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11:50 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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MSNBC FEELS THE HEAT.... There were probably multiple explanations …
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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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 …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Convention rejuvenates GOP
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Response Bias and the Shy Tory Factor
Discussion: marbury and TPM Election Central
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
54-44 and Fight!  —  Gallup conducted a weekend poll separately …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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 …
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Michelle Malkin:
Here it is: The mother of all government bailouts
Discussion: Founding Bloggers
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Power of De  —  Save the home lenders, save the world?
Discussion: EconLog
Washington Post:
U.S. Seizes Control Of Mortgage Giants
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.
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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 …
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and The E&P Pub
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.
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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Ben / Think Progress:
Woodward: Bush Doesn't Understand Why Iraqis ‘Are Not Appreciative’ Of ‘Liberation’  —  Last night on 60 Minutes, host Scott Pelley interviewed Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward to discuss his new book “The War Within: A Secret White House History, 2006-2008.”
Discussion: Washington Post and abu muqawama
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 Eschaton
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 …
 
 
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David Yepsen / Des Moines Register:
Do it yourself, Iowa: Improve the caucuses
Howard Wolfson / The New Republic:
No “Cat Fights”
Jessica Gavora / Weekly Standard:
Game Changer  —  Will the battle of 2008 turn out to have been won …
Byron York / National Review:
What Did Obama Do As A Community Organizer?
hrw.org:
Afghanistan: Civilian Deaths From Airstrikes on the Rise
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain Campaign Lies About Palin's Record In New Ad: 'She Stopped …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
David Kay / Washington Post:
What's Missing From the Iran Debate
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Patience, Poll-Watchers
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
John McCain has found a muse in Sarah Palin
Michelle Malkin:
MTV piles on the Palin family; host Russell Brand promotes Obama …
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Ban on Political Endorsements by Pastors Targeted
Discussion: Washington Monthly
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
Sarah Palin's Secret Emails
CNN:
Obama-Biden camp turns reporters' gag into attack on Palin
New York Times:
Fusing Politics and Motherhood in New Way