Elsewhere: Wall Street Decline, McCain Quiet on Economy, Bloomberg’s ‘Self-Interest’

"Wall Street extended its devastating decline Friday," reports the A.P.

Barack Obama announced a plan to help struggling small businesses.

John McCain said investors should not be forced to sell IRAs and 401(k)s.

Asked why McCain isn’t talking much about the economy, campaign manager Rick Davis said, "There’s very little a candidate for president can say and very little the president can say about what’s happening in the stock markets except hope that they correct themselves."

A Fox News poll shows Obama over McCain 46-39.

Retiring Republican Congressman Ray LaHood said of Sarah Palin’s campaign rallies, "This doesn’t befit the office that she’s running for. And frankly, people don’t like it."

On the Daily Beast, famous son of iconic conservative William F. Buckley, Christopher Buckley, announces he’s voting for Obama.

Cindy McCain will be the Grand Marshall of a NASCAR event this weekend.

In more unpleasantness from McCain campaign rallies, an attendee called Obama a traitor today.

On term limits, Steve Malanga writes, "[I]t’s often difficult to recognize the difference between self-interest and public interest in the words and deeds of our officials."

Tom Wrobleski thinks at this point, Vito Fossella might just be "yanking our chains."

Esquire endorsed Mike McMahon?

Hillary Clinton makes a fund-raising pitch for upstate congressional candidate Eric Massa.

State Senate candidate Rick Dollinger is attacking the incumbent for being a Republican.

A blogger says Marty Markowitz has a conflict of interest because he has taken donations from Atlantic Yards developers.

State Senate challenger Jim Gennaro has much more money than incumbent Frank Padavan.

The Brooklyn Paper gets a transportation beat.

Elsewhere: Wall Street Decline, McCain Quiet on Economy, Bloomberg’s ‘Self-Interest’