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3:35 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 …
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Michelle Malkin:
Huffing HuffPo desperate for a GOP gaffe
Discussion: L.A. Land and MarketWatch
The Huffington Post:
Hale “Bonddad” Stewart: Freddie and Fannie Bail-Out: Our Foreign Masters Have Spoken
Discussion: D-Day
Daniel W. Reilly / The Crypt's Blogs:
Perino: Mortgage bailout could have been avoided if Congress listened to Bush
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
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CNN:
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 …
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 / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Response Bias and the Shy Tory Factor
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Howard Wolfson / The New Republic:
No “Cat Fights”  —  I have been asked repeatedly over the last several days to respond to the idea that Hillary Clinton will soon be dispatched by the Obama campaign to “take Palin on.”  —  The questions are fair, but what undergirds them is an obsession in our popular culture with the …
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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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Original Mavericks  —  Marc Ambinder writes about John McCain's latest ad:
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Marc Ambinder:
“Original Mavericks”
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The right dictates MSNBC's programming decisions  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  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.
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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.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
MSNBC Takes Incendiary Hosts From Anchor Seat
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
NBC Kow Tows To Journalistic Standards
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Sara Kugler / Associated Press:
McCain, Palin criticize Obama on earmarks  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - John McCain and Sarah Palin criticized Democrat Barack Obama over the amount of money he has requested for his home state of Illinois, even though Alaska under Palin's leadership …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Yahoo! News
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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 …
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: Commentary and Anchor Rising
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.
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 …
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 …
Ed Rollins / CNN:
Rollins: Obama wrong to spurn Clinton, pick Biden  —  Editor's note: Ed Rollins, who served as political director for President Reagan, is a Republican strategist who was national chairman of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's 2008 presidential campaign.  —  NEW YORK (CNN) — Ten days ago …
Discussion: Commentary and Don Surber
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 …
Dave Davies / Philly.com:
Biden gets mixed welcome in Northeast  —  Local Dem leaders say race is issue for many voters  —  DEMOCRATIC vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden went stumping for votes yesterday in Northeast Philadelphia, where Democrats need to earn the love of Democrats who voted overwhelmingly …
 
 
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Yahoo! News:
Former Abramoff lobbyist, Hill aide indicted
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Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Brokaw Gets It Wrong
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
McCain catches Obama in new polls
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Transcript: Rick Davis on ‘FOX News Sunday’
Little Green Footballs:
DUmmies Hit Bottom, Dig
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
neo-neocon:
It's the class war, stupid
The New Republic:
Watch Out, Russia: Sarah Palin is Coming!
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: POST-CONVENTION MAP
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Jake Coyle / Associated Press:
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Josh Gerstein / Latest Politics:
New 527 Group Plans Attack on Obama Themes
Jessica Gavora / Weekly Standard:
Game Changer  —  Will the battle of 2008 turn out to have been won …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Peter Slevin / Washington Post:
Ban on Political Endorsements by Pastors Targeted
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SLOW SLIDE INTO OBLIVION
William Kristol / New York Times:
A Heartbeat Away  —  “We're not running against Governor Palin.”
David Corn / MoJoBlog:
Sarah Palin's Secret Emails