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1:35 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.”
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
Detroit Free Press:
Free Press voter panel reacts to Palin's speech
Will Wilkinson / The Fly Bottle:
Sex, Culture, and Sarah Palin
Discussion: Megan McArdle
David Bauder / Associated Press:
More than 40 million people see Palin speech
Discussion: The Corner and Commentary
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 …
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: TalkLeft and Washington Post
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 …
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard Blog:
How Dare Sarah Palin Insult Community Organizers!
Discussion: Hot Air and Wizbang
Akmuckraker / Mudflats:   Palin-Palooza Wrap Up.  —  Part of me really didn't want to watch last night.
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
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.
John McCain  —  (CNN) — Sen. John McCain spoke to the Republican National Convention on Thursday night.  Here is the text of that speech:  —  McCain: Thank you.  Thank you all very much.  Thank you.  —  Tonight, I have a privilege given few Americans: the privilege of accepting …
Fox News:
RAW DATA: Transcript of McCain's Nomination Speech at Republican Convention
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.
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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Obama spokesman tries, fails to dodge question about whether …
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
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 …
Steve Luxenberg / Washington Post:
Woodward: U.S. Spied on Iraqi Prime Minister  —  New Book Points to Covert Techniques as Cause of Drop in Violence  —  The Bush administration has conducted an extensive spying operation on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, his staff and others in the Iraqi government, according to a new book by Bob Woodward.
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.
Jonathan V. Last / First Things:   Why They Hate Her  —  There are reasonable criticisms …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
CNN:   Palin aides peeked into trooper's files, union says
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
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Richard Starr / Weekly Standard Blog:
A Shrum Victory at Last?  —  Bob Shrum, the Democratic campaign …
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
McCain's Acceptance Speech: Shameless Hypocrisy and Narcissism
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Foreign Policy Factions Unsure Who Will Prevail
M Peretz / The New Republic:
Please God, Do Bless America and Rescue Us From These Swilly People!
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Discussion: The Corner and FOX Forum
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