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3:05 PM ET, September 9, 2008

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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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CNN:
McCain and Palin once again play ‘Barracuda’  —  LEBANON, Ohio (CNN) - The rock band “Heart” may have asked John McCain and Sarah Palin stop playing their song “Barracuda” at their rallies, but the campaign is apparently paying no heed.  —  The track — played at the Republican National Convention …
Michael Kinsley / Time:
Sarah Palin's Alaskonomics  —  Sarah Palin thinks she is a better American than you because she comes from a small town, and a superior human being because she isn't a journalist and never lived in Washington and likes to watch her kids play hockey.  Although Palin praised John …
Discussion: QandO
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
NEW WASHINGTON POST “EXPOSE” ON PALIN: You have to read …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Corner
Amanda / Think Progress:
Palin repeats Bridge to Nowhere lie.  —  Today at a rally with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in Ohio, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) once again repeated the lie that she opposed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska: … Watch it:  —  ThinkProgress has been keeping track of how many times the McCain campaign is repeating this lie.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MEME TAKING HOLD?
The Hill:
Eight years after S.C., Karl Rove works with Sen. McCain's camp
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
About that Bridge....  WSJ: … I wondered about this yesterday.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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.”
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Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Biden: Palin Would Be ‘Backward Step for Women’
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Sarah Palin Scares Hillary Clinton Supporter Ed Koch
Ryan Corsaro / CBS News:
Was Biden Talking About Palin During Stem Cell Research Reference?  —  From CBS News' Ryan Corsaro:  —  (COLUMBIA, MO.) - Was Joe Biden referring to Sarah Palin, a mother of a child with Down syndrome, when he made this comment?  —  “I hear all this talk about how the Republicans …
Discussion: Townhall.com and Marc Ambinder
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Biden: McCain-Palin all talk
Discussion: Commentary
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: Men and women don't see eye-to-eye on Palin
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 …
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
None Dare Call It Enronesque
Reuters:
World wants Obama as president: poll  —  US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama may be struggling to nudge ahead of his Republican rival in polls at home, but people across the world want him in the White House, a BBC poll said.  —  All 22 countries covered in the poll would prefer …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
The Huffington Post:
McCain Backed Abolishing The Department Of Education  —  Barack Obama's campaign is reminding voters today that John McCain, during the heady days of the “Republican Revolution,” once declared that he favored abolishing the Department of Education.  —  “I would certainly favor doing away …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Flashback: McCain Favored Abolishing Department Of Education
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Marc Ambinder:
Andrew Sullivan  —  Lots of e-mails asking about Andrew's whereabouts.  I checked in with him; he's fine.  He's taking a few days off.  Worry not, fans.
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.
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Lieberman to skip Dem lunches  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) will not attend the Democratic policy lunches in the Senate this month, the latest sign that he is moving away from the party after criticizing Barack Obama at the Republican National Convention.
Discussion: The Swamp and Daily Kos
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John Stanton / Roll Call:
Lieberman Unwelcome at Party Lunches
Discussion: Wonkette and Think Progress
Polimom / The Moderate Voice:
Obama vs. McCain: Why I'm Back on the Fence  —  This morning, I wrote at my own blog that I've pulled the Obama sticker off of my truck; that although I'm not suddenly a McCain supporter, I can no longer be counted in the Obama column.  —  In short, that I'm back on the fence.
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.
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.
William McGurn / Wall Street Journal:
Generals Behaving Badly  —  When Abraham Lincoln famously sent word to Gen. George McClellan that he'd like to “borrow” the army if the general wasn't planning on using it, the commander of Union forces likely did not take it kindly.  McClellan, after all, was a man whose letters home referred …
Discussion: SWJ Blog
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Greg Veis / The New Republic:
Did The White House Play Woodward?
Discussion: Kevin Drum
David Plotz / Slate:
I Dream About Sarah Palin.  Do You?  —  SEND US YOUR DREAMS ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN VICE-PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE.  —  I rarely remember my dreams, but for the past week, GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin has been haunting me.  Night after night, she appears in my dreams, always as a scolding, ominous figure.
Discussion: The Corner
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, TPMCafe and Wonkette
 
 
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Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
'You're Not Accountable, Jack'  —  How a Retired Officer Gained …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Hold Your Heads Up  —  Ignorance must really be bliss.
Discussion: The Sideshow and D-Day
T-Steel / The Moderate Voice:
The Palin Effect: American Idol?
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Brandon Friedman / The Huffington Post:
Alaska National Guard General Changes Story; Palin Promotes
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McCain Rings Up $5M At Chicago Fundraiser
 Earlier Items: 
Maria Gavrilovic / CBS News:
It's Stand-Up Comedy Time for Obama as He Ratchets Up Criticism
Discussion: Weekly Standard
The Politico:
McCain, Palin push biography, not issues
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 …
John R. Wilke / Wall Street Journal:
Top Lawyer Is Selected As U.S. Mulls Google Suit
Discussion: Balloon Juice and TechCrunch
James Bennett / Telegraph:
Sarah Palin is not such a small-town girl after all
Discussion: The Corner and Chicago Boyz
Michael Rubinkam / Associated Press:
Student GOP leader resigns over Obama remark
 

 
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