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3:30 PM ET, September 24, 2008


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Michael Goldfarb /
A Partisan Paper of Record  —  Today the New York Times launched its latest attack on this campaign in its capacity as an Obama advocacy organization.  Let us be clear about what this story alleges: The New York Times charges that McCain-Palin 2008 campaign manager Rick Davis was paid …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain camp attacks Times, doesn't deny report  —  The Mccain camp has a 698-word statement out in response to today's story that Rick Davis's firm, Davis Manafort, was paid a consulting fee of $15,000 a month starting in 2005, and ending last month.  —  The statement from McCain aide Michael Goldfarb begins:
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Palin gets question, looks to McCain, demurs  —  This is what happens when campaigns let reporters into photo ops.  They get all uppity and ask questions.  —  From the pool report account of what happened after McCain and Palin's meeting with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvilli and Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko:
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ASK A SILLY QUESTION.... John McCain and Sarah Palin met …
Discussion: Eunomia
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Depression fears
Washington Post:
Economic Fears Give Obama Clear Lead Over McCain in Poll  —  Turmoil in the financial industry and growing pessimism about the economy have altered the shape of the presidential race, giving Democratic nominee Barack Obama the first clear lead of the general-election campaign over Republican John McCain …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
McCain Campaign Disputes Post Poll  —  By Charles Dharapak — Associated Press  —  On the heels of a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that showed Barack Obama leading John McCain 52 percent to 43 percent nationally, the Arizona senator's campaign convened a conference call today insisting that the survey was an “outlier”.
Gallup:   Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains 3-Point Edge
Scott Keeter /
Cell Phones and the 2008 Vote: An Update  —  Current polling in the 2008 presidential election shows a very tight race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.  In part because of the strong support Obama is attracting among younger voters, and as the number of Americans …
Mark Blumenthal /
Pew Research: Missing Cell-Phone Onlys Matter  —  Few in the field of survey research have examined the problem of cell phones and surveys as closely over the last four years as Scott Keeter and his colleagues at the Pew Research Center.  They conducted one of the first large-scale political surveys …
University of Chicago GSB Faculty Redirect Page:
To the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate:  —  As economists, we want to express to Congress our great concern for the plan proposed by Treasury Secretary Paulson to deal with the financial crisis.  We are well aware of the difficulty …
Discussion: Freakonomics and Portfolio
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Bill Clinton cites Jewish holidays to explain delay in campaigning  —  File this one under Ya Can't Make It Up.  —  Call me crazy, but there may some Christian areas of the country that he could stump in for Obama before, after or doing the high holidays.  —  From WJC's interview with Larry King tonight:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Bill Clinton: Will respect Jewish holidays, then 'hustle up …
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Slog and Wonkette
Nate Silver /
Intrade Betting is Suspicious  —  There's something funny going on over at Intrade with respect to the pricing of the Obama and McCain contracts.  —  Right now, Obama is trading at 52.3 points.  That is, Intrade implies that he has a 52.3 percent chance to become the next President.
Discussion: The RBC
Arnold Kling / EconLog:
The Ignorance Behind the Paulson Plan  —  From The PBS News Hour on September 23: … Ludwig is one of the authors, along with Paul Volcker, of the op-ed that put the bailout proposal on the table in the first place.  —  I am sure that Henry Paulson, Ben Bernanke, and Eugene Ludwig …
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Pajamas Media
Online NewsHour:   Massive Financial Rescue Faces Skepticism in Congress
Marisa Katz / Washington Post:
Palin on Thin Ice  —  With today's kerfuffle over the media being kept away from Sarah Palin's meetings with foreign leaders — like there was a risk she'd answer their shouted questions?  — I've been mulling over Colby's post about the Hannity-Palin “100 percent pure infomercial” interview.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Even FOX Rebels Against Palin Media Shutout
Discussion: Washington Post
Sharon Kehnemui Liss / Fox News:
MCCAIN SUSPENDS CAMPAIGN TO HELP WITH BAILOUT  —  John McCain announced that he will suspend his presidential campaign on Thursday to return to Washington to help with bailout negotiations.  He urged his opponent Barack Obama to do the same.  —  The Arizona senator also asked …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Hot Air
PETA Urges Ben & Jerry's To Use Human Milk  —  VERMONT — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, cofounders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., urging them to replace cow's milk they use in their ice cream products with human breast milk …
Qassim Abdul-Zahra / Associated Press:
Iraqi parliament approves provincial elections law  —  BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament overwhelmingly approved a provincial elections law Wednesday, overcoming months of deadlock and giving a boost to U.S.-backed national reconciliation efforts.  —  U.S. officials have complained privately …
Discussion: and abu muqawama
Michael Mechanic / MoJoBlog:   On Iraq's Northern Front, Echoes of Georgia?
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
NBC/WSJ POLL: DOUBTS ABOUT PALIN  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll will be released at 6:30 pm ET, but here's an early look at one set of numbers:  —  Forty-nine percent say that Palin is unqualified to be president if the need arises, compared with 40 percent who say she's qualified.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
McCain's gambit  —  McCain suspends his campaign, and asks to postpone Friday's debate, to address the financial crisis.  —  Both candidates have been marginal players; McCain, though, seems to have the potential to make himself a major one, and his move is a mark, most of all, that he doesn't like the way this campaign is going.
Discussion: Reason
Us Weekly:
John McCain Uses Idol Makeup Artist!  —  John McCain, whose ads skewer Barack Obama for his “celebrity” status, has his own close ties to show business, the new issue of Us Weekly reports exclusively.  —  The 72-year-old was recently made TV-ready by makeup artist Tifanie White who's worked …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Raw Story
Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
A STATEMENT FROM LUKE RUSSERT  —  From NBC's Luke Russert  —  Earlier this morning on the Today Show I misspoke and made what is without a doubt, quite simply a dumb comment.  —  Matt Lauer talked about UVA being a smart school and whether or not it could be considered a microcosm of Virginia at large.
Discussion: TVNewser and Wonkette
Thomas Frank / Wall Street Journal:
It's Judgment Day for McCain  —  Last week, Republican presidential candidate John McCain called for a commission to “find out what went wrong” on Wall Street.  It was an excellent suggestion: Public inquiries into Wall Street practices served the country well in the 1930s.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Pinpoint Attacks Focus on Obama  —  STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — Hundreds of times in the past three weeks, cable television viewers here have been the exclusive audience for two of the roughest advertisements of the political season.  —  One links Senator Barack Obama to the former mayor of Detroit …
William H. Gross / Washington Post:
How Main Street Will Profit  —  Capitalism is a delicate balance between production and finance.  Today, our seemingly guaranteed living standard is threatened, much like it has been in previous recessions or, some would say, the Depression.  Finance has run amok because of oversecuritization …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Render unto Obama  —  First we had the Vero Possumus seal, and then the Barackopolis.  One might have thought that Team Obama would have learned their lesson on hubris and self-absorption, but a deal with a British firm goes even farther.  Democrats have begun striking coins with Barack Obama's profile …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU, Don Surber and QandO
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Andrew Clark / Guardian:
Banking crisis: Warren Buffett sees US bailout as a golden opportunity
Discussion: The Gormogons and The Corner
Noelle Crombie / Oregonian:
Obama likeness found hanging at George Fox campus
David Stout / New York Times:
Paulson Said to Give Way on C.E.O. Pay; Bush to Speak
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
McCain discusses bailout deal with Romney, CEOs
Discussion: Politicker MA and
IPS Inter Press Service:
POLITICS: Neo-cons, Ex-Israeli Diplomats Push Islamophobic Video
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Biden, Obama helped keep ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ alive
 Earlier Items: 
Alaska Politics / Alaska_Politics's blog:
Ivan Moore: Palin remains popular but not like before
Shifting Battleground  —  Since the polling team last surveyed …
Discussion: The Swamp and Outside The Beltway
Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Founding Brothers  —  New evidence strongly suggests …
Discussion: The Corner
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Remember Those Companies We Bought