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10:40 AM ET, September 5, 2008


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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 …
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:   Poll: Democratic bounce gone, race tied
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   Live-blogging night 4 of the Republican Convention.
Patterico's Pontifications:   Male Presidential Candidate Uses Female Gender for Cynical Partisan Benefit
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.
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: Rising Hegemon and PSoTD
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
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
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 …
Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
Did they just cross the line on 9/11?  —  I ask this as a serious question.  I have not seen the video that Olbermann references — I've been watching football, but I've got the video recorded and I'm going to watch it now.  —  I hope Keith is wrong.  —  Update (6:35PM): The Boston Globe chimes in.
Discussion: Dr. Sanity and State of the Day
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  — is embargoed until 8:30 A.M. (EDT), Media contact: (202) 691-5902 Friday, September 5, 2008.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Unemployment Rate Rises to 6.1%
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 …
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
“I have known Sarah since 1992...”  —  The e-mail below has been bouncing around the Internet since Sunday.  It was written by Anne Kilkenny of Wasilla - stay-at-home mom, letter-to-the-editor writer and longtime watcher of Valley politics.  She's a registered Democrat.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   The anti-Palin e-mail
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Resentment Strategy  —  Can the super-rich former governor of Massachusetts — the son of a Fortune 500 C.E.O. who made a vast fortune in the leveraged-buyout business — really keep a straight face while denouncing “Eastern elites”?  —  Can the former mayor of New York City, a man who …
Jim Treacher / Mother, May I Sleep with Treacher?:
YOU CAN CALL A WOMAN A BAD MOTHER FOR NOT FORCING HER DAUGHTER TO HAVE AN ABORTION, AND CLAIM THAT THE SAME WOMAN DIDN'T ACTUALLY GIVE BIRTH TO HER OWN SON...  ...but don't you dare ask what a community organizer actually does.  —  A commenter at QandO was nice enough to explain the difference between Obama Black Nixon and Palin:
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama's Biggest Mistakes (So Far)  —  It's game on. 59 days until the election.  I don't think this week's polls are indicative of much since both sides will be rallied by their respective conventions.  I think we need two weeks before polls become reliable indicators of voters' intentions in November.
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.
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Rangel Failed to Report $75,000 in Income  —  Representative Charles B. Rangel has earned more than $75,000 in rental income from a villa he has owned in the Dominican Republic since 1988, but never reported it on his federal or state tax returns, according to a lawyer for the congressman and documents from the resort.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
The Party in Power, Running as if It Weren't  —  ST. PAUL — The nominee's friend described him as a “restless reformer who will clean up Washington.”  His defeated rival described him going to the capital to “drain that swamp.”  His running mate described their mission as “change, the goal we share.”
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
Re-Branding the Old Elephant
Discussion: and Daily Kos
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Back to Alaska  —  Howard Fineman reported tonight (and I heard something similar) that Sarah Palin will, after a brief stretch on the trail, head back to Anchorage and away from the national media.  —  “They're basically taking Palin back to Alaska,” said Fineman, citing a senior McCain campaign official.
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
My Quick Take  —  Don't focus on the oratory.
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Scarecrow / Firedoglake:
McCain's Acceptance Speech: Shameless Hypocrisy and Narcissism
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M Peretz / The New Republic:
Please God, Do Bless America and Rescue Us From These Swilly People!
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Fox News:
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