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12:50 PM ET, September 28, 2008


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Warner Todd Huston /
Family Told Obama NOT To Wear Soldier Son's Bracelet... Where is Media?  —  Barack Obama played the “me too” game during the Friday debates on September 26 after Senator John McCain mentioned that he was wearing a bracelet with the name of Cpl. Matthew Stanley, a resident of New Hampshire …
Wall Street Journal:
Lawmakers Reach Tentative Bailout Deal  —  Top U.S. policy makers emerged from hours of tense negotiations with a clear message just after midnight Sunday morning: A deal to bailout U.S. financial markets has been agreed on and all that remains to be done is to commit the legislation to paper.
Washington Post:
Lawmakers Reach Accord on Huge Financial Rescue  —  House Expected to Vote Today on $700 Billion Bailout  —  Congressional negotiators said they were close to agreement yesterday on a $700 billion plan aimed at shoring up the U.S. financial system, and were meeting late into the evening …
New York Times:
Breakthrough Reached in Negotiations on Bailout
Discussion: Firedoglake and TalkLeft
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Palin Contradicts McCain On Pakistan, Seems To Back Obama's Position  —  From CBS News' Scott Conroy:  —  (PHILADELPHIA) Sarah Palin told a customer at a Philadelphia restaurant on Saturday that the United States should “absolutely” launch cross-border attacks from Afghanistan into Pakistan …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin takes questions during cheesesteak run  —  PHILADELPHIA (CNN) - Sarah Palin partook in an established political ritual on Saturday night when she headed to Tony Luke's in south Philadelphia to order a pair of cheesesteaks with whiz and onions.  —  But as the kitchen sizzled and orders …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
The Huffington Post:
Tina Fey As Sarah Palin: Katie Couric SNL Skit (VIDEO)  —  Tina Fey returned to Saturday Night Live to reprise her widely hailed impersonation of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.  The sketch focused on an interview Palin recently gave to CBS News' Katie Couric, including an exchange about Russia.
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
McCain camp prays for Palin wedding  —  The marriage of the vice-presidential candidate's pregnant teenage daughter could lift a flagging campaign  —  In an election campaign notable for its surprises, Sarah Palin, the Republican vice- presidential candidate, may be about to spring a new one …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   “IT WOULD BE FANTASTIC.”
Swopa / Needlenose:
Will McCain's next Hail Mary pass be “Here Comes the Bride”?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Think Progress
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
McCain as the Alpha Male  —  There were no knockout blows in the first presidential debate of the fall, but John McCain outpointed Barack Obama often enough to encourage his followers that he can somehow overcome the odds and deny the Democrats the victory that has seemed to be in store for them.
Fareed Zakaria / Newsweek:
Palin Is Ready?  Please.  —  McCain says that he always puts country first.  In this important case, that is simply not true.  —  From the magazine issue dated Oct 6, 2008  —  Will someone please put Sarah Palin out of her agony?  Is it too much to ask that she come to realize that she wants …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News, Don Surber and CNN
Bob Herbert / New York Times:   Palin's Words Raise Red Flags
Mona Charen / The Corner:
How do you solve a problem like Sarah Palin?  —  On Fox News Sunday this morning Bill Kristol said let Palin go - that the McCain team is roping her off from the press and surrounding her with Bushie advisors, which sounds like the third ring of hell.  She's a talented politician, Bill advises …
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain claims bailout credit  —  Previewing a McCain campaign message for the days ahead, top strategist Steve Schmidt claimed Sunday that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is partly responsible for the tentative agreement on a mortgage bailout that congressional leaders announced shortly after midnight.
Discussion: Spin Cycle
USA Today/Gallop Poll: Obama Did Better in First Debate  —  Obama Scores Big on Proposal to Change the Country  —  A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows 46% of people who watched Friday night's presidential debate say Democrat Barack Obama did a better job than Republican John McCain; 34% said McCain did better.
Washington Post:
McCain Ready for A Change Of Subject  —  Credit Crisis Has Given Obama a Distinct Edge  —  In the two weeks that the Wall Street financial crisis has dominated the political debate, the presidential race has shifted from what had been essentially a dead heat to one in which Sen. Barack Obama …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain And Torture  —  A reader writes: … I agree.  I am angry that McCain betrayed the intelligence community and all of us by signing onto CIA torture in 2006.  I stuck with him after that because I felt he was essential to the vital struggle to return the US to the community of civilized nations.
Deacon / Power Line:
Headwinds  —  It's tempting to the think of a presidential debate as a moment of truth.  Advertisements may be pure spin and conventions may be staged, but in a debate it's mostly about which candidate has superior command of the issues, greater debating skill, and the more winning personality.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MCCAIN-PALIN (DAVIS MANAFORT)  —  In that Newsweek piece (noted below), which details Rick Davis's continuing financial ties to mega-lobby firm Davis Manafort, Mike Isikoff reveals that in addition to paying Davis's salary directly to Davis Manafort, the McCain campaign has paid almost …
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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Dole Boosts Travel to NC in Election Year
Discussion: The Marathon Blog and MyDD
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Pelosi calls House GOP “unpatriotic”
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Gateway Pundit
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Dealing  —  Some details to work out, but I'm told there is a deal …
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Bailout failure ‘will cause US crash’
National Review:
Factchecking the Fact Checkers [Ed Whelan]
David Leppard / Times of London:
Muslim gang firebombs publisher of Allah novel, Martin Rynja
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Power Line
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Missouri governor goes nuclear on Obama for using prosecutors …
James Fallows:
I took a million notes during the debate....