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4:00 AM ET, September 25, 2008

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CNN:
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 …
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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 …
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.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain's Aides Give the Tick Tock
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Gimmicks ‘R’ Us
Discussion: TalkLeft and DownWithTyranny!
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Breaking: McCain Campaign Suspends Campaign Due To Crisis, Calls On Delay For Debate
Marc Ambinder:
McCain's Bottom Line: No Deal = No Debate
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
SurveyUSA:
Here Are The Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #14454
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Hot Air
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
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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.
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.
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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
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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
Forbes:
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
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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.
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CNN:
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 …
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.
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
Elizabeth Stanton / Bloomberg:
U.S. Stocks Decline on Concern Over $700 Billion Bank Bailout  —  Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) — U.S. stocks fell for a third day on concern lawmakers will derail a White House plan to bail out banks even as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke warned of “grave threats” facing the American economy.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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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.”
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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 Earlier Items: 
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FISA all over again as Barney Frank Undercuts Dodd
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Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Ole Miss Official Says Debate Cancellation Would be ‘Devastating’
Discussion: Open Left
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
The Debate Debate  —  Obama is on TV right now.
Discussion: TPM Election Central and Salon
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Since Obama Seems to Want to Go On with the Debate
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Why is a U.S. Army brigade being assigned to the “Homeland”?
Discussion: Open Left and The Mahatma X Files
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
NBC/WSJ POLL: DOUBTS ABOUT PALIN