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12:55 PM ET, September 30, 2008

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David Brooks / New York Times:
Revolt of the Nihilists  —  In 1933, Franklin Roosevelt inherited an economic crisis.  He understood that his first job was to restore confidence, to give people a sense that somebody was in charge, that something was going to be done.  —  This generation of political leaders is confronting …
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Nitya / Political Punch:
And What About Those 95 Democrats?  —  Yes, House Republicans didn't deliver many votes and 66% of them voted against the bill.  —  But considering that only a dozen votes needed to switch in order to provide a different outcome, and 95 Democrats in the House voted against it …
Megan McArdle:
The politics of the bill  —  There is no glory to go around here.  Assume, arguendo, that most people in the House believed both that the bill would be passed, and that anyone who voted for it would suffer politically, except maybe in New York.  —  Pelosi screwed up royally.  She is the Democratic Tom DeLay.
Peter Wehner / The Corner:
Speaker Spoke  —  I consider Nancy Pelosi to be one of the worst political figures of my lifetime: hyper-partisan, small-minded, and wrong on issue after issue.  And I thought her speech on the House Floor yesterday — tearing into the president and Republicans when her job was to rally support …
Wall Street Journal:
The Beltway Crash  —  Congress lives up to its 10% approval rating.  —  America has survived a feckless political class in the past, and it will again after this week.  But Monday's crash and burn of the Paulson plan on Capitol Hill reveals a Washington elite that has earned every bit of the disdain that Americans have for it.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
How the Numbers Failed the Leaders
Discussion: Townhall.com and Raising Kaine
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Thank You, House Republicans
Discussion: protein wisdom
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.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
RNC: ‘Worse’  —  The Republican Party's independent expenditure arm is up with an ad that hints at opposing the bailout, and links Obama's spending plans, in a vague but ominous way, to it.  —  The ad was expected to air in Indiana and Virginia, along with more traditional battlegrounds of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
New RNC ad says Obama would make problem worse
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Biden's strategy: Go easy on Palin  —  If Sarah Palin goofs, flounders, stumbles or blunders during her debate against Joe Biden on Thursday night, Biden is going to let it slide.  —  “If she makes a gaffe, he underplays it,” one of the people prepping Biden for his vice presidential debate told me.
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Blake Hounshell / FP Passport:
Why more briefings won't help Sarah Palin
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Obama-McCain debate: TV also-rans
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Concerns About Palin's Readiness as a Big Test Nears
New York Sun:
Ideal of the Scoop  —  Following are excerpts of remarks by the Editor of the Sun, Seth Lipsky, to the newspaper's staff:  —  It is my duty to report today that Ira Stoll and I and our partners have concluded that the Sun will cease publication.  Our last number will be the issue dated September 30, the first day of Rosh Hashanah.
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Amanda / Think Progress:
Media: Bush Is The ‘Picture Of A Beaten Dog’  —  In the wake of yesterday's congressional meltdown over the bailout bill, President Bush gave a speech this morning, meant to reassure the public and the volatile financial markets.  Just four minutes long, the address expressed disappointment …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Bush's Approval Rating Drops to New Low of 27%
Discussion: Slog
Anne / Nielsen Wire:
52.4 Million Watched McCain And Obama's First Debate  —  According to data from across 11 networks, the first presidential debate on September 26 between John McCain and Barack Obama drew 52.4 million viewers.  —  The TV audience for the first presidential debate of the 2008 election …
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The Independent:
Dominic Lawson: Why should anyone trust Joe Biden?
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Jacques Steinberg / New York Times:
With Brokaw as Elder Statesman, NBC Plans Future of ‘Meet the Press’  —  WASHINGTON — Sometime between Election Day and early December, NBC News will make a final decision about who will replace Tim Russert and his interim successor, Tom Brokaw, at the helm of “Meet the Press,” Steve Capus …
Discussion: Think Progress, Gawker and Althouse
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.
Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
A READER AT A MAJOR NEWSROOM EMAILS: “Off the record, every suspicion you have about MSM being in the tank for O is true.  We have a team of 4 people going thru dumpsters in Alaska and 4 in arizona.  Not a single one looking into Acorn, Ayers or Freddiemae.  Editor refuses to publish anything …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A House Divided Along Twisted Lines  —  The bailout bill was going down to defeat on the House floor yesterday, and Democratic and Republican leaders were desperately trying to twist arms and change votes when a bipartisan group of backbenchers began to heckle them.
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.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Diageo/Hotline: Obama Surges in Battleground States  —  An early look at today's Diageo/Hotline tracking poll shows Sen. Barack Obama now holds a double-digit lead in key battleground states.  —  Among registered voters surveyed in Colorado, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Florida …
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Donklephant and MyDD
 
 
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
GOP In Disarray, Won't Follow McCain
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Steve / Nielsen Wire:
McCain And Obama Highs And Lows From Debate Dial Tests
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Paulson Crisis
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
The best and worst case scenarios
Los Angeles Times:
The green bubble bursts
Discussion: Opinion L.A.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: WHO SHOULDN'T BE BLAMED
Discussion: Associated Press
Michael Scherer / Time:
The Bailout Defeat: A Political Credibility Crisis
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Marc Ambinder:
New AFL-CIO Mailer On Health Care
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
 Earlier Items: 
Brian M. Riedl / Heritage Foundation:
$700 billion bailout? You ain't seen nothin'
Discussion: Townhall.com
Washington Post:
Wall St. Problems Viewed as ‘Crisis’ in Latest Poll
Discussion: TalkLeft and Daily Kos
Jenny Lee-Adrian / Poughkeepsie Journal:
Errant e-mail costs GOP chief post
Mona Charen / Real Clear Politics:
ACORN, Obama, and the Mortgage Mess
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Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
A Defining Moment  —  The stage is set for someone to play Washington …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
When Madmen Reign
 

 
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