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7:35 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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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.
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 …
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 …
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?
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 …
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 …
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P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
Sally Quinn Does Complete U-turn on Sarah Palin
Discussion: Don Surber
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.
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
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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 …
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
Washington Wire:
McCain, Obama Set Joint Sept. 11 Appearance
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Associated Press:
McCain, Obama plan joint stop at Ground Zero
Discussion: Wake up America
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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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
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
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 …
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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 and TIME.com
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.
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 …
Matt Volz / Associated Press:
Lawmaker accused of politicizing Palin probe  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska lawmaker leading an investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin's dismissal of her public safety commissioner should be removed because he appears to be manipulating …
Discussion: First Draft
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
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Virginia Adds 49K New Voters in August
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Rocky Mountain high for McCain-Palin
Discussion: The Other McCain
Sean Quinn / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Wrapping Up the Conventions - What Did We Learn?
Charlie / Explorations:
Palin Rumors  —  Cripes, this has gotten ridiculous.
Satyam / Think Progress:
Kyl: McCain's earmark pledge is ‘more symbolic than it is signficant.’
Discussion: Booman Tribune
 Earlier Items: 
Media Matters for America:
Levin: “It's not the National Organization of Liberal Women.
Discussion: pandagon.net
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Smell Of Fear  —  The Captain is funny with this link …
Martha Mendoza / Associated Press:
Palin: More and less than she seems
Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
New GOP Spin: Palin's Not Ready
Discussion: pandagon.net and Taylor Marsh
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Palin inexperienced?  Not really  —  Greta van Susteren took …
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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'