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5:30 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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CBS News:
Palin On Foreign Policy  —  “Exclusive”: Katie Couric talks with Gov. Sarah Palin about her foreign policy experience and Alaska's proximity to Russia.
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.
Kevin Hechtkopf / CBS News:
In CBS Interview, Palin Calls For Surge In Afghanistan
Discussion: Firedoglake and The World Newser
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Russian Route  —  Some puzzling remarks from Sarah Palin …
Discussion: Associated Press
Frank James / The Swamp:   Sarah Palin fears Russians over Alaska?
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
A Semi-Defense of Sarah Palin
Discussion: Washington Wire
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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 …
Discussion: Swampland and Dean's World
Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
Frank: Republicans “winced” when McCain was mentioned in meeting
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Tentative meltdown deal: Bush, McCain, Obama meet
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama chooses Stones over Beatles
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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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Hotline On Call:
Palin Speaks  —  Sarah Palin's Ground Zero Q and A — per CNN's Peter Hamby — is available after the jump.  —  PALIN: Every American student needs to come through this area so that, especially this younger generation of Americans is, to be in a position of never forgetting what happened …
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.
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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Daniel W. Reilly / The Politico:
Reid: ‘No excuse’ for McCain
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:   No change yet in McCain debate status
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 …
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Fox News Blames Democrats for Financial Crisis, Bill Clinton Agrees
Discussion: pw
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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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   Nope, nothing campaign-related here
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
McCain Campaign Staffer to Attend White House Meeting*
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Salon
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.
Taegan Goddard / Political Insider:
Is McCain Preparing to Vote Against the Bailout Bill?  —  Last night around 8:30 p.m., Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain released a “joint statement” pertaining the the crisis in the financial markets: … However, the Obama campaign also released a “set of principles” that Obama wanted McCain to support.
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Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Schieffer: Paulson Pleaded for McCain to Save Bailout  —  So much for a “stunt.”  —  John McCain got involved in the bailout negotiations after Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson told Sen. Lindsey Graham yesterday that the bailout plan would fail unless McCain came in and brought balky Republicans aboard.
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
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
What liberals are up in arms about this morning  —  McCain revealed in an interview with a Cleveland TV station Tuesday that he hadn't yet read the administration's three-page bailout proposal.  —  “I have not had a chance to see it in writing,” McCain said.  “I have to examine it.”
United States Senator:
REID TO RENEW OIL SHALE BAN, DENY AMERICANS VAST ENERGY RESOURCES DURING ECONOMIC CRISIS  —  We've just been alerted that despite House Democrats relenting on extending bans on offshore drilling and oil shale in the continuing resolution (CR) appropriations bill, Democrat Senate Leader Harry Reid …
Discussion: The Foundry and Townhall.com
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Michelle Malkin:
Reid tries to sneak oil shale ban back into legislation
Discussion: www.redstate.com
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: Gawker
 
 
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
McCain to do round of network interviews tonight
Discussion: Political Machine
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Situation in House  —  A friend following it closely …
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
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Panel:House Democrats Botched Immigration Vote
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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
 Earlier Items: 
Rigel Anderson / Political Radar:
Florida Congressman: Palin 'Don't Care Too Much What They Do With Jews and Blacks'
Discussion: Townhall.com
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin, Muthee And The “Israelites”
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Slog
Chicago Sun Times:
Obama grant being probed
Discussion: Commentary, Hot Air and Flopping Aces
David Levinson Wilk / The Politico:
Times puzzle is clueless about McCain
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Gawker