September 29th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, Sept. 29th 2008

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AP: Obama, McCain give measured support for bailout
Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain on Sunday gingerly embraced a newly negotiated congressional deal for a $700 billion bailout of the hobbled financial industry.

CNN: McCain retracts Palin's Pakistan comments
Sen. John McCain retracted Sarah Palin's stance on Pakistan Sunday morning, after the Alaska governor appeared to back Sen. Barack Obama's support for unilateral strikes inside Pakistan against terrorists

NYT: So Funny It’s True
Which is more true: The political events of the last week entered the realm of parody. Or the political sketches on “Saturday Night Live” were weirdly journalistic.
Hmm. That’s a tough one.

NYT: Is Palin Qualified? Obama’s Not Saying
Senator Barack Obama said in a television interview on Sunday that voters -– not he -– would have to judge whether they believe Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska is qualified to serve as vice president.

CNN Radio: Let’s make a deal!
Agreement on Capitol Hill means agreement on the campaign trail! And rare Sunday talk show appearances by the two major candidates, as Bob Costantini reports in today’s CNN Radio Political Ticker.

CNN: Clinton hesitant to call Obama a 'great man'
Former President Bill Clinton was hesitant to characterize Barack Obama as a "great man" Sunday, a phrase he had no qualms using last week to describe Obama's rival John McCain.

Washington Post: McCain Ready for A Change Of Subject
In the two weeks that the Wall Street financial crisis has dominated the political debate, the presidential race has shifted from what had been essentially a dead heat to one in which Sen. Barack Obama has opened up a narrow but perceptible advantage nationally, as well as in a number of battleground states.

AP: Style and substance at stake for Biden, Palin
One talks too much. The other hasn't talked enough.
For voters, Thursday's vice presidential debate promises a transfixing match between the loquacious veteran Sen. Joe Biden and the still-underexposed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Washington Times: Palin-Biden debate called 'must-see TV'
One of the hopefuls has a reputation for talking and talking until he sticks his foot in his mouth. The other has not held a press conference as a vice-presidential hopeful, takes weekends off, and last week barred reporters from her first-ever meeting with a world leader.

WSJ: Undecideds Think It Over
Joe Sullivan worked his way through a cheese pizza during Friday's presidential debate, and as the candidates argued over the idea of face-to-face talks with rogue states, he couldn't help but think of his own divorce two years ago.
"It's always better to communicate," said Mr. Sullivan, who is 55 years old. "It's the most important thing you can do; countries, people, doesn't matter."

Chicago Tribune: Obama lays into McCain over economy
Bolstered by polls that show his campaign gaining momentum, Sen. Barack Obama on Sunday sharpened his attacks on rival Sen. John McCain over the crisis gripping the financial sector.


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