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10:40 AM 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 …
New York Times:
McCain Aide's Firm Was Paid by Freddie Mac  —  WASHINGTON— One of the giant mortgage companies at the heart of the credit crisis paid $15,000 a month to a firm owned by Senator John McCain's campaign manager from the end of 2005 through last month, according to two people with direct knowledge of the arrangement.
Tory Newmyer / Roll Call:   Davis' Firm on Freddie Payroll
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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Campbell Brown Rips McCain Camp's “Sexist” Treatment Of Palin  —  A prominent female news anchor chastised the McCain campaign Tuesday evening for engaging in sexism and insulting behavior in its attempt to shield Gov. Sarah Palin from members of the press.  —  In a fiery commentary …
Kate Linthicum / Top of the Ticket:
CNN's Campbell Brown to McCain campaign: “Free Sarah Palin!”  —  Campbell Brown, the CNN anchor whose confrontational on-air interview with a John McCain spokesman earlier this month raised eyebrows and caused the candidate to cancel a session with Larry King, delivered a blistering editorial Tuesday …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Campbell Brown: Free Sarah Palin
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 …
Patrick Healy / The Caucus:
Obama Says Bailout Should Include 4 Conditions
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 …
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
269 tie: An electoral college ‘doomsday’?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Don Surber
Tony Blankley / Real Clear Politics:
Media Campaigns Hard for Obama  —  The mainstream media have gone over the line and are now straight-out propagandists for the Obama campaign.  —  While they have been liberal and blinkered in their worldview for decades, in 2007-08, for the first time, the major media consciously are covering …
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
FBI Investigates Four Firms at Heart of the Mess  —  Probe Seeks to Learn if Fraud Played Role in Some of the Woes  —  WASHINGTON — Federal investigators have opened preliminary probes into the financial troubles of four high-profile companies that are at the center of the current financial turmoil …
Newsdesk / Steve Chapman:
Why Congress will cave on the bailout  —  Having been on vaction last week when the Treasury and Fed intervened to buy up $700 billion of bad debts from financial firms, I was encouraged to return and find not only reputable economists but members of Congress from both parties raising objections to this massive bailout.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Buffett to Invest $5 Billion in Goldman  —  Famed Investor's Move Is Seen as a Vote of Confidence in Crisis-Stricken Banking System; Old Ties to Firm Paved Way for Deal  —  Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said it will get a $5 billion investment from billionaire Warren Buffett's company …
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 …
Discussion: TPM Election Central and
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 …
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: Concurring Opinions
New voting glitches raise concerns in Florida  —  Palm Beach problems have officials worried about potential repeat of 2000  —  TAMPA, Fla. - Nearly a month after voters in Florida cast their ballots, opponents in the razor-close election head for court as a judge approves a third recount.
Mackubin Thomas Owens / Wall Street Journal:
Our Generals Almost Cost Us Iraq  —  The dominant media storyline about the Iraq war holds that the decisions about how to conduct it pitted ignorant civilians — especially the president and secretary of defense — against the uniformed military, whose wise and sober advice was cavalierly ignored.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Park Avenue Diplomacy  —  I don't agree with those muttering darkly that the picture of Gov. Sarah Palin with a perky smile and shapely gams posing with a pleased Henry Kissinger, famous for calling power the ultimate aphrodisiac, is a sign of the apocalypse.  —  It isn't even a sign of the apocalipstick.
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Poll finds 18 percent of voters persuadable  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — With Wall Street in turmoil and the economy in shambles, whichever presidential candidate convinces a swath of persuadable voters that he gets it — and can be trusted to lead the country back to fiscal stability — could well win the White House.
Wall Street Journal:
Pandora's Bailout  —  “Clean and quick,” whistled Henry Paulson past the mortgage crematoria.  The Treasury secretary's hope for expedited passage of his bailout plan may be realized, but clean and quick won't describe its implementation.  You wanted a bailout; you got a revolution.
Discussion: The Corner
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Boomlet  —  I dunno about a nine-point lead, Kathryn …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Alex Tabarrok / Marginal Revolution:
Where is the Credit Crunch?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Donald Craig Mitchell / Alaska Dispatch:
How Alaska's AG defied the public's interest to cover for Palin in Troopergate
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
“ I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here! ”
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama concedes that bailout costs may force him to adjust plans
Discussion: Associated Press
Chicago Tribune:
How rivals will seek edge in 1st debate
 Earlier Items: 
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Poll: Economic Discontent Boosts Barack Obama Over John McCain
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
New York Times:
For Palin in New York, a Predebate Introduction to Motorcade Diplomacy
Paul Slansky / The Huffington Post:
A Note to Bill Clinton
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
And the Media Worries about Palin's Experience and McCain's Age?