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1:50 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:
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Remember Those Companies We Bought
Lynn Sweet:
John McCain campaign manager Rick Davis skips lunch with reporters
Discussion: TPM Election Central and Salon
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
ABC/Post Poll Suggests Gains For Obama
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: Portfolio and Freakonomics
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 …
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 …
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 and Concurring Opinions
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 …
Lee Speigel / Political Punch:
Oh, That Joe!  (No. 17 in a Series) — First Thing We Do, Let's Retain All the Lawyers  —  “I think we're going to be up very late counting votes,” Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., told a kettle of lawyers Tuesday night at a fundraiser for the Democratic Victory Fund hosted by the American Association …
Trooper probe now ‘confidential,’ Palin aides say  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) — Republican campaign officials indicated they are done answering questions about an investigation into Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner Tuesday, citing a request by a state investigator.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Even FOX Rebels Against Palin Media Shutout  —  Dude, first you lost ABC, and now you've lost FOX News, as evidenced by this testy segment with Shepard Smith yesterday.  That's just gotta smart for a Republican when the official water carrier for the Republican Party openly chastises …
The Hill:
Pelosi won't jump alone  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is telling Democrats that she will not support President Bush's $700 billion bailout of the financial sector unless there is significant Republican support for the controversial plan.  —  The politics of the bailout are tricky and dangerous …
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
Where is the Credit Crunch?  —  Back in February I pointed out that despite all the talk of a credit crunch commercial and industrial loans were at an all-time high and increasing.  At the time, Paul Krugman and others responded that this was just temporary as firms drew on previously existing lines of credit.
Elaine Sciolino / New York Times:
N. Korea Bars Inspectors From Nuclear Plant  —  PARIS — North Korea has barred international inspectors from a nuclear reprocessing plant that produces weapons-grade material and intends to restart activity there in a week, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Wednesday.
Alaska Politics / Alaska_Politics's blog:
Ivan Moore: Palin remains popular but not like before  —  From David Hulen in Anchorage -  —  Anchorage pollster/consultant Ivan Moore has a new poll out from 500 likely Alaska voters.  While Gov. Palin's popularity remains very high - 68 percent overall give her a positive rating …
Michelle Malkin:
Kill the bailout: Illegal immigration and the mortgage mess  —  My syndicated column today tackles the bailout angle no one wants to talk about: Open borders and the home loan debacle.  You've heard a lot about Fannie/Freddie and the minority lending shakedowns, but you haven't heard …
Marc Ambinder:
Bailout Questions  —  So where did the $700 billion number come from?  —  Sec. Paulson told congress yesterday that the plan was to spend roughly 50 billion a month,  —  Sen. Schumer asked: why not $150 billion then, and let the next administration do a re-evaluation in January?  No real answer.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Sucker's Bet  —  As is well known, from 1980-1992 tax cutting was great and deficits didn't matter.  But starting in 1993 it was crucially important for the government to run balanced budgets.  But then suddenly in 2001, budget surpluses became dangerous and we needed giant tax cuts.
H. Josef Hebert / Associated Press:
Democrats concede, will end offshore drilling ban  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — For the time being at least, congressional Democrats appear to be conceding in the standoff with Republicans over more offshore oil drilling as they prepare to let a quarter-century ban on oil and natural gas drilling off …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
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.
Discussion: Think Progress and The Raw Story
Michael J. Totten:
The Scorching of Georgia  —  The events described in this article took place in late August, 2008.  —  Last month Russia invaded, occupied, and de-facto annexed portions of Georgia.  During that time it was difficult, if not impossible, for reporters to see for themselves what was actually happening.
Discussion: ThreatsWatch
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
What Made the Great Depression “Great”?  —  The Great Depression is being invoked a lot these days, and I understand there's a reasonable real fear of a total meltdown out there.  But some points are worth making.  Even if we entered a serious depression, we will not experience time travel.
David Paul Kuhn / Yahoo! News:
Study: Dems need white vote gain  —  In an election year where Barack Obama pledged to change the electorate, the centrist Democratic Leadership Council has weighed into the debate with a detailed report arguing it will be difficult for Obama to earn enough African American and youth support …
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Stanley Kurtz / National Review:
Founding Brothers  —  New evidence strongly suggests …
Michael O'Brien /
House GOP backs off immigration, avoids openly questioning McCain
Stan Liebowitz / New York Post:
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Boomlet  —  I dunno about a nine-point lead, Kathryn …
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