008.com:   Get the Politicians Out of the Economy: Recipe for Sound Economic Growth
Megan McArdle:
How close was the financial system to melting down?  —  I do not work for the Treasury, the Fed, or an investment house, so take this for what it's worth.  But my understanding is really, frighteningly close.  Remember the monster that lived under your bed when you were five?  Actually, mine lived in the closet.
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.
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Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
Bailout Satire  —  Add your own toxic holdings to the big s**tpile here.  —  I almost missed this email because it was diverted to my spam folder.  But apparently Paulson is sending this around:
Discussion: Credit Slips and Wonkette
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.
Discussion: MSNBC, MyDD and www.redstate.com
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Politicker MA:
Dukakis: McCain using same race tactics as ‘Willie Horton’ ad  —  Former Gov. and 1988 Democratic Presidential nominee Michael Dukakis: Getty Image  —  Former Gov. Michael Dukakis said Monday that John McCain's presidential campaign is using the same race-based tactics that were used against him in his 1988 presidential run.
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 …
Naomi Wolf / The Huffington Post:
The Battle Plan II: Sarah “Evita” Palin, the Muse of the Coming Police State  —  Please understand what you are looking at when you look at Sarah “Evita” Palin.  You are looking at the designated muse of the coming American police state.  —  You have to understand how things work …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Biden on Obama's e-mail ad: “I thought that was terrible”  —  Skip ahead to 4:05.  For the second time in three days, Greasy Joe proves himself one of America's most effective anti-Obama advocates.  —  I hope you appreciate his nuance, at least, in hinting that Obama didn't approve an ad that ended with …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Biden criticizes Obama ad hitting McCain as technologically inept  —  Joe Biden offered perhaps his most off-message statement yet since being tapped as Barack Obama's running mate, saying in an interview that he thought one of his campaign's own ads was “terrible” and hadn't know about it in advance.
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 …
John Althouse Cohen / Jac:
How Obama lost me  —  In September 2004, my mom (Ann Althouse) posted “How Kerry lost me.”  She never particularly supported Kerry, and she ended up voting for Bush.  She didn't mean “How Kerry lost me” as in “Why I stopped being a supporter” — she just meant how she went from open-minded about him to turned off from him.
Jeffrey / ArmsControlWonk:
START: Dead Treaty Walking  —  Josh Meyer in the Los Angeles Times has an excellent article about the potential casualties of the Russia-Georgia conflict — including the START Treaty. … For those of you who don't follow this stuff, START — and its essential verification provisions — expire on December 5, 2009.
iowahawk:
Council Demands Palin Ouster from Fallout Shelter  —  Newark, Blast Ring 4: Radioactive mutants from the National Jewish Democratic Council today tapped an angry Morse code press release message on the lid of the fallout shelter of another Jewish organization, demanding that it “immediately disinvite” …
Discussion: Solomonia
Fox News:
FOX News/Rasmussen Poll: Race in Swing States Mirrors 2004 Election  —  Results from four of the five battleground states in the FOX News/Rasmussen Reports polling are similar to the presidential election four years ago.  Virginia, however, is more competitive than it was in 2004.
Jerusalem Post:
Iraq may execute MP for Israel visit  —  First his two sons were murdered.  Now he faces prosecution.  The reason for Mithal al-Alusi's troubles?  Visiting Israel and advocating peace with the Jewish state - something Iraq's leaders refuse to consider.  —  The Iraqi is at the center …
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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The Current:
Not Buying It  —  Why Secretary Paulson's plan to bail …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Etgar Lefkovits / Jerusalem Post:
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Bailout Plan Talks Advance in Congress
Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
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Blackhedd / www.redstate.com:
A Few Important Questions for Mr. Paulson and Mr. Bernanke
Discussion: Power Line
Dan / Riehl World View:
Axelrod Called Ethan Winner?
Lindsey Ellerson / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton: Hillary Never Wanted to be Obama's VP
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
McCain Bemoans Fate of Undocumented Irish in America
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