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4:55 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.
Jennifer Parker / Political Radar:
McCain: Scrap Friday Debate for Bailout; Obama: The Debate is On  —  ABC News' George Stephanopoulos and Rick Klein report: Republican presidential candidate John McCain on Wednesday said he would “suspend” his presidential campaign to come to Washington to help negotiate a financial bailout bill …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain's Aides Give the Tick Tock
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Breaking: McCain Campaign Suspends Campaign Due To Crisis, Calls On Delay For Debate
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Gimmicks ‘R’ Us
Marc Ambinder:
McCain's Bottom Line: No Deal = No Debate
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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.
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
Discussion: Gawker
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
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
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: Us Weekly
Moe / Gawker:
Sarah Palin's Other Man Brad Hanson: The (Plausible) Details At Last!  —  The National Enquirer has the details of what the tabloid dubs its “exhaustive” and “extensive” probe of Sarah Palin's extramarital dalliance this week.  It was not with that guy who had his divorce papers sealed …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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?”
Discussion: Take Our Country Back
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.
Discussion: The Seminal and The Moderate Voice
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Johnson to lead Obama briefing  —  Former Fannie Mae chairman Jim Johnson was dumped from Obama's vice presidential search team, but he's still playing a behind-the-scenes role on the campaign.  —  Former Senator Tom Daschle, a top Obama backer, emailed a select list this afternoon …
Bonney Kapp / FOX Embeds:
Obama: The Debate Must Go On  —  CLEARWATER, FL - Barack Obama addressed the press corps at the Florida resort where he is conducting debate preparations for a debate that John McCain may not even attend.  —  “It's my belief that this is exactly the time when the American people need to hear …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
The Debate Debate  —  Obama is on TV right now.
Discussion: TPM Election Central and Salon
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
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Bush Aides Linked to Talks on Interrogations  —  WASHINGTON — Senior White House officials played a central role in deliberations in the spring of 2002 about whether the Central Intelligence Agency could legally use harsh interrogation techniques while questioning an operative of Al Qaeda …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Ole Miss Official Says Debate Cancellation Would be ‘Devastating’  —  ABC News' Tahman Bradley Reports: A senior University of Mississippi official reacted Wednesday to the news that Sen. John McCain R-Ariz., wants to postpone Friday's presidential debate, saying that such a move would be …
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:
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British Muslim was senior al-Qaeda leader, court told
The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: Think Progress
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