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4:15 PM ET, September 6, 2008

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P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
Sally Quinn Does Complete U-turn on Sarah Palin  —  What a difference a few hours make.  It is almost like Sally Quinn, the Washington Post faith columnist, was blinded by the light of truth on the road to Damascus.  On CNN's “American Morning” on Friday, Quinn repeated her doubts …
Discussion: Don Surber
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Thanks, Guys  —  The media's attacks on Sarah Palin backfire.  —  The editors of THE WEEKLY STANDARD believe in giving credit where credit is due.  The presidential race looks a whole lot better today than it did two weeks ago.  For this, thanks are owed to two men—Barack Obama and John McCain …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Jeffrey Bell / Weekly Standard:
Why They Hate Her  —  Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left.  —  For months John McCain has apparently been hoping to use his selection of a running mate to shake up the presidential race.  By picking Alaska governor Sarah Palin, McCain has accomplished that …
Charley James / The LA Progressive:
Alaskans Speak (In A Frightened Whisper): Palin Is “Racist, Sexist, Vindictive, And Mean”  —  “So Sambo beat the bitch!”  —  This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obama's win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days …
David Harsanyi / Post-Ed Notes:
Republican Recycling  —  This morning, Republicans tell me that a worker at Invesco Field in Denver saved thousands of unused flags from the Democratic National Convention that were headed for the garbage.  Guerrilla campaigning.  They will use these flags at their own event today in Colorado Springs with John McCain and Sarah Palin.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The Recycled Flags of the DNCC  —  Democrats brought out tens of thousands of American flags to Invesco Field, saluting Barack Obama as he spoke from the Styrofoam columns of the Barackopolis at the conclusion of the Democratic convention.  Perhaps some of them took the flags home as souvenirs, but where did the rest go?
Fox News:
McCain Camp ‘Rescues’ Flags From Obama Rally
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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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Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
Sarah Palin will be missing from action Sunday a.m.  —  As is The Ticket's custom, a post listing the entire roster of appearances on this Sunday's interview programs will pop up Saturday at noon PDT (3 p.m. EDT).  —  But here's an advance heads up, in part because of who WON'T be found on any of the chat shows.
Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
New GOP Spin: Palin's Not Ready
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THOSE OF US WHO ARE ABOUT TO TIRE SWING ...  It always brings a tear to my eye when I see the Grey Lady hopping on the McCain tire swing.  But there she goes.  Yesterday the McCain campaign was all mum on the Walter Reed/Green Screen goof until deep in the evening when they released …
Discussion: HorsesAss.Org and AMERICAblog News
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama's Edge Shrinks to 2 Points  —  Election Preferences Nearly Tied Again, 47%-45%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama's advantage over John McCain has been shrinking since the start of the Republican National Convention, and is now down to just two percentage points — 47% to 45% — too close to call.
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Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Obama rebukes Palin on earmarks  —  TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Barack Obama made his first direct criticism of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on Saturday, saying she pretends to oppose spending earmarks when she actually has embraced them.  —  Speaking to 800 people …
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Washington Post:
Partisanship Appears to Sway Opinions on Palin  —  Republicans and Democrats have deeply contrasting first impressions of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, suggesting partisanship, not gender, is paramount in the initial public reviews.  —  Overall, Palin, the governor …
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Kevin Drum
Washington Post:
The Trail  —  One of the most compelling anecdotes in Sarah Palin's repertoire 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.  —  In fact, the jet did not sell on eBay.
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CNN:
Alaska state jet didn't fly on eBay
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Palin inexperienced?  Not really  —  Greta van Susteren took a look at the “inexperienced” criticism of Sarah Palin by interviewing people who worked with Palin in Alaska.  She spoke with the current mayor of Wasilla, which is — surprise! — one of the five largest cities in Alaska …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Sarah Palin as Alaska National Guard commander
Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
Palin's Hockey Rink Leads To Legal Trouble in Town She Led  —  WASILLA, Alaska — The biggest project that Sarah Palin undertook as mayor of this small town was an indoor sports complex, where locals played hockey, soccer, and basketball, especially during the long, dark Alaskan winters.
Discussion: Eunomia, Daily Kos and TIME.com
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Mortgage Industry Nationalized  —  I'm not versed enough in economics to know if this technically qualifies as the nationalization of a major financial sector, but it sure sounds like it: … The problem I have with this is not the move to nationalize the mortgage industry.
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Reuters:
U.S. to take control of Fannie and Freddie: reports
Discussion: Reuters
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
George W. Palin  —  Frum again: … This decision is not worthy of a great power.  Whatever skills Palin may turn out to have, however fabulous a person she may turn out to be, even if she becomes the Eva Peron of Christianism, McCain … He winged this.  That's the critical, unavoidable, devastating point.
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Palin appears to disagree with McCain on sex education  —  The Republican vice presidential candidate says students should be taught about condoms.  Her running mate — and the party platform — disagree.  —  Teen pregnancy and sex education were thrust into the spotlight this week …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Moderate Voice
 
 
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Smell Of Fear  —  The Captain is funny with this link …
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Girl fight!  —  Editor's Note: Amy Holmes is an independent …
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