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9:55 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:
Palin and Couric  —  Full transcript after the jump.  This is a rough bit:
Discussion: American Power and Corrente
A.L. / The Anonymous Liberal:
Was McCain's Stunt an Attempt at Palin Damage Control?  —  I'm serious.  The more I look at what happened today, the more I think it was all an elaborate attempt to stem the fallout from the truly disastrous interview Sarah Palin taped this morning with Katie Couric.
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.
Marc Ambinder:
McCain's Bottom Line: No Deal = No Debate
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Daily Kos
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:
Quick! Hide Sarah Palin!
Tahman Bradley / Political Radar:
Ole Miss Official Says Debate Cancellation Would be ‘Devastating’
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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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Bill Carter / The Caucus:
Letterman: McCain's Cancellation Not Funny
Discussion: Townhall.com and You Decide 2008
Logan Murphy / Crooks and Liars:   Letterman Brutalizes John McCain For Cancellations *UPDATED With Video
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Bailout Could Deepen Crisis, CBO Chief Says  —  Asset Sales May Lead to Write-Downs, Insolvencies, Orszag Tells Congress  —  The director of the Congressional Budget Office said yesterday that the proposed Wall Street bailout could actually worsen the current financial crisis.
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Paulson, Senate Dems reach tentative bailout deal
The Moderate Voice:
The Staggering Cynicism Of John McCain
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Obama, McCain to attend economic bailout talks
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Wire
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
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Selfless or Reckless?  McCain Gambles On Voters' Verdict  —  John McCain is a gambler by nature, and the bet he placed Wednesday may be among the biggest of his political life.  —  The Republican presidential nominee is hoping that his abrupt decision to suspend campaigning …
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 …
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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:   Top Officials Knew in 2002 of Harsh Interrogations
SurveyUSA:
America's First Reaction: Friday's McCain-Obama Debate Should Still Be Held On Friday, But Perhaps With New Focus  —  Immediately after John McCain's announcement 3 pm ET today, Wednesday 09/24/08, that he was suspending his campaign and seeking to postpone Friday's schedule presidential debate …
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 …
Hillary Rodham Clinton / Wall Street Journal:
Let's Keep People In Their Homes  —  There is a broad consensus that Congress must act to stave off deeper turmoil on Wall Street.  Irrespective of the final agreement yet to be reached, there are several principles that must be part of a broader reform effort that begins this week and continues in the coming months.
Discussion: TalkLeft, EconLog and Atlas Shrugs
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
DEEP SECRETS OF CAMPAIGN 2008, PART 5  —  In “Founding brothers,” Stanley Kurtz continues his investigation of Barack Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers in connection with Obama's selection to serve as chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge in 1995.  The question of how a young …
Discussion: The Corner and National Review
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 …
Brad / Wonk Room:
Full Text Of John McCain's Address To The Clinton Global Initiative  —  Full Text Of John McCain's Address To The Clinton Global Initiative»  —  Here is the full text of Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) speech being offered this morning at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, NY.
Discussion: Get Energy Smart! and The Seminal
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?”
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Don Surber
 
 
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