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12:40 PM 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.
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The right dictates MSNBC's programming decisions  —  (updated below)  —  MSNBC's announcement that it is replacing Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews with David Gregory as anchors for its main political events (the upcoming presidential debates and election) vividly illustrates several long-obvious facts.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
NBC Kow Tows To Journalistic Standards
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MSNBC FEELS THE HEAT.... There were probably multiple explanations …
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Few Stand to Gain on This Bailout, and Many Lose  —  Over the years, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac showered riches on many winners: their executives, Wall Street bankers and Washington lobbyists.  Now the foundering mortgage giants are leaving some losers in their wake, notably their shareholders …
Frank James / The Swamp:
Fannie, Freddie ointment has flies: expert
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:   DeMint to renew fight for Fannie and Freddie lobbying ban
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.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Republicans' Enthusiasm Jumps After Convention  —  McCain edges ahead; Palin speech may be a factor  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As the remarkable two-week stretch of back-to-back presidential nomination conventions ends, a weekend USA Today/Gallup Poll finds that the John McCain-Sarah Palin ticket …
Nate Silver /
Response Bias and the Shy Tory Factor
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
54-44 and Fight!  —  Gallup conducted a weekend poll separately …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
New York Post:
POST ENDORSES JOHN MCCAIN  —  THE Post today enthusiastically urges the election of Sen. John S. McCain as the 44th president of the United States.  —  McCain's lifelong record of service to America, his battle-tested courage, unshakeable devotion to principle and clear grasp of the dangers …
Tammy Bruce / San Francisco Chronicle:
A feminist's argument for McCain's VP  —  In the shadow of the blatant and truly stunning sexism launched against the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, and as a pro-choice feminist, I wasn't the only one thrilled to hear Republican John McCain announce Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Jake Coyle / Associated Press:
Review: Russell Brand hosts the VMAs with candor  —  Russell Brand seemed a little out of place as the host at the MTV Video Music Awards.  —  Not because he's British or relatively unknown in America, as most of the chatter was about before Sunday night's show from Los Angeles.
Byron York / The Corner:
Palin in Debate  —  I just finished watching a video on C-Span's website of the August, 2006 Republican debate in the Alaska governor's race.  It pitted Frank Murkowski, the then-governor of the state and veteran of 22 years in the U.S. Senate, against Republican politician John Binkley and Wasilla mayor Sarah Palin.
Discussion: The Reaction and Donklephant
Los Angeles Times:
Sarah Palin's style: the issue at hand
Nitya / Political Radar:
Rice Offers Less-Than-Hearty Palin Endorsement  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl Reports: In a weekend interview, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice passed up an opportunity to defend Sarah Palin from allegations that she does not have the foreign policy experience to be vice president.
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 …
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.
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Party identification difference down to one point?  —  Allahpundit flagged an interesting point in an updated version of the USA Today story on their latest polling in the presidential race.  According to the internals of the Gallup survey, McCain's ascension to the leadership of the GOP may have healed the brand.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Convention rejuvenates GOP
Dr. Rusty Shackleford / The Jawa Report:
Biden Takes Credit for Success in Iraq  —  Joe Biden claims things in Iraq are getting better.  Why?  Not because of General Patraeus's “Surge Strategy”, but because the Iraqis finally started to listen to the smartest man on Earth—Joe Biden.  —  It comes in fits and starts, but this isn't a gaffe.
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: Los Angeles Times, Eunomia and TalkLeft
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Marc Ambinder:
“Original Mavericks”
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama: You know, tax hikes in a recession may be a bad idea
Ben / Think Progress:
Woodward: Bush Doesn't Understand Why Iraqis ‘Are Not Appreciative’ Of ‘Liberation’
Josh Gerstein / Latest Politics:
New 527 Group Plans Attack on Obama Themes
David Yepsen / Des Moines Register:
Do it yourself, Iowa: Improve the caucuses
Howard Wolfson / The New Republic:
No “Cat Fights”
Byron York / National Review:
What Did Obama Do As A Community Organizer?
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain Campaign Lies About Palin's Record In New Ad: 'She Stopped …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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David Kay / Washington Post:
What's Missing From the Iran Debate
Nate Silver /
Patience, Poll-Watchers
Sebastian Mallaby / Washington Post:
McCain's Convenient Untruth
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Ban on Political Endorsements by Pastors Targeted
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Palin & Press: A Testy Start
Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
Brief slip puts Barack Obama in tough spot
New York Times:
Fusing Politics and Motherhood in a New Way