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1:45 AM ET, September 8, 2008

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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
MSNBC Takes Incendiary Hosts From Anchor Seat  —  MSNBC tried a bold experiment this year by putting two politically incendiary hosts, Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, in the anchor chair to lead the cable news channel's coverage of the election.  —  That experiment appears to be over.
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Texas Rainmaker:
Change is a Comin'...  And apparently it's starting with MSNBC.  The network, apparently tired of hearing complaints about Chris Mathew's Obama-inspired leg-tingles and Keith Olbermann's general idiocy decided to dump some of their bias overboard to save their sinking ship.  —  From another sinking ship:
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Convention lifts McCain over Obama  —  WASHINGTON — The Republican National Convention has given John McCain and his party a significant boost, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken over the weekend shows, as running mate Sarah Palin helps close an “enthusiasm gap” that has dogged the GOP all year.
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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.
Brian M. Carney / Wall Street Journal:
Political Diary  —  What Sarah Knows  —  Sarah Palin has gotten some rough treatment from the media since John McCain announced his vice presidential pick.  In her speech last week, she gave a little jab back at “all those reporters and commentators.”  That won't likely win her many new admirers in the Washington press corps.
Nate Silver / The New Republic:
Today's Polls: The Bounce Arriveith
ABCNEWS:
Palin to Sit Down With ABC News' Charlie Gibson  —  Veep Pick Is Elusive Target for the Democrats  —  Gov. Sarah Palin will sit down with ABC News' Charlie Gibson for her first interview since winning the Republican vice presidential nomination, the network's news division confirmed today.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Palin agrees to interview  —  Under pressure for being shielded for questioning, Sarah Palin has a agreed to sit down with Charles Gibson of ABC's “World News Tonight,” according to an ABC News official.  —  No other interviews are scheduled.  It will be the first TV interview for Palin since …
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Palin Media Avoidance Watch: Day 9 …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
ABC News' Gibson lands first Palin interview
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
The Scrutiny of Sarah Palin
Discussion: Power Line and JustOneMinute
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: No, Obama didn't “admit” to being a Muslim on ABC  —  Within 10 minutes of this airing we'd already gotten four or five e-mails about it; 20 minutes later, a bowdlerized version had already hit YouTube and begun circulating.  I despise lefty sites for twisting conservatives' words …
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Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
Obama's verbal slip fuels his critics
Discussion: Power Line and Maggie's Notebook
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Barack Obama ‘wanted to join US military’  —  Barack Obama has said he considered joining the United States military when he left school but decided not to because the Vietnam war was over and “we weren't engaged in an active military conflict at that point”.
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David Ellis / CNNMoney.com:
U.S. seizes Fannie and Freddie  —  Treasury chief Paulson unveils historic government takeover of twin mortgage buyers.  Top executives are out.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Federal officials on Sunday unveiled an extraordinary takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Doth Protest Too Much On Oprah's Behalf  —  This is silly.  Atrios writes: … Atrios links to Media Matters complaining that Tom Brokaw incorrectly stated that Oprah hosted Obama after he announced his Presidential candidacy.  Of course Oprah did much more than that, she endorsed and campaigned for Obama.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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MSNBC:
Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), Tom Friedman
Discussion: Townhall.com
Media Matters for America:   Brokaw falsely suggested Oprah hosted Obama as a presidential candidate
New York Times:
Fusing Politics and Motherhood in New Way  —  Sarah Palin's baby shower included a surprise guest: her own baby.  He had arrived in the world a month early, so on a sunny May day, Ms. Palin, the governor of Alaska, rocked her newborn as her closest friends, sisters, even her obstetrician presented …
Kate Phillips / New York Times:
As a Matter of Faith, Biden Says Life Begins at Conception  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee for vice president, departed Sunday from party doctrine on abortion rights, declaring that as a Catholic, he believes life begins at conception.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
How an AMERICAblog reader asked John and Sarah real questions at a photo opp today.  Palin notes that Stevens is under indictment.  —  NOTE FROM JOHN: Joe just pointed something out to me, the part where our reader asks Palin if she's going to vote for Ted Stevens and she replies, “he's under indictment, you know.”
Discussion: The Jed Report and Scripting News
David Carr / New York Times:
Drawing a Bead on the Press  —  Before Gov. Sarah Palin came flying in from the wilds of Alaska for the Republican convention in St. Paul, there was a lot of sniggering in media rooms and satellite trucks about her beauty queen looks and rustic hobbies, and the suggestion that she was better suited …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
 
 
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Andrew Cochran / Counterterrorism Blog:
Mainstream Media Diverting Terrorism Reporters Into Political Investigations
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Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
State paid for trip when Palin told students to pray for pipeline
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Macsmind
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Kopp signed release not to sue
Edward Wong / New York Times:
China Calls for Peaceful Resolution of Nuclear Standoff
Josh Levs / CNN:
McCain vows to have Democrats in Cabinet
Discussion: TalkLeft
Carolyn Lochhead / San Francisco Chronicle:
Palin may woo blue-collar voters from Obama
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Sarah Palin Assembles Her Foreign Policy Team
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Willie Brown / San Francisco Chronicle:
Palin floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee
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Sarah Palin Is Not a Hockey Mom
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