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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Fox News Blames Democrats for Financial Crisis, Bill Clinton Agrees
Discussion: pw
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.
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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.
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 …
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Bailout Could Deepen Crisis, CBO Chief Says
Discussion: David Corn and QandO
Campbell Brown / CNN:   Brown: White House caught napping
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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Marist Poll:
Face Off: The First Presidential Debate?
Discussion: Donklephant
Ross Douthat:
An Election About Nothing
Discussion: Commentary and Eunomia
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama moving into electoral lead
Discussion: MSNBC
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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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin answers questions: Four
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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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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.
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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.
Josh Wolk / EW.com:
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: Mock the Vote  —  With just five weeks left until election day, our favorite pundits discuss the power of Sarah Palin, why TV news is about as credible as Muzak, and whether Barack Obama is going to be “sworn in on a gay baby”
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.”
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 …
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Mary Ann Akers / Washington Post:
Third Party Candidates Want McCain's Debate Spot
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.
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 …
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
‘Fundamental agreement’ reached on bailout  —  Top congressional negotiators have announced that they have a “fundamental agreement” on a government bailout of the nation's financial system, granting extraordinary powers to the secretary of Treasury to purchase hundreds of billions in bad debt …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Anointing Of Palin  —  Even I am a little shocked by this video from Palin's church.  Asking God to protect her from witchcraft?  —  Background on Muthee, the pastor, is here.  The AP story: … Sure they vetted her.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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 …
Michael Isikoff / Newsweek:
Unsevered Ties?  —  Regulatory filings indicate that McCain campaign chief Rick Davis remains an officer with his lobbying firm.  —  Rick Davis, John McCain's campaign manager, has remained the treasurer and a corporate director of his lobbying firm this year, despite repeated statements …
David Levinson Wilk / The Politico:
Times puzzle is clueless about McCain  —  On Jan. 8, 2005, I purposefully and unapologetically became the first person to ever construct a crossword puzzle for The New York Times that featured this five-letter answer:  —  OBAMA.  —  Earlier this week, Steve Schmidt, John McCain's senior campaign adviser …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Gawker
 
 
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Lobbyists in ‘feeding frenzy’
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