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4:45 PM ET, September 5, 2008

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Rasmussen Reports:
Palin Power: Fresh Face Now More Popular Than Obama, McCain  —  A week ago, most Americans had never heard of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.  Now, following a Vice Presidential acceptance speech viewed live by more than 40 million people, Palin is viewed favorably by 58% of American voters.
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama's Lead Now at 4 Points  —  Obama's position about halfway between his recent highs and lows  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Tuesday through Thursday finds Barack Obama with a four-percentage-point lead over John McCain in the presidential preferences of registered voters, 48% to 44%.
Andrew Krukowski / TVWeek.com:
McCain TV Ratings Beat Obama in Preliminary Numbers  —  Presidential candidate John McCain's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention drew more television viewers than his rival Barack Obama attracted at the Democratic party's event last week, according to preliminary ratings from Nielsen Media Research.
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Highly Partisan Reception Greets Palin as V.P. Pick  —  Half Say Palin Doesn't Have Experience to Be President  —  Sarah Palin is receiving a highly partisan reception on the national political stage, with significant public doubts about her readiness to serve as president …
Carolyn Lochhead / SFGate:
Obama Suddenly Riled  —  Sen. Barack Obama ditched his normal languid cool today, punching back at Gov. Sarah Palin as he spoke with reporters in York, Pa, hotly defending his work as a community organizer.  He said he assumes Palin “wants to be treated same way guys want to be treated, which means their records are under scrutinty.
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Poll: Democratic bounce gone, race tied
Discussion: www.redstate.com and Stop The ACLU
Drudge Report:
BIG DILEMMA: OPRAH BALKS AT HOSTING SARAH PALIN; STAFF DIVIDED  —  Oprah Winfrey may have introduced Democrat Barack Obama to the women of America — but the talkshow queen is not rushing to embrace the first woman on a Republican presidential ticket!  —  Oprah's staff is sharply divided …
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TMZ.com:
Oprah to Palin: I Can Pencil You In Later  —  Oprah has issued a statement to TMZ — she won't put Sarah Palin on her show until after the election.  —  Here's the statement: “The item in today's Drudge Report is categorically untrue.  There has been absolutely no discussion about having Sarah Palin on my show.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Oprah afraid of Palin? Update: Oprah responds
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.
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:   The Mystery Of McCain's Walter Reed Backdrop
Chris Orr / The New Republic:
McCain Goes to (North) Hollywood
Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
Exclusive: News Execs Fire Back at GOP Media Attacks  —  CNN's Jon Klein, NBC News' Steve Capus dismiss criticism of Palin coverage as stale political strategy.  —  After several primetime speakers at this week's Republican National Convention unleashed a barrage of attacks on the news media …
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Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Media on the defensive over Sarah Palin coverage  —  After the GOP attacks the media over stories about the vice presidential nominee's family, TV networks and newspapers deny bias and say Republicans opened the door to coverage.  —  NEW YORK — News executives Thursday tried to shake off …
Anchorage Daily News:
Palin's stall  —  Governor is stonewalling the Troopergate investigation  —  Gov. Sarah Palin is taking the wrong approach to Troopergate.  She should be practicing the open and transparent, ethical and accountable government she promised when running for governor and boasts about now that she's on the national stage.
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Marc Ambinder:
No Interviews Till She's Ready  —  A senior McCain campaign official advises that, despite the gaggle of requests and pressure from the media, Gov. Sarah Palin won't submit to a formal interview anytime soon.  She may take some questions from local news entities in Alaska, but until she's ready …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Here We Go  —  Todd Palin's former business partner files an emergency motion to have his divorce papers sealed.  Oh God.
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Employment Situation Summary  —  Technical information:  —  Household data: (202) 691-6378 USDL 08-1252  —  Establishment data:(202) 691-6555 Transmission of material in this release  —  http://www.bls.gov/ces/ is embargoed until 8:30 A.M. (EDT), Media contact: (202) 691-5902 Friday, September 5, 2008.
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Unemployment Rate Rises to 6.1%
Michelle Malkin:
Explaining the “community organizer” joke to the outraged Left  —  One of the best moments of Wednesday's GOP convention — and there were many — was Rudy Giuliani's jab at Barack Obama's days as a “community organizer.”  The follow-up from Gov. Sarah Palin was icing on the cake.
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Courtney Hazlett / MSNBC:
Angry readers dump Us Magazine over Palin  —  Plus: Britney's mom defends self in book; ‘Thunder’ is going down  —  Three celebrity weeklies — OK!, People and Us Weekly — featured Sarah Palin on their cover, but one of those magazines is reportedly losing subscribers because of it.  —  The Scoop
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Creation Myth  —  What Barack Obama won't tell you about his community organizing past.  —  In late October 1987, Barack Obama and Jerry Kellman took a weekend off from their jobs as community organizers in Chicago and traveled to a conference on social justice and the black church at Harvard.
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
'A Servant's Heart'  —  Sarah Palin killed.  And more than killed.  —  Much has been said about her speech, but a few points.  “The difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull?  Lipstick” is pure American and goes straight into Bartlett's.  This is the authentic sound of the American mama …
Discussion: Ross Douthat, ATTACKERMAN and Jezebel
Dr. Sanity:
OH GEE, DID I JUST CROSS THE LINE ?  —  Idiots of all persuasions are asking this important question: “Did they just cross the line on 9/11?  I ask this as a serious question.”  —  They are referring to the fact that the Republicans at their convention DARED to show a video of 9/11.
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Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
Did they just cross the line on 9/11?  —  I ask this as a serious question.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Todd Zywicki / The Volokh Conspiracy:
LIBERTARIANISM AND MCCAIN-PALIN: Ilya asks whether Palin has libertarian tendencies.
Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
McCain Concedes He's a Patriot
Discussion: Washington Post and Kevin Drum
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Crusade To Nowhere  —  John McCain hit the “reform” …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Palin's Problem
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Rindi White / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin pressured Wasilla librarian
Discussion: Liberal Values and Mudflats
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin In Wasilla  —  A reader writes: … By accident?
Discussion: The Other McCain
 Earlier Items: 
Dana Goldstein / American Prospect:
INTERVIEW WITH MCCAIN HECKLER ADAM KOKESH.
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New York Times:
The Real John McCain
Discussion: TalkLeft and MinnPost
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
Obama Steps Into O'Reilly's ‘No Spin Zone’
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
How Palin Beat Alaska's Establishment
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Sarah Palin: it's go west, towards the future of conservatism
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Resentment Strategy  —  Can the super-rich former governor …
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Rangel Failed to Report $75,000 in Income
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama's Biggest Mistakes (So Far)