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5:10 PM ET, September 24, 2008


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Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
McCain: Scrap Friday Debate for Bailout; Obama Camp: ‘The Debate is On’  —  ABC News' George Stephanopoulos and Rick Klein report: Sen. John McCain on Wednesday said he would “suspend” his presidential campaign to come to Washington to help negotiate a financial bailout bill, a dramatic move designed to seize a powerful issue.
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.
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 Wall Street bailout negotiations.  He urged his opponent Barack Obama to do the same.  —  The Arizona senator also asked …
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
McCain Asks To Postpone Friday Debate Due To Economic Crisis  —  NEW YORK — Republican John McCain said Wednesday he wants to delay Friday's debate with Democratic rival Barack Obama and temporarily put aside their partisan campaign to resolve the nation's financial crisis.
Washington Post:
McCain Calls for Debate Delay to Focus on Financial Crisis  —  NEW YORK — Republican presidential nominee John McCain this afternoon said he would suspend his presidential campaign tomorrow to return to Washington and help reach agreement on a plan to solve the financial crisis on Wall Street …
Drudge Report:
MCCAIN SUSPENDS CAMPAIGN TO FOCUS ON ECONOMY; WANTS DEBATE DELAY  —  MCCAIN: America this week faces an historic crisis in our financial system.  We must pass legislation to address this crisis.  If we do not, credit will dry up, with devastating consequences for our economy.
Discussion:, Salon, and Slog
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”.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   McCain taking ads down
New York Times:
McCain Seeks to Delay First Debate Amid Financial Crisis
Discussion: Pacific Views
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain wants to delay Friday debate, focus on economic crisis
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama, McCain already working on joint statement
Discussion: Wonkette
Michelle Malkin:   Breaking: McCain suspends campaign over bailout, wants debate …
CNN:   McCain to ‘suspend campaign,’ calls for first debate to be delayed
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Breaking: McCain suspends campaign to deal with economy …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Obama says debate should go ahead
Washington Post:
Economic Fears Give Obama Clear Lead Over McCain in Poll
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
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 …
Lynn Sweet:
John McCain campaign manager Rick Davis skips lunch with reporters
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
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Obama Reclaims Lead Over McCain, 45% to 39%  —  Barack Obama has recaptured the lead — 45 percent to 39 percent — over John McCain in the presidential race, according to a FOX News poll released Wednesday.  —  As majorities of each party's faithful back their party nominee …
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
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Florida congressman points to Palin to rally Jews to Obama  —  (CNN) - Rep. Alcee Hastings told an audience of Jewish Democrats Wednesday that they should be wary of Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin because “anybody toting guns and stripping moose don't care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks.”
Discussion: Hot Air
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
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.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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 …
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McCain Calls Time Out
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Diane Francis / Financial Post:
Karl Rove: Palin readiness unknown
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Why is a U.S. Army brigade being assigned to the “Homeland”?
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Crime Of Committing Journalism
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Gawker
Noelle Crombie / Oregonian:
Obama likeness found hanging at George Fox campus
 Earlier Items: 
Us Weekly:
John McCain Uses Idol Makeup Artist!
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Render unto Obama
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Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
Paul Krugman:
The trust problem  —  Andrew Leonard has an interesting theory …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Thomas Frank / Wall Street Journal:
It's Judgment Day for McCain
Discussion: Think Progress and The Corner
Marisa Katz / Washington Post:
Palin on Thin Ice
Nate Silver /
Intrade Betting is Suspicious
Discussion: The RBC