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9:15 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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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.
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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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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Los Angeles Times:
Sarah Palin's leadership style has admirers and critics
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
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 …
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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Washington Post:
Ms. Palin's Pipeline  —  PEOPLE ARE still buzzing about Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's acceptance speech.  But while her style has been minutely analyzed, very little commentary has focused on one of the few substantive claims she made about her brief tenure as governor of Alaska …
Discussion: Commentary
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AndrewHalcro.com:
Palin requests talks with oil executives
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Eunomia
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
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
McCain's Convenient Untruth  —  When it comes to fighting wars, John McCain stands up and calls for sacrifice.  “We never hide from history; we make history,” he declared in his convention speech.  But when it comes to taxes, McCain is unwilling to demand even a teensy bit of sacrifice.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Kevin Drum
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
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
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
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 …
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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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Kennedy Plans a January Return
Discussion: TIME.com
Michelle Malkin:
MTV piles on the Palin family; host Russell Brand promotes Obama …
Anatol Lieven / International Herald Tribune:
Urgent aid for Pakistan
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:
For the Republican Base, Palin Pick Is Energizing
Discussion: TIME.com
Christopher Lee / Washington Post:
Lawsuit to Ask That Cheney's Papers Be Made Public
Robert Lusetich / The Australian:
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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Andrew Cochran / Counterterrorism Blog:
Mainstream Media Diverting Terrorism Reporters Into Political Investigations
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Doth Protest Too Much On Oprah's Behalf
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.
Jill Burke / KTUU-TV:
Kopp signed release not to sue
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
The Scrutiny of Sarah Palin