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6:55 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.
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 …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Oprah & The Governor  —  I think Peter and others are right that Oprah's reported refusal to have Governor Palin on her show will be much discussed and may indeed cause headaches of one kind or another for Oprah.  I even think Oprah should have her on for this or that reason.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain Campaign Plans To Keep Palin Away From The Press  —  Yesterday, McCain adviser Nicolle Wallace dismissed the fact that Gov. Sarah Palin has yet to take any questions from the press.  “So what?” she scoffed.  Today on MSNBC's Morning Joe, campaign strategist Rick Davis suggested Palin might never sit …
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
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
The Education of Sarah Palin
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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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
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
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
Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Unemployment climbs to 5-year high of 6.1 percent  —  Unemployment climbs past 6 percent for 1st time in 5 years, raising odds of economic tailspin  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's unemployment rate bolted above the psychologically important 6 percent level last month for the first time in five years …
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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.
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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David Frum:
Why Bother?  —  A question that shows up a lot in my email box is: Why bother?
Marc Ambinder:
David Lat's Ex-Hillaryites For Palin. Well, McCain-Palin...
David Freddoso / National Review:
Freddoso: Following Caribou Barbie
Discussion: The Swamp
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!!!!
Linda Young / All Headline News:
200 Demonstrators And Some Working Journalists Arrested Near GOP Convention
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Manu Raju / The Hill:
Palin mum on endorsing Stevens
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Timothy Karr / The Huffington Post:
St. Paul in the Hot Seat over Journalist Arrests
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Wire:
McCain Scores with TV Viewers
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
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Palin's Problem
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
'A Servant's Heart'  —  Sarah Palin killed.  And more than killed.
Discussion: Ross Douthat and ATTACKERMAN
Michelle Malkin:
Explaining the “community organizer” joke to the outraged Left
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin In Wasilla  —  A reader writes: … By accident?
Discussion: The Other McCain
Courtney Hazlett / MSNBC:
Angry readers dump Us Magazine over Palin