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8:10 PM ET, September 8, 2008

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Marc Ambinder:
Obama Upconverts His Musings On Palin  —  In Flint, Michigan today, Barack Obama hinted that, far from being off-limits, Gov. Sarah Palin is coming into focus as a target for the Democrats.  —  According to CBS News's Maria Gavrilovic, here's what Obama said:
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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.
Associated Press:
Fact Check: Palin and the Bridge to Nowhere  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A new ad from John McCain's presidential campaign contends his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, “stopped the Bridge to Nowhere.”  In fact, Palin was for the infamous bridge before she was against it
Discussion: The Raw Story
Sara Kugler / Associated Press:
McCain, Palin criticize Obama on earmarks
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Marc Ambinder:
Yglesias V. Ambinder
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Emptywheel
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
OBAMA QUESTIONS GOP ‘CHANGE’.... The more the McCain/Palin ticket tries …
John McCain / Telegraph:   Sarah Palin dolls go on sale as John McCain's running mate's popularity soars
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 …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOUSING POLICY TRIPS UP PALIN.... I've seen some suggestion …
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Candidates briefed on seizure of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac
Discussion: Mudflats
Washington Post:
McCain Gains Momentum in New Poll  —  Both Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain solidified support among party loyalists during the conventions, but it was the Republican nominee who entered the presidential campaign's final stretch with newfound momentum, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: McCain's Bounce Gives Him 5-Point Lead  —  Leads Obama 49%-44% in first results conducted fully after GOP convention  —  PRINCETON, NJ — John McCain leads Barack Obama, 49% to 44%, in the immediate aftermath of the Republican National Convention, according to the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking results.
CBS News:
Read The Complete Poll  —  Fifty-three percent of registered voters - including 85 percent of McCain supporters - are glad Palin was selected as McCain's running mate.  Obama supporters are less enthusiastic about Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden: Just 65 percent of Obama backers …
Discussion: The Swamp
Bart Motes / The Huffington Post:
National Review Says McCain is Still Gonna Lose
Discussion: The Corner
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Dead Heat: John McCain, Barack Obama Even in Post-Convention Poll
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Why Palin Scares Me  —  Before I get to that, let me explain what I'm not scared of, which is that Palin has somehow altered the demographics of the race.  I have a hard time believing that female Hillary supporters, or Rust Belt men, are suddenly racing to support McCain because of Palin.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Commentary
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Byron York / The Corner:
She's An Extremist.  Yeah, That's It.  An Extremist.  —  It's no secret the Obama campaign has been trying to figure out how to counter the new popularity of Sarah Palin.  Today's approach: she's an extremist.  Campaigning in Wisconsin today, Joe Biden said that Palin holds “some fairly extreme views.”
Byron York / The Corner:
Palin in Debate  —  I just finished watching a video …
Discussion: Commentary and Anchor Rising
SCF / Senate Conservatives Fund:
Alaska Democrats pull web page crediting Palin for killing Bridge to Nowhere  —  We linked last week to a web page sponsored by the Alaska Democratic Party, which attacks Sen. Ted Stevens and credits Governor Sarah Palin for killing the Bridge to Nowhere.  Our post is here.
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Little Green Footballs:
Alaska Democratic Party Deletes Page Crediting Sarah Palin …
Discussion: Power Line
The New Republic:
Watch Out, Russia: Sarah Palin is Coming!
Clive Crook / Financial Times:
Democrats must learn some respect  —  This article is not the first to note the cultural contradiction in American liberalism, but just now the point bears restating.  The election may turn on it.  —  Democrats speak up for the less prosperous; they have well-intentioned policies to help them …
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neo-neocon:
It's the class war, stupid
Discussion: protein wisdom
Rasmussen Reports:
FOX/Rasmussen Swing State Polling  —  Background  —  Rasmussen Reports conducted five state telephone surveys in partnership with Fox News Channel on September 7, 2008.  The surveys were conducted in Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  A total of 500 Likely Voters …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PRIMAL SCREAM  —  The TPM email bag this morning is chock of emails saying, in so many words, is it time to panic?  I'm actually not taking much summary license here.  Most of the emails I'm talking about actually ends with some form of that sentence.  Since a lot of you are asking this I thought I should provide some sort of answer.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Powder Keg  —  It seems to me that this would be a exceptionally effective chain email.  And it has the added virtue of being true: … Read the whole article for a long, shocking list of incidents, most of which I'd never heard about before.  He's a mean bastard.  Here's one: … Yikes.
 
 
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Huge: 20-point shift towards McCain among white women since …
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
The Palin We All Really Want As VP  —  digg it  —  Michael Palin for President!
John R. Lott, Jr / Fox News:
In Judging Obama, Question His Judgment
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Townhall.com
Ray Robison / Examiner:
National Defense Examiner
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Real Americans Have Big Families
Discussion: Commentary
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Obama Needs Better Ads
CNN:
McCain attacks Obama on military spending
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Reconsidering Palin  —  In my initial list of pros and cons …
Discussion: Wizbang
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Benjamin / Salon:
Her deadly wolf program
Discussion: TBogg and Obsidian Wings
M Peretz / The New Republic:
Stooping to the Biases of People With Whom They Neither Pray, Nor Eat
Discussion: New York Times and Wonkette
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Brokaw Gets It Wrong
Little Green Footballs:
DUmmies Hit Bottom, Dig
Ed Rollins / CNN:
Rollins: Obama wrong to spurn Clinton, pick Biden
Dave Davies / Philly.com:
Biden gets mixed welcome in Northeast
Discussion: Wonkette
Tammy Bruce / San Francisco Chronicle:
A feminist's argument for McCain's VP