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10:50 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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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?
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.
Hollywoodreporter / The Live Feed:
Updated: McCain beats Obama.  Unless...  UPDATED: If election night is half as close and contested as Thursday's ratings race, we're in for a heckuva evening.  —  John McCain's speech was watched by more viewers than Barack Obama, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Discussion: Right Wing News and MyDD
Anne / Nielsen Wire:   McCain Tops Obama's Record-Breaking Ratings
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Highly Partisan Reception Greets Palin as V.P. Pick
Washington Wire:
McCain Scores with TV Viewers
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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Bill W. / Crooks and Liars:
Sarah Palin the ‘Earmark Queen’ of AK Left Wasilla $20 Million in Debt  —  After finishing as a runner up for Miss Alaska 1984, Sarah Palin went on to be crowned the state's Queen of Earmarks and its Empress of Fiscal Irresponsibility.  —  Wonk Room: Sarah Palin: Earmark Queen Of The Earmark State
Discussion: Jesus' General and Daily Kos
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 …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
The Education of Sarah Palin
Discussion: TalkLeft
New York Times:
U.S. Rescue Seen at Hand for 2 Mortgage Giants  —  WASHINGTON — Senior officials from the Bush administration and the Federal Reserve on Friday informed top executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the mortgage finance giants, that the government was preparing to seize the two companies …
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Washington Post:
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac to be Put Under Federal Control, Sources Say  —  The government has formulated a plan to put troubled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under federal control, dismiss their top executives, and use government funds to prop them up, government officials told …
Lexie Verdon / Washington Post:
Plane Not Sold on eBay  —  One of the compelling anecdotes about Sarah Palin is that she auctioned off the Alaska governor's jet on eBay after taking office — a swift move made by a reformer hoping to clean up the excesses of her predecessor.  —  But in fact, the jet did not sell on eBay.
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Not selling on eBay  —  Sarah Palin, in her speech …
Discussion: Liberal Values and The Jed Report
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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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?
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.
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.
Kate Klonick / TPM Election Central:
School Raps McCain For Using Image As Speech Backdrop Without Permission  —  Okay, the McCain-Walter Reed Middle School backdrop debacle is getting weirder by the second.  Now the principal of the school is hammering McCain for using footage of the school during his convention speech without seeking the school's permission.
Discussion: The Mahablog and MyDD
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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.
 
 
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Friday Night Fights: Lies
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
OBAMA'S SPEECH INCLUDES MORE NEGATIVE ATTACKS THAN PALIN'S …
Discussion: Think Progress and TigerHawk
Media Matters for America:
Tipping the scales: Cable news channels dedicate more coverage …
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!!!!
Timothy Karr / The Huffington Post:
St. Paul in the Hot Seat over Journalist Arrests
 Earlier Items: 
IBDeditorials.com:
Michelle's Boot Camps For Radicals
Todd Zywicki / The Volokh Conspiracy:
LIBERTARIANISM AND MCCAIN-PALIN: Ilya asks whether Palin has libertarian tendencies.
Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
Exclusive: News Execs Fire Back at GOP Media Attacks
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.
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