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7:45 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%.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Guess which card Obama pulled out of the deck today?  —  With both Rasmussen and Gallup showing Barack Obama moving backwards even before the Republican Convention dropped its balloons on Andrea Mitchell, one can excuse the Democratic nominee for hearing footsteps.  How desperate has he gotten?
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Reading The Polls  —  Rasmussen finds that Palin is more popular …
Discussion: Althouse
Hollywoodreporter / The Live Feed:
Breaking: McCain beats Obama by 500,000
Discussion: MyDD
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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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 …
David Frum:
Why Bother?  —  A question that shows up a lot in my email box is: Why bother?  —  Sarah Palin is the vice presidential nominee of the Republican party.  That's a fact.  The ticket can now only win or lose.  I want the ticket to win.  So why not shut up and get with the program?
TMZ.com:
Oprah to Palin: I Can Pencil You In Later
Discussion: Don Surber, Moonbattery and Macsmind
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Oprah & The Governor  —  I think Peter and others are right …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
The Education of Sarah Palin
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Oprah afraid of Palin? Update: Oprah responds
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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Steve Quinn / Associated Press:
Subpoenas to be issued for Troopergate probe
Discussion: Donklephant and TIME.com
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
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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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.
Discussion: GINA COBB and Don Surber
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Not selling on eBay  —  Sarah Palin, in her speech, told a carefully stated — but accurate — story of putting a state-owned jet up for sale on eBay.  —  Palin did not, as the ADN reported at the time, succeed in selling it on eBay; she tried and failed.  —  She didn't actually claim to have though:
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Lexie Verdon / Washington Post:
Plane Not Sold on eBay
Anne / Nielsen Wire:
McCain Tops Obama's Record-Breaking Ratings  —  On Thursday night, John McCain's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention bested Barack Obama's record-breaking viewership numbers from last week by 500,000 viewers.  —  More than 38.9 million people tuned in to coverage of the final night of the GOP convention.
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Washington Wire:
McCain Scores with TV Viewers
Timothy Karr / The Huffington Post:
St. Paul in the Hot Seat over Journalist Arrests  —  Journalists and St. Paul citizens assembled outside St. Paul City Hall today to deliver more than 60,000 letters to Mayor Chris Coleman and prosecuting attorneys demanding that they immediately drop charges against all journalists arrested …
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Danny Valentine / media.www.dailyiowan.com:   Police detain ex-DI writer, other journalists covering Republican …
IBDeditorials.com:
Michelle's Boot Camps For Radicals  —  Election ‘08: Democrats’ reintroduction of militant Michelle Obama in Denver was supposed to show her softer side.  But it only highlighted a radical part of her resume: Public Allies.  —  Barack Obama was a founding member of the board of Public Allies in 1992 …
Whitney Pastorek / EW.com:
Exclusive: Heart's Nancy Wilson responds to McCain campaign's use of ‘Barracuda’ at Republican convention  —  Thursday afternoon, Heart e-mailed out a statement regarding vice-presidential candidate Sarah “Barracuda” Palin's use of their similarly monikered song at the Republican National Convention …
Marc Ambinder:
David Lat's Ex-Hillaryites For Palin.  Well, McCain-Palin...  David Lat, the popular, idysocrantic former federal prosecutor who blogs at Above The Law, has started a Facebook group for former supporters of Hillary Clinton who now support the McCain-Palin ticket because Gov. Sarah Palin.
 
 
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Kate Linthicum / Top of the Ticket:
Palin may have left Alaska, but she's not giving up her moose roots
David Freddoso / National Review:
Freddoso: Following Caribou Barbie
Deacon / Power Line:
“IS SHE THE ONE WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR?”  —  So asks the Weekly …
Gateway Pundit:
CODE PINK STOLE DELEGATE'S IDENTITY TO GET INTO RNC CONVENTION!!!!
Bernie Horn / Blog entry:
From the People Who Brought You Misery...
Manu Raju / The Hill:
Palin mum on endorsing Stevens
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Todd Zywicki / The Volokh Conspiracy:
LIBERTARIANISM AND MCCAIN-PALIN: Ilya asks whether Palin has libertarian tendencies.
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Crusade To Nowhere  —  John McCain hit the “reform” …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Palin's Problem
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
'A Servant's Heart'  —  Sarah Palin killed.  And more than killed.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Ross Douthat
Michelle Malkin:
Explaining the “community organizer” joke to the outraged Left
Rindi White / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin pressured Wasilla librarian
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin In Wasilla  —  A reader writes: … By accident?
Discussion: The Other McCain
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
Obama Steps Into O'Reilly's ‘No Spin Zone’
Courtney Hazlett / MSNBC:
Angry readers dump Us Magazine over Palin