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10:00 PM ET, September 4, 2008


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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 …
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.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS.  —  Chris Hayes fires back on Giuliani and Palin's mockery of “community organizers”: … Adam Serwer agrees: … But look, let's call a spade a spade: When Giuliani sneered about community organizers on the “South side” of Chicago, it's pretty clear what he's saying …
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard Blog:
How Dare Sarah Palin Insult Community Organizers!  —  Those trying to tarnish Sarah Palin's speech last night have decided to criticize Palin's alleged insult of community organizers: “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”
Discussion: Hot Air, Stop The ACLU and Cassy Fiano
Joe Klein / Swampland:
What a Community Organizer Does  —  Slowly, slowly, I am recovering from the extremely effective bilge festival staged by the Republicans last night.  And while there is much to discuss, there was one item, in particular, that has to be considered infuriating: the attack on Barack Obama's service …
Detroit Free Press:
Free Press voter panel reacts to Palin's speech  —  “Originally, I was a not too happy about McCain's choice for a running mate, Sarah Palin ... However, after her speech tonight I am beginning to see her in a different light.  She seems like a real fighter, someone who would stick …
Gloria Steinem / Los Angeles Times:
Palin: wrong woman, wrong message  —  Sarah Palin shares nothing but a chromosome with Hillary Clinton.  She is Phyllis Schlafly, only younger.  —  Here's the good news: Women have become so politically powerful that even the anti-feminist right wing — the folks with a headlock on the Republican Party …
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 …
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Rod Dreher / beliefnet:
The price of voting for Palin  —  For all my excitement over Sarah Palin, there is a part of me that can't commit to voting McCain-Palin yet.  Last week at this time I was almost certainly not going to vote for McCain.  Now I'm likely to do it.  But what holds me back is what Clark Stooksbury speaks to in this post:
Akmuckraker / Mudflats:
Palin-Palooza Wrap Up.  —  Part of me really didn't want to watch last night.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Ed OKeefe / Political Punch:
Palin Accuses ‘Obama/Biden Democrats’ …
Washington Wire:
RNC Picks Up $1 Million After Palin Speech
Discussion: MSNBC and Taylor Marsh
Dan / Riehl World View:
Updated: Don't Look Now: ABC Pushing Plants
Discussion: Hot Air
Will Wilkinson / The Fly Bottle:
Sex, Culture, and Sarah Palin
Discussion: The XX Factor and Megan McArdle
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The teleprompter did not break  —  Sarah Palin delivered …
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard Blog:
Newest Palin Smear: She Cut Special Needs Budget
Discussion: protein wisdom and Wolf Howling
Palin draws 37 mln viewers, just shy of Obama
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
GOP's strawman: ‘Community organizer’
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Gov'nors don't vote present
Discussion: Jonathan Martin's Blogs and CNN
Megan McArdle:
Thoughts on Sarah Palin
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog:
Obama Fundraising Goes Bonkers After GOP's Day-Long Attack
Jay Carney / Swampland:
No Questions, Please. We'll Tell You What You Need To Know.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
COMMUNITY ORGANIZING.  —  Another irresponsible “community organizer”
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.
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.
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 …
Nicholas K. Geranios / Associated Press:
Republican vice presidential nominee Palin attended 5 colleges in 6 years  —  SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) _ Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin attended five colleges in six years before graduating from the University of Idaho in 1987.  —  Federal privacy laws prohibit the schools …
Discussion: Associated Press
Sarah Palin Talks About Her Family Struggles
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, Power Line and The Corner
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Dow Industrials Fall 340 Points  —  Stocks on Wall Street plunged on Thursday, but few investors seemed to settle on one reason.  —  A broad sell-off sent the Dow Jones industrial average down 344.65 points at the close — the index's worst performance since June — hours after the government reported …
Discussion: Economist's View
Madlen Read / Associated Press:   Stocks plummet after retail, unemployment data
Richard B. Schmitt / Los Angeles Times:
Jack Abramoff sentenced to 48 months  —  The former lobbyist faced a much harsher term for his role in a corruption scandal.  —  WASHINGTON — Jack A. Abramoff, the once-powerful Republican super-lobbyist, was sentenced today to 48 months in prison for his role in a corruption scandal that rocked Congress and the Bush administration.
John Bresnahan / The Crypt's Blogs:
Abramoff gets four-year prison term, will serve 70 months total
Discussion: New York Times
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
NFL Opener Has McCain Campaign Leery of Delay-of-Game Penalty  —  Hurricane Gustav blew away the opening night of the Republican National Convention on Monday.  Now Republicans are warily eyeing a man-made event — the NFL season opener between the Redskins and Giants — hoping that it won't complicate the convention's climax tonight.
Clinton: Obama ‘Change You Can Xerox’  —  Clinton Accuses Obama of Political Plagiarism, Saying He Represents ‘Change You Can Xerox’  —  Clinton also raised Obama's use in his campaign speeches of words first uttered by his friend, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.
Discussion: The Corner and FOX Forum
Nearly 125 Shot Dead In Chicago Over Summer  —  Total Is About Double The Death Toll In Iraq  —  CHICAGO (CBS) ― An estimated 123 people were shot and killed over the summer.  That's nearly double the number of soldiers killed in Iraq over the same time period.
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Ben / Think Progress:
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Marc Ambinder:
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
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Brad / Think Progress:
Romney mocks Gore for non-existent private jet.
Discussion: NPR
Media Matters for America:
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Discussion: DownWithTyranny!