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6:55 PM ET, September 30, 2008

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CBS News:
Palin On Biden Age Comment  —  Exclusive: Sarah Palin explains a facetious comment she made about Joe Biden's years in the Senate.  Watch Katie Couric's interview with Sarah Palin tonight on the CBS Evening News.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Palin's contrast  —  Katie Couric, in a segment to air tonight, asks Palin about her joke that she's been listening to Joe Biden's speeches since second grade, and whether that isn't an odd thing to say given her own running mate's age:
Discussion: Swampland and Taegan Goddard's …
Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
House GOP leadership mocked by Rush  —  Rush Limbaugh opened his show today by piling on top of House Republican leadership for claiming that a crucial number of their members voted against the bailout package because of a partisan speech that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gave before the roll call.
Discussion: Townhall.com
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Satyam / Think Progress:
Rep. McCotter: ‘Terrible mistake’ …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
RushLimbaugh.com:   God Bless the House Republicans
Bill Sammon / Fox News:
Unlike Clinton, Biden Gets Pass for Saying He Was ‘Shot At’ in Iraq  —  When Hillary Clinton told a tall tale about “landing under sniper fire” in Bosnia, she was accused of “inflating her war experience” by Barack Obama's campaign — but the campaign has been silent about Joe Biden telling …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
After Sarah Palin VP debate, Joe Biden to step aside for Hillary Clinton?
Discussion: Washington Post
Ryan Corsaro / CBS News:
Biden Focuses on Debate Prep, Mishears Question on Rejection of Bailout Bill
MarketBeat:
Overnight-Lending Markets Still Flashing Red  —  Min Zeng and Mark Gongloff report:  —  If you only watch the stock market, where the Dow was recently up more than 250 points, you might get the mistaken impression all is well with the world on the Tuesday after the latest Black Monday.
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
The best and worst case scenarios
Megan McArdle:
What am I so afraid of?  —  Tyler Cowen lays it out:
Discussion: Donklephant
New York Times:
Bloomberg Called Ready to Announce Third-Term Bid  —  After months of speculation about his political future, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg plans to announce on Thursday morning that he will seek a third term as mayor, according to three people who have been told of his plans.
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
A Major New Plan Coming from Donna Edwards, Peter DeFazio, Progressives  —  You guys are amazing. 43 donations in 12 hours is remarkable, not because of the number but because this site spends A LOT of time criticizing Democratic leaders, so turning around and investing your faith …
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Mike Link / SEIU:
SEIU Endorses DeFazio Bill to Address Financial Crisis
Discussion: Open Left
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
RNC ad, was cut, sent out before package failed  —  The Republican National Committee's new advertisement critical of the the Wall Street “bailout” was produced and sent to television stations in key states before the package failed, officials at two stations said.  —  “Wall Street Squanders our money.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Holds 6-Point Lead  —  Two weeks since McCain's had any advantage in voter preferences  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama continues to hold a significant lead over John McCain in Gallup Poll Daily tracking, 49% to 43%.  —  This is based on interviewing conducted Sept. 27-29 …
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman:
FRONTIERSMAN EXCLUSIVE: Palin responds to questions  —  Gov. Sarah Palin, the GOP vice presidential nominee, agreed to a request by her hometown newspaper, the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, for an interview by providing written responses via e-mail to the following questions.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama aide takes age swipe at McCain  —  Obama communications guru Robert Gibbs this morning compared John McCain's response to the economic crisis to an unsteady driver, a not-so-subtle dig at the Republican's age.  —  “Look, if he's driving a car, get off the sidewalk,” …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SOMETIMES, A DIG IS JUST A DIG.... There was a point a couple …
Discussion: Swampland and Alas, a blog
Emma Graves Fitzsimmons / Chicago Tribune:
Sarah Palin gets painted in full, and nothing's conservative about it  —  North Side tavern hangs nude portrait  —  Bruce Elliott, whose wife owns the Old Town Ale House, painted this nude portrait of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.  He said his daughter …
Discussion: The Campaign Spot, Hot Air and Reason
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The Huffington Post:
Is Sarah Palin's Lipliner A Tattoo?  (SLIDESHOW, POLL)  —  On September 10th, Wonkette received a tip that Sarah Palin's lipliner is a tattoo. … So although the allegation comes in a strangely cryptic email and there is no actual proof that this procedure was performed …
Discussion: Wonkette
Jeffrey A. Miron / CNN:
Commentary: Bankruptcy, not bailout, is the right answer  —  Editor's note: Jeffrey A. Miron is senior lecturer in economics at Harvard University.  A Libertarian, he was one of 166 academic economists who signed a letter to congressional leaders last week opposing the government bailout plan.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
House limits constituent e-mails to prevent crash  —  The House is limiting e-mails from the public to prevent its websites from crashing due to the enormous amount of mail being submitted on the financial bailout bill.  —  As a result, some constituents may get a 'try back at a later …
Discussion: Wake up America and techPresident
Bloomberg:
Euro Falls Most Against Dollar Amid European Banking Failures  —  Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) — The euro fell the most against the dollar since the introduction of the shared currency in 1999 after France and Belgium led a state-backed rescue of Dexia SA, as the widening financial crisis forces governments …
Discussion: Don Surber and Vodkapundit
Jeff White / FP Comment:
Bailout marks Karl Marx's comeback  —  Marx's Proposal Number Five seems to be the leading motivation for those backing the Wall Street bailout  —  By Martin Masse  —  In his Communist Manifesto, published in 1848, Karl Marx proposed 10 measures to be implemented after the proletariat takes power …
Discussion: Don Surber and The News Buckit
The Huffington Post:
Report: Gingrich Stabbed Boehner In Back, Whipped GOP Opposition To Bailout  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was working aggressively behind the scenes to defeat the Wall Street rescue plan minutes before he himself released a public statement in support of the package, NBC's Andrea Mitchell reported on Tuesday.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED, SUSPEND AGAIN!  —  John McCain made the morning show rounds today.  On Fox they were virtually begging him to “suspend” his campaign again in the wake of the bailout failure yesterday on the Hill.  You know, since it worked out so well the first time.
Ross Douthat:
Why McCain Lost (The Debate, That Is)  —  It feels somewhat irrelevant given how quickly economic events seem to be overtaking the campaign, but here's a quick final thought on last Friday's debate, and why the great and good American people (at least judging by the polls to date) …
Discussion: Eunomia and Kevin Drum
Radley Balko / Reason:
The House of Death  —  An interview with DEA whistleblower Sandy Gonzalez  —  Sandalio “Sandy” Gonzalez recently retired after a 32-year career in law enforcement, 27 as an agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), eventually ascending to his highest-ranking position as head of operations in South America.
Discussion: The Agitator
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Former Ambassador to Pakistan Milam: “I had a pretty good idea of what failed states look like, and it was not one.”  —  During Friday's presidential debate, John McCain tried repeatedly to portray Barack Obama as an inexperienced empty suit who didn't “understand” major issues.
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Think Progress
 
 
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Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
Analysis: With bailout, McCain reaches dead end
Discussion: Truthdig
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
NBC's Zucker didn't produce Obama video
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama calls House members
Discussion: MyDD and TIME.com
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
SHADEGG: PELOSI'S SPEECH HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH BAILOUT DEFEAT
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Mark To Market  —  Newt Gingrich argues in favor of ending …
Discussion: Forbes and Conglomerate
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Edging Into More Active Role On Crisis
Discussion: Salon and Kevin Drum
Krooney / TIME.com:
McCain Plays the Bill Clinton Card
Discussion: Political Machine
 Earlier Items: 
Bruce Bawer / Pajamas Media:
Who's Sleeping More Deeply — Europe or America?
The Huffington Post:
New Urgency Over McCain Medical Questions As Election Nears
Discussion: Open Left
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Hugo of Arabia?  —  A Democrat sends over this clip …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Wonkette
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Thank You, House Republicans
Discussion: protein wisdom and PrestoPundit
Los Angeles Times:
The green bubble bursts
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: WHO SHOULDN'T BE BLAMED