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1:40 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 …
Discussion: Power Line and Israpundit
Peter Kirsanow / The Corner:
Ayers and Obama  —  Stanley Kurtz's articles today on NRO …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
Aaron Bruns / FOX Embeds:
Biden Calls Obama Attack Ad “Terrible”
Discussion: The New Republic and USS Neverdock
Biden dials back ‘terrible’ comment
Discussion: Open Left
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Joe Biden Contradicts Obama Campaign Pledge: No More Coal Clean Plants
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.
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
Palin and Karazi Bond Over Children
Marc Ambinder:
Palin Shuts Down The Pool; Media Revolts
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Sara Kugler / Associated Press:
Palin bars, then admits reporters to UN meetings
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Press vs McCain
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Ron Paul / CNN:   Paul: Bailouts will lead to rough ride
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:
FIRST THOUGHTS: SUNSHINE FOR OBAMA  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann  —  *** Sunshine on Obama's shoulders: If you want to know why Obama is doing his debate prep today in — of all places — Tampa, FL, look no further than the latest TODAY Show/NBC/Mason-Dixon poll …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Obama Scales Back His 50 State Strategy
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MORE ON THE TELL ...  As we've been noting, a lot about the …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Economic ‘heart attack:’ Warning signs
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.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Factchecking the Factcheckers on Obama's New Ad
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 In Iraq To Help McCain  —  Last July, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said U.S. troops should be out of Iraq “as soon as possible” and endorsed Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) withdrawal plan.  Obama “talks about 16 months.
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.
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.
Discussion: Think Progress
James Gerstenzang / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Bush and the bailout: Which is less popular?
Discussion: White House
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 …
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 …
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Suzy Shuster / The Huffington Post:
An Open Letter to Tina Fey
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Fox News:
Fifth Grader Suspended For Wearing Anti-Obama Shirt
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Law Blog
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘Foreign Vehicles’
Discussion: and Riehl World View
 Earlier Items: 
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