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10:20 AM ET, September 6, 2008

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Charlie / Explorations:
Palin Rumors  —  Cripes, this has gotten ridiculous.  Folks, look, let's just run through a list here.  (Updated.)  — No, the Downs baby (Trig) isn't Bristol's kid, and no, the kid wasn't born with Downs because (a) Palin flew on an airplane (b) went home to have the baby after an amniotic leak …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Another Palin smear bites the dust  —  Nutcase bloggers will have to find another smear against Sarah Palin ... again.  Did you hear that Todd Palin's former business partner tried to get his divorce records sealed?  Conspiracy theorists immediately began speculating on line that Sarah Palin …
New York Times:
In Palin's Life and Politics, Goal to Follow God's Will
Discussion: TIME.com and Whiskey Fire
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Is Oprah Biased? Host Won't Interview Palin
Discussion: The TV Zone and NewsBusters.org
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Oprah & The Governor  —  I think Peter and others are right …
Discussion: Commentary and protein wisdom
Newsweek:
Nominee's ally moves to curb probe of Palin  —  Key Alaska allies of John McCain are trying to derail a politically charged investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner in order to prevent a so-called “October surprise” that would produce embarrassing information …
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CNN:
Trooper in Palin probe tells his side  —  CNN Special Investigations Unit  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) — The Alaska state trooper at the center of a probe into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power says he has “made mistakes, and I've learned from those mistakes.”
Discussion: Washington Post
Steve Quinn / Associated Press:   Subpoenas to be issued for Troopergate probe
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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 …
Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
Joe Biden On Fire  —  This is awesome — Joe Biden just tears John McCain and Sarah Palin apart for completely ignoring every single major economic issue facing America and for offering nothing but sarcastic personal attacks.  —  YouTube link
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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: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
WCBS-TV:
Obama At Bon Jovi Event: 'We Won't Be Bullied'  —  Presidential Nominee Vows To Fight Back Against Character Attacks Better Than John Kerry Did In '04  —  MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) ― Unlike his Republican opponent, Democrat Barack Obama is still raising money for his presidential campaign …
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 ...
Discussion: Right Wing News, MyDD and Us Weekly
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Obama: ‘Not about the issues’ comment means making stuff up  —  DURYEA, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Barack Obama continued to hammer the McCain campaign on Friday for manager Rick Davis's comments that the election would be more about the candidates' personas, not the issues.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Amy Holmes / CNN:
Girl fight!  —  Editor's Note: Amy Holmes is an independent conservative who has not endorsed any candidate for president.  —  CNN Political Analyst  —  McCain has a strong woman?  Well, the Obama campaign wants voters to know they've got one, too, and they're going to deploy her to crush the moose hunting hockey mom from Alaska.
Hunter / Daily Kos:
McCain Winning Coveted “Stock Photos” Demographic?  —  This was sent in by a reader: apparently, the Republicans couldn't find very many African American supporters to show on the Big Screen Of Triumph, when introducing McCain (see 6:45, 7:02)... so they simply put up stock photos of black people.
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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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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Firing Up the Faithful With Echoes of Culture War Rhetoric
Discussion: D-Day and NewsBusters.org
New York Times:
How to Exit Iraq  —  JOHN McCAIN spoke of his hopes for Iraq's future last night.
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Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Jobless Rate In August Hit A 5-Year High
Carla Axtman / BlueOregon:
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Clinton set to strike McCain, not Palin
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
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 …
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...
Discussion: Undiplomatic
Deacon / Power Line:
“IS SHE THE ONE WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR?”  —  So asks the Weekly …