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2:50 AM ET, September 5, 2008

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Ed OKeefe / Political Punch:
Palin Accuses ‘Obama/Biden Democrats’ of Attacking Her Family, But Campaign Can't Name One  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin sent out a fundraising solicitation today that charged that “the Obama/Biden Democrats have been vicious in their attacks directed toward me, my family and John McCain.”
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin raises $8 million — for Obama  —  Obama's coffers have been filling since Sarah Palin attacked him repeatedly in St. Paul last night.  —  An Obama aide confirms Drudge's report that Obama has raised about $8 million from more than 130,000 donors and is on pace to raise $10 million by the time McCain reaches the stage tonight.
The Canberra Times:   McCain touts his bipartisan appeal
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
JOHN MCCAIN, ALONE.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog:
Obama Fundraising Goes Bonkers After GOP's Day-Long Attack
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
THE OBAMA-BIDEN ATTACK ON PALIN'S FAMILY?
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Open Left
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Westmoreland calls Obama ‘uppity’  —  Georgia Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland used the racially-tinged term “uppity” to describe Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama Thursday.  —  Westmoreland was discussing vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's speech with reporters outside …
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Barack and Michelle Obama are ‘uppity,’ says Lynn Westmoreland  —  U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, who was born and raised in the South, said Thursday that he's never heard the word “uppity” used in a racially loaded fashion — and meant nothing more than “elitist” when he applied it to Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.
Discussion: Washington Post
Molly K. Hooper / CQ Politics:
Congressman Sees Obamas as Part of a Class 'That Thinks They're Uppity'
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TIME.com
Marc Ambinder:
Community Organizer = Cultural Trope?  —  The four mocking mentions last night of Barack Obama's service as a “community organizer” have ignited a metapshereic debate about whether the term has racial connotations.  —  The McCain campaign says no: they insist that no one knows what a community organizer is …
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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard Blog:
How Dare Sarah Palin Insult Community Organizers!
Discussion: On Politics, Hot Air and Wizbang
Akmuckraker / Mudflats:   Palin-Palooza Wrap Up.  —  Part of me really didn't want to watch last night.
The Politico:
McCain's acceptance speech  —  Here is the prepared text of Sen. John McCain's acceptance speech:  —  Thank you all very much.  Tonight, I have a privilege given few Americans — the privilege of accepting our party's nomination for president of the United States.  And I accept it with gratitude, humility and confidence.
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New York Times:
John McCain's Acceptance Speech  —  The following is a transcript of Senator John McCain's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, as recorded by CQ Transcriptions.  —  MCCAIN: Thank you.  Thank you all very much.  Thank you.  —  Tonight, I have a privilege given few Americans: the privilege of
CBS News:
Ways To Win … This week's polling continues to show voters waiting to decide about Sarah Palin (see yesterday's poll on Palin).  But in interviewing done yesterday, 83 percent of registered voters said that spouse and family of a candidate will not affect their votes.
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: No Dent in Obama Lead So Far  —  Obama holds 7-point lead in latest results  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama continues to hold a lead over John McCain, 49% to 42%, in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update.  —  The results are based on interviewing conducted Sept. 1-3.
Fox News:
Obama: Surge Succeeded Beyond ‘Wildest Dreams’  —  The troop surge in Iraq has been more successful than anyone could have imagined, Barack Obama conceded Thursday in his first-ever interview on FOX News' “The O'Reilly Factor.”  —  As recently as July, the Democratic presidential candidate declined …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Video: Obama spokesman tries, fails to dodge question about whether …
Bill Sammon / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: In New Book, Woodward Says Bush ‘Failed to Lead,’ Even as Surge Succeeded  —  WASHINGTON — Bob Woodward, who wrote two books praising President Bush and then a third harshly criticizing him, is out with a fourth tome that renders a mixed verdict on Bush, lauding the president's surge …
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Steve Luxenberg / Washington Post:
Woodward: U.S. Spied on Iraqi Prime Minister
New York Times:
Obama Camp Turns to Clinton to Counter Palin  —  ST. PAUL — Senator Barack Obama will increasingly lean on prominent Democratic women to undercut Gov. Sarah Palin and Senator John McCain, dispatching Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to Florida on Monday and bolstering his plan to deploy female surrogates …
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
The death of a taboo  —  ST. PAUL — One of the most enduring taboos in American politics, the airing of graphic images from the September 11 attacks in a partisan context, died today.  It was nearly seven years old.  —  The informal prohibition, which had been occasionally threatened …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The anti-Palin e-mail  —  I've received some 50 copies of a long e-mail from a woman named Anne Kilkenny of Wasilla, and it may be the most potent attack on Sarah Palin out there, bouncing around the Internet at the viral speed of an Obama-Muslim rumor.  —  The Anchorage Daily News confirms …
Discussion: Anchorage Daily News and Hot Air
Michael Graham / Boston Herald:
Leftist media sire hypocrisy  —  AWOL on Edwards, all over Palin  —  When the story first broke that Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards had cheated on his cancer-stricken wife and sired a baby with a bimbo on his campaign payroll, The New York Times [NYT] refused to run it.
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Jonathan V. Last / First Things:   Why They Hate Her  —  There are reasonable criticisms …
MSNBC:
Alaska police union files complaint against Palin  —  The GOP candidate for vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, may be facing yet another ethics investigation back in her home state of Alaska.  An ethics complaint obtained by NBC News was filed Wednesday by the police officers union in Alaska …
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CNN:   Palin aides peeked into trooper's files, union says
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
McCain's Acceptance Speech: Shameless Hypocrisy and Narcissism  —  How is it possible for a politician as cynical as John McCain to get away with a statement as arrogant and narcissistic as this: … Unselfish?  Putting country first?  Whom does he think he's kidding?
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and USA Today
TMZ.com:
Republicans Lack Heart!  —  Ann and Nancy Wilson are pissed at the Republican Party and have fired off a cease and desist letter to the McCain/Palin campaign.  —  Specifically, the Heart women are upset that the GOP has used their classic “Barracuda” as a theme song for Sarah Palin.
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Rod Dreher / beliefnet:
The price of voting for Palin
Laura Bush / Vanity Fair:
Cindy McCain's $300,000 Outfit  —  One of the persistent memes in the Republican line of attack against Barack Obama is the notion that he is an elitist, whereas the G.O.P. represent real working Americans like Levi “F-in' Redneck” Johnston.  —  It caught our attention, then …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
More than 40 million people see Palin speech  —  NEW YORK (AP) - Barack Obama apparently isn't the only “rock star” in presidential politics this year.  —  After days of intense media coverage about Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's qualifications, more than 40 million Americans tuned …
 
 
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Hugh Hewitt / Townhall.com:
McCain's Moment: “Change Is Coming”
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Green Screens, Protests Disrupt McCain's Speech
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Richard Starr / Weekly Standard Blog:
A Shrum Victory at Last?  —  Bob Shrum, the Democratic campaign …
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Please God, Do Bless America and Rescue Us From These Swilly People!
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HERE'S THE FULL TEXT OF MCCAIN'S SPEECH.  And I didn't have to …
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CNN:
Police use tear gas against RNC protesters
Nicholas K. Geranios / Associated Press:
Republican vice presidential nominee Palin attended 5 colleges in 6 years
Discussion: Associated Press
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Discussion: Doug Ross
Jay Carney / Swampland:
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Discussion: Megan McArdle