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3:00 PM ET, September 7, 2008

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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: McCain Moves Ahead, 48% to 45%  —  McCain enjoying increase in support following convention  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update shows John McCain moving ahead of Barack Obama, 48% to 45%, when registered voters are asked for whom they would vote if the presidential election were held today.
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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 …
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Palin Media Avoidance Watch: Day 9 — McCain Camp Says She Won't Do Interviews Until It Knows She'll Be Treated with “Deference”  —  Rick Davis, campaign manager for Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., just told Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace that McCain running mate Gov. Sarah Palin won't subject herself …
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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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Biden challenges Palin to take questions  —  Joe Biden is accusing the McCain campaign of sequestering Sarah Palin, his counterpart on the Republican ticket, and challenged her Sunday to sit for network interviews.  —  “She's a smart, tough politician,” Biden told Tom Brokaw in a …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin, media ‘piranhas,’ lobbyists
Discussion: TIME.com and The Raw Story
Fox News:
FOX News Special Documentary: Gov. Sarah Palin, An American Woman
Discussion: Political Machine and News Hounds
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.
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Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
Obama Sees Nothing Funny About Community Organizer  —  Presidential Hopeful Briefly Considered Joining Military  —  Sen. Barack Obama said he was “puzzled” when Gov. Sarah Palin scoffed at his early career as a community organizer, which he said was just the kind of “country first” action that the Republicans should endorse.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
FALSE EQUIVALENCY.... I tend to like the fact-checking work the Washington Post's Michael Dobbs has done over the course of the campaign, but this morning, he published an item about “some of the more questionable claims” that didn't quite work.  For example, there's this quote from Joe Biden:
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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Michael Dobbs / Washington Post:
CONVENTION EDITION  —  THE POLITICAL CONVENTION SEASON GENERATED …
Discussion: The Washington Note
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.
Willie Brown / San Francisco Chronicle:
Palin floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee  —  The Democrats are in trouble.  Sarah Palin has totally changed the dynamics of this campaign.  —  Period.  —  Palin's speech to the GOP National Convention on Wednesday has set it up so that the Republicans are now on offense and Democrats are on defense.
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 …
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.
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
U.S. Unveils Takeover of Two Mortgage Giants  —  WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department seized control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the nation's giant quasi-public mortgage finance companies, and announced a four-part rescue plan that includes an open-ended guarantee from the Treasury Department …
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
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Los Angeles Times:
Sarah Palin's appeal to working-class women may be limited  —  For many of these critical swing voters, economic interests trump any admiration of the Alaska governor's maternal grit, and some are repelled by her sarcastic jabs at Obama.  —  UNIONTOWN, PA. — Trish Heckman …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Fox News Sunday: Rick Davis Tells Voters To Forget His Lobbyist Ties, Calls Them “Ghosts Of The Past”  —  Republicans ought to thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster for Fox News Sunday.  Where else could you get away with this laughingly lame deflection?  When Obama Campaign Manager David …
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 …
 
 
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Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Auto industry to press Congress for $50B in loans
Michael Barone / US News:
6 Ways McCain Can Run as the Candidate of the Party of an Unpopular President
Sean Quinn / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Sarah Palin Is Not a Hockey Mom
Discussion: TalkLeft and Open Left
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama: 'I Don't Believe in Coming in Second'
Discussion: Sweetness & Light
Paul Rosenberg / Open Left:
Do They Really Want To Go There?  —  Governor:  —  Pontius Pilate
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Michael Yon Online Magazine:
Where Eagles Dare  —  When I was briefed on the top-secret mission …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Chicago Boyz
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Hmm, Hillary Clinton ducks chance to attack new GOP star Sarah Palin
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Media Bashing 101  —  SARAH PALIN'S national opening last week …
 Earlier Items: 
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.
Frank James / The Swamp:
Democrats regaining wimp factor
Washington Post:
Palin's Family Has Always Held a Place in Her Politics
Discussion: The Caucus, Corrente and TBogg
Nick Meo / Telegraph:
Al-Qa'eda's American-born propaganda chief may have died in predator attack