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4:45 AM ET, September 7, 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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE BOGUS FLAG STORY.... It seems Fox News and some far-right blogs …
Discussion: culturekitchen and Alas, a blog
Associated Press:
McCain-Palin becoming Palin-McCain?  —  Republican vice president pick from Alaska generates excitement, crowds  —  Sen. John McCain, his wife, Cindy, right, andAlaska Gov. Sarah Palin take the stage at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Saturday.  —  A look ahead for Gov. Palin
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
John McCain: Democrats in Cabinet
Dean Toda / Gazette:
McCain, Palin rally Colorado Springs faithful
Discussion: KUSA-TV and Sister Toldjah
Zogby:
Zogby Poll: Republicans Hold Small Post-Convention Edge  —  But the race is tight, as both campaigns consolidate support  —  UTICA, New York - Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin left St. Paul, Minnesota, with a smallish bounce overall and some energy in key demographic groups …
Dean Barnett / Weekly Standard Blog:
Anatomy of a Smear  —  Blogger Charlie Martin has helpfully compiled all of the smears that the left has hurled at Sarah Palin. 54 and counting!  —  Given that we're more than halfway to the century mark in Palin smears, I think it's time to take another brief look at the left's method of smear dissemination.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Guy who requested $740 million in earmarks on Palin: You can't really be for change if you're pro-earmark  —  Indeed.  To truly represent change, you have to request earmarks for your wife's employer.  —  I was hoping against hope that he'd come after her on this point.  And now, my dream's come true.
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
McCain and Obama Plan Ground Zero Appearance
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The mighty, scary press corps  —  (updated below)  —  Criticizing the McCain campaign for refusing to allow reporters to question Sarah Palin, Time's Jay Carney writes: … If only that were true.  But if there's one indisputable lesson from the last eight years, it's …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Discussion: Liberal Values
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Nick Cohen / Guardian:
When Barack's berserkers lost the plot  —  My colleagues in the American liberal press had little to fear at the start of the week.  Their charismatic candidate was ahead in virtually every poll.  George W Bush was so unpopular that conservatives were scrambling around for reasons not to invite …
Associated Press:
Palin church promotes converting gays  —  VP candidate hasn't expressed views on ‘pray away the gay’ movement  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Gov. Sarah Palin's church is promoting a conference that promises to convert gays into heterosexuals through the power of prayer.
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 …
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: Truthdig, Emptywheel and TIME.com
Deacon / Power Line:
PERSPECTIVES ON THE PALIN PICK  —  Charles Krauthammer continues to find John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin “deeply problematic.”  He writes: … McCain's one hope, according to Krauthammer, is that Palin “pulls an Obama” - i.e. overcomes the thinness of her biography through “star power.”
 
 
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Trig's Promise  —  Advocates for the disabled receive Sarah …
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
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Max Blumenthal:
Palin's Pastor: God “Is Gonna Strike Out His Hand Against...America”
Jon Perr / Crooks and Liars:
McCain surrenders GOP Party Platform. …
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New York Times:
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David Frum / New York Times:
The Vanishing Republican Voter
Jim Myers / Tulsa World:
Inhofe says patriotism question will sink Obama
Satyam / Think Progress:
Kyl: McCain's earmark pledge is ‘more symbolic than it is signficant.’
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
Palin's Hockey Rink Leads To Legal Trouble in Town She Led