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2:30 AM ET, September 25, 2008


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McCain camp to propose postponing VP debate  —  (CNN) — McCain supporter Sen. Lindsey Graham tells CNN the McCain campaign is proposing to the Presidential Debate Commission and the Obama camp that if there's no bailout deal by Friday, the first presidential debate should take the place of the VP debate …
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.
New York Times:
Obama Rebuffs McCain on Debate Delay  —  Senator John McCain on Wednesday injected another surprise into his presidential campaign, announcing that he would suspend campaigning on Thursday and seek a delay in this week's planned debate so that he could return to Washington to try to forge a consensus on a financial bailout package.
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Bush Invites Obama to DC to Work on Bailout Bill; Obama Accepts  —  ABC News has learned that President Bush called Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., this evening and invited him to participate in a meeting about the Wall Street bailout bill tomorrow afternoon in Washington, D.C. …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Gimmicks ‘R’ Us
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Ole Miss Official Says Debate Cancellation Would be ‘Devastating’
Discussion: Open Left
Marc Ambinder:
McCain's Bottom Line: No Deal = No Debate
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Here Are The Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #14454
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Hot Air
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain taking ads down
McCain suspends campaign, Obama says he's continuing
Ernest Luning / Colorado Independent:
Oops! Colorado McCain camp sends internal e-mail to reporters
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
It's a good thing McCain's move is dominating the news  —  Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric, the first portion of which airs tonight, won't give Republicans any reassurance that she's ready for prime time.  —  It will, however, reassure McCain aides that they're ollowing the right course of action by keeping her shielded.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Palin and Couric  —  Full transcript after the jump.  This is a rough bit:
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal and The RBC
CBS News:
One-On-One With Sarah Palin  —  When Katie Couric sat down for an exclusive interview with Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, she focused on the economy - but also asked Alaska's governor about her running mate's record on regulating Wall Street.
Jane Hamsher / Campaign Silo:
LEAKED VIDEO: McCain Blows Off Letterman For Katie Couric  —  John McCain blew off David Letterman today because he said was getting back to Washington to address the economic crisis.  —  Only it turned out he wasn't in Washington, he was still in New York — being interviewed by Katie Couric.
Marc Ambinder:
Couric v. Palin On McCain's Record
Drudge Report:
EXCLUSIVE: LETTERMAN MOCKS MCCAIN CANCELLATION  —  David Letterman tells audience that McCain called him today to tell him he had to rush back to DC to deal with the economy.  —  Then in the middle of the taping Dave got word that McCain was, in fact just down the street being interviewed by Katie Couric.
The Huffington Post:
John McCain Cancels Letterman Appearance, Keith Olbermann To Fill In
Discussion: TalkLeft and Liberal Values
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Letterman mocks McCain cancellation
Discussion: Emptywheel
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:   Letterman Brutalizes John McCain For Cancellations *UPDATED With Video
Bill Carter / The Caucus:
Letterman: McCain's Cancellation Not Funny
Discussion: You Decide 2008
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Paulson, Senate Dems reach tentative bailout deal  —  Senate Democrats emerged from a meeting Wednesday with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to report a general, conceptual — but fragile — agreement on a $700 billion plan to rescue the U.S. financial markets.
Bad News For The Bailout  —  Lawmakers on Capitol Hill seem determined to work together to pass a bill that will get the credit markets churning again.  But will they do it this week, as some had hoped just a few days ago?  Don't count on it.  —  “Do I expect to pass something this week?”
New York Times:   First Debate Up in Air as McCain Steps Off the Trail
National Enquirer:
SARAH PALIN LOVER REVEALED!  —  In a world exclusive The NATIONAL ENQUIRER names GOP VP Candidate Sarah Palin's secret lover!  —  No less than three members of the man's family including one by sworn affidavit have claimed that Sarah Palin engaged in an extramarital affair with hus­band Todd's former business partner, Brad Hanson.
Discussion: Gawker and Us Weekly
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A non-emergency meeting  —  The McCain campaign's new urgency about the financial crisis didn't entirely clear his schedule this morning.  —  My colleague Amie Parnes reports that he made it to his scheduled morning meeting with Lady Lynn de Rothschild, a Clinton backer who recently came out in support of him.
Pakistan's president tells Palin she is ‘gorgeous’  —  NEW YORK (CNN) - Sarah Palin and the foreign leaders she has met with in New York have said very little to reporters over the last two days, but the press happened to be in the room on Wednesday for one eyebrow-raising exchange …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
The Debate Debate  —  Obama is on TV right now.  —  Some of this is a lot of nonsense, but if I'm just getting home from work and I only pay casual attention to these debates, Obama sounds reasonable and less gimmicky than McCain.  —  He says that there is no reason why we can't do more than one thing at once.
Discussion: TPM Election Central and Salon
Bonney Kapp / FOX Embeds:
Obama: The Debate Must Go On
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.”
I ghost-wrote letters to the editor for the McCain campaign  —  I spent a morning in John McCain's Virginia campaign headquarters ghost-writing letters to the editor for McCain supporters to sign.  I even pretended to have a son in Iraq. … By Margriet Oostveen
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Since Obama Seems to Want to Go On with the Debate
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