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8:40 PM ET, September 30, 2008

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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:
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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.
Faiz / Think Progress:
Palin on which newspapers she reads: ‘Um, all of them.’  —  Palin on which newspapers she reads: ‘Um, all of them.’  —  Tonight on the CBS Evening News, host Katie Couric asked Sarah Palin which sources she relies on for her news consumption.  Three separate times, Couric tried to elicit …
Fred Thompson / Townhall.com:
Qualified  —  When John McCain selected Governor Sarah Palin …
Discussion: Eunomia
Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
House GOP leadership, conservative media, The Crypt 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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RushLimbaugh.com:
God Bless the House Republicans
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
A Political Meltdown  —  A police officer patrols an empty hall …
Discussion: TIME.com
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
SEC Office of the Chief Accountant and FASB Staff Clarifications on Fair Value Accounting  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  2008-234  —  Washington, D.C., Sept. 30, 2008 — The current environment has made questions surrounding the determination of fair value particularly challenging for preparers …
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Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
SEC Clarification May Help Markets  —  Some economists are attributing much of the current financial crisis to something as mundane-seeming as accounting.  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Accounting Standards Board have just made an announcement that, dry as it sounds …
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: Sister Toldjah and Wonkette
Washington Post:
Voters Fear Failure of Bailout Bill Could Deepen Crisis, Poll Finds  —  Concerns About Economic Prospects Continue to Lift Obama's Campaign  —  Voters are deeply divided over the terms of the government's $700 billion economic rescue package, but overwhelmingly fear the House's rejection …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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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 …
Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
Sarah Palin On Today's Show  —  I will air an interview with the governor at the top of the first hour and repeat it in the third hour.
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 …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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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
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
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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Department of Homeland Security:
Fact Sheet: Streamlined Process Announced for Otherwise Eligible HIV-Positive Individuals to Enter the United States  —  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Waiver Final Rule, a regulation that will streamline the issuance …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   The HIV Travel Ban: Still In Place
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: Hot Air and Reason
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 and Samizdata.net
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: The News Buckit and Don Surber
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
NBC's Zucker didn't produce Obama video  —  Drudge helped push a video of a group of children in Venice, CA singing the praises of Barack Obama today with the headline, “VIDEO: Obama Kids Sing for Dear Leader.”  —  So of course, it made the rounds all day online, followed later …
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.
 
 
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Subject: Re: Capital crisis vs. trust crisis
Associated Press:
Schwarz endorses Democrat in Michigan congressional race
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Get This Man An Atlas!  John McCain Says Venezuela Is In The Middle East
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Wonkette
Matthew Tresaugue / Houston Chronicle:
Mayor takes on giant refinery
Steven R. Hurst / Associated Press:
Analysis: With bailout, McCain reaches dead end
Discussion: Truthdig
DealBook:
A.I.G.'s Bailout Terms Revealed
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama calls House members
Discussion: MyDD and TIME.com
 Earlier Items: 
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
Ross Douthat:
Why McCain Lost (The Debate, That Is)
Discussion: Eunomia and Kevin Drum
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Thank You, House Republicans
Discussion: Salon, protein wisdom and PrestoPundit