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4:25 PM ET, September 7, 2008

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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.
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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 …
Brian M. Carney / Wall Street Journal:
Political Diary  —  What Sarah Knows  —  Sarah Palin has gotten …
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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 …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Biden challenges Palin to take questions  —  Joe Biden is accusing the McCain campaign of sequestering Sarah Palin, his counterpart on the Republican ticket, and challenged her Sunday to sit for network interviews.  —  “She's a smart, tough politician,” Biden told Tom Brokaw in a …
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.
Ali / Think Progress:
Chris Wallace Fact-Checks Sarah Palin's Bogus ‘Bridge To Nowhere’ Claims  —  Since accepting Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) offer to be his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) has lied about her supposed opposition to the Bridge to Nowhere in nearly every single campaign appearance:
Associated Press:
Palin offers first television interview to ABC
Discussion: The Jed Report, Daily Kos and Salon
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin, media ‘piranhas,’ lobbyists
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
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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.
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 …
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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:
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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Michael Dobbs / Washington Post:
CONVENTION EDITION  —  THE POLITICAL CONVENTION SEASON GENERATED …
Discussion: The Washington Note
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 …
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 …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Clash of the Titans  —  You know what I'm thinking, because you're thinking it, too.  —  If Barack Obama had chosen Hillary Clinton as his running mate, we would now be looking forward to the greatest night in the history of American politics: the Oct. 2 vice presidential debate between Ma Barker and Sarah Barracuda.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Media Bashing 101  —  SARAH PALIN'S national opening last week was judged an unqualified success by the media elite, even though much of her debut speech Wednesday night was devoted to whacking the media elite.  —  “I've learned quickly, these past few days, that if you're not a member …
Discussion: FishBowlDC
Los Angeles Times:
Sarah Palin's appeal to working-class women may be limited  —  For many of these critical swing voters, economic interests trump any admiration of the Alaska governor's maternal grit, and some are repelled by her sarcastic jabs at Obama.  —  UNIONTOWN, PA. — Trish Heckman …
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Daily Show: “John McCain: Reformed Maverick”  —  Jon Stewart traces John McCain's evolution from a straight-talking maverick to a shameless panderer who now embraces all the things he used to condemn.  —  Download |  Play Download |  Play
 
 
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Sarah Palin Assembles Her Foreign Policy Team
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Newsweek:
An Apostle of Alaska  —  We know the outlines—the moose-hunting mom …
Discussion: TalkLeft and BeldarBlog
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Oops!  She Did It Again  —  ABC's Political Punch reports on Sarah Palin's speech today:
Discussion: D-Day and Political Punch
Andrew C. Revkin / New York Times:
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Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Auto industry to press Congress for $50B in loans
Michael Barone / US News:
6 Ways McCain Can Run as the Candidate of the Party of an Unpopular President
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Fox News Sunday: Rick Davis Tells Voters To Forget His Lobbyist Ties …
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
U.S. Unveils Takeover of Two Mortgage Giants
 Earlier Items: 
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'
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Michael Yon Online Magazine:
Where Eagles Dare  —  When I was briefed on the top-secret mission …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Chicago Boyz
Jay Bookman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
‘Uppity,’ the explanation
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Change vs. Change  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Change is coming, change you can count on.
Frank James / The Swamp:
Democrats regaining wimp factor
Washington Post:
Palin's Family Has Always Held a Place in Her Politics
Nick Meo / Telegraph:
Al-Qa'eda's American-born propaganda chief may have died in predator attack