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4:05 AM ET, September 6, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
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?
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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%.
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Obama: ‘Not about the issues’ comment means making stuff up
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Rasmussen Reports:
Palin Power: Fresh Face Now More Popular Than Obama, McCain
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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CNN:
Trooper in Palin probe tells his side
Discussion: Washington Post
Newsweek:   Nominee's ally moves to curb probe of Palin
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
DELICATE DANCE  —  The investigators up in Alaska have come …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
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
David Bauder / Associated Press:
McCain, Obama tied in TV audiences  —  NEW YORK (AP) - As a television draw, John McCain was every bit the equal of Barack Obama.  —  The GOP presidential candidate attracted roughly the same number of viewers to his convention acceptance speech Thursday as Obama did before the Democrats last week, according to Nielsen Media Research.
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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's, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Anne / Nielsen Wire:
McCain Tops Obama's Record-Breaking Ratings
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 …
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?
Lee Speigel / Political Punch:
Obama Campaign National Finance Committee Member Criticizes Palin's Parenting  —  On the Laura Ingraham Radio show, Friday, attorney Howard Gutman — an original member of the national finance committee for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. — very directly criticized the parenting of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
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.
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.
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New York Times:
In Palin's Life and Politics, Goal to Follow God's Will  —  WASILLA, Alaska — Shortly after taking office as governor in 2006, Sarah Palin sent an e-mail message to Paul E. Riley, her former pastor in the Assembly of God Church, which her family began attending when she was a youth.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
The Real '08 Fight: Clinton v. Palin?  —  ST. PAUL — The names at the top of the ballot on Nov. 4 will be McCain and Obama, but the juicier battle this fall for an important group of swing voters — white working women with children — may be fought between the other two stars of the Republican …
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics and Truthdig
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Oh, That Joe!  (No. 9 in a Series) - Wherein Jill Biden and John McCain Dance Drunkenly on a Tabletop in Greece  —  Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., likes to tell crowds that he and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., are friends.  —  In a packed gymnasium at Maple Point Middle School in Langhorne, Pa. …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Blogger: RNC Organizer Said Protesters Had MSNBC Badges  —  Update |  2:56 PM EDT: Responding to my inquiry, Alana Russo of MSNBC has stated it's “completely, totally untrue” that the credentials had originated from MSNBC.  In a subsequent message Ms. Russo indicated she did not know whether …
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Gateway Pundit:   CODE PINK STOLE DELEGATE'S IDENTITY TO GET INTO RNC CONVENTION!!!!
 
 
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Glenn Thrush / Yahoo! News:
Clinton set to strike McCain, not Palin
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When America's Communities Need Organizing, America's Community …
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
DADDIES, MOMMIES, POLITICIANS AND DOUBLE STANDARDS …
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
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Oprah & The Governor  —  I think Peter and others are right …
Marc Ambinder:
David Lat's Ex-Hillaryites For Palin. Well, McCain-Palin...
Discussion: Undiplomatic
David Freddoso / National Review:
Freddoso: Following Caribou Barbie
 Earlier Items: 
Deacon / Power Line:
“IS SHE THE ONE WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR?”  —  So asks the Weekly …
New York Times:
Highway Fund Shortfall May Halt Road Projects
Timothy Karr / The Huffington Post:
St. Paul in the Hot Seat over Journalist Arrests
IBDeditorials.com:
Michelle's Boot Camps For Radicals
Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
Exclusive: News Execs Fire Back at GOP Media Attacks
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Palin's Problem
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
'A Servant's Heart'  —  Sarah Palin killed.  And more than killed.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Here We Go  —  Todd Palin's former business partner files …