Weekend in Review: Bailout Agreement Reached, Palin Hides Out, Council Opposes Bloomberg’s Tax Hike

Congressional leaders and the White House reached an agreement on the $700 billion bailout, which will include an oversight committee and some limits on executive pay.

Here’s what all sides are saying about it.

Both Barack Obama and John McCain said they are inclined to support it, but also wanted more details, of course.

Who won Friday’s debate in Mississippi? Tom Coburn.

The press seemed to think McCain won, but not by much.

Voters seemed to think Obama won.

Or maybe they both lost!

A poll conducted over the weekend indicates that viewers favored Obama‘s performance.

Here’s why, according to Nate Silver.

Newsweek fact-checks the debate, finds inccuracies from both candidates.

When McCain said he got the nickname "the sheriff" from " a senior member of the appropriations committee, he was referring, but not by name, to Ted Stevens.

On TV Friday night, Joe Biden was everywhere and Sarah Palin was nowhere.

Here’s where she was: at a pub in Philadelphia, wearing a t-shirt that said "Sarahcuda."

An A.P. investigation into Palin’s time as mayor of Wasilla includes this: "Some of her first actions after being elected mayor in 1996 raised possible ethical red flags: She cast the tie-breaking vote to propose a tax exemption on aircraft when her father-in-law owned one, and backed the city’s repeal of all taxes a year later on planes, snow machines and other personal property. She also asked the council to consider looser rules for snow machine races. Palin and her husband, Todd, a champion racer, co-owned a snow machine store at the time."

A different group of subpoenaed witnesses failed to show up to testify in Palin’s Troopergate investigation.

McCain surrogates are defending Palin by pointing out that Biden makes many "gaffes."

Fareed Zakaria writes, "Can we now admit the obvious? Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president. "

In Time, Romesh Ratnesar writes of Palin, "On balance, she’s probably an asset to John McCain. But we should stop pretending that she is ready now or anytime in the foreseeable future to be Commander-in-Chief."

Bob Herbert calls Katie Couric’s interview with Palin "surreal," and suggests she be replaced on the ticket.

Tina Fey does it again.

According to the Times of London, the McCain campaign is planning a pre-election popularity boosting event: the wedding of Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston, as soon as she turns 18 (via TPM).

An L.A. Times investigation into Palin’s religious beliefs includes quotes from a professor who says Palin told him dinosaurs and humans lives on the Earth together 6,000 years ago.

While buying a cheesesteak, Palin gave an answer to a question about Pakistan that appeared to agree with Obama’s position not McCain’s.

During his appearance on This Week, McCain retracted what she said.

The Times investigates McCain’s penchant for gambling, ties to lobbyists, and role in the gambling boom on Indian reservations.

McCain pool report: "McCain now boarding plane at DCA with Cindy, Salter, Rudy Giuliani, wife Judith…General atmosphere is utter confusion."

Pollster John Zogby predicts this election will be landslide–one way or the other.

Time has a piece on the candidates’ debate-practice stand-ins.

Hillary Clinton is following through with her promise to step up campaigning.

Dwight Eisenhower’s son, a veteran of the Korean War, has an op-ed opposing the deployment of the children of presidents or vice presidents–since three of the candidates have children in the armed forces.

Danny Hakim describes the humbled but still angry post-scandal Eliot Spitzer: "Asked how he was doing, he shrugged and responded, with resignation and a degree of joylessness: ‘Making money is making money.’"

David Paterson is very much not in favor of bringing back the commuter tax.

Somewhat ironically, the state agency that bailed out the city in the 1970s, the Municipal Assistance Corp., just voted itself out of existence.

Representative Mark Udall, who’s running for Senate in Colorado and sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, said he thinks Charlie Rangel should step down as chair.

The state wants to build a new Tappan Zee bridge, but it’s not at all clear how to pay for it.

Tomorrow, LaGuardia Community College will set up shop in Willets Point to try to convince workers to retrain for other careers, so the city can redevelop the land. Probably not going to go well.

The Democrat & Chronicle thinks lawmakers should not pat themselves on the back over cuts to the prison budget, since those cuts should have been made a long time ago.

Candidates that Michael Bloomberg has endorsed are publicly opposing his call to raise city property taxes.

The Daily News reports that 20 City Council members oppose increasing property taxes.

A conservative upstate blogger strongly endorses McCain’s proposal for a "League of Democracies."

The Times Union finds that similar jobs in the Thruway Authority and the state D.O.T. have widely divergent salaries.

And Bloomberg has a new crusade, against salt.


Weekend in Review: Bailout Agreement Reached, Palin Hides Out, Council Opposes Bloomberg’s Tax Hike