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10:55 PM ET, September 6, 2008

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Nico Pitney / The Huffington Post:
‘Thrown Away Flags’ Story False, Dem Convention Official Says  —  Days before the anniversary of September 11, on the same morning that John McCain and Barack Obama released a joint statement pledging to avoid politics in light of the anniversary of the terrorist attacks …
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Fox News:
McCain Camp ‘Rescues’ Flags From Obama Rally  —  Democrats are not caring for their Stars and Stripes.  At least that's the message out of John McCain's campaign.  —  McCain supporters, claiming they rescued 12,000 miniature American flags from the site of Barack Obama's nomination acceptance speech …
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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Today's Polls, 9/6  —  Although the topline results don't make it obvious, it appears that John McCain had a fairly strong night of polling in the daily tracking polls, which are the only numbers we have to look at today.  —  The Gallup tracker now shows Barack Obama leading by 2 points, down from 4 a day ago.
David Harsanyi / Post-Ed Notes:
UPDATED: 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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE BOGUS FLAG STORY.... It seems Fox News and some far-right blogs …
Discussion: Alas, a blog
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 …
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Michelle Malkin:
Latest smear: Palin called Obama a “Sambo!”  —  Tons of readers are sending the latest, most pathetic smear against Gov. Sarah Palin.  —  It is laughable beyond belief.  —  One “Charley James” accuses Palin of exclaiming the following after Obama defeated Hillary:  —  “So Sambo beat the bitch!”
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Thanks, Guys  —  The media's attacks on Sarah Palin backfire.
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Daily Show: 2008 McCain = 2000 Bush: A case of amnesia.  —  Jon finds some eerie similarities between John McCain's convention speech and the one given by George W. Bush eight years ago.  —  Download |  Play Download |  Play  —  John Amato: McCain wants us to forget that if he wins the election …
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New York Times:
Loan Giant Overstated the Size of Its Capital Base  —  The government's planned takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, expected to be announced as early as this weekend, came together hurriedly after advisers poring over the companies' books for the Treasury Department concluded …
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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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
McCain and Obama Plan Ground Zero Appearance
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Associated Press:   McCain, Obama plan joint stop at Ground Zero
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Palin, Evangelicals, and the Secularists  —  All year, we've been told about the political “maturation” of evangelical Christians — about how younger evangelicals show interest in issues like global warming that cut against the socially conservative politics for which they have become famous …
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Max Blumenthal:
Palin's Pastor: God “Is Gonna Strike Out His Hand Against...America”
Discussion: The Daily Dish and PoliGazette
New York Times:
An Adviser Puts His Stamp on McCain Campaign  —  ST. PAUL — It was what aides to Senator John McCain describe as probably the worst night of his campaign.  As Senator Barack Obama claimed the Democratic nomination before a cheering sea of faces on national television, Mr. McCain countered …
Discussion: Emptywheel, TIME.com and Truthdig
Jim Myers / Tulsa World:
Inhofe says patriotism question will sink Obama  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe predicted voters' uncertainty over whether Barack Obama really loves his country will help Republicans win the White House again in November.  —  A spokeswoman for the Democratic nominee …
Cris Barrish / delawareonline:
Analysis: Biden's wealth in his house  —  Senator benefited from 2 deals with supporters  — What's this?  —  Joe Biden likes to say he is the embodiment of the American dream — a middle-class kid who became one of the U.S. Senate's most-respected members and, now, the Democratic nominee for vice president.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Spin Cycle
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.
David Frum / New York Times:
The Vanishing Republican Voter  —  I LIVE IN WASHINGTON, in a neighborhood that is home to lawyers, political consultants, television personalities and the chief executive of the TIAA-CREF pension fund.  Not exactly an abode of the superrich, but the kind of neighborhood where almost nobody does …
Discussion: The Other McCain
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 …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
John McCain: Democrats in Cabinet
Jon Perr / Crooks and Liars:
McCain surrenders GOP Party Platform. …
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
On Dividend Taxes, It's a Post-Partisan Race
Matt Volz / Associated Press:
Lawmaker accused of politicizing Palin probe
Discussion: First Draft
New York Times:
Seeking Details, Lawmakers Cite Anthrax Doubts
Discussion: Emptywheel
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
Virginia Adds 49K New Voters in August
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Rocky Mountain high for McCain-Palin
Discussion: The Other McCain
New York Times:
Rival Tickets Are Redrawing Battlegrounds
 Earlier Items: 
Satyam / Think Progress:
Kyl: McCain's earmark pledge is ‘more symbolic than it is signficant.’
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Washington Post:
Partisanship Appears to Sway Opinions on Palin
Media Matters for America:
Levin: “It's not the National Organization of Liberal Women.
Discussion: pandagon.net
Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
New GOP Spin: Palin's Not Ready
The Smoking Gun:
One Palin Mystery Solved
Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:
Sarah Palin will be missing from action Sunday a.m.
Washington Wire:
Obama: 'I'm Not Going to Take Your Guns Away'