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9:50 AM ET, September 7, 2008


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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 …
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
Dean Toda / Gazette:
McCain, Palin rally Colorado Springs faithful
Discussion: KUSA-TV and Sister Toldjah
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
John McCain: Democrats in Cabinet
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 …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Commentary, Top of the Ticket and PSoTD
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE BOGUS FLAG STORY.... It seems Fox News and some far-right blogs …
Discussion: culturekitchen and Alas, a blog
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
Nick Meo / Telegraph:
Al-Qa'eda's American-born propaganda chief may have died in predator attack  —  Western intelligence sources in Pakistan believe that al-Qa'eda's prize American recruit and propaganda chief may have been killed in a CIA-directed airstrike.  —  Months of attacks by unmanned US predator aircraft …
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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Robert D. Novak from Creators Syndicate:
My Brain Tumor  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The main reason …
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Samantha Henig / Newsweek:
Trig's Promise  —  Advocates for the disabled receive Sarah …
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
First Ladies and the Fabric of the Nation
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The artistic qualities of this McCain ad completely distracted …
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The mighty, scary press corps
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Max Blumenthal:
Palin's Pastor: God “Is Gonna Strike Out His Hand Against...America”
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McCain surrenders GOP Party Platform. …
 Earlier Items: 
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
On Dividend Taxes, It's a Post-Partisan Race
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Matt Volz / Associated Press:
Lawmaker accused of politicizing Palin probe
New York Times:
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
McCain and Obama Plan Ground Zero Appearance
Discussion: Wizbang
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Daily Show: 2008 McCain = 2000 Bush: A case of amnesia.
Discussion: Liberal Values
David Frum / New York Times:
The Vanishing Republican Voter
Jim Myers / Tulsa World:
Inhofe says patriotism question will sink Obama