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Bush Watch Special: Stealing the Election

More vote-flipping in TX . Why aren't Dems all over this?, Friedman
NAACP sues in Virginia over voting machine distribution, georgia10
More than 30,000 registered Coloradans barred from voting, Zeveloff
Federal judge rules in favor of plaintiff demand for emergency paper ballots in PA, Friedman
Is CNN trying to make this race closer? A close race is easier to steal, Altman
The vote grab: civilized countries have independent Election Commissions; we don't, Tatchell
Vote watchdogs warn of troubles on election day: Vote Early If You Can!, Williams &Levy
More Texas one-way vote-theft complaints : always flipped from Obama to McCain, Zetter
Ohio provisional ballots may prove pivotal, Urbina
Polls show Obama victory is now beyond the margin of error, useful in the event of fraudulent results, First
Stolen elections and media blackout: an interview with Mark Crispin Miller, Baker
Voting and NYC:the election board should open its books immediately for a full airing, Ed
50,000 at least, Georgia voters purged from rolls in a secret, deliberate, GOP suppression effort
Fla. Gov.Crist  extends early voting hours: he just gave the state to Obama, staff
Drinking the ACORN Kool-Aid:how cries of voter fraud cover up GOP election theft , Kennedy &Palast
How to prevent GOP election theft forever: mcCain plans to steal the election via Pa just as Bush stole Ohio
As election nears, dirty tricks grow dirtier, more common, Stein
New Mexico GOP sued for voter intimidation, Weiner
7 things that could go wrong on Election Day, Scherer
Police fear riots could break out if McCain 'wins', Elsworth

OBAMA LEADS IN ALL 14: New Hampshire (K'04), Pennsylvania (K'04), Wisconsin (K'04), Minnesota (K'04)....
Virginia (B'04), North Carolina (B'04), Florida (B'04), Ohio (B'04), Indiana (B'04) Iowa (B'04), Missouri (B'04), Colorado (B'04), New Mexico (B'04), Nevada (B'04)

PREDICTING THE ELECTION OUTCOME: The new AP-GfK battleground polling shows Obama leading in Ohio (7 percentage points), Nevada (12 points), Colorado (9) and Virginia (7), all red states won by Bush that collectively offer 47 electoral votes. Sweeping those four -- or putting together the right combination of two or three -- would almost certainly make Obama president. Ohio alone has 20 electoral votes. Nevada has 5, Colorado 9 and Virginia 13.
It takes 270 electoral votes to win the White House. Obama can earn 252 by merely reclaiming states won by John Kerry in 2004. There are only two Kerry states still in contention -- Pennsylvania with 21 votes and New Hampshire with four -- and AP-GfK polls show Obama leading both by double digits.
In addition, Obama is tied with McCain in North Carolina and Florida, according to the AP-GfK polling, two vote-rich states Bush carried in 2004. Obama is throwing his time and money into the Sunshine State, which has 27 votes, part of a strategy to create many routes to victory and push toward a landslide of 300 or more electoral votes. North Carolina has 15 votes.
Independent polling suggests that New Mexico and Iowa, two traditionally GOP states, are out of reach for McCain. --AP

For this election, voters need to be prepared to fight for their right to cast a ballot. They should try to confirm before Nov. 4 that they are on the rolls — something that in many states can be done on a secretary of state or board of elections Web site. If their state permits it, they should VOTE EARLY. Any voter who finds that their name has disappeared from the rolls will then have time to challenge mistakes. If voters find on Election Day that their names are not on the rolls, they should contact a voters’ rights group like Election Protection, at 1-866-OUR-VOTE, or a political campaign, which can advocate for them. They should not, except as a last resort, cast a provisional ballot, since it is less likely to be counted.--NYT Ed

SOCIALISM FOR THE RICH: BUSH, McCAIN, OBAMA ARE ALLOWING BANKS TO STEAL YOUR BAILOUT MONEY: According to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, the chief proponent of the big bank bailout, flooding the banks with taxpayers’ money was supposed to get them to start lending freely again. And that, in turn, was supposed to stabilize the markets and prevent the downturn from being worse than it otherwise would be....Now, lo and behold, with $250 billion in bailout funds committed to dozens of large and regional banks, it turns out that many of the recipients of this investment from taxpayers are not all that interested in making loans. And it appears that Mr. Paulson is not so bothered by their reluctance....
Treasury has refused to put conditions on the banks’ use of the bailout funds, allowing them, in effect, to make purchases of banks that are not on the verge of failure. That could help to maximize the banks’ profits — a worthy goal when the capital they are using is from private investors....“I think there are going to be some great opportunities for us to grow in this environment, and I think we have an opportunity to use that $25 billion in that way,” the [JPMorgan Chase] executive said. He added that the money could also be used as a backstop in case “recession turns into depression or what happens in the future.”
However, when they’re using taxpayer-provided capital, as they are now, Congress and the public have every right to require that the money be used to benefit the public directly, even if doing so crimps the banks’ profits....The bailout was sold as a way to spur loans. If that never was — or no longer is — the primary aim, Congress and the public need to know that. Lawmakers should not release the second installment — $350 billion — until they have answers and guarantees that the bailout money will be spent in ways that put the public interest first.--NYT Ed.

For further indications how both McBush and Obama plan to drive the country deeper into debt, see 2 Rivals’ Plans on Fiscal Issue Add to Deficits (NYT).The bottom line in all of this is the long-time GOP economic strategy has worked to perfecion as a result of eight years of Bush, a strategy that was spelled out in the mainstream press prior to the Bush selection: drain the government of money by rewarding the wealthy, thereby making it impossible for the next administration to carry out social policy. This, by the way, is why Bush wanted to privatize social security, because that social program is presently locked in to the budget. One way to free up money for social programs, such as health care, is to get out of the Iraq money pit at once. Another way is to stop our government's socialism for the rich policies. --Politex, Oct. 29, 2008

Top World Stories: Friday October 31, 2008:

US:  Economy flashes recession signal; GDP down at 0.3% rate , NYT
US:  Solider in Iraq slayings case says Bush, Cheney should be arrested, AP
US:  Federal Judge rules for emergency paper ballots in Pennsylvania, Bradblog
US:  Poll: 23% of Texans think Obama is Muslim, Houston Chronicle
US:  Iraqi market in ruins after bulldozers move in, LAT
U.S.: US economy officially on brink of recession, Duncan
U.S.: US economy shrinks as anxious consumers slash spending, Elliott
U.S.: American Express cuts jobs as customers feel pinch, Bawden
U.S.: Oil company bonanza continues with record profits for Shell and Exxon, Milner, Clark
U.S.: US auto aid pleas mount; Treasury says no GM talks, Lawder
U.S.: Next president faces chaotic mix of economic problems not seen since 1930's, Mason
Latin America: Chile's maize contaminated with transgenics, Daniela Estrada
Latin America: Extrajudicial killings scrutinized in Colombia, Constanza Vieira
Latin America: Absences mar El Salvador summit, MercoPress
Latin America: Border Patrol agent on trial for murder of immigrant, Brenda Norrell
U.K.: UK will face peak oil crisis within five years, report warns, Clark
U.K.: Royal Society to research potential of geo-engineering to limit global warming, Guardian
MIDDLE EAST: US forces hand over last southern province to Iraqis, Haynes
MIDDLE EAST: Syrians stage mass anti-US rally, BBC
MIDDLE EAST: Syria puts US embassy under guard as tens of thousands join protest, Siddique
Middle East: Lebanon's president seeks peace, Hussein Abdallah
Middle East: Lebanon's trade deficit soars, DS
Middle East: Olmert plans indirect talks with Syria,  Barak Ravid and Yoav Stern
Middle East: Syria cuts diplomatic ties with US over raid,  Yoav Stern
ASIA: Taleban kill five in suicide attack on Afghan Ministry in central Kabul, Coghlan
ASIA: More Shocks for Shattered Pakistan, Asia Times
ASIA: India Fears the Dawn of Hindutva Terror, Asia Times
ASIA: Indonesia Passes Anti-Porn Bill, BBC News
AFRICA: Liberia Ex-Leader's Son Convicted, BBC News
AFRICA: Congo: Suffering Without End, The Guardian
AFRICA: Somalia: Harsh Words For Transitional Government, IPS
AFRICA: Drunk and in retreat, troops unleash wave of death on their own people, Barth
AFRICA: Urgent diplomacy in Congo crisis, BBC
WORLD: Manmade global warming evident on every continent, polar report finds, Adam
BUSH WATCH:  Volunteer Headline Editor Needed For Europe

Top World Stories: New York Times, etc.

Palin tries to change the subject, Bosman
Increasingly, poll shows, Palin is hurting McCain, Cooper &Sussman
Carolina Senate race in chaos over Elizabeth Dole's 'godless' ad, Zagaroli
How these gibbering numbskulls came to dominate Washington, Monbiot
Can you guess a person's politics by their personality? Shrinks say yes, Tucker
How much damage has 8 yrs of neocon political abuse done to the American psyche?, Klempner
Evangelicals and rural Americans are breaking big for Obama, Eshelman
Bush trying to avoid war crimes charges, ICH
Just sad: GOP trots out Bin Laden in hopes of  scaring a few points off Obama's lead, Thomas
Bush is leaving a nest of foreign policy booby traps for Obama, Brooks
The success of early voting, Ed
American stories, Cohen
American con story: Joe-the-you-know-who gets a manager, Rohter
Hang 'em high: people want to see Wall Street executives in orange suits, Egan
Hey, A.I.G. - where's the $120 billion? They knew they had vast losses months ago, Walsh
Are stocks the bargain you think they are?, Leonhardt

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UNPRINCIPLED McCAIN EMBRACES BUSH HATE AND FAILED BUSH POLICIES: The United States is battered and drifting after eight years of President Bush’s failed leadership. He is saddling his successor with two wars, a scarred global image and a government systematically stripped of its ability to protect and help its citizens — whether they are fleeing a hurricane’s floodwaters, searching for affordable health care or struggling to hold on to their homes, jobs, savings and pensions in the midst of a financial crisis that was foretold and preventable....
Senator John McCain of Arizona has retreated farther and farther to the fringe of American politics, running a campaign on partisan division, class warfare and even hints of racism. His policies and worldview are mired in the past. His choice of a running mate so evidently unfit for the office was a final act of opportunism and bad judgment that eclipsed the accomplishments of 26 years in Congress....
Mr. McCain offers more of the Republican every-man-for-himself ideology, now lying in shards on Wall Street and in Americans’ bank accounts. Mr. McCain talks about reform a lot, but his vision is pinched. His answer to any economic question is to eliminate pork-barrel spending — about $18 billion in a $3 trillion budget — cut taxes and wait for unfettered markets to solve the problem. Mr. McCain, who once opposed President Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy as fiscally irresponsible, now wants to make them permanent. And while he talks about keeping taxes low for everyone, his proposed cuts would overwhelmingly benefit the top 1 percent of Americans while digging the country into a deeper fiscal hole....
The American military — its people and equipment — is dangerously overstretched. Mr. Bush has neglected the necessary war in Afghanistan, which now threatens to spiral into defeat. The unnecessary and staggeringly costly war in Iraq must be ended as quickly and responsibly as possible. While Iraq’s leaders insist on a swift drawdown of American troops and a deadline for the end of the occupation, Mr. McCain is still talking about some ill-defined “victory.” As a result, he has offered no real plan for extracting American troops and limiting any further damage to Iraq and its neighbors. Mr. McCain, like Mr. Bush, has only belatedly focused on Afghanistan’s dangerous unraveling and the threat that neighboring Pakistan may quickly follow....
Under Mr. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the justice system and the separation of powers have come under relentless attack. Mr. Bush chose to exploit the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, the moment in which he looked like the president of a unified nation, to try to place himself above the law. Mr. Bush has arrogated the power to imprison men without charges and browbeat Congress into granting an unfettered authority to spy on Americans. He has created untold numbers of “black” programs, including secret prisons and outsourced torture. The president has issued hundreds, if not thousands, of secret orders. We fear it will take years of forensic research to discover how many basic rights have been violated....
Mr. McCain improved protections for detainees. But then he helped the White House push through the appalling Military Commissions Act of 2006, which denied detainees the right to a hearing in a real court and put Washington in conflict with the Geneva Conventions, greatly increasing the risk to American troops....Mr. McCain is certain to pick rigid ideologues [to the Supreme Court]. He has said he would never appoint a judge who believes in women’s reproductive rights....
It will be an enormous challenge just to get the nation back to where it was before Mr. Bush, to begin to mend its image in the world and to restore its self-confidence and its self-respect. Doing all of that, and leading America forward, will require strength of will, character and intellect, sober judgment and a cool, steady hand. Mr. McCain, whom we chose as the best Republican nominee in the primaries, has spent the last coins of his reputation for principle and sound judgment to placate the limitless demands and narrow vision of the far-right wing. His righteous fury at being driven out of the 2000 primaries on a racist tide aimed at his adopted daughter has been replaced by a zealous embrace of those same win-at-all-costs tactics and tacticians. He surrendered his standing as an independent thinker in his rush to embrace Mr. Bush’s misbegotten tax policies and to abandon his leadership position on climate change and immigration reform....
Ms. Palin has... questioned millions of Americans’ patriotism, calling Republican-leaning states “pro-America.” This politics of fear, division and character assassination helped Mr. Bush drive Mr. McCain from the 2000 Republican primaries and defeat Senator John Kerry in 2004. It has been the dominant theme of his failed presidency. The nation’s problems are simply too grave to be reduced to [McCain's] slashing “robo-calls” and negative ads. --NYT Ed

DISGUST GROWING OVER DESPERATE McPALIN HATE CAMPAIGN: Word comes from Madison, Wis., that a telemarketer named Ted Zoromski quit his job this week over John McCain’s message. when he got the script saying “you need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge’s home and killed Americans,” he packed it in....if you can come up with something that would send a telemarketer over the edge, you have really overachieved on the offensiveness front....
Opening for a McCain rally in North Carolina last weekend, Representative Robin Hayes said he wanted “to keep the crowd as respectful as possible.” In order to pursue that goal as efficiently as possible, Hayes then announced that “liberals hate real Americans that work and accomplish and achieve and believe in God.” This was an especially unfortunate turn of phrase given the fact that he had begun his remarks by saying he wanted to “make sure we don’t say something stupid.” All this was a direct outgrowth of Sarah Palin’s own comments in North Carolina, in which she praised the “pro-America” areas of the country.
Meanwhile, over on MSNBC, Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota was launching into the Obama/terrorist spin when she suggested that the news media should investigate “the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America.”...The tone of this campaign has given some of the Republican faithful, even those who are members of Congress, the impression that questioning the patriotism of large groups of the population is now O.K.
Right now, all the polls predict that in less than two weeks, Barack Obama is going to be elected president. The McCain campaign disputes this. Large numbers of Obama supporters are also in doubt, possibly because they keep getting e-mails from their relatives in Toledo revealing that Obama has gone to Hawaii not to visit his ailing grandmother, but to destroy evidence that he is not actually an American citizen. For John McCain, the best question now is not whether he’s going to lose, but what kind of a country he’d wind up with if he won after a campaign even a telemarketer can’t love.--Gail Collins

RECESSION-PLAGUED NATION DEMANDS NEW BUBBLE TO INVEST IN: Washington--A panel of top business leaders testified before Congress about the worsening recession Tuesday, demanding the government provide Americans with a new irresponsible and largely illusory economic bubble in which to invest. "What America needs right now is not more talk and long-term strategy, but a concrete way to create more imaginary wealth in the very immediate future," said Thomas Jenkins, CFO of the Boston-area Jenkins Financial Group, a bubble-based investment firm. "We are in a crisis, and that crisis demands an unviable short-term solution."
The current economic woes, brought on by the collapse of the so-called "housing bubble," are considered the worst to hit investors since the equally untenable dot-com bubble burst in 2001. According to investment experts, now that the option of making millions of dollars in a short time with imaginary profits from bad real-estate deals has disappeared, the need for another spontaneous make-believe source of wealth has never been more urgent.
"Perhaps the new bubble could have something to do with watching movies on cell phones," said investment banker Greg Carlisle of the New York firm Carlisle, Shaloe & Graves. "Or, say, medicine, or shipping. Or clouds. The manner of bubble isn't important—just as long as it creates a hugely overvalued market based on nothing more than whimsical fantasy and saddled with the potential for a long-term accrual of debts that will never be paid back, thereby unleashing a ripple effect that will take nearly a decade to correct. The U.S. economy cannot survive on sound investments alone," Carlisle added. --O. Nion

BUSH WATCH SPECIAL: It's Obama vs. GOP Vote Suppression

The Republican Party has made strenuous efforts in recent years to prevent Democrats from voting, and to prevent their votes from being properly counted once they’ve been cast....When it comes to voting, the real threat to democracy is the nonstop campaign by the G.O.P. and its supporters to disenfranchise American citizens who have every right to cast a ballot. We saw this in 2000. We saw it in 2004. And we’re seeing it again now....In one politically crucial state after another — in Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, you name it — the G.O.P. has unleashed foot soldiers whose insidious mission is to make the voting process as difficult as possible — or, better yet, impossible — for citizens who are believed to favor Democrats. --Bob Herbert

Acorn is a nonprofit group that advocates for low- and moderate-income people and has mounted a major voter-registration drive this year. Acorn says that it has paid more than 8,000 canvassers who have registered about 1.3 million new voters, many of them poor people and members of racial minorities. In recent weeks, the McCain campaign has accused the group of perpetrating voter fraud by intentionally submitting invalid registration forms, including some with fictional names like Mickey Mouse and others for voters who are already registered. Based on the information that has come to light so far, the charges appear to be wildly overblown — and intended to hobble Acorn’s efforts.
...Meanwhile, Republicans aren’t saying anything about another more serious voter-registration scandal: the fact that about one-third of eligible voters are not registered. The racial gaps are significant and particularly disturbing. According to a study by Project Vote, a voting-rights group, in 2006, 71 percent of eligible whites were registered, compared with 61 percent of blacks, 54 percent of Latinos and 49 percent of Asian-Americans. Much of the blame for this lies with overly restrictive registration rules. Earlier this year, the League of Women Voters halted its registration drive in Florida after the state imposed onerous new requirements.
The answer is for government to do a better job of registering people to vote. That way there would be less need to rely on private registration drives, largely being conducted by well-meaning private organizations that use low-paid workers. Federal and state governments should do their own large-scale registration drives staffed by experienced election officials. Even better, Congress and the states should adopt election-day registration, which would make such drives unnecessary. The real threats to the fabric of democracy are the unreasonable barriers that stand in the way of eligible voters casting ballots. --NYT Ed

GOP's malicious 'FBI-is-investigating' smear won't stop ACORN or Obama, Parry
GOP voter registration fraud expands to outright document forgery, Land Shark
Cheating is their way of life: why is GOP so intent on getting contested voter reg lists? Rosenfeld
Michigan GOP admits voter fraud conspiracy, Powers
The 10 dirtiest election tricks the Republicans have tried so far, Alternet
McCain employing GOP operative accused of voter registration fraud, Stein

Blog Beat

WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM, AMERICA? The following article by Bob Herbert provides one more example of why our country is going down the tubes: we've created a society in which few have time to consider the implications of our actions and inactions. Some of us are too busy getting more and more of the American dream; others are just struggling to survive. Like children, relatively few of us really contribute to the well-being of our society. Like our medical system, we're content to be manipulated by the dysfunctional results of the system, rather than changing the system in the first place. Take poverty. Rather than working to make our economic system more equitable, we're content to give donations to the poor.
Needless to say, our present economic crisis is just one more example of our inability to insure that the system works by employing simple oversight and rational thinking. Even our most recent Nobel Prize winner in Economics, Paul Krugman, claimed the other day that he had no idea that the economy was going to tank. Nonsense. Krugman, Greenspan, and leading economists have been warning us for years. Do you know what the SDS's "weathermen" meant? It's from a Bob Dylan song: "You don't need a weatherman to tell which way the wind blows." You didn't need to be an economist to tell which way the wind was blowing. It's really stupid --repeat, stupid-- to assume that the average American citizen, who has been traind by politicians and media to be more interested in covering his ass and gettin more, more more than contributing to the healthy workings of society, will save us from ourselves. What's needed is freedom with oversight and a basic understanding of human nature, not the blind political ideologies that promise to take our country down if we remain on our present path. --Politex, Oct. 14, 2008

SEEING THE END OF THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT: “The United States is failing to develop the math skills of both girls and boys, especially among those who could excel at the highest levels, a new study asserts, and girls who do succeed in the field are almost all immigrants or the daughters of immigrants from countries where mathematics is more highly valued.”
The idea that the U.S. won’t even properly develop the skills of young people who could perform at the highest intellectual levels is breathtaking — breathtakingly stupid, that is. The authors of the study, published in Notices of the American Mathematical Society, concluded that American culture does not value talent in math very highly. I suppose we’re busy with other things, like text-messaging while jay-walking. The math thing is seen as something for Asians and nerds.
Meanwhile, the country is going down the tubes. Felix Rohatyn, who helped lead New York City out of the dark days of the 1970s fiscal crisis, had an article in a recent issue of The New York Review of Books (with co-author Everett Ehrlich) lamenting the sad state of the U.S. infrastructure. Most Americans are oblivious on this issue. We’re like a family that won’t even think about fixing a sagging, leaky roof until it collapses on our heads.
New Orleans was nearly wiped from the map in the Hurricane Katrina nightmare, and 13 people were killed when a bridge in Minneapolis broke apart during rush hour, hurling helpless motorists 60 feet into the Mississippi River. Neither of those disasters was enough of a warning for us to think seriously about infrastructure maintenance, repair and construction. Could these types of disasters happen again? They’re going to happen again. Mr. Rohatyn reminds us that nearly 30 percent of the nation’s bridges are “structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.”
We haven’t even got sense enough to keep an eye on the water we drink. Citing a report from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Mr. Rohatyn and Mr. Ehrlich write: “Current funding for safe drinking water, amounts to ‘less than 10 percent of the total national requirement.’ ”
A country that refuses to properly educate its young people or to maintain its physical plant is one that has clearly lost its way. Add in the myriad problems associated with unnecessary warfare and a clueless central government that wastes taxpayer dollars by the trillions, and you’ve got a society in danger of becoming completely unhinged.
This is about more than the election of a president in a few weeks. The American people have to decide what kind of country they want.
Do they want one in which the top 1 percent hauled in more than 21 percent of all personal income in 2005? Do they want a country in which, as my former colleague at The Times, David Cay Johnston, has noted: the tax system “now levies the poor, the middle class and even the upper middle class to subsidize the rich”?
Do they want a country in which their democratic freedoms are eroded by a deliberate exploitation of their fear of terrorism, and their earning power is diminished by a crippling dependence on foreign oil?
These are exactly the kinds of issues that could be thoroughly explored, argued about, even obsessed over in a presidential campaign. Americans could drag their eyeballs away from their flat-screen TVs and give serious thoughts to important matters if they wanted to. Instead, we get silliness.
The news media, especially the talking heads on television, are addicted to the horse race, focusing around the clock on wildly proliferating polling data that tell us basically nothing. No one knows who is going to win this election. So why not spend a little quality time on where the next generation of jobs might be coming from, and why it’s critically important to ease the burden of health insurance coverage being shouldered by strapped families and businesses alike?
An article in Monday’s Times spotlighted some of the serious problems that have emerged in the No Child Left Behind law. Among the law’s unintended consequences, as Sam Dillon reported, has been its tendency to “punish” states that “have high academic standards and rigorous tests, which have contributed to an increasing pileup of failed schools.” --Bob Herbert, Oct. 14, '08

DESPERATE McPALIN UNLEASHES THE FASCIST MONSTER: At McCain-Palin rallies, the raucous and insistent cries of “Treason!” and “Terrorist!” and “Kill him!” and “Off with his head!” as well as the uninhibited slinging of racial epithets, are actually something new in a campaign that has seen almost every conceivable twist. They are alarms. Doing nothing is not an option....The tone was set at the Republican convention, with Rudy Giuliani’s mocking dismissal of Obama as an “only in America” affirmative-action baby. We also learned then that the McCain campaign had recruited as a Palin handler none other than Tucker Eskew, the South Carolina consultant who had worked for George W. Bush in the notorious 2000 G.O.P. primary battle where the McCains and their adopted Bangladeshi daughter were slimed by vicious racist rumors.
No less disconcerting was a still-unexplained passage of Palin’s convention speech: Her use of an unattributed quote praising small-town America (as opposed to, say, Chicago and its community organizers) from Westbrook Pegler, the mid-century Hearst columnist famous for his anti-Semitism, racism and violent rhetorical excess....Imagine if Obama had quoted a Black Panther or Louis Farrakhan — or William Ayers — in Denver....
What has pumped up the Weimar-like rage at McCain-Palin rallies, is the violent escalation in rhetoric, especially (though not exclusively) by Palin. Obama “launched his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist.” He is “palling around with terrorists” (note the plural noun). Obama is “not a man who sees America the way you and I see America.” Wielding a wildly out-of-context Obama quote, Palin slurs him as an enemy of American troops
By the time McCain asks the crowd “Who is the real Barack Obama?” it’s no surprise that someone cries out “Terrorist!” The rhetorical conflation of Obama with terrorism is complete. It is stoked further by the repeated invocation of Obama’s middle name by surrogates introducing McCain and Palin at these rallies. ....Last week...a Florida sheriff ranted about “Barack Hussein Obama” at a Palin rally while in full uniform. This sleight of hand at once synchronizes with the poisonous Obama-is-a-Muslim e-mail blasts and shifts the brand of terrorism from Ayers’s Vietnam-era variety to the radical Islamic threats of today.
That’s a far cry from simply accusing Obama of being a guilty-by-association radical leftist. Obama is being branded as a potential killer and an accessory to past attempts at murder. “Barack Obama’s friend tried to kill my family” was how a McCain press release last week packaged the remembrance of a Weather Underground incident from 1970 — when Obama was 8. We all know what punishment fits the crime of murder, or even potential murder, if the security of post-9/11 America is at stake. We all know how self-appointed “patriotic” martyrs always justify taking the law into their own hands. --Frank Rich, Oct. 12, '08

Vote Rigging and Suppression!

Voters In 9 States Being Taken Off Rolls Illegally
by New York Times
8 Oct 2008
Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law, according to a review of state records and Social Security data by The New York Times...for every voter added to the rolls in the past two months in some states, election officials have removed two, a review of the records shows....because Democrats have been more aggressive at registering new voters this year...any heightened screening of new applications may affect their party’s supporters disproportionately...The screening or trimming of voter registration lists...could also result in problems at the polls on Election Day: people who have been removed from the rolls are likely to show up only to be challenged by political party officials or election workers, resulting in confusion, long lines and heated tempers.

Report: Voter Purging Process Is Shrouded in Secrecy, Prone to Error and Vuln...
by (Democracy Now!)
9 Oct 2008 at 8:51am
A new study by the Brennan Center for Justice has found voters across the country are being purged through a process that is shrouded in secrecy, prone to error and vulnerable to manipulation. The Brennan Center is calling on states to develop and publish uniform, non-discriminatory rules for purges; provide public notice of pending purges; make purge lists publicly available; and develop rules for individuals to challenge the purge list. [includes rush transcript]

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner on Voter Rights, Faulty Electronic V...
by (Democracy Now!)
9 Oct 2008 at 8:35am
Ohio is a key swing state that ended up deciding the outcome of the 2004 election. But the state was riddled with voting problems, ranging from breakdowns in electronic voting machines to accusations of widespread voter disenfranchisement. We speak to Democrat Jennifer Brunner, who was elected Secretary of State of Ohio in November 2006. [includes rush transcript]

Greg Palast on Vote Rigging and Suppression Ahead of the 2008 Election
by (Democracy Now!)
9 Oct 2008 at 8:10am
BBC investigative journalist Greg Palast travels to New Mexico, Michigan and Colorado to investigate how both Democrats and Republicans are accusing each other of trying to steal the election. Palast also discusses his new comic book Steal Back Your Vote, co-written with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. [includes rush transcript]

McBUSH STUMPED ON THE STUMP: The Bush administration this month is quietly cutting off birth control supplies to some of the world’s poorest women in Africa. Thus the paradox of a “pro-life” administration adopting a policy whose result will be tens of thousands of additional abortions each year — along with more women dying in childbirth. The saga also spotlights a clear difference between Barack Obama and John McCain. Senator Obama supports U.N.-led efforts to promote family planning; Senator McCain stands with President Bush in opposing certain crucial efforts to help women reduce unwanted pregnancies in Africa and Asia.
There is something about reproductive health — maybe the sex part — that makes some Americans froth and go crazy. We see it in the opposition to condoms to curb AIDS in Africa and in the insistence on abstinence-only sex education in American classrooms (one reason American teenage pregnancy rates are more than double those in Canada). And we see it in the decision of some towns — like Wasilla, Alaska, when Sarah Palin was mayor there — to bill rape victims for the kits used to gather evidence of sex crimes. In most places, police departments pay for rape kits, which cost hundreds of dollars, but while Ms. Palin was mayor of Wasilla, the town decided to save money by billing rape victims.
...Mr. McCain seems to have supported Mr. Bush, mostly out of instinct, and when a reporter asked him this spring whether American aid should finance contraceptives to fight AIDS in Africa, he initially said, “I haven’t thought about it,” and later added, “You’ve stumped me.” --Nicholas Kristof, Oct. 9, '08

JOHN McPALIN STOOPS TO RACE-BAITING: Senator John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin have been running one of the most appalling campaigns we can remember. They have gone far beyond the usual fare of quotes taken out of context and distortions of an opponent’s record — into the dark territory of race-baiting and xenophobia....Mr. McCain’s aides haven’t even tried to hide their cynical tactics, saying they were “going negative” in hopes of shifting attention away from the financial crisis — and by implication Mr. McCain’s stumbling response....He is unable or unwilling to admit that the Republican assault on regulation was to blame....
[Palin's] demagoguery has elicited some frightening, intolerable responses. A recent Washington Post report said at a rally in Florida this week a man yelled “kill him!” as Ms. Palin delivered that line and others shouted epithets at an African-American member of a TV crew.... We certainly expected better from Mr. McCain, who once showed withering contempt for win-at-any-cost politics. He was driven out of the 2000 Republican primaries by this sort of smear, orchestrated by some of the same people who are now running his campaign....In a way, we should not be surprised that Mr. McCain has stooped so low, since the debate showed once again that he has little else to talk about. --NYT Ed, Oct. 8, '08

McCAIN'S DESPICABLE VISION OF WOMEN: "Cindy McCain stood by her husband’s side, her eyes rendered invisible by sunglasses, her mouth a lipsticked slash across her face—a straight line, unsmiling. A woman in the audience, wearing tight chinos, T-shirt, tube socks, and tennis shoes, motioned toward the candidate’s wife with her chin and whispered to the man beside her, 'She doesn’t look like she’s having any fun at all.'” This closing paragraph of a NEW YORKER profile of Cindy McCain shows the results. Let's look at the cause, John McCain, as presented in THE NATION:
"At 42 McNasty, as he was called in high school, took up with 24-year-old Cindy, a former junior rodeo queen, and, having boosted his image and his net worth via a marriage vow, soon reverted to the pattern of insults and macho egotism that has typified most of his life. He denigrated her education at USC as a tour through "the University of Spoiled Children." For all but one of several miscarriages, he left her on her own. When she was popping ten to fifteen pills a day to mask her pain and "do everything he wanted," he never noticed.
In 1992, in a rage over her gentle teasing about his thinning hair, he exploded, "At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you cunt," a one-two punch hurled in front of three journalists and two aides but unreported until recently, by Cliff Schecter in The Real McCain. On the campaign trail in June he joked about "beating my wife" and took umbrage when others failed to grasp the simple good fun in the remark.
In early August he said he'd encouraged Cindy to enter the Miss Buffalo Chip beauty pageant at the high-revving, flesh-swinging biker rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. It might have been a fine quip except that up on the stage with her daughter Meghan, staring out toward the throng where a sign urged Show Ur Tits 4 McCain, Cindy had the thin, fixed smile of endurance, not joy. Just before the Palin pick, Mrs. McCain was so brittle that a supporter's energetic handshake put her in a cast. With the press and vast swaths of the country swooning over the Obama family, John needed a new queen."
After selecting former beauty queen Sarah Palin as his running mate, McCain cast Cindy off his campaign platform as he had previously cast his first wife aside, and he began the final days of his campaign tour at Palin's side, twisting his wedding ring while standing in Cindy's previous position on the platform as Palin begin her 2012 presidential campaign. It appears that McCain needs an attractive, younger woman next to him during his campaign stops, as if to establish a continuing sexual attractiveness into his old age. McCain's nasty treatment of women as objects never ends. --Politex, Oct. 5, '08

1. “With the impacts of climate change, what we can do about that, as governor, I was the first governor to form a climate change subcabinet to start dealing with the impacts.... You know, there are man’s activities that can be contributed to the issues that we’re dealing with now, with these impacts.” Dowd
2. “Nuclear weaponry, of course, would be the be-all, end-all of just too many people in too many parts of our planet.” Dowd
3. “It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there.” Dowd
4. “Say it ain’t so, Joe! There you go pointing backwards again ... Now, doggone it, let’s look ahead and tell Americans what we have to plan to do for them in the future. You mentioned education, and I’m glad you did. I know education you are passionate about with your wife being a teacher for 30 years, and God bless her. Her reward is in heaven, right?” Herbert
5. “Well, our founding fathers were very wise there in allowing through the Constitution much flexibility there in the office of the vice president. And we will do what is best for the American people in tapping into that position and ushering in an agenda that is supportive and cooperative with the president’s agenda in that position.” Collins

DRESS CODE FOR VOTERS: The Dems in Pa. have gone to court about it, and a number of other states appear to be on the verge. (NYT) In its continuing effort to keep the voters away from the polls, Repubs want to establish a dress code for voters: no t-shirts with campaign slogans. The Dems say "nonsense," and have taken those PA. counties with such rules to court. One Republican official says if there isn't a dress code, next, voters would come to the polls wearing musical hats. Since we failed to institute a voters' dress code in Iraq, the dress code terrorists are threatening us at home.
Of course, a white or black t-shirt would be seen as a racist slur, so t-shirts of that color would be out. And how about yellow t-shirts? The Repubs call Obama a coward for being against the war in Iraq. No go. And McCain's economic policies will keep us in the red. Obviously, the only t-shirt acceptable to both sides would be green, since both candidates are Irish. But that flies in the face of diversity, so the Dems wouldn't go for that. Clearly, our only rational option is to vote naked. See you at the polls. --Politex, Oct. 4, '08

FALTERING McBUSH; PREDICTING THE WINNER: Now that Mac's sinking in the polls while the economy is faltering and Michigan is out of reach Mac has decided to go negative, all the time. He has determined that folks will not vote for him on the basis of who he is and what his record represents. The NYT reports that he feels his only hope is to attack Obama, all the time. This means, of course, that the Macster's people will produce a barrage of anti-Obama lies, distortions, and sleeze-attacks, thinking that the voters are really dumb and would vote for someone who represents the lowest level of American politics.
Nevertheless, there's an easy, but not foolproof, way to predict who will win on election night. If McBush takes Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Hampshire, or Maine, Kerry states, while not losing more Bush states, he will win. If Obama takes Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, or Virginia Bush states, while not losing more Kerry states, he will win. --Politex, Oct. 4, '08

BIDEN WINS DEBATE BY NOT BEING PALIN: Senator Biden did well, avoiding one of his own infamous gaffes, while showing a clear grasp of the big picture and the details. He left Ms. Palin way behind on most issues, especially foreign policy and national security, where she just seemed lost. It was in those moments that her lack of experience — two terms as mayor of a tiny Anchorage suburb and less than two years as governor — was most painfully evident....Asked about the possible use of nuclear weapons, she declared “nuclear weaponry, of course, would be the be-all, end-all of just too many people and too many parts of our planet.” On Iraq, all she had to offer was the false accusation that Barack Obama wants to surrender....
She offered virtually no detail — beyond the Republican mantra of tax cuts — for how she and Mr. McCain would address the financial crisis or help Americans avoid foreclosure or what programs they would cut because of the country’s disastrous fiscal problems. Ms. Palin’s primary tactic was simply to repeat the same thing over and over: John McCain is a maverick. So is she. To stay on that course, she had to indulge in some wildly circular logic: America does not want another Washington insider. They want Mr. McCain (who has been in Congress for nearly 26 years). Ms. Palin condemned Wall Street greed and said she and Mr. McCain would “demand” strict oversight. In virtually the next breath, she said government should “get out of the way” of American business.
There were occasional, disturbing flashes of the old, pre-campaign Sarah Palin. Asked about the causes of global warming, Ms. Palin suggested that man had some role — but she wasn’t saying how much. In the end, the debate did not change the essential truth of Ms. Palin’s candidacy: Mr. McCain made a wildly irresponsible choice that shattered the image he created for himself as the honest, seasoned, experienced man of principle and judgment. It was either an act of incredible cynicism or appallingly bad judgment. --NYT Ed, Oct. 3, '08


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Bush Watch Special: The Economic Crisis

U.S.: Firefighting Fed cuts rates to 1% in scramble to avert deep US recession, Duncan
Loans? Did we say we'd do loans?, Ed
Consumers feel the next crisis: its credit cards, Dash
WORLD: A look at how governments around the world are reacting to financial crisis, BBC
Middle-class Americans lose all as Bernanke & Paulson spend their tax dollars
to bail out the infinitely wealthy
, Gerard

Greenspan says,'Who could have known?' YOU, Mr. Greenspan, YOU should have known, Baker
When will we waken from the $3billion per week mass psychosis that is the occupation of Iraq?, Jamail
For whom the bailout tolls: not the fat cats at the top, Winship
US to plow billions into major banks but shares dive globally, Agence France-Presse
The widening gyre:Bush's anti-government ideology still stands in the way of effective action., Krugman
U.K.: UK home repossessions jump 71% as arrears grow, Gilmore
EUROPE: Brown and Sarkozy in action call to prevent spread of financial crisis, BBC
U.S.: Wall Street leaps 900 points despite blow to confidence, Jagger
U.S.: US consumers stop spending amid worries over jobs and homes, Jagger
U.S.: US banks to take $63 billion cash from Government, Boyle
U.S.: Treasury working on aid for GM, Chrysler merger, Wutkowski
EUROPE: IMF prepares $10 billion bailout as Hungary teeters, LeBor
U.S.: US bank uses bail-out money to purchase a rival, BBC
US:  No kidding, Sherlock.  Greenspan admits to ideological flaw, Bloomberg
U.S.: White House calls summit of world's key economies, Duncan
U.S.: Global markets in a tailspin from Hungary to Wall Street, Zengerie
U.S.: Stricken Wall Street stumps up for $5.3 billion campaign, Reid
U.S.: Panic over hedge funds 'could close markets', Costello, Power
U.S.: Alan Greenspan admits to some mistakes, Bawden
U.S.: Alan Greenspan says financial crisis 'like a once in a century tsunami', BBC
U.S.: Job cuts, auto woes deepen global recession fears, Zengerie
U.S.: Dynegy to disclose its financial  risks from climate change under new agreement, Reuters
A matter of life and debt, Atwood
Bailout (and buildup), Friedman
A.I.G. to suspend millions in executive payouts, Glater
Markets fall sharply on weak earnings reports, Grynbaum
ASIA: China, an Engine of Growth, Faces a Global Slump, NYT
U.S.: Fed to inject up to $540 billion more liquidity, Times
U.S.: Paulson lauds China cooperation amid market turmoil, Reuters
U.S.: America must live within its means , Hamish McRae
U.K.: UK house sales slump by more than 50% over past year, Osborne
EUROPE: Sarkozy wants top EU economy team, BBC
Why the economy fares much better under Democrats, Bartels
Cronytopia: what the world knows and Americans don't about the bailout, Floyd
Cronyking Hank Paulson predicts success in overcoming crisis, AP
Any pay cuts on Wall Street yet?, Baker
As oil prices drop OPEC ponders tough solutions, Mouawad
With oil prices in free fall, 3 oil-rich countries face a reckoning, Romero et al
Yahoo to cut 10% of its work force, Helft
U.S.: Bernanke supports higher spending to combat economic weakness, BBC
EUROPE: France unveils bank rescue plan, BBC
ASIA: China Pledges to Boost Slowing Economy,
WORLD: Global financial crisis 'to add 20 million', BBC
Collateral damage: we'll have to bailout the poor countries that got burned in our meltdown, Ed
Deficit rises: lawmakers decide to pay for the bailout by borrowing, Uchitelle &Pear
Apple walks on water: why this storm can't touch it, Stross
US:  A financial new world order?, Christian Science Monitor
U.S.: Europe and US wrestle for control of global markets, Baldwin
U.S.: White House adviser says parts of US in recession, Reuters
U.S.: US homebuilding at 17-year low, BBC
After W,  force the pythons of greed to regurgitate the economy they've swallowed whole, Dowd
The great Iceland meltdown: multi-lateral diplo-regulation will now be the way of the world, Friedman
Building flawed American dreams, Streitfeld &Morgenson
Islamic banks withstand crisis: they share risk and reward among all parties in a venture, Ayloush
Home prices seem far from bottom: 'we are in uncharted waters', Bajaj
Meltdown from across the Atlantic: the system is 'a giant casino without an owner', Op-Ed contributers
Paulson blubs, 'we're not proud of all the mistakes', Crutsinger
Everything's going to zero, Blodget
Latin America: Argentina fears depreciation of Brazilian currency, MercoPress
ASIA: Pakistan Gets Help from China for Ailing Economy, AP
The god that failed: the 30 year lie of the market cult, Floyd
Markets feel the chill from China, Arnott
Gods that failed: it's the end for the golden calf of unregulated capitalism, Myerson
U.S.: Banks borrow record $437.5 billion per day from Fed, Reuters
Latin America:  Financial crisis bad for Andean biodiversity, Julio Godoy
EUROPE: European markets tumble as confidence collapses, Clark, Foley
EUROPE: European states plead poverty as credit crisis threatens 'son of Kyoto' agreement, Grice, Mock
ASIA: China May Weather a Global Downturn, THE ECONOMIST
Mr Paulson's client: do we have to have this big shark handling our red meat?, Ed
U.S. investing $250bil in banks: Paulson tells them like it or lump it, Landler
Intervention is bold, but has a basis in history, Lohr
US:  Bush, Paulson should just follow Brit lead, Chicago Tribune
US: Fed official raises new fears on economy
EU: leaders seek upper hand on financial crisis at summit
ASIA: Bank of Japan drains funds from money market
US:  Private sector loans, not Fannie or Freddie, triggered crisis, McClatchy
Latin America:  Argentina blames IMF for poor supervision, mercoPress
Latin America:  Financial crisis hits Mexico; social crisis, too?, Dan La Botz
WORLD: Markets soar as the world acts to rescue  banks, Jagger,Elliott, Gilmore
WORLD: Reliance on the US will never be the same, Kaletsky
WORLD: A 'Green New Deal' can save the world's ecomony, says UN, Lean
Stocks soar 11% on aid to banks, Grynbaum
European nations move on plans to shore up banks, Schwarz
Goldman Sachs seeks new bank charter: they will do business only with the hyper-rich, Story
US:  Bush to G7 'We're in this together', CNN
US:  Bush bailing out the bailout ,  NYT
Latin America: Mexico, bracing against economic disaster, Diego Cevallos
Latin America: Brazil demands 'strong say' on finance rules, MercoPress
The post-binge world, Friedman
Insider's project drains missile- defense millions: how special interests fleece the federal government, Lipton
White House overhauling rescue plan, Andrews &Landler
Across the country people sense losses beyond the short-term hits to their portfolios, Holson
Finance students keep their job hopes alive, Leland
Obama's dedicated grassroots army fights tirelessly to get out the vote, Zeleny
A power that may not stay so super , Leonhardt
European leaders agree to inject cash into banks, Jolly &Bennhold
U.S.: International crisis meeting as Dow Jones plummets below 9,000, Duncan, Gilmore and LeRoux
Dow 9,000, Krugman
Some bailout: stocks plunge again; Dow under 8,600, Bajaj
U.S.: IMF prepares $200bn fund to shore up stricken states, Elliott, Stewart
U.S.: US could copy British-style bank bailout, Naughton
U.S.: American automakers GM and Ford fight for survival, Clark
The Economy: Americans Facing Real World Consequences of Their Reagan/Bush/Bush Votes, Herbert
The Economy: Failure of Unregulated Derivatives Comes Crashing Down On Greenspan's Head, Herbert
The Economy: Egocentric Bush Relaxes In A Dreamworld of His Own Making, NYT
A foreclosure every 10 seconds: no bailout for family homes, Nguyen
Moment of truth, Krugman
Building a better bailout: when the big sharks flipflop, Ed
An economy you can bank on, Mulligan
U.S.: National Debt Clock runs out of digits, Times online
The Economy: Americans Facing Real World Consequences of Their Reagan/Bush/Bush Votes, Herbert
The Economy: Failure of Unregulated Derivatives Comes Crashing Down On Greenspan's Head, Herbert
The Economy: Egocentric Bush Relaxes In A Dreamworld of His Own Making, NYT
A foreclosure every 10 seconds: no bailout for family homes, Nguyen
Moment of truth, Krugman
Building a better bailout: when the big sharks flipflop, Ed
An economy you can bank on, Mulligan
U.K.: Brown condemns Iceland over banks, BBC
ASIA: Asian stocks drop sharply on Friday opening as panic sparks scramble for cash, Plumberg
ASIA: Asian Stocks Hit after Dow Plunge,  BBC News
WORLD: Nature loss on global economy 'dwarfs bank crisis', Black
US:  AIG, castigated for lavish resort event, plans another for next week, Bloomberg
US warns of further bank failures, BBC
U.S.: AIG gets $37.5bn more from Fed, Clark
WORLD: Central banks cut interest rates, BBC
WORLD: Global gamble: the fightback begins..., Independent
Central banks coordinate global cut in interest rate: a move of unprecedented scope, Dougherty &Andrews
Thousands of troops are deployed on U.S. streets ready to carry out 'crowd control', Wolfe
The trouble with rate cuts, Krugman
The return of economic regulation?, Andreani
The crisis agenda: same old Bush cocktail of incompetence/ villainy blights bailout, Ed
A fool's paradise:  ask your grandchildren how they plan to pay for  Bush's wars , Herbert
US:  Bernanke says economic outlook weaker, NYT
U.S.: IMF says rapid and decisive global action needed to stem crisis, Duncan, etc.
U.S.: Fed hints at rate cut but Dow Jones drops further 500 points, Clark and Seager
U.S.: US stocks sink to five-year low, BBC
U.S.: Lehman Bros head took home $300m, BBC
MIDDLE EAST: Middle East stock markets plunge, BBC
ASIA: More turmoil hits Asian markets, BBC
ASIA: More Turmoil Hits Asian Markets, BBC News
WORLD: IMF warns of  'severe downturn' for many countries, BBC
US:  Selling spree sends Dow below 10000 mark, NPR
U.S.: Global panic on markets as US bailout fails to stem credit crisis, Naughton
U.S.: Poverty still plagues US cities and is a growing problem, Survey
U.S.: Green subsidy for car makers is just a disguised corporate bail-out, Monbiot
U.S.: Dem to Lehman Brothers: 'Your company is bankrupt, you keep $480m. Is that fair?', Schor
U.K.: London plunges as banks pump billions into market, Macartney, Walsh
Europe works to contain crisis, Norris

WORLD: Terror as Iceland faces economic collapse, Siguroardottir
WORLD: Banking crisis: markets tumble as the world takes fright , Hosking
Even boomtown Dubai feels effects of a global crisis, Worth
Pressured to take more risks, Fannie Mae reached tipping point, Duhigg
U.S.: Hank Paulson has only a month left to get US banks lending again, Jagger
U.S.: US job cuts at a five year high, BBC
Has Bush's long-awaited, possibly fomented, national emergency finally arrived?, Valentine
Show us the hope: lawmakers are AFRAID to hold the banking industry accountable, Ed
The reckoning:as credit crisis spiraled, alarm led to action, Nocera
Save the fat cats, save the jerks, or we'll go the way of Japan, Kristof
Under strain, cities are cutting back projects, Walsh
John Cochrane on why this bailout plan would be a disaster, Freakonomics
Obama pledges taxpayers would never again have to pay for the irresponsibility of Wall Street executives, Jones
When trust vanishes, confidence evaporates and our economy founders, Leonhardt
U.S.: US loads $700bn bailout bill with 'pork barrel' tax breaks, Reid
U.S.: US bailout likely as IMF warns of full-blown crisis, Doyle
EUROPE: EU leaders to discuss bank crisis, BBC
Middle East:  Gulf stock markets end 3d quarter in slump, AFP
US: Senate passes bailout, hiking pressure on House
Soros floats alternative bailout plan with Dems, Bolton
Hoyer 'not pleased' with addition of tax provision to rescue package, Marre
This economy does not compute: too much theory, not enough knowledge , Buchanan
Turning a Wall Street  giveaway into an economic rescue for all Americans, Sirota
Amid Wall Street chaos - confusion, anger and shifting opinions, Johnson
Time for a taxpayers' revolt, Benjamin &Gupta Bush WANTS to bankrupt America: there is method to his madness, Hamod
Congratulations corporate crime fighters! Coup averted for three days, Moore
The hidden secret behind the financial bailout, Ross et al
Market bash: command line economics and the bastard administration from hell, Hawk
Defiant House rejects huge bailout: next step uncertain, Hulse &Herszenhorn
For stocks, worst single-day drop in two decades, Bajaj &Grynbaum
Collapse of the rescue plan shows failure of leadership in Washington, Calmes
Pelosi's perfectly sensible bailout speech that has the GOP shrieking and moaning, staff
Republican party was secretly opposing bailout bill BEFORE Pelosi's speech, Aravosis
When madmen reign, Herbert
US:  National Debt rises 71.9% under Bush , CBS
U.S.:  In highly unusual move, US Senate to vote on $700bn rescue package before lower house, U.S.
U.S.:  US shares rebound on fresh hopes of a deal, U.S.
U.S.:  Bush approves $25 billion loan for auto makers, U.S.
EUROPE:  Europe demands US 'take responsibility' for financial crisis, EUROPE
Ok, so we're a banana republic...w/ nukes, Krugman
House rejects bailout  228-205: stocks plunge. Catastrophic defeat for Bush, Hulse &Herszenhorn
Last words: fallout from House revolt, Phillips &Falcone
Why bail? At this point there is not a single good reason to do the bailout, Baker
How about an apology from America's self-important leaders?, Greider
Political memo: On bailout, candidates were surely themselves, Healy
A cure for greed: put fear of losing their shirts back in the picture, Porter
It's 3 AM : cool head, top team or unstable hothead, inept team? You decide., Krugman
Citigroup allowed to 'buy' Wachovia despite their own smoking books, Dash &Sorkin
Daring to say bad risk loans made no sense, Carr
What 's worse than a flawed bailout? , Ed
US:  House rejects Bailout Package, 228-205; stocks plunge, NYT
US:  Bush's balls, Young Turks
US Congress rejects crucial $700bn bailout plan, U.S.
Dow posts record drop as House rejects bailout, U.S.
Rejection of Bush Administration's bailout was result of catastrophic miscalculation, U.S.
Central banks fight as abyss beckons, U.S.
ASIA: Asia Stocks Fall after US Failure , BBC News
WORLD: Panic grips world's markets
US:  Bush administration moves to protect Halliburton, Arabisto
Rep. Waters says additional Iraq war funding in time of crisis is 'shameful', Swanson
World governments denounce US for spawning global crisis, Barkin &Gehmlich
New Hampshire paper 'suspends' writing editorials to focus on economy, Linkins
Green the bailout, Friedman
The power of negative thinking, Ehrenreich
Those complicit in the crash want you to believe the system failed, Ed
Behind insurer's crisis, a blind eye to a web of risk, Morgenson
Bailout beakthrough, Herszenhorn&Hulse
Moving toward the trillion dollar mark:massive bailout deal near, another on the horizon, Davis
The great switch: banks rob people, Crotty
Bush ringmasters bailout circus, Herszenhorn
Republican government-bashers line up for federal aid, Thomas
This crisis requires a radical solution, brace ethical bank!, Hargreaves
US:  White House says it planned bailout for months, Roll Call
US:  Lawmakers agree on outline of bailout, NYT
US:  Repub solution: more tax cuts for the rich!, TPM Muckracker
Wall St rescue plan 'needs work', BBC, US:
Hanky panky: Hank Paulson's morning whopper proves him unfit to handle the bailout, Krugman A cascade of ruin: meltdown perpetrators position themselves, Collins
Corporate media journalists love the hyper rich, Lindorff
Paulson gives way on C.E.O. pay (he's already collected his $700,000,000 from Goldman Sachs), Stout
Victims of foreclosure could lose their votes as well, Urbina
An inadequate case for the bailout: taxpayers must share in the gains if it succeeds, Ed
US:  Now is the time to argue for collectivist solutions, Naomi Klein
US:Protecting the public interest in any economic bailout, Kuchinich
Resentment grows over Wall Street bailout plan, U.S.
US: Was the whole subprime fiasco set up to allow speculators to profit wildly on its collapse?, Inky99 US: This is your nation on white privilege: with liberty and justice for some, Wise
Why be stampeded to the $700b 'solution' by the very people who created the crisis, Herbert
US: Trust me: only criminals would want the bailout structured this way, Ed
US: Bailout talks advance but doubts voiced in Congress, Herszenhorn
US: Experts see need for punitive action in bailout, Goodman
US: Stopping a financial crisis the Swedish way: hold banks responsible, Dougherty
US: A bailout above the law, Sorkin
US: Obama says bailout should include 4 conditions, Healy
US: Behind the financial debacle: Conservative misrule, Borosage
US: Bush's Wall Street Patriot Act would make Henry Paulson king of America, Ostroy
US: The $700 billion questions: a criminal bill designed to rob America blind, Sirota
US: Bush catapults the WMD line to Wall Street, Baker
US: Moguls steal home while companies strike out, Moyers &Winship
US: Can you trust a Wall Street veteran with a Wall Street bailout?, Hall
US: Dirty secret of Paulson'd outrageous bailout: 32 words to set your hair on fire, Linkins
US: Paulson bailout plan is a massive historic swindle, Greider
US:Paulson's infamous Cash for Trash bill aka Authorization for Use of Financial Force, Krugman
US: The fleecing of America: strong foreign economies should help , Cohen
US: A fine mess even by arch-neocon cheerleader standards, Kristol
US: Freakonomics: Greed, stupidity, delusion and more greed, Dubner
US: Stocks fall as rescue plan is negotiated, Herszenhorn
US: Wall Street bailout plan, explained, Stout
US:  Can you trust a Wall Street veteran with a Wall Street bailout?, McClatchey
US:  Fleecing what's left of the Treasury, Truthdig
US shares slide on bail-out fears, U.S.
US bail-out plan provokes doubts, U.S.
What Bush Wants Is To Use Taxpayer Money To Buy Financial System Trash At Inflated Prices Without Getting Partial Ownership Of System (Unlike Dad's S+L Crisis) AND Give His Agent (Wall Street/Treasury Sec. Paulson) Dictatorial Authority And Immunity While Doing So, Krugman
Bush Wants "Unfettered Powers" In "Largest Bailout In History," Dems Want Oversight, Financial Companies Want Even More Trash On Wagon, And Bush Says Pile It On, NYT
Loan Titans Paid McCain Campaign Manager Nearly $2 Million To Lobby For Deregulation, NYT
U.S.:    Bush confesses he didn't know how severe problems were, Independent
  Greenspan calls the McCain economic plan a disaster for the country, Nelson
Mr. Deregulation Flip-Flops Into "Bob Dole impersonating Huey Long.", Collins
Mr. McCain and the economy, Ed
Bloomberg warns of possible 'next wave' crisis, AP
Bloomberg: "We’re not fixing the underlying problems.”, GV
The last time the 3-month U.S. T-bill yield was at or below zero was in 1940,, Parry
We Need More Regulation, Krugman
We Need Regulation, But Not Too Much, Friedman
McCain Economic Clarificaion Even More Worrisome, NYT Ed
Obama delivers economic position paper to "cheering crowd", NYT

Quietly seeks to make war powers permanent, by declaring indefinite state of war. NYT downplays importance of threat. --Raw Story



Bush Watch Special: McBush/Palin Are Liars

Obama: McCain Campaign "lies," but he's not going to start, CNN (scroll down)
"Palin...lies with ease about her own record", Frank Rich
"Palin trips up on her facts [viz, lies], and Giuliani and Huckabee have their own stumbles",
"McCain has drawn an avalanche of criticism this week from Democrats, independent groups
and even some Republicans for regularly" lying.

"Maybe when this is over...McCain will swear off corrupt lying.", Kinsley
"Fifty-three percent of Americans believe McCain's lies that Obama would increase their taxes.", Rothberg
"I can’t think of any precedent...for the blizzard of...McCain Campaign...lies since the Republican convention.", Krugman
"So far I have not seen [Palin] confronted with some of the things about which she has been...lying.", Cavett
Liar Palin "rewriting her own history whenever it suited her.", Collins
"Palin Channels Cheney's 9/11-Iraq Falsehoods. ", Nichols
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had nothing to do with the Sept. 11 attacks?"
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