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3:29 AM ET, September 9, 2008


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Wall Street Journal:
Record Contradicts Palin's ‘Bridge’ Claims  —  The Bridge to Nowhere argument isn't going much of anywhere.  —  Despite significant evidence to the contrary, the McCain campaign continues to assert that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told the federal government “thanks but no thanks” to the now-famous bridge to an island in her home state.
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Upconverts His Musings On Palin  —  In Flint, Michigan today, Barack Obama hinted that, far from being off-limits, Gov. Sarah Palin is coming into focus as a target for the Democrats.  —  According to CBS News's Maria Gavrilovic, here's what Obama said:
John McCain / Telegraph:
Sarah Palin dolls go on sale as John McCain's running mate's popularity soars  —  Two new action dolls have gone on sale of Sarah Palin, the Alaska Governor who John McCain has chosen to be his Republican presidential running mate.  —  The dolls are the latest in a line of American political candidates …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Don Surber
SCF / Senate Conservatives Fund:
Alaska Democrats pull web page crediting Palin for killing Bridge to Nowhere  —  We linked last week to a web page sponsored by the Alaska Democratic Party, which attacks Sen. Ted Stevens and credits Governor Sarah Palin for killing the Bridge to Nowhere.  Our post is here.
Associated Press:
Fact Check: Palin and the Bridge to Nowhere  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A new ad from John McCain's presidential campaign contends his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, “stopped the Bridge to Nowhere.”  In fact, Palin was for the infamous bridge before she was against it
Washington Post:
McCain Gains Momentum in New Poll  —  Both Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain solidified support among party loyalists during the conventions, but it was the Republican nominee who entered the presidential campaign's final stretch with newfound momentum, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Why Palin Scares Me  —  Before I get to that, let me explain what I'm not scared of, which is that Palin has somehow altered the demographics of the race.  I have a hard time believing that female Hillary supporters, or Rust Belt men, are suddenly racing to support McCain because of Palin.
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
A Hillary vs. Sarah smackdown? Don't bet on it
Discussion: Don Surber
Associated Press:
McCain leads Obama in 2 polls, race even in 3 more
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Rasmussen Reports:
FOX/Rasmussen Swing State Polling  —  Background  —  Rasmussen Reports conducted five state telephone surveys in partnership with Fox News Channel on September 7, 2008.  The surveys were conducted in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  A total of 500 Likely Voters …
Nate Silver /
First Look At The New Electoral Map  —  Rasmussen has just released polling from five key swing states.  When coupled with PPP's new poll of Michigan and SurveyUSA's new release from Virginia, we see a race that is relatively unchanged from the pre-convention period, but with incremental trends …
Sliming Palin  —  False Internet claims and rumors fly about McCain's running mate.  —  We've been flooded for the past few days with queries about dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages making claims about McCain's running mate, Gov. Palin.  We find that many are completely false, or misleading.
Discussion: Hot Air, Wizbang and The Next Right
The Huffington Post:
Palin Makes Her First Gaffe  —  Gov. Sarah Palin made her first potentially major gaffe during her time on the national scene while discussing the developments of the perilous housing market this past weekend.  —  Speaking before voters in Colorado Springs, the Republican vice presidential nominee claimed …
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
DON'T PATRONIZE SARAH PALIN.  —  In The Best Man, the only useful or amusing film—or play—ever to have been set at an American political convention, Gore Vidal presents us with Joe and Mabel Cantwell (Cliff Robertson and Edie Adams in the 1964 movie version), who are a right-wing “family values” couple with a large and grisly brood.
Discussion: Vodkapundit and Hot Air
Washington Post:
Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a “per diem” allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.
Gallup Daily: McCain's Bounce Gives Him 5-Point Lead  —  Leads Obama 49%-44% in first results conducted fully after GOP convention  —  PRINCETON, NJ — John McCain leads Barack Obama, 49% to 44%, in the immediate aftermath of the Republican National Convention, according to the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking results.
Bart Motes / The Huffington Post:
National Review Says McCain is Still Gonna Lose
Discussion: The Corner
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Huge: 20-point shift towards McCain among white women since last month in new ABC poll  —  He's still down one overall among registereds and up two among likelies, but Gallup pegged white independents last week as the only demographic group where there's still a major gender gap and thus room for movement.
Discussion: Politicker CO and GINA COBB
New York Times:
Forgoing Subsidy, Obama Team Presses Donors  —  After months of record-breaking fund-raising, a new sense of urgency in Senator Barack Obama's fund-raising team is palpable as the full weight of the campaign's decision to bypass public financing for the general election is suddenly upon it.
Discussion: Commentary
Glenn Thrush / The Crypt's Blogs:
Lieberman returns to Hill, legislative director quits  —  Joe Lieberman returned to Capitol Hill today — his first day back since speaking at the GOP convention — and was greeted by the resignation of his $120,000-a-year legislative director Joe Goffman.  —  He gave no reason for his departure …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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The Hill:
Eight years after S.C., Karl Rove works with Sen. McCain's camp
Discussion: Think Progress
Michael Rothfeld / Los Angeles Times:
Schwarzenegger target of recall effort
Discussion: TalkLeft
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain plans new Palin rollout
Michael Rubinkam / Associated Press:
Student GOP leader resigns over Obama remark
The Hill:
Archbishop, Pelosi to talk about communion
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
A liberal pundit soars to a prominent perch
WLS / Patterico's Pontifications:
Sullivan Has Been Comparing Palin to Eagleton …
Fox News:
Editor Defends Use of CodePink Members in ‘Independent’ Focus Group
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Palin for President (in 2012)  —  From the moment she finished …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin: A Trojan Moose Concealing Four More Years of George Bush
Byron York / The Corner:
She's An Extremist. Yeah, That's It. An Extremist.
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
Ted Johnson / Wilshire & Washington:
Streisand to Sing for Obama
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PRIMAL SCREAM  —  The TPM email bag this morning is chock …
Discussion: The Confluence
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Powder Keg  —  It seems to me that this would be a exceptionally effective chain email.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Little Green Footballs:
DUmmies Hit Bottom, Dig
Adam McKay / The Huffington Post:
We're Gonna Frickin' Lose this Thing