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8:35 AM ET, September 8, 2008

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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
MSNBC Takes Incendiary Hosts From Anchor Seat  —  MSNBC tried a bold experiment this year by putting two politically incendiary hosts, Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, in the anchor chair to lead the cable news channel's coverage of the election.  —  That experiment appears to be over.
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
MSNBC Drops Olbermann, Matthews as News Anchors  —  MSNBC is removing Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as the anchors of live political events, bowing to growing criticism that they are too opinionated to be seen as neutral in the heat of the presidential campaign.
Discussion: Truthdig
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SLOW SLIDE INTO OBLIVION  —  I spent most of the day today traveling and then giving a talk up at Union College a few hours north of New York City.  So I was offline most of the day.  And though I heard about Charlie Gibson bagging the first interview with Sarah Palin, I was eager to get home and read the details.
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CNN:
Obama-Biden camp turns reporters' gag into attack on Palin  —  WILMINGTON, Delaware (CNN) - So far, Sen. Joe Biden has declined to question opponent Sarah Palin's record, but a gag by the press corps traveling in Biden's plane gave the senator's staff an opportunity to take aim at Palin …
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
David Bauder / Associated Press:   ABC News' Gibson lands first Palin interview
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Palin Interview Goes to ABC News
Discussion: TalkLeft
Mike Allen / The Politico:   Palin agrees to interview
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Convention lifts McCain over Obama  —  WASHINGTON — The Republican National Convention has given John McCain and his party a significant boost, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken over the weekend shows, as running mate Sarah Palin helps close an “enthusiasm gap” that has dogged the GOP all year.
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Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
Brief slip puts Barack Obama in tough spot  —  Bellantoni (View Blog)  —  ST. LOUIS, Mo. — In a testament to the lightning speed of the false viral email rumors about Sen. Barack Obama's faith, a brief misstatement on a Sunday talk show already has caught fire on the Internet.
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Israel Insider:
In stunning slip on national TV, Obama refers to “my muslim faith”
Discussion: Power Line
Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
Obama's verbal slip fuels his critics
Discussion: GINA COBB and Maggie's Notebook
New York Times:
Fusing Politics and Motherhood in New Way  —  Sarah Palin's baby shower included a surprise guest: her own baby.  He had arrived in the world a month early, so on a sunny May day, Ms. Palin, the governor of Alaska, rocked her newborn as her closest friends, sisters, even her obstetrician presented …
Washington Post:
U.S. Seizes Control Of Mortgage Giants  —  Takeover of Fannie And Freddie Aims To Revive Housing, Financial Markets  —  The government seized control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac yesterday in a dramatic bid to restore faith in the embattled mortgage giants and arrest a vicious cycle …
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David Corn / MoJoBlog:
Sarah Palin's Secret Emails  —  The Palin administration won't release hundreds of emails from her office, claiming they cover confidential policy matters.  Then why do the subject lines refer to a political foe, a journalist, and non-policy topics?  —  In June, Andrée McLeod …
Kate Phillips / New York Times:
As a Matter of Faith, Biden Says Life Begins at Conception  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic nominee for vice president, departed Sunday from party doctrine on abortion rights, declaring that as a Catholic, he believes life begins at conception.
Discussion: Hot Air, Feministe and Gateway Pundit
William Kristol / New York Times:
A Heartbeat Away  —  “We're not running against Governor Palin.”  —  David Axelrod, the Obama campaign's chief strategist, on “Fox News Sunday,” Sept. 7, 2008.  —  Actually, the Obama campaign is running (in part) against Sarah Palin.  Her name will appear with John McCain's on the ballot.
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
David Carr / New York Times:
Drawing a Bead on the Press  —  Before Gov. Sarah Palin came flying in from the wilds of Alaska for the Republican convention in St. Paul, there was a lot of sniggering in media rooms and satellite trucks about her beauty queen looks and rustic hobbies, and the suggestion that she was better suited …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Palin & Press: A Testy Start  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — From the moment Sarah Palin stepped onto the national stage, she was mauled, minimized and manhandled by an openly skeptical media establishment.  —  That lasted six days.  By Thursday morning, after a speech in which she chided the journalistic elite …
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Ban on Political Endorsements by Pastors Targeted  —  CHICAGO — Declaring that clergy have a constitutional right to endorse political candidates from their pulpits, the socially conservative Alliance Defense Fund is recruiting several dozen pastors to do just that on Sept. 28, in defiance of Internal Revenue Service rules.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Barack Obama ‘wanted to join US military’  —  Barack Obama has said he considered joining the United States military when he left school but decided not to because the Vietnam war was over and “we weren't engaged in an active military conflict at that point”.
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For the Republican Base, Palin Pick Is Energizing
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Clinton turns down hatchet job
Times of London:
This cynical choice has left McCain's honour in shreds
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
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Mainstream Media Diverting Terrorism Reporters Into Political Investigations
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Doth Protest Too Much On Oprah's Behalf
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Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
State paid for trip when Palin told students to pray for pipeline
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
How an AMERICAblog reader asked John and Sarah real questions at a photo opp today.
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Kopp signed release not to sue
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Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), Tom Friedman
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
The Scrutiny of Sarah Palin
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Sarah Palin Assembles Her Foreign Policy Team
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ