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1:10 PM 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.
Marc Ambinder:   Obama And Ayres  —  Associations can be fair game …
Peter Kirsanow / The Corner:
Ayers and Obama  —  Stanley Kurtz's articles today on NRO …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
The New Republic:
Kurtz's Obama-Ayers Fishing Expedition Comes Up Empty
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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama may scale back promises  —  Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said in an interview aired Tuesday that the cost of the mortgage bailout plan may rein in his ambitious plans for health care, energy, education and infrastructure.  —  Obama's comments reflect the possible new constraints …
Julia Hoppock / Political Punch:
Obama on Biden's Initial Opposition to AIG Bailout: “Joe Should Have Waited”  —  “What has been clear during this entire past ten days is John McCain has not had clarity and a grasp on the situation,” Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told NBC's Matt Lauer in an interview that ran this morning.
Biden dials back ‘terrible’ comment
Discussion: Open Left
Ron Paul / CNN:   Paul: Bailouts will lead to rough ride
Paul Krugman:
Balance sheet baloney
Discussion: Brad Setser and TalkLeft
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Press vs McCain
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Sara Kugler / Associated Press:
Palin bars, then admits reporters to UN meetings
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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.
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.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
In new ad on crisis, back to experience message
Discussion: The Swamp
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Economic ‘heart attack:’ Warning signs
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs and The Hill
New York Times:
Paulson and Bernanke Urge Quick Action on Bailout
Discussion: Yahoo! News and
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Close Contests in Four Key States:  —  The presidential race between John McCain and Barack Obama in four key battleground states remains remarkably stable despite a month of politically significant developments, with the Illinois senator running ahead of or even with his Republican rival according …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Boston Globe
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Palin press may boycott UN conference
M. Duss / Wonk Room:
Maliki: Bush Tried To Delay U.S. Withdrawal To Help McCain  —  In an al-Iraqiya interview on September 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki discussed the state of negotiations between the U.S. and Iraqi governments regarding the eventual withdrawal of U.S troops from Iraq.
Ben / Think Progress:
EXCLUSIVE: Maliki Suggests Bush Pushed To Extend U.S. Presence …
Discussion: State of the Day
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Bush Pressured Maliki to Revise Withdrawal Date to Bail Out McCain
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘Foreign Vehicles’  —  A Michigan spot hits McCain for owning German and Japanese cars and for opposing (in the past, though not now) auto-industry handouts.
Discussion: Riehl World View and
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: Alternate Brain
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Opposition to Bailout Plan Grows but Still Expected to Pass  —  The more voters learn about the proposed $700 billion federal bailout plan for the U.S. economy, the more they don't like it, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey taken Monday night.
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Not a surrogate  —  I'd missed “The View” yesterday, but watching now, it's striking how one of the world's great's political salesman is acting as an analyst, and not a surrogate, when it comes to this race, and making no real effort to boost Obama.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and USS Neverdock
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Fox News:
Fifth Grader Suspended For Wearing Anti-Obama Shirt
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Law Blog
Jesse Walker / Reason:
And if you owned an experimental TV set in 1929, you would have seen him.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and The Corner
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
Is it time to ban polling?
Discussion: Hot Air
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
“Do Not Let Her!” — Life in the Palin-Rove-Cheney Police State
NY Daily News:
Fake Sarah Palin earns a real New York welcome
Discussion: Political Machine
Barry Deutsch / The Art of the Possible:
Four Ways David Blankenhorn Is Wrong About Same Sex Marriage
 Earlier Items: 
Byron York / The Corner:
Biden Backs Down  —  A statement from Joe, released tonight by the Obama campaign:
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Obama Scales Back His 50 State Strategy
Discussion: and Swampland
Susan Voyles / Reno Gazette-Journal:
Democrats close gap with GOP in Washoe County
Palin's lawyer meets with independent counsel
Discussion: Associated Press and Spin Cycle
Scott Lilly / The Politico:
Playing hooky pays off for Palin
Discussion: Think Progress