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7:20 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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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
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.
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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Dan / Riehl World View:
Axelrod Called Ethan Winner?
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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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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 …
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?”
Michael Rogers / BlogActive:
John McCain's Chief of Staff outed, wins Roy Cohn Award  —  When the first source on today's Roy Cohn Award recipient came forward approximately six months ago, he and I decided to wait and see where the presidential election went and how this person's boss performed.  Dismally.
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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.
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.
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:
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: solutionsday2008.com
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 …
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.
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Sitting Room Only for Obama in Green Bay  —  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin packed the house last week in Green Bay, Wis., at the Resch Center.  —  Not so today in the same arena with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., as ABC News' Sunlen Miller captured in these photos.  — jpt
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
The Current:
Not Buying It  —  Why Secretary Paulson's plan to bail out the financial industry needs a better explanation.  —  We are embarking on the most radical transformation of the American economy since the New Deal, committing hundreds of billions in taxpayer money to save banks …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Shock: Daily Kos Diary Asking Readers to Send Video to Ten Friends Each Now Disappeared As Well  —  Here's what it says now. … Here's what it used to say.  Emphases mine. … I'd say this is pretty strong evidence “geekesque” is also part of the Winner & Associates viral marketing team …
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.
 
 
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
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Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
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Blackhedd / www.redstate.com:
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Discussion: Power Line
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Cara Degette / Colorado Independent:
Evangelical leader smacks McCain for lack of ‘principle’
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