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12:35 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.
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 …
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 …
Andrew Krukowski /
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.
Discussion: Commentary
David Paul Kuhn / The Politico:
Poll: Democratic bounce gone, race tied  —  A poll released today by CBS News reports that Barack Obama's post-Democratic convention bounce has been erased — and that for the first time, John McCain has drawn even with his Democratic opponent in the network's poll.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
‘Change Is Coming,’ McCain Says
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.
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Oprah afraid of Palin?
Simon / Stubborn Facts:
The myth that Sarah Palin “came out of nowhere”
Discussion: Time
Akmuckraker / Mudflats:
Palin Leaves Campaign Trail.  Flees North.  —  Well this is interesting.  Chuck Todd dropped a little bombshell this afternoon. … Hole up in Alaska?  I was thinking to myself after her polished but snarky performance at the Republican National Convention, “I wonder who will get the first interview?”
MataHarley / Flopping Aces:
Trooper'gate: Different charges, new battlefield, and the planned October surprise
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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
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 …
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%
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Balloon Juice
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 …
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.
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Media on the defensive over Sarah Palin coverage  —  After the GOP attacks the media over stories about the vice presidential nominee's family, TV networks and newspapers deny bias and say Republicans opened the door to coverage.  —  NEW YORK — News executives Thursday tried to shake off …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Marc Ambinder:
Steve Schmidt Visits The Log Cabin Republicans  —  John McCain's chief strategist, Steve Schmidt, paid a surprise visit Thursday to Log Cabin Republican delegates, telling him that their case was important to him and that they were very much a part of the “fabric” of the Republican Party.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
A Glimpse of the New  —  Political parties usually reform in the wilderness.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
New York Times:
Plan Would Shift Forces From Iraq to Afghanistan
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Barracuda  —  I only saw this part on closed caption …
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
Obama Steps Into O'Reilly's ‘No Spin Zone’
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
How Palin Beat Alaska's Establishment
Eric Alterman / The Huffington Post:
The Setting Sun  —  Last spring, I wrote a column about The …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The Last Hurrah
Gerard Baker / Times of London:
Sarah Palin: it's go west, towards the future of conservatism
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Back to Alaska  —  Howard Fineman reported tonight …
Mike Murphy / Swampland:
The Swooning Over Sarah...
Nate Silver /
Post-Convention Six-Pack
Washington Post:
Experts Helping Palin Brush Up on Foreign Policy
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
“I have known Sarah since 1992...”
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Obama's Biggest Mistakes (So Far)
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
My Quick Take  —  Don't focus on the oratory.
Bill Sammon / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: In New Book, Woodward Says Bush ‘Failed to Lead,’ Even as Surge Succeeded

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Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
A House committee report claims the Global Alliance for Responsible Media colluded to cut Twitter revenue after Musk's acquisition; GARM guidance is non-binding

Financial Times:
Sources: Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner and KKR are in talks to break Axel Springer in two, separating media assets from its digital classifieds business

Phil Lewis / What I'm Reading:
CNN says it has integrated its Race and Equality team of reporters in other areas across its platforms, instead of the team existing in an “organizational silo”

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