September 18th, 2008
06:52 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008

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Washington Post: Lawmakers Left On the Sidelines As Fed, Treasury Take Swift Action
The frenetic pace of the financial crisis has forced the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve to make rapid-fire decisions in recent days, leaving Capitol Hill lawmakers effectively impotent - and frustrated.

Boston Globe: Amid turmoil, McCain turns to regulation
Responding to the turmoil on Wall Street, John McCain said flatly yesterday: "We need strong and effective regulation."

CNN Radio: Supporters come and go, poll numbers rise and fall
Sarah Palin takes a question, a Democrat with party credentials changes teams and Ralph Nader's run for president may be helping out Barack Obama. CNN's Lisa Desjardins has today's Political Ticker.


LA times: Financial crisis fails to get its just due with TV talking heads
It's not surprising the candidates are flummoxed by a meltdown like none we have seen in our lifetimes. But reporters need to keep asking the tough questions.

LA Times: John McCain accuses Barack Obama of scuttling immigration overhaul
With the race for the White House grown tight, Republican presidential candidate John McCain has begun using the issue of immigration to try to dent Democrat Barack Obama's lead among Latino voters, who could prove decisive in the Southwest.

NYT: A New Role for the Fed: Investor of Last Resort
The mighty Federal Reserve is being stretched to its limits, both in the range of problems it is being asked to fix and in its financial firepower.

 

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September 18th, 2008
06:42 AM ET
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ON THE TRAIL: Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008

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* Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin hold a Road to Victory rally in Cedar Rapids, IA.

* Sen. Barack Obama holds a Change We Need rally With in Española, NM.

* Sen. Joe Biden holds Change We Need rallies in Canton and Youngstown, Ohio.


Filed under: On the Trail
September 17th, 2008
07:11 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

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CNN: Prominent Clinton backer and DNC member to endorse McCain
Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter and member of the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee, will endorse John McCain for president on Wednesday, her spokesman tells CNN.

NYT: Detroit Faces $3 Million Election for an 8-Month Mayor
Although some residents might argue that Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick’s efforts to cover up an affair with his chief of staff have cost this cash-starved city enough money, Detroit plans to spend as much as $3 million more on a special election to replace him.

CNN: Palin 'phenomenon' hijacks online sales
For the first time since the start of the election, merchandise for John McCain's campaign rivals sales of Barack Obama gear at CafePress, an online store specializing in user-generated T-shirts.

CNN Radio: Financial Shockwaves reverberate on the campaign
Wall Street woes and average American worries have the candidates jabbing each other in speeches and TV ads. And should Blackberry come out with a new McCain model? Bob Costantini has today’s CNN Radio Political Ticker.


CNN: House OKs bill allowing more offshore oil drilling
The House of Representatives on Tuesday night passed an energy bill clearing the way for more oil drilling off U.S. coasts, but not nearly as much as Republican leaders wanted.

 

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September 17th, 2008
07:01 AM ET
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ON THE TRAIL: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

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* Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin campaign separately Thursday morning, joining up in the evening, holding their first joint town hall meeting. Palin will take questions from voters.

* Sen. Barack Obama campaigns in Nevada, stopping in Elko and then Las Vegas.

* Sen. Joe Biden and his wife Jill campaign in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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September 16th, 2008
06:03 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008

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AP: Economists take critical view of health plans
John McCain's health plan won't lower the ranks of the uninsured. Barack Obama's fails to curb the soaring cost of health care, meaning initial gains in helping more people buy health insurance would eventually be undermined.

International Herald Tribune: Obama and McCain strive to break through media fog
Senator Barack Obama had come to Granby High School in Norfolk, Virginia, last week to talk about education. But first, he said, "I've got to spend just a brief moment talking about politics."

Financial Times: World opinion counts too in America’s poll
One of the more comic episodes during the last US presidential election was the effort by Britain’s Guardian newspaper to influence the vote.

WSJ: Creamery Case Has Palin Critics Taking Aim at Fiscal-Conservative Claim
Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin promotes herself as a small-government conservative. But when Alaska government officials wanted to shut down a money-losing creamery, the governor overturned the decision after dairy farmers near her hometown complained the loss of subsidies would cripple them.

CNN Radio: Candidates agree “it’s the economy” but disagree on “fundamentals”
The Wall Street slide is tumbling fast onto the presidential campaign. A big question: what exactly are "fundamentals" of the economy anyway? Lisa Desjardins has today's CNN Radio Political Ticker.


 

AP: Some firms get bailouts, some don't. Unfair?
Bear Stearns got one. Lehman Brothers didn't. Life can seem unfair in the world of government bailouts. But decisions about who gets help from the government are based on circumstances and pressure generated by the political or financial crisis of the moment.
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September 16th, 2008
05:50 AM ET
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ON THE TRAIL: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008

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* Sen. John McCain holds a Road to Victory Rally in Tampa, Florida. He then heads to a joint rally with Gov. Sarah Palin.

* Sen. Barack Obama campaigns in Golden, Colorado.

* Sen. Joe Biden holds a community gathering with his wife Jill in Media, Pennsylvania.


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