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1:45 PM ET, September 8, 2008


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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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:   Weekend at Henry's
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Perino: Mortgage bailout could have been avoided if Congress listened to Bush
Discussion: The Swamp
Frank James / The Swamp:
Fannie, Freddie ointment has flies: expert
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Michelle Malkin:
Here it is: The mother of all government bailouts
Discussion: L.A. Land and MarketWatch
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.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The right dictates MSNBC's programming decisions  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  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.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Eschaton and Matthew Yglesias
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.
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
NBC Kow Tows To Journalistic Standards
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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  —  I have to confess that I'm having a hell of a time figuring out what to make of the post-convention polling.  —  Undoubtedly, the Republican convention has produced a bounce in John McCain's direction.  This is nothing especially unusual.
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Convention lifts McCain over Obama
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Adam McKay / The Huffington Post:
We're Gonna Frickin' Lose this Thing
Discussion: Moonbattery and Gateway Pundit
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Claiming the ‘Maverick’ Brand  —  The Ad: Announcer: The original mavericks.  He fights pork barrel spending.  She stopped the Bridge to Nowhere.  He took on the drug industry.  She took on big oil.  He battled Republicans and reformed Washington.  She battled Republicans and reformed Alaska.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Original Mavericks  —  Marc Ambinder writes about John McCain's latest ad:
Howard Wolfson / The New Republic:
No “Cat Fights”
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Marc Ambinder:
“Original Mavericks”
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
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.
CNN Poll: Race dead even  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A new national poll taken entirely after the end of the Republican convention suggests the race for the White House between John McCain and Barack Obama is dead even.  —  A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll out Monday afternoon …
Discussion: TalkLeft and
Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Why Did Violence Plummet?  It Wasn't Just the Surge.  —  Throughout the summer of 2007, as the troop surge in Iraq reached full strength, Gen. David H. Petraeus kept waiting for the tide to turn.  By summer's end, the U.S. commander in Iraq got his wish.  The high of 1,550 attacks …
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: Anchor Rising and The Reaction
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.
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 …
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Party identification difference down to one point?
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