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8:00 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.”
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: Open Left and AMERICAblog News
McCain just part of Washington, Democrats say
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
The Canberra Times:   McCain touts his bipartisan appeal
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 …
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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   Live-blogging night 4 of the Republican Convention.
Patterico's Pontifications:   Male Presidential Candidate Uses Female Gender for Cynical Partisan Benefit
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
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 …
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.
Michelle Malkin:
His turn: McCain at the RNC …
Fox News:
RAW DATA: Transcript of McCain's Nomination Speech at Republican Convention
Discussion: and Hot Air
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MYSTERY SOLVED!  —  A lot of people were asking tonight: what the hell was that mansion up behind John McCain tonight during the first part of the speech?  As I noted below, the TV close-ups only showed McCain's head against the grass in the picture, which made it look like he was reprising his famed green screen performance.
Discussion: Moue Magazine
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SURPRISED  —  I wasn't sure what to expect from this speech tonight.  But I was pretty sure, as high-stakes conventions speeches almost always end up being, that it would be good.  But I really don't think it was.  It certainly wasn't bad.  He didn't say anything embarrassing or have any real flubs.
Discussion: Firedoglake and PSoTD
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Washington Wire:
Green Screens, Protests Disrupt McCain's Speech  —  Susan Davis reports from St. Paul, Minn., on the Republican convention.  —  Republican nominee John McCain's acceptance speech here got off to a rocky start as the same green screen that was so ridiculed during a June 3 speech appeared again behind …
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
My Quick Take  —  Don't focus on the oratory.  If Mark Salter wanted to, he could have written prose for the ages, but it wouldn't have seemed true to McCain.  Don't focus on the delivery.  The election isn't going to be decided on speech-making ability.  Focus on the theme—a populist fighter for you.
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Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Evangelical faith drives Palin's pro-Israel view
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Palin's Efforts to Reform Health Care Are Complicated
David Jackson / USA Today:
McCain, Palin head to battlegrounds
Discussion: The Jed Report
Jonathan Adler / The Corner:
McCain's speech certainly had its moments, but I'm not sure it accomplished all that much.
Discussion: The New Republic
Republicans Lack Heart!
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
McCain makes bipartisan pitch as leader for all
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Discussion: Slog
Richard Starr / Weekly Standard Blog:
A Shrum Victory at Last?  —  Bob Shrum, the Democratic campaign …
 Earlier Items: 
Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
McCain's Acceptance Speech: Shameless Hypocrisy and Narcissism
M Peretz / The New Republic:
Please God, Do Bless America and Rescue Us From These Swilly People!
Nicholas K. Geranios / Associated Press:
Republican vice presidential nominee Palin attended 5 colleges in 6 years
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Marc Ambinder:
Community Organizer = Cultural Trope?
Jay Carney / Swampland:
No Questions, Please. We'll Tell You What You Need To Know.
Alaska police union files complaint against Palin
Will Wilkinson / The Fly Bottle:
Sex, Culture, and Sarah Palin
Discussion: Megan McArdle