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1:30 PM ET, September 29, 2008


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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.
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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
How Democrats set Sarah Palin up to ‘win’ Thursday's VP debate  —  According to a news release from CBS News, Harry Smith will have an exclusive interview this morning with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's parents, Chuck and Sally Heath, on “The Early Show.”  —  It's not really exclusive, of course.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
More to come from Palin-Couric  —  Howie Kurtz raised some eyebrows by reporting this morning that “the worst may be yet to come for Palin; sources say CBS has two more responses on tape that will likely prove embarrassing.”  —  A source familiar with CBS News' plans clarified that this is part of the …
Discussion: Donklephant and Political Machine
Ari / Firedoglake:
Maureen Dowd Banned  —  digg it  —  Howard Kurtz drops this tidbit into his column: … If the Obama campaign banned a FoxNews Reporter from the plane, I'm sure it would be the greatest crime against the first amendment ever committed.  MoDo banned — one sentence, no explanation.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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
Palin in ‘debate camp’ until Thursday
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   Mitt joins “Free Sarah” chorus
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
The Final Sprint  —  Bill Kristol is right, certainly …
Discussion: CNN
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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:
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.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
Don Boudreaux / Cafe Hayek:
Who's Qualified?  —  Fareed Zakaria (author of a truly fine book …
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Michelle Malkin:
Kill the bailout: The House floor debate is on
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
You won't believe where that $700-billion bailout figure came from  —  Here's something that John McCain and Barack Obama and Sarah Palin and even longtime Washingtonian Joe Biden probably don't know.  Not to mention Bob Barr, Ralph Nader and Ron Paul, who usually knows everything.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Post debate, Obama's lead grows  —  Two days after a presidential debate many commentators scored as a tie, it's beginning to look like the public saw things differently, as several polls show a small but significant post-debate boost for Barack Obama.  —  A USA Today/Gallup poll released …
Discussion: Commentary and Gawker
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
Obama Keeps Advantage Over McCain in Post-Debate Poll
Discussion: TalkLeft
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
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Olmert Says Israel Should Pull Out of West Bank  —  JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in an interview published on Monday that Israel must withdraw from nearly all the West Bank as well as East Jerusalem to attain peace with the Palestinians and that any occupied land it held onto …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Heritage Foundation:
The Bailout Package: Vital and Acceptable  —  Financial markets in the United States and around the world face a dire emergency requiring urgent and decisive action.  Some key parts of the credit market are on the verge of gridlock, resulting not just in the collapse of major financial institutions …
Paul Krugman:
Bailout questions answered  —  I'm being asked two big questions about this thing: (1) Was it really necessary?  (2) Shouldn't Dems have tossed the whole Paulson approach out the window and done something completely different?  —  On (1), the answer is yes.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Open Left
Brad Flora / The Windy Citizen Full Feed:
Chicago dive bar scores hit with nude Sarah Palin portrait  —  People are flocking to snap pictures of the latest tribute to Sarah Palin, a nude portrait depicting her in red stilettos and her trademark eyeglasses.  —  Brian Boyer  —  Artist Bruce Elliott says the hardest part was “getting the color right.”
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama sought rape victim for ad
Glenn Thrush / The Crypt's Blogs:
Ryan: “Herbert Hoover moment”
Discussion: Donklephant
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Bailout  —  I'm not going to pretend that I spent last night …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Associated Press:
GOP official removed for racial remarks
Discussion: Riehl World View
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
One last word on Oxford
Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Bailout ushers in the era of Obama
 Earlier Items: 
Byron York / The Corner:
The Media Strategy and Palin's Underperformance
Buffett warns Congress
Discussion: EconLog, QandO and American Street
Stanley Fish / Think Again:
George Bush: The Comeback Kid
Discussion: Althouse
New York Times:
Citigroup Buys Banking Operations of Wachovia
Discussion: Economix and
Dean Baker / TPMCafe:
Why Bail?  The Banks Have a Gun Pointed at Their Head and Are …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Salon