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5:30 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
Texas Rainmaker:
Change is a Comin'...  And apparently it's starting with MSNBC.  The network, apparently tired of hearing complaints about Chris Mathew's Obama-inspired leg-tingles and Keith Olbermann's general idiocy decided to dump some of their bias overboard to save their sinking ship.  —  From another sinking ship:
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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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: McCain Moves Ahead, 48% to 45%
Nate Silver / The New Republic:
Today's Polls: The Bounce Arriveith
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
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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.
ABCNEWS:
Palin to Sit Down With ABC News' Charlie Gibson  —  Veep Pick Is Elusive Target for the Democrats  —  Gov. Sarah Palin will sit down with ABC News' Charlie Gibson for her first interview since winning the Republican vice presidential nomination, the network's news division confirmed today.
David Bauder / Associated Press:   ABC News' Gibson lands first Palin interview
Newsweek:   Palin offers first TV interview to ABC News
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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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 …
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: Feministe and Gateway Pundit
David Ellis / CNNMoney.com:
U.S. seizes Fannie and Freddie  —  Treasury chief Paulson unveils historic government takeover of twin mortgage buyers.  Top executives are out.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Federal officials on Sunday unveiled an extraordinary takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
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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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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 …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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 and TalkLeft
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.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
How an AMERICAblog reader asked John and Sarah real questions at a photo opp today.  Palin notes that Stevens is under indictment.  —  NOTE FROM JOHN: Joe just pointed something out to me, the part where our reader asks Palin if she's going to vote for Ted Stevens and she replies, “he's under indictment, you know.”
Discussion: The Jed Report and Scripting News
Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
State paid for trip when Palin told students to pray for pipeline  —  Gov. Sarah Palin used state funds in June when she traveled from Juneau to Wasilla to speak to graduating evangelical students and urge them to fan out through Alaska “to make sure God's will be done here.”
Discussion: Macsmind
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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
Andrew Cochran / Counterterrorism Blog:
Mainstream Media Diverting Terrorism Reporters Into Political Investigations
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Doth Protest Too Much On Oprah's Behalf
Jill Burke / KTUU-TV:
Kopp signed release not to sue
 Earlier Items: 
MSNBC:
Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE), Tom Friedman
Discussion: Townhall.com
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
The Scrutiny of Sarah Palin
Carolyn Lochhead / San Francisco Chronicle:
Palin may woo blue-collar voters from Obama
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Daily Show: “John McCain: Reformed Maverick”
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Sarah Palin Assembles Her Foreign Policy Team
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
Willie Brown / San Francisco Chronicle:
Palin floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee