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12:30 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:
Marc Ambinder:
Sign Of The Times; McCain Camp Accuses Reporter Of Being In Obama “Tank”
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Donklephant
The New / New York Times:
McCain Camp Takes Issue With Times Coverage
Discussion: The Caucus
Paul Krugman:
Dodd  —  Very preliminary, no details — but this sounds like a big step in the right direction.  —  One of the problems with this blog is that I ruffled a few feathers back when Bush had an 80 percent approval rating, and somehow I wasn't impressed.  People remember, and as a result …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Think Progress
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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: Group News Blog and First Draft
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.
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Dodd bill more aggressive than Treasury plan
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 …
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
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?
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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?”
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.
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Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:   John Steele Gordon on the Financial Mess: Greed, Stupidity …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Bailout Plan Talks Advance in Congress  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration and Congressional leaders moved closer to agreement on a historic $700 billion bailout for financial firms on Monday, including tight oversight of the program and new efforts to help homeowners at risk of foreclosure.
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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
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
Palin's town charged women for rape exams  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's hometown required women to pay for their own rape examinations while she was mayor, a practice her police chief fought to keep as late as 2000.  —  Former state Rep. Eric Croft, a Democrat …
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Digby / Hullabaloo:
Opening For A Maverick  —  Ed Kilgore over at the Democratic Strategist has posted an interesting take on the politics of this bailout.  He points to a post yesterday by Patrick Ruffinni that outlines a probable McCain strategy for dealing with this: … Note the framing of the “Bush-Pelosi” bailout plan.
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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 …
Lindsey Ellerson / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton: Hillary Never Wanted to be Obama's VP  —  ABC News' Russell Goldman Reports: Despite saying she would accept the offer to be vice president, Hillary Clinton never really wanted to be Barack Obama's running mate, her husband former President Bill Clinton told ABC's The View.
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.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
WHY IS OBAMA SO VAPID, HESITANT, AND GUTLESS?  —  Last week really ought to have been the end of the McCain campaign.  With the whole country feeling (and its financial class acting) as if we lived in a sweltering, bankrupt banana republic, and with this misery added to the generally Belarusian atmosphere …
Dan / Riehl World View:
Axelrod Called Ethan Winner?  —  Updated with slightly longer video — In the interests of the kind of openess I know Ethan Winner would support, I'm posting this AV file of an alleged phone call from David Axelrod to Ethan Winner after Rusty's story broke.
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:
 
 
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Etgar Lefkovits / Jerusalem Post:
15 wounded in terror attack at busy Jerusalem intersection
Discussion: The New Republic
Blackhedd / www.redstate.com:
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Hindrocket / Power Line:
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Arnold Kling / EconLog:
A Simpler Solution  —  On many occasions, including my Cato paper …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Naomi Wolf / The Huffington Post:
The Battle Plan II: Sarah “Evita” Palin, the Muse of the Coming Police State
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and American Power
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Cara Degette / Colorado Independent:
Evangelical leader smacks McCain for lack of ‘principle’
Discussion: Talk To Action
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
McCain Bemoans Fate of Undocumented Irish in America
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Voting Your Hates  —  Larison makes a strong case for not …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Andrew Cuomo? Seriously?
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