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9:45 PM ET, September 25, 2008

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Marc Ambinder:
Bailout Agreement Unraveling?  —  During the White House meeting, it appears that Sen. John McCain had an agenda.  He brought up alternative proposals, surprising and angering Democrats.  He did not, according to someone briefed on the meeting, provide specifics.
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
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.
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.
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.
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 …
ABCNEWS:
Deal May Be Dead: Democrats Blaming McCain  —  Obama, McCain Leave White House Without Deal on $700 Billion Bailout  —  After days of bipartisan negotiations and meetings today at the White House, the deal to bail out staggered investment banks may be dying amid partisan finger-pointing.
Marc Ambinder:
What Happened In The Cabinet Room...  Though Sen. Chris Dodd implied that Sen. McCain sandbagged the rest of the negotiators by bringing up alternative proposals, McCain himself did not bring up those proposals, according to four independent sources briefed by four different principals inside the meeting …
David Rogers / The Politico:
Deal would phase in bailout funds  —  The leaders of House and Senate banking committees reached a bipartisan agreement Thursday on the framework for legislation authorizing Treasury's ambitious $700 billion rescue plan for the financial markets.  —  The final language of the bill must still …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Lawmakers Seem Near Deal on Bailout  —  WASHINGTON — Lawmakers indicated Thursday that they were close to hashing out an agreement on a proposed $700 billion bailout of the financial system, hours before a meeting at the White House to complete the deal.  —  After Congressional staff members …
Washington Post:
White House Meeting Fails to Yield Bailout Deal  —  Republicans Resist Agreement Met By House, Senate Negotiators  —  Top congressional leaders from both parties, including Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Republican nominee John McCain, met with President Bush …
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:   Frank: 'I honestly don't know what House Republicans are going to do'
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama picks Stones over Beatles
Jennifer Loven / Associated Press:
Tentative meltdown deal: Bush, McCain, Obama meet
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:
Exclusive: Palin On Foreign Policy
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PALIN'S UNIQUE SPIN ON THE BAILOUT.... When Sarah Palin sat …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Newshoggers.com
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
A Semi-Defense of Sarah Palin
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ross Douthat:
Sarah The Unready (II)
Discussion: Donklephant
Christine Lagorio / CBS News:
New Sarah Palin Clip: Keeping An Eye On Putin
Discussion: TalkLeft and Washington Wire
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
I DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT GEOGRAPHY
Discussion: TalkLeft and Open Left
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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Byron York / The Corner:   The Debate Dance  —  For most of today, I've thought that the debate …
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
Obama Adviser Predicts McCain Will Show Up
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
Discussion: Wizbang
Amanda Carpenter / Townhall.com:
Code Pink Obama Bundler Meets With Ahmadinejad  —  Jodi Evans, a founder of the radical anti-war group Code Pink and “bundler” for Barack Obama's presidential campaign, met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Wednesday.  —  “It's rare for a head of state to take time during …
Discussion: Power Line
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Melanie Morgan:
Obama Campaign Supporters Meet With Iranian President
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
J.P. Morgan to Take Over Faltering WaMu  —  U.S. Government Helps Broker a Deal to Dispose of Huge Thrift; Banking Giant Expected to Get Deposits, Branches  —  In what is by far the largest bank failure in U.S. history, federal regulators seized Washington Mutual Inc. and struck a deal …
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.
Scott Mayerowitz / ABCNEWS:
O'Neill: Bush Doesn't Understand Crisis, ‘It Shows’  —  The President's Former Treasury Secretary Speaks Out About $700 Billion Bailout  —  ABC NEWS Business Unit  —  Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill said today that our nation's leaders — especially President Bush — are “in a panic” …
Discussion: Think Progress and Hot Air
johnny dollar's place:
‘Walk Away from These Right Wing Liars!’  —  J$P Audio!  O'Reilly erupts against talk radio, calls Barney Frank a ‘fat toad’:  —  From The Radio Factor, September 25 2008 fox news bor bail bf  —  UPDATE: Complete audio (minus commercials) of the entire hour here.
 
 
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