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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.
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Fox News Blames Democrats for Financial Crisis, Bill Clinton Agrees
Discussion: Hot Air
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
McCain calls all hands on deck for crisis
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
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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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama moving into electoral lead
Discussion: MSNBC
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.
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 …
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Ryan / Think Progress:
Palin: ‘What The Bailout Does Is Help Those Who Are Concerned About Health Care Reform’  —  This morning on the CBS Early Show, Katie Couric previewed the second half of her interview with Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK).  During the interview, Couric asked Palin why she believes the Wall Street bailout is needed.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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 …
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Mary Ann Akers / Washington Post:
Third Party Candidates Want McCain's Debate Spot
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”
Discussion: culturekitchen and Political Radar
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.”
Garance Burke / Associated Press:
Palin once blessed to be free from ‘witchcraft’  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A grainy YouTube video surfaced Wednesday showing Sarah Palin being blessed in her hometown church three years ago by a Kenyan pastor who prayed for her protection from “witchcraft” as she prepared to seek higher office.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Anointing Of Palin  —  Even I am a little shocked by this video from Palin's church.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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, Gawker and The E&P Pub
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 …
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin, Muthee And The “Israelites”  —  If you go to 1:20 into this Youtube, you will hear Muthee, who later anointed Palin, say the following words in Palin's presence: … Sure they vetted her.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Slog
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 …
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.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Constituents Make Their Bailout Views Known  —  WASHINGTON — Americans' anger is in full bloom, jumping off the screen in capital letters and exclamation points, in the e-mail in-boxes of elected representatives in the nation's capital.  —  “I am hoping Congress can find the backbone …
 
 
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Rigel Anderson / Political Radar:
Florida Congressman: Palin 'Don't Care Too Much What They Do With Jews and Blacks'
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Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
A Defense of the Paulson Plan
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Exonerated Marine to sue Rep. Murtha
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Can McCain Thread the Needle?
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
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Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Wonkette
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
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Lobbyists in ‘feeding frenzy’
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