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11:35 AM ET, September 29, 2008


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William Kristol / New York Times:
How McCain Wins  —  John McCain is on course to lose the presidential election to Barack Obama.  Can he turn it around, and surge to victory?  —  He has a chance.  But only if he overrules those of his aides who are trapped by conventional wisdom, huddled in a defensive crouch and overcome by ideological timidity.
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Game Plan for Palin Is Retooled Ahead of Debate  —  Top McCain Aides Oversee Preparation After Recent Flubs  —  The McCain campaign moved its top officials inside Gov. Sarah Palin's operation Sunday to prepare for what is certain to be the most important event of her vice-presidential campaign …
Discussion: American Power and
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Politicker MA:
Romney: McCain camp should have provided more access to Palin  —  Former Gov. Mitt Romney at the RNC: RNC Photo  —  Former Gov. Mitt Romney said Monday that the McCain campaign's reluctance to make vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin available to the press has been a strategic error.
Discussion: Stumper
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
How Democrats set Sarah Palin up to ‘win’ Thursday's VP debate
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   Mitt joins “Free Sarah” chorus
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
The Final Sprint  —  Bill Kristol is right, certainly …
Discussion: CNN
Palin in ‘debate camp’ until Thursday
Discussion: Political Machine and CBS News
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The 3 A.M. Call  —  It's 3 a.m., a few months into 2009, and the phone in the White House rings.  Several big hedge funds are about to fail, says the voice on the line, and there's likely to be chaos when the market opens.  Whom do you trust to take that call?  —  I'm not being melodramatic.
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
US elections: Barack Obama's team believes he can win by a landslide  —  Barack Obama's senior aides believe he is on course for a landslide election victory over John McCain and will comfortably exceed most current predictions in the race for the White House.
Discussion: and Babalu Blog
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: A SHIFT TOWARD OBAMA  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann  —  *** A shift towards Obama: As the slew of recent national and state polls suggest, our new map reflects a shift in Obama's direction.  Four new states have been added to our Toss-up category …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
‘Substantive’ Press Is Taken for a Spin  —  OXFORD, Miss. — David Axelrod was surrounded by a pack of camera-toting, mike-wielding, pushing-and-shoving media types, one of whom asked whether his man Barack Obama had been “too nice” in the just-completed debate with John McCain.
Patrick O'Connor / The Crypt's Blogs:
Boehner calls bill a “crap sandwich” — but he'll vote for it  —  In a closed-door session with House Republicans, Minority Leader John A. Boehner just called the financial rescue deal a “crap sandwich” - then said he'll vote for it when it comes to the floor Monday.
Washington Post:
House Opens Debate on Bailout Legislation
Buffett warns Congress
Discussion: EconLog and American Street
The Politico:   GOP leaders on board; will others join?
Stanley Kurtz / New York Post:
O'S DANGEROUS PALS  —  BARACK'S ‘ORGANIZER’ BUDS PUSHED FOR BAD MORTGAGES  —  WHAT exactly does a “community organizer” do?  Barack Obama's rise has left many Americans asking themselves that question.  Here's a big part of the answer: Community organizers intimidate banks into making high-risk loans to customers with poor credit.
Austin Fenner / New York Post:
Michael Moore:
The Rich Are Staging a Coup This Morning ...a message from Michael Moore  —  Let me cut to the chase.  The biggest robbery in the history of this country is taking place as you read this.  Though no guns are being used, 300 million hostages are being taken.
Citigroup Nears a Deal for Wachovia  —  Citigroup is near a deal for Wachovia, a move that that would concentrate power within the nation's banking industry in the hands of a few giant lenders, The New York Times's Eric Dash and Andrew Ross Sorkin reported Monday morning.
New York Times:
Citigroup Buys Banking Operations of Wachovia
Discussion: Economix and
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
A BIT MORE ON THE OBAMA “TRUTH SQUAD” IN MISSOURI:  —  (1) Commenter John_R points to a statement from one of the prosecutors mentioned in the news story, who says that “As a citizen, I believe that elections should be about issues.  I also have enormous respect for our First Amendment and freedom of speech.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
MCCAIN CAMP TO IFILL: GO EASY ON PALIN  —  The McCain camp is saying that veep debate moderator Gwen Ifill will have to answer for herself if she asks too many foreign policy questions Thursday night:
Discussion: Harry's Place
Mindy Fetterman / USA Today:
Poll on the economy: Americans gloomier, for now  —  As people on Wall Street and Main Street hold their breath to see if a federal bailout of the nation's financial institutions will work, Americans are starting to speak — not whisper — the word “depression.”
Stanley Fish / Think Again:
George Bush: The Comeback Kid  —  In the past year I have hazarded a number of political predictions, some of which (like the prediction that in a McCain-Obama matchup the Iraq war would play for the Republicans) panned out, and some of which (like the prediction that Hillary Clinton would easily win the Democratic nomination) didn't.
Discussion: Althouse
FAREED ZAKARIA GPS  —  Meeting with World Leaders at the United Nations  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  FAREED ZAKARIA, HOST, GLOBAL PUBLIC SQUARE: Welcome to GPS, the GLOBAL PUBLIC SQUARE, to our viewers in the United States and around the world.
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Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Bailout ushers in the era of Obama
Ian Traynor / Guardian:
Extreme right emerges as strong force in Austria
Discussion: Commentary and The Agonist
Byron York / The Corner:
The Media Strategy and Palin's Underperformance
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Obama Keeps Advantage Over McCain in Post-Debate Poll
Discussion: TalkLeft
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Tim Paradis / Associated Press:
Stocks remain down after central banks' injections
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Dean Baker / TPMCafe:
Why Bail?  The Banks Have a Gun Pointed at Their Head and Are …
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Discussion: Guardian and naked capitalism

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