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1:50 PM ET, September 7, 2008

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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NOT TRAINING WHEELS WE CAN BELIEVE IN  —  There's a lot of complaining that the McCain campaign won't allow anyone to interview Sarah Palin.  And for the major news outlets that would be in line for such an interview there's a logic to keeping up the drumbeat.
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Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Palin Media Avoidance Watch: Day 9 — McCain Camp Says She Won't Do Interviews Until It Knows She'll Be Treated with “Deference”  —  Rick Davis, campaign manager for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., just told Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace that McCain running mate Gov. Sarah Palin won't subject herself …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin, media ‘piranhas,’ lobbyists
Discussion: The Raw Story and TIME.com
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Biden challenges Palin to take questions
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Associated Press
Deacon / Power Line:
PERSPECTIVES ON THE PALIN PICK
Discussion: BeldarBlog
Zogby:
Zogby Poll: Republicans Hold Small Post-Convention Edge  —  But the race is tight, as both campaigns consolidate support  —  UTICA, New York - Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin left St. Paul, Minnesota, with a smallish bounce overall and some energy in key demographic groups …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama considered joining military, regrets abortion answer  —  Barack Obama says his answer about abortion at the Saddleback Church forum was “probably” too flip.  —  During separate televised interviews last month, Pastor Rick Warren asked the two presidential candidates when a baby gets human rights.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: McCain Moves Ahead, 48% to 45%  —  McCain enjoying increase in support following convention  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update shows John McCain moving ahead of Barack Obama, 48% to 45%, when registered voters are asked for whom they would vote if the presidential election were held today.
Nick Cohen / Guardian:
When Barack's berserkers lost the plot  —  My colleagues in the American liberal press had little to fear at the start of the week.  Their charismatic candidate was ahead in virtually every poll.  George W Bush was so unpopular that conservatives were scrambling around for reasons not to invite …
Jay Bookman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
‘Uppity,’ the explanation  —  According to his spokesman, U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a Southerner born and bred, had no idea on earth that the word “uppity” had racial connotations when he used it to describe Barack and Michelle Obama.  —  No idea at all.  Could have knocked him over with a feather when someone told him.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
FALSE EQUIVALENCY.... I tend to like the fact-checking work the Washington Post's Michael Dobbs has done over the course of the campaign, but this morning, he published an item about “some of the more questionable claims” that didn't quite work.  For example, there's this quote from Joe Biden:
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Michael Dobbs / Washington Post:
CONVENTION EDITION  —  THE POLITICAL CONVENTION SEASON GENERATED …
Discussion: The Washington Note
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
McCain's history of hot temper raises concerns  —  WASHINGTON — John McCain made a quick stop at the Capitol one day last spring to sit in on Senate negotiations on the big immigration bill, and John Cornyn was not pleased.  —  Cornyn, a mild-mannered Texas Republican …
Willie Brown / San Francisco Chronicle:
Palin floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee  —  The Democrats are in trouble.  Sarah Palin has totally changed the dynamics of this campaign.  —  Period.  —  Palin's speech to the GOP National Convention on Wednesday has set it up so that the Republicans are now on offense and Democrats are on defense.
Discussion: TIME.com and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Hmm, Hillary Clinton ducks chance to attack new GOP star Sarah Palin  —  A very interesting thing didn't happen Saturday.  —  Appearing at a labor rally and stumping for congressional candidates in New York, Sen. Hillary Clinton uttered her most popular line from the recent Democratic National Convention in Denver: “No Way.
Washington Post:
Palin's Family Has Always Held a Place in Her Politics  —  WASILLA, Alaska — One Friday in June, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin joined the chief of the state prison system on a tour of the Point MacKenzie Correctional Farm, a 90-minute drive north of Anchorage.  It was a routine visit but for the presence of the governor's infant son, Trig.
Discussion: The Caucus, Corrente and TBogg
Drew Griffin / CNN:
AC360 Exclusive: The trooper who worried Sarah Palin  —  The Alaska state trooper at the center of a probe into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power says he has “made mistakes, and I've learned from those mistakes.”  But in an exclusive interview with us, Mike Wooten, Palin's former brother-in-law …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Guardian:
Oprah says no to Palin interview
Ace of Spades HQ:
Anatomy of a Smear  —  Weekly Standard Dean Barnett asking a very important question.  —  One that needs to be answered: Now. … “The author” here is, yes, RAWMUSLGLUTES himself.  WS isn't saying so because they're so repulsed by this vile thing they avoid even naming him anymore.
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Democrats regaining wimp factor  —  One of the most notable polling results at the time of the 2006 elections was that Democrats had closed the national-security gap versus Republicans who held a long and significant advantage in that area.  That was short-lived.  —  Unfortunately for Democrats, the gap has reopened.
Michael Yon Online Magazine:
Where Eagles Dare  —  When I was briefed on the top-secret mission before it was launched, I thought : “Good grief.  I might have to report on the failure of one of the largest and most important missions of the entire war.”  —  After seven years, the war in Afghanistan has morphed …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Chicago Boyz
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
Sarah Palin's appeal to working-class women may be limited
Sean Quinn / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Sarah Palin Is Not a Hockey Mom
Discussion: Open Left and TalkLeft
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama: 'I Don't Believe in Coming in Second'
Paul Rosenberg / Open Left:
Do They Really Want To Go There?  —  Governor:  —  Pontius Pilate
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Media Bashing 101  —  SARAH PALIN'S national opening last week …
Juliette Jowit / Guardian:
UN: Eat less meat for earth's sake
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Babalu Blog
Dave Kopel / Rocky Mountain News:
Media's hypocritical fixation on Palin a boon to McCain
 Earlier Items: 
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Robert D. Novak from Creators Syndicate:
My Brain Tumor  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The main reason …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Bluey Blog
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
First Ladies and the Fabric of the Nation
Discussion: Althouse and Matthew Yglesias