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12:20 PM ET, September 7, 2008

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Jay Bookman / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
‘Uppity,’ the explanation  —  According to his spokesman, U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a Southerner born and bred, had no idea on earth that the word “uppity” had racial connotations when he used it to describe Barack and Michelle Obama.  —  No idea at all.  Could have knocked him over with a feather when someone told him.
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 …
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Media Bashing 101  —  SARAH PALIN'S national opening last week was judged an unqualified success by the media elite, even though much of her debut speech Wednesday night was devoted to whacking the media elite.  —  “I've learned quickly, these past few days, that if you're not a member …
Washington Post:
Palin's Family Has Always Held a Place in Her Politics  —  WASILLA, Alaska — One Friday in June, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin joined the chief of the state prison system on a tour of the Point MacKenzie Correctional Farm, a 90-minute drive north of Anchorage.  It was a routine visit but for the presence of the governor's infant son, Trig.
Discussion: The Caucus, Corrente and TBogg
Frank James / The Swamp:
Democrats regaining wimp factor  —  One of the most notable polling results at the time of the 2006 elections was that Democrats had closed the national-security gap versus Republicans who held a long and significant advantage in that area.  That was short-lived.  —  Unfortunately for Democrats, the gap has reopened.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Hmm, Hillary Clinton ducks chance to attack new GOP star Sarah Palin  —  A very interesting thing didn't happen Saturday.  —  Appearing at a labor rally and stumping for congressional candidates in New York, Sen. Hillary Clinton uttered her most popular line from the recent Democratic National Convention in Denver: “No Way.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Clash of the Titans  —  You know what I'm thinking, because you're thinking it, too.  —  If Barack Obama had chosen Hillary Clinton as his running mate, we would now be looking forward to the greatest night in the history of American politics: the Oct. 2 vice presidential debate between Ma Barker and Sarah Barracuda.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Change vs. Change  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Change is coming, change you can count on.  —  That is the simple, central message from the two presidential nominating conventions held in Denver and St. Paul during the past two weeks.  —  Whether it is Barack Obama or John McCain going to the White House …
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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Dean Toda / Gazette:
McCain, Palin rally Colorado Springs faithful
Discussion: KUSA-TV and Sister Toldjah
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
John McCain: Democrats in Cabinet
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama considered joining military, regrets abortion answer  —  Barack Obama says his answer about abortion at the Saddleback Church forum was “probably” too flip.  —  During separate televised interviews last month, Pastor Rick Warren asked the two presidential candidates when a baby gets human rights.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
McCain's history of hot temper raises concerns  —  WASHINGTON — John McCain made a quick stop at the Capitol one day last spring to sit in on Senate negotiations on the big immigration bill, and John Cornyn was not pleased.  —  Cornyn, a mild-mannered Texas Republican …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Drew Griffin / CNN:
AC360 Exclusive: The trooper who worried Sarah Palin  —  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.”  But in an exclusive interview with us, Mike Wooten, Palin's former brother-in-law …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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Juliette Jowit / Guardian:
UN says eat less meat to curb global warming
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Babalu Blog
Dave Kopel / Rocky Mountain News:
Media's hypocritical fixation on Palin a boon to McCain
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Sarah Palin has yet to meet the press
Washington Post:
Treasury to Rescue Fannie and Freddie
Nick Meo / Telegraph:
Al-Qa'eda's American-born propaganda chief may have died in predator attack
Robert D. Novak from Creators Syndicate:
My Brain Tumor  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The main reason …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Bluey Blog
Samantha Henig / Newsweek:
Trig's Promise  —  Advocates for the disabled receive Sarah …
 Earlier Items: 
Deacon / Power Line:
PERSPECTIVES ON THE PALIN PICK
Discussion: BeldarBlog
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
First Ladies and the Fabric of the Nation
Discussion: Althouse and Matthew Yglesias
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Guy who requested $740 million in earmarks on Palin: You can't …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The artistic qualities of this McCain ad completely distracted …
Discussion: Little Miss Attila
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The mighty, scary press corps
Jon Perr / Crooks and Liars:
McCain surrenders GOP Party Platform. …