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7:20 PM ET, September 11, 2008

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ABCNEWS:
EXCERPTS: Charlie Gibson Interviews Sarah Palin  —  Republican VP Candidate Speaks with ABC News' Charlie Gibson in Exclusive Interview … GIBSON: Governor, let me start by asking you a question that I asked John McCain about you, and it is really the central question.
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Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin Defends Experience, Takes Hard Line Approach on National Security  —  Republican VP Candidate Speaks with ABC News' Charles Gibson in Exclusive Interview  —  On the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, Gov. Sarah Palin took a hard-line approach on national security …
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog News:
McCain finally answers some questions — or tries to answer some questions.  He's terrible.  —  NOTE FROM JOHN: Watch McCain about a minute and a half into the tape, when he's asked what National Security credentials Sarah Palin has.  He replies “energy.”  The reporter goes, no, I asked you about national security.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
PALIN FOREIGN POLICY: WAR WITH RUSSIA  —  From ABC News:  —  EXCLUSIVE: GOV. SARAH PALIN WARNS WAR MAY BE NECESSARY IF RUSSIA INVADES ANOTHER COUNTRY  —  More of the first excerpts from the Charlie Gibson interview here and here.  —  Here's the exchange on Russia:
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
ABC News: ‘GOV. SARAH PALIN WARNS WAR MAY BE NECESSARY IF RUSSIA INVADES ANOTHER COUNTRY.’  —  Sounds dramatic right?  Um, not really.  Here's the transcript: … Parsts of the Palin interview are supposed to be on Nightline tonight and ABC will be running a primetime special tomorrow night with the bulk of it.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Palin's war?  —  This isn't the headline the McCain camp wanted …
Lauren Sher / The World Newser:
The Palin Interview  —  Charlie Gibson has just finished …
Chris / TVNewser:
Sarah Palin: “War Has Got To Be A Last Option.”  “We Must Not Blink, Charlie.”
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain on Palin  —  A tough interview with a Maine reporter yesterday, in which McCain speaks on Palin's national security experience.  Uncharacteristically, he's much more at home on the domestic policy side.  —  At one point, he says that Palin “was right” on Russia and on Iran.
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain says Palin to do “numerous” interviews  —  John McCain told a local TV station yesterday that Sarah Palin would be “coming out in the next couple of days with interviews with numerous people.”  —  In a interview with the NBC affiliate in Portland, Maine, McCain was asked why his running mate …
Discussion: American Footprints and TIME.com
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USA Today:
Palin's town used to bill victims for rape kits  —  WASILLA, Alaska — In 2000, Alaska lawmakers learned that rural police agencies had been billing rape victims or their insurance companies $500 to $1,200 for the costs of the forensic medical examinations used to gather evidence.
Frank James / The Swamp:
Palin's experience OK: Illinois's Dem guv  —  Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  Chicago Tribune photo by Michael Tercha.)  —  by Rick Pearson  —  Illinois' Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich admits he can't field dress a moose and his hunting targets tend to be more along the lines of state legislators in his own party who don't trust him.
Nate Silver / The New Republic:
What's the Matter with Michigan?  —  Why Obama is faltering in a state that should go blue.  —  Democrats have grown accustomed to winning Michigan by relatively comfortable margins.  Bill Clinton flipped the state in 1992, bringing home the Reagan Democrats and giving the party its first win in the state since 1968.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
What Is The Matter With Michigan?
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Kagan: Knowledge Is Elitist  —  Robert Kagan says it's elitist to expect a President of the United States to be knowledgeable about national security issues: … Based on the structure of the situation, it's plausible that Kagan is just being opportunistically dishonest here and trying to say something useful to the Republican ticket.
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Joe Klein / Time:
Sarah Palin's Myth of America  —  Sarah Palin has arrived in our midst with the force of a rocket-propelled grenade.  She has boosted John McCain's candidacy and overwhelmed the presidential process in a way that no vice-presidential pick has since Thomas Eagleton did the precise opposite …
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
MCCAIN: DO AMERICANS REALLY WANT TO WORK?  —  In 2006.  John McCain addressed the national conference of the AFL-CIO's Building & Construction Trades Department, where he took a question about paying American workers a decent wage and answered thus:  —  Apparently, he believes …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Eschaton
TPM Election Central:
Petraeus: I Don't Know That I Will Ever Use The Word “Victory” For Iraq  —  One of the McCain campaign's chief assaults on Barack Obama is that McCain is insisting that the troops return only after “victory” in Iraq, while Obama refuses to use that word — a position the McCain forces describe as tantamount to wanting to lose.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: McCain 48%, Obama 44%  —  McCain has held significant lead for last four days  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Registered voters continue to express a slight preference for John McCain (48%) over Barack Obama (44%) in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking presidential trial heat.
Joe Klein / Swampland:
McCain's Health Care Tax Increase  —  A new rule here: Rather than do the McCain campaign's bidding by wasting space on Senator Honor's daily lies and bilge—his constant attempts to divert attention from substantive issues—I'm going to assume that others will spend more than enough …
Washington Post:
U.S. Government Assisting in Sale of Lehman Brothers  —  The Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve are helping Lehman Brothers put itself up for sale.  The details are not finalized, but sources familiar with the matter say the purchase is expected to be completed and announced …
Clive Crook:
Lipstick on a pig  —  One wonders how much lower this election can sink.  The furore over “you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig” sets a new benchmark.  The idea that Barack Obama seriously intended to call Sarah Palin a pig is surely absurd.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and QandO
 
 
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CNN:
Bill Clinton predicts big win; Palin sees son off to Iraq
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CNN:
McCain campaign out to protect Palin's image
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Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
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Marc Ambinder:
Quantifying The Enthusiasm For Sarah Palin
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Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Palin Sought Guidance from Rick Warren
Discussion: Hot Air and TIME.com
Associated Press:
Former GOP senator calls Palin a ‘cocky wacko’
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