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5:15 PM ET, September 23, 2008


 Top Items: 
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 in the City  —  Meeting Uribe |  2:20 p.m.: The next stop on Governor Palin's whirlwind diplomatic tour was a meeting with President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia.  Mr. Uribe has a warm relationship with Senator John McCain, who paid him a visit during extremely unusual campaign trip …
Sara Kugler / Associated Press:
Palin meets her first world leaders in New York  —  NEW YORK - Sarah Palin met her first world leaders Tuesday.  It was a tightly controlled crash course on foreign policy for the Republican vice presidential candidate, the mayor-turned-governor who has been outside North America just once.
Marc Ambinder:
Palin Shuts Down The Pool; Media Revolts (UPDATE)
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.  And you would have said to yourself, “Who is that guy?  What happened to President Hoover?”  —  From Katie Couric's sit-down with Joe Biden: … [Hat tip: John-David.]
Discussion: Wonkette
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Biden on FDR's management of the 1929 crash; Update: Biden video added
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
PIGS AT THE TROUGH  —  Kos comes across this remarkable admission from White House spokesperson Tony Fratto (emphasis mine): … Who are they kidding?  Of course the Democratic proposal for limits on executive compensation only applies to firms who participate in the bailout.
The Politico:
House GOP rises up against Cheney
Keith Koffler / Roll Call:
White House Dispatches Team to Push Economic Bill
Bush Mouthpiece Admits: They've Been Sitting on this Plan
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
White House:
Press Gaggle Via Conference Call with Deputy Press Secretary Tony …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Open Left
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: Silent Running
Peter Kirsanow / The Corner:
Ayers and Obama  —  Stanley Kurtz's articles today on NRO …
Discussion: Dr. Sanity and Betsy's Page
Paul Krugman:
Getting real — and letting the cat out of the bag  —  Whoa — it seems that Ben Bernanke ditched his prepared testimony and, instead, let the cat at least partly out of the bag. … As I wrote earlier this morning, the whole “take these assets off the balance sheets” line is fundamentally disingenuous …
Matthew Bigg / Reuters:
Resentment grows over Wall Street bailout plan  —  Resentment is growing on both sides of the U.S. political divide over a plan to use $700 billion of taxpayer money to bail out Wall Street firms with bad mortgage debt.  —  The disquiet comes from many voters on the left who see hypocrisy …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Rasmussen Reports and MyDD
Obama says bailout plan must protect taxpayers
Discussion: The Swamp
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Factchecking the Factcheckers on Obama's New Ad
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: Dealbreaker
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 …
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
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.
If Ohio polling looks like Chicago, ‘thank’ Brunner  —  Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has a reputation as the most partisan state official in Ohio.  And she works hard to earn it.  The Democrat's latest stunt rejected absentee ballots for thousands of Republicans.  —  But it's not her first rodeo.
Discussion: Pursuing Holiness
Expanding Opportunity to Promote Prosperity  —  America's free economy has given our country the world's highest standard of living and allows us to share our prosperity with the rest of humanity.  It is an engine of charity, empowering everything from Sabbath collection plate to great endowments.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain ads to air in Indiana
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Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Tepid Public Approval for Fed Action
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Gallup Daily: Obama Holds 3-Point Edge
Discussion: MyDD
Donald Luskin / National Review:
Of Interventions and Conservative Principles
Chris Rock To Bill Clinton: ‘Hillary Lost!’
Discussion: Open Left and The Daily Dish
Mark Krikorian / The Corner:
Credit Is Not a Civil Right
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
New York Times:
At U.N., Bush Reassures Leaders on Economy
Discussion: Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
David Talbot / Salon:
Mean girl  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Detroit Sept. 5, 2008.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Daily Kos
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
McCain sends press to cabbage class
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Suzy Shuster / The Huffington Post:
An Open Letter to Tina Fey