Weekend in Review: Not Backing the Bailout, Debating Palin, Giuliani for Maltese

Both presidential campaigns are preparing for the transition period between the election and inauguration: former Bill Clinton chief of staff and head of the Center for American Progress John Podesta is Obama’s man, while lobbyist William Timmons, " whose clients have included the American Petroleum Institute and the mortgage company Freddie Mac," is leading McCain’s effort.

Chris Dodd reported that in the briefing Congress members got on the need to bail out the economy, he had "never heard language like this."

The New York Conservative is not pleased with Washington‘s plan.

Barack Obama isn’t happy about it either.

John McCain has not fully backed the plan for the bailout because he doesn’t want to be tied to George W. Bush, according to Jonathan Martin.

The McCains have 13 cars, the Obamas have one.

The format of the vice-presidential debate was tailored to the McCain campaign’s concerns about Sarah Palin.

The Daily News writes that Palin has replaced Hillary Clinton as the most polarizing figure in politics.

The Anchorage Daily News is furious that the McCain campaign has taken over the Alaska governor’s office.

The Road to Nowhere is completed, but it’s pretty pointless without its Bridge to Nowhere.

Newsweek is calling Palin’s "principle achievement" as governor "The Pipeline to Nowhere."

A top aide to Palin emailed a state employee with numerous questions about the laws for subpoenaing emails, and then forwarded the answers to Todd and Sarah Palin.

Palin said she fired a top police official because he took an unauthorized trip, but the trip was authorized by her chief of staff, records show.

In Palin’s Troopergate investigation, the six witnesses subpoenaed to testify didn’t show up Friday, and neither did the investigating committee. But, a report wll be released on October 10, no matter what.

Nate Silver has a few problems with the A.P. survey that reported Obama’s poll numbers are hurt by his race.

The former Fannie Mae executive that McCain tied to Obama is protesting.

The Washington Post agrees the claim is a stretch.

Carly Fiorina is still out of the picture.

The Brazilian beauty queen McCain wrote about is telling almost all.

The state Independence Party is endorsing McCain.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is still $22.2 million in debt.

Randomly, Joe Biden defended gun laws.

Noam Schieber is not underwhelmed by Obama’s newest ad.

Pat Healy looks at the use of the word "lie" in political campaigns.

The New York Times casts doubt on Michael Bloomberg’s claim that the city economy has diversified well beyond Wall Street.

Charlie Rangel paid $11,000 in back taxes.

The Post says Charlie Rangel’s unclaimed income puts him over the income limit for the rent-stabilized apartments he has.

The Buffalo News thinks Rangel should step down.

Jim Dwyer calls Rangel’s ethical problems a "peculiar grab bag of real but fairly minor sins."

The state inspector general is investigating the head of the Commission on Public Integrity, if that makes sense.

Tom Golisano’s P.A.C. endorsed 57 incumbents and 18 challengers, which includes 39 Democrats and 36 Republicans.

In New York State, 310 P.A.C.s and political campaigns owe a total of about $123,000 in fines.

Robert Harding evaluates Alice Kryzan’s chances of winning her congressional race, and says it’s an uphill climb.

An upstate blogger wonders where Representative Mike Arcuri has gone.

Far more LIRR retirees–like 90 percent–get disability payments than are likely disabled.

Republicans are bringing in Rudy Giuliani to help Serf Maltese keep his State Senate seat.

No one is sure what to do with the remains of the 9/11 hijackers.

Ithaca is considering "pod cars."

A judge ordered Dick Cheney to preserve his records. Weekend in Review: Not Backing the Bailout, Debating Palin, Giuliani for Maltese