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1:15 PM ET, September 7, 2008

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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin, media ‘piranhas,’ lobbyists  —  “This ultimately isn't a race between us and Sarah Palin,” David Axelrod, chief strategist for the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, says today.  “It's a race between Barack Obama and John McCain.  They're the candidates for president.”
Discussion: The Raw Story and TIME.com
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NOT TRAINING WHEELS WE CAN BELIEVE IN  —  There's a lot of complaining that the McCain campaign won't allow anyone to interview Sarah Palin.  And for the major news outlets that would be in line for such an interview there's a logic to keeping up the drumbeat.
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:   Palin Media Avoidance Watch: Day 9 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Ace of Spades HQ:
Anatomy of a Smear  —  Weekly Standard Dean Barnett asking a very important question.  —  One that needs to be answered: Now. … “The author” here is, yes, RAWMUSLGLUTES himself.  WS isn't saying so because they're so repulsed by this vile thing they avoid even naming him anymore.
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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.
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 …
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.
Michael Yon Online Magazine:
Where Eagles Dare  —  When I was briefed on the top-secret mission before it was launched, I thought : “Good grief.  I might have to report on the failure of one of the largest and most important missions of the entire war.”  —  After seven years, the war in Afghanistan has morphed …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Chicago Boyz
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
 
 
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Paul Rosenberg / Open Left:
Do They Really Want To Go There?  —  Governor:  —  Pontius Pilate
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Michael Dobbs / Washington Post:
CONVENTION EDITION  —  THE POLITICAL CONVENTION SEASON GENERATED …
Financial Times:
Cheney accuses Russia of using ‘blunt force’
Juliette Jowit / Guardian:
UN: Eat less meat for earth's sake
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Babalu Blog
Drew Griffin / CNN:
AC360 Exclusive: The trooper who worried Sarah Palin
Discussion: TalkLeft
Dave Kopel / Rocky Mountain News:
Media's hypocritical fixation on Palin a boon to McCain
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Change vs. Change  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Change is coming, change you can count on.
Washington Post:
Treasury to Rescue Fannie and Freddie
 Earlier Items: 
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 …
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
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
The artistic qualities of this McCain ad completely distracted …
Discussion: Little Miss Attila
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The mighty, scary press corps
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Jon Perr / Crooks and Liars:
McCain surrenders GOP Party Platform. …