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1:30 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 …
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.
Marc Ambinder:
Palin Shuts Down The Pool; Media Revolts
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Bush Pressured Maliki to Revise Withdrawal Date to Bail Out McCain
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
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
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.
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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Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
New L.A. Times/Bloomberg poll finds deep-seated worries over the economy
Suzy Shuster / The Huffington Post:
An Open Letter to Tina Fey
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Punitive Measures  —  I just heard Ben Bernanke saying …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘Foreign Vehicles’
Discussion: and Riehl World View
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

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Andre Rhoden-Paul / BBC:
Ofcom launches an investigation into the Dan Wootton Tonight show on GB News after Laurence Fox insulted journalist Ava Evans, sparking 7,300 complaints

Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Sources: Axel Springer had notified Goldman Sachs of its desire to participate in a forthcoming auction for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph newspapers

Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Letterboxd's founders sell a majority stake to Canadian company Tiny; a source says the deal values the film-focused social network with ~10M users at $50M+

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