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3:40 PM ET, September 23, 2008


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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.
Sara Kugler / Associated Press:
Palin meets Karzai without usual reporters in tow  —  NEW YORK - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who has not held a press conference in nearly four weeks of campaigning, on Tuesday barred most pool reporters from her meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the first foreign head of state she has ever met.
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Palin Shuts Down The Pool; Media Revolts (UPDATE)
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin's media-free zone
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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, but here's my question about Barack Obama and William Ayres:  —  What “radical” ideas did Obama and Bill Ayres come up with to foist on the Chicago school system?  —  What specific projects — “radical” projects — did Obama work on with Ayres?
Discussion: Silent Running
The New Republic:
Kurtz's Obama-Ayers Fishing Expedition Comes Up Empty
Discussion: News Hounds, Kevin Drum 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
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: Weekly Standard
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 …
Paul Krugman:
Balance sheet baloney
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MORE ON THE TELL ...  As we've been noting, a lot about the …
Ali / Think Progress:
Paulson: I Didn't Suggest Oversight In The Bailout Plan Because That Would Be ‘Presumptuous’  —  This morning, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson testified before the Senate Banking Committee on the current financial crisis.  Nearly every senator on the panel criticized the $700 billion bailout …
Mike Nizza / The Lede:
Following the Bailout Hearing
Discussion: New York Times and FP Passport
Associated Press:
Obama says he may rein in spending plans
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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
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 …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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 …
Ron Paul / CNN:
Paul: Bailouts will lead to rough ride
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.
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Colorado Poll  —  Barack Obama 51  —  John McCain 44  —  Sarah Palin's popularity with Colorado voters over the last couple weeks has plummeted, and as it has Barack Obama has opened up his biggest lead yet in a PPP survey of the state.  —  Immediately after the Republican convention 41% …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Daily Kos
The Progressive Magazine Feed:
Racism and the Race  —  The race boils down to racism.  All things being equal, Barack Obama would win the presidency hands down.  —  Unemployment is at a five-year high.  —  Wages are shrinking.  —  The stock market is in the doldrums.  —  The home foreclosure crisis has shattered the dreams of millions of Americans.
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McCain sends press to cabbage class
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Washington Post:
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