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12:15 PM ET, September 9, 2008

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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MEME TAKING HOLD?  —  We've now had a week of blaring headlines and one-liners about Sarah Palin as the mavericky, pork-busting reformer from Alaska.  But we seem to be witnessing the first stirrings of a backlash and a dawning realization that the ‘Sarah Palin’ we've heard …
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Wall Street Journal:
We'll Protect Taxpayers From More Bailouts  —  The bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is another outrageous, but sadly necessary, step for these two institutions.  Given the long-term mismanagement and flawed structure of these two companies, this was the only short-term alternative …
Wall Street Journal:
Record Contradicts Palin's ‘Bridge’ Claims  —  The Bridge to Nowhere argument isn't going much of anywhere.  —  Despite significant evidence to the contrary, the McCain campaign continues to assert that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told the federal government “thanks but no thanks” to the now-famous bridge to an island in her home state.
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
A Bridge Too Far  —  As Bill Kristol notes, Barack …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Amanda / Think Progress:
Palin repeats Bridge to Nowhere lie.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Salon
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Good Stuff  —  Along with complaining, I suppose I should point out good work, too.
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
About that Bridge....  WSJ: … I wondered about this yesterday.
Byron York / The Corner:   The Corruption Inside Fannie Mae
Washington Post:
Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a “per diem” allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.
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David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
NEW WASHINGTON POST “EXPOSE" ON PALIN: You have to read the article carefully to figure this out, but what the story ultimately reveals is that Palin (a) billed the state for most expenses allowed by law, including per diem when she stayed in her own home (her “duty station” was the state capitol of Juneau) …
John J. Miller / The Corner:
Palin Hostility Watch
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Daily Kos
New York Post:
O PASTOR IN SEX SCANDAL  —  REV. WRIGHT DONE ME WRONG: CHURCH LADY  —  By SAMUEL GOLDSMITH in Dallas and JEANE MacINTOSH in NY  —  He almost wrecked Barack Obama's presidential dreams, and now firebrand pastor Jeremiah Wright has helped destroy a Dallas church worker's marriage - and her job, The Post has learned.
Marc Ambinder:
Quietly, Obama Campaign Calls In The Cavalry  —  There's been a spurt of 527 activity on behalf of Sen. John McCain, but Barack Obama campaign has suddenly gone silent on the subject.  —  That's because, after of year of telling donors not to contribute to 527 groups, of encouraging strategists …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
McCain Now Winning Majority of Independents  —  Majority of independents now prefer him over Obama, 52% to 37%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — John McCain's 6 percentage-point bounce in voter support spanning the Republican National Convention is largely explained by political independents shifting …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Surprise Me Most  —  None of us have ever lived through an election at a time when 80 percent of voters think the country is headed in the wrong direction.  But now that we're in the thick of it, a few things are clear.  From voters, the demand is: Surprise Me Most.  For candidates, the lesson is: Weirdness Wins.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Too Cool to Fight?  —  Thank God for Sarah Palin.  Without her jibes, her sarcasm, her exaggerations, her smug provincialism, her hypocrisy about family and government, her exploitation of mommyhood, and her personal attacks on Barack Obama, the Democratic base might never be consolidated.
Discussion: Weekly Standard, pw, Commentary and Hot Air
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Koch backs Obama, calls Palin ‘scary’  —  Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who endorsed and worked for George W. Bush in 2004, is endorsing Obama today, NY1 first reported.  —  I asked Koch just now what prompted the move.  —  “The designation of Palin to be vice president,” he said.  “She's scary.”
Randi Kaye / CNN:
Pastor: GOP may be downplaying Palin's religious beliefs  —  WASILLA, Alaska (CNN) — For more than two decades, vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was a practicing Pentecostal.  —  She belonged to the Wasilla Assembly of God church in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska.
Discussion: Unfogged
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PALIN'S BELIEFS DRAW CLOSER SCRUTINY.... At the outset …
Discussion: Talk To Action
Jeffrey Goldberg / New York Times:
On Nov. 4, Remember 9/11  —  THE next president must do one thing, and one thing only, if he is to be judged a success: He must prevent Al Qaeda, or a Qaeda imitator, from gaining control of a nuclear device and detonating it in America.  Everything else — Fannie Mae, health care reform …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and TPMCafe
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Clinton Stumps for Obama, but With Little Fire at Palin  —  In her first campaign outing since the Democratic National Convention, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton urged audiences across central Florida on Monday to oppose the Republican presidential ticket — “no McCain, no Palin” …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Commentary
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New York Times:
Straining to Reach Money Goal, Obama Presses Donors  —  After months of record-breaking fund-raising, a new sense of urgency in Senator Barack Obama's fund-raising team is palpable as the full weight of the campaign's decision to bypass public financing for the general election is suddenly upon it.
Michael Rubinkam / Associated Press:
Student GOP leader resigns over Obama remark  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The leader of a statewide group of college Republicans has been forced to resign after posting racially insensitive comments about Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on the Internet.
Discussion: pw, DownWithTyranny! and Shakesville
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
In a Not-Remotely-Comic Strip, Bill Ayers Weighs In on What He Meant By 'We Didn't Do Enough' to End Vietnam War  —  In a four-panel not-even-remotely-comic strip, William Ayers, the former member of the Weather Underground and associate of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., weighs in on his blog on some of the controversy he's been causing.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and Hot Air
 
 
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Washington Post:
Former Abramoff Associate Is Arrested
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CNN:
Bush to announce Iraq troop reduction
Discussion: Wonk Room
Maria Gavrilovic / CBS News:
It's Stand-Up Comedy Time for Obama as He Ratchets Up Criticism
Peterr / Firedoglake:
The Archbishop Would Like to Speak With You  —  San Francisco …
Discussion: First Draft and The Hill
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Do journalists have any obligations beyond their self-interest?
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
What Happened?  —  Expect Obama/Biden to get a little desperate …
Patrick Buchanan / Real Clear Politics:
The Palin Firestorm  —  One wonders: What did Sarah Palin ever …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
McPalin rattles Team Obama
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William Beutler / Blog P.I.:
Who is Encouraging Obama Supporters to Vandalize Sarah Palin's Wikipedia Article?
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
The Big Trunk / Power Line:
NOT JUST THE MOST LIBERAL SENATOR, PART 2
Lisa Lerer / The Politico:
Obama camp briefs McCain press corps
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Liberal Blogs Assail Anchor Changes
Discussion: Commentary
John R. Wilke / Wall Street Journal:
Top Lawyer Is Selected As U.S. Mulls Google Suit
New York Times:
No One Convicted of Terror Plot to Bomb Planes
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Wasilla charged rape victims for their own forensic exams under Mayor Sarah Palin?
James Bennett / Telegraph:
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