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12:50 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.
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”  —  “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
Aaron Bruns / FOX Embeds:
Biden Calls Obama Attack Ad “Terrible”
Discussion: USS Neverdock
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.
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 …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Factchecking the Factcheckers on Obama's New Ad
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Blame Fannie Mae and Congress For the Credit Mess  —  Many monumental errors and misjudgments contributed to the acute financial turmoil in which we now find ourselves.  Nevertheless, the vast accumulation of toxic mortgage debt that poisoned the global financial system was driven …
Yahoo! News:
What if the bailout plan doesn't work?
New York Times:   Paulson and Bernanke Urge Quick Action on Bailout
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: Boston Globe
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Obama Scales Back His 50 State Strategy
Discussion: and Swampland
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Economic ‘heart attack:’ Warning signs
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs and The Hill
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
In new ad on crisis, back to experience message
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
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 …
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Gates of Hell Freeze Over  —  Re Biden Backs Down below, one can only hope that every one of President Obama's cabinet picks will bring the same experience and gravitas to his team as his shrewd and far-sighted vice-presidential selection: … In fairness, in the weeks after 9/11 …
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
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
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: and Riehl World View
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.
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
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.
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
“Do Not Let Her!”  — Life in the Palin-Rove-Cheney Police State  —  When this election is all over, it will be hard to remember which Obama partisan proved the most unhinged (Rev. Wright doesn't count):  —  The “comedian” who called for the rape of Sarah Palin; the discredited Atlantic Magazine blogger …
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Times of London:
CEO murdered by mob of sacked Indian workers
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
Is it time to ban polling?
Discussion: Hot Air
NY Daily News:
Fake Sarah Palin earns a real New York welcome
Discussion: Political Machine and The E&P Pub
Karen Matthews / Associated Press:
Bill Clinton says he understands Palin's appeal
Barry Deutsch / The Art of the Possible:
Four Ways David Blankenhorn Is Wrong About Same Sex Marriage
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Susan Voyles / Reno Gazette-Journal:
Democrats close gap with GOP in Washoe County
Associated Press:
Millions spend half of income on housing
Discussion: Corrente
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