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10:30 AM ET, September 7, 2008

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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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Commentary, Whiskey Fire and Althouse
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 …
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: TBogg
Dave Kopel / Rocky Mountain News:
Media's hypocritical fixation on Palin a boon to McCain  —  Culture wars now a factor in campaign  —  “Please, media, keep it up.”  So begged Tom DeLay, speaking at a press panel on Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.  According to Politico.com, DeLay said that …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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.
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Sarah Palin has yet to meet the press  —  When political junkies flip through television stations on Sunday morning, they'll find policy-driven interviews with three of the four candidates on the presidential tickets — John McCain, Barack Obama and Joe Biden.  They won't, though, see Sarah Palin.
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
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.”
Discussion: BeldarBlog
Washington Post:
Treasury to Rescue Fannie and Freddie  —  Regulators Seek to Keep Firms' Troubles From Setting Off Wave of Bank Failures  —  The Bush administration yesterday prepared to take over the troubled housing finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, after concluding the companies …
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
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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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Nick Meo / Telegraph:
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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 …
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
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Sally Quinn Recants
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The mighty, scary press corps
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Associated Press:
Palin church promotes converting gays
Max Blumenthal:
Palin's Pastor: God “Is Gonna Strike Out His Hand Against...America”
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
Discussion: Angry Bear
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Today's Polls, 9/6  —  Although the topline results …
Matt Volz / Associated Press:
Lawmaker accused of politicizing Palin probe
New York Times:
Seeking Details, Lawmakers Cite Anthrax Doubts