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6:35 PM ET, September 25, 2008

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Marc Ambinder:
Being Close To Russian Entails......  The next installment in Katie Couric's interview with Gov. Sarah Palin.  —  Watch CBS Videos Online  —  COURIC: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience.  What did you mean by that?
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PALIN'S UNIQUE SPIN ON THE BAILOUT.... When Sarah Palin sat down with ABC's Charlie Gibson a couple of weeks ago, it was a fairly dominant story.  Palin's interview yesterday with CBS's Katie Couric is drawing significantly less attention, obviously because it's facing tougher competition from other news developments.
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
A Semi-Defense of Sarah Palin  —  Okay, maybe not even that.  Let's call it a charitable interpretation of Sarah Palin.  Matthew Yglesias is puzzled by her statement (in the interview Chris highlights below): … Yglesias wonders whether … But I think what she's actually talking …
Kevin Hechtkopf / CBS News:
In CBS Interview, Palin Calls For Surge In Afghanistan
Discussion: Firedoglake
Frank James / The Swamp:   Sarah Palin fears Russians over Alaska?
Wall Street Journal:
Agreement Reached on Bailout Ahead of High-Level Meeting  —  Proposal Breaks $700 Billion Into Installments  —  A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers left a two-hour-plus meeting in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday saying they have a “fundamental agreement” on a $700 billion plan to bail out U.S. financial markets.
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Jackie Kucinich / The Hill:
House GOP: We have leverage on bailout  —  House Republicans say they have significant leverage on the revamped bailout package, claiming that Democrats will scramble for votes unless they make changes to it.  —  Republicans in the lower chamber are balking at the bailout package …
Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
Frank: Republicans “winced” when McCain was mentioned in meeting  —  Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said that “nobody mentioned McCain” during the several-hour-long meeting on the $700 billion market rescue plan, other than Frank and that his Republican colleagues “winced” when he did.
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama picks Stones over Beatles
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Tentative meltdown deal: Bush, McCain, Obama meet
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Rich Lowry / The Corner:   Situation in House  —  A friend following it closely …
Tami Luhby / CNNMoney.com:
Congress has a plan  —  Lawmakers agree on bailout principles …
Discussion: CNN and The Foundry
The Huffington Post:
Obama Will Make Debate A Townhall If McCain Doesn't Show  —  UPDATE: An adviser Barack Obama says he expects John McCain to attend: … Barack Obama is committed to hosting a public, televised event Friday night in Mississippi even if John McCain does not show up, an official close to the Obama campaign tells the Huffington Post.
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Nitya / Political Radar:
Bill Clinton: Don't ‘Overly Parse’ McCain Request to Delay Debate  —  ABC News' Nitya Venkataraman Reports: Former President Bill Clinton defended Sen. John McCain's request to delay the first presidential debate, saying McCain did it in “good faith” and pushed organizers to reserve …
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Schieffer: Paulson Pleaded for McCain to Save Bailout
Scott Mayerowitz / ABCNEWS:
O'Neill: Bush Doesn't Understand Crisis, ‘It Shows’
Discussion: Think Progress and Hot Air
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:   No change yet in McCain debate status
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin takes questions from press corps for first time  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — Sarah Palin took questions from her traveling press corps Thursday for the first time since being tapped as John McCain's running mate.  —  Speaking to a small pool of reporters following a visit to Ground Zero in lower Manhattan …
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
In a first, Palin takes press questions  —  NEW YORK — Sarah Palin fielded four questions from a small group of reporters Thursday after touring several Sept. 11-related sites, articulating a forceful approach to the war on terror but offering mostly evasive answers to specific questions.
Discussion: The New Republic
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain to do round of network interviews tonight  —  John McCain will appear on all three network newscasts tonight, a top aide said.  —  McCain is at the White House meeting with President Bush, Barack Obama and congressional leaders now and will tape interviews with NBC, ABC and CBS after the West Wing session.
Discussion: TIME.com, Political Machine and Salon
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Nope, nothing campaign-related here  —  McCain met with congressional leaders earlier today and has now returned to his Senate office.  But it's increasingly implausible to think that what he's doing is anything different than he'd be doing on the campaign trail, except he's in person now instead of on his cell phone.
Discussion: Salon
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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
McCain has not sponsored a banking bill this Congress  —  Republican presidential nominee John McCain has not introduced any banking or housing bills in the 110th Congress, while Democratic rival Barack Obama has proposed five.  —  Both candidates are traveling to Washington on Thursday …
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David Rogers / The Politico:
Deal would phase in bailout funds
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Race Back to a Tie at 46% Each  —  PRINCETON, NJ — John McCain has gained ground and is now tied with Barack Obama among registered voters in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update for Sept. 22-24, with each candidate getting 46% support.
Charlotte Bailey / Telegraph:
Hugh Hefner to sack Playboy bunnies amid financial crisis  —  Playboy bunnies have become the latest victim of the credit crunch.  —  Tycoon Hugh Hefner has been advised to cut back on staff at his multi-million dollar glamour empire as it struggles to cope during the global economic turmoil.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Gawker
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
McCain huddling with Boehner, Kyl to rally GOP support  —  The Senate clearly doesn't need McCain's help in pushing through the bailout deal, so McCain has returned to the Capitol and is meeting in Minority Leader John Boehner's office to discuss the legislation.
Discussion: The Swamp and TIME.com
Chicago Sun Times:
Obama grant being probed  —  A $100,000 state grant for a botanic garden in Englewood that then-state Sen. Barack Obama awarded in 2001 to a group headed by a onetime campaign volunteer is now under investigation by the Illinois attorney general amid new questions, prompted by Chicago Sun-Times reports …
Agence France Presse:
Contact man's murder delays Syria nuclear probe: IAEA  —  VIENNA (AFP) — The UN atomic watchdog's probe into alleged illicit nuclear work in Syria has been delayed because the agency's contact man in Syria was murdered, IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei revealed Thursday.
Discussion: MoJoBlog
James K. Galbraith / Washington Post:
A Bailout We Don't Need  —  Now that all five big investment banks — Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley — have disappeared or morphed into regular banks, a question arises.  —  Is this bailout still necessary?  —  The point of the bailout …
 
 
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Faiz / Think Progress:
Sanders Schools Kudlow: 'You've Become A Socialist …
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Brandon Friedman / VetVoice:
Sarah Palin Links Iraq to 9/11
Megan McArdle:
How do we know something bad is going to happen?
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Expert: McCain's Ads Won't Be All Down Until End Of Today
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Daily Kos
Reuters:
Era of U.S. financial dominance at an end: Germany
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Presidential McCain  —  McCain's bold move could reframe the election—and win it.
Discussion: Commentary
Daniel W. Reilly / The Politico:
Reid: ‘No excuse’ for McCain
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Pelosi: There's a Deal, Boenher: No Deal
Discussion: pandagon.net
Ross Douthat:
An Election About Nothing
Discussion: Commentary and Eunomia
United States Senator:
REID TO RENEW OIL SHALE BAN, DENY AMERICANS VAST ENERGY RESOURCES …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
What liberals are up in arms about this morning
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin, Muthee And The “Israelites”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Paul Krugman:
A sneaking suspicion  —  So now the whole rationale for the plan is …
Discussion: The Sideshow