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8:25 PM ET, September 9, 2008


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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘Lipstick on a pig’  —  Amie Parnes reports from Lebanon, VA: … The crowd apparently took the “lipstick” line as a reference to Palin, who described the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull in a single word: “lipstick.”  —  UPDATE: The McCain campaign is now saying Obama called Palin a pig, which he didn't.
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
The Hunt for Sarah October  —  City slickers invade Wasilla  —  Democrats understand Sarah Palin is a formidable political force who has upset the Obama victory plan.  The latest Washington Post/ABC Poll shows John McCain taking a 12-point lead over Barack Obama among white women …
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Did Not Call Sarah Palin A Pig  —  The first McCain truthsquadding telephone call is taking place right now, and ex-MA Gov. Jane Swift is complaining about an idiom Barack Obama used today: … Suddenly, common analogies are sexist?  —  The McCain campaign has little respect for Obama, but they don't think he is stupid.
Discussion: The Corner, D-Day and AMERICAblog News
Washington Wire:
Obama Puts Different Twist on Lipstick
Discussion: Weekly Standard
McCain Leaps Ahead in NC  —  Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain  —  RALEIGH (WTVD) — In an election for President of the United States in North Carolina Tuesday, September 09, Republican John McCain suddenly and breathtakingly surges to a 20-point win over Democrat Barack Obama …
World wants Obama as president: poll  —  US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama may be struggling to nudge ahead of his Republican rival in polls at home, but people across the world want him in the White House, a BBC poll said.  —  All 22 countries covered in the poll would prefer …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Montana Presidential Election  —  Montana: McCain Surges Ahead by Double-Digits  —  John McCain has opened a double digit lead over Barack Obama in Montana.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the Treasure State finds McCain leading by eleven, 53% to 42% …
Washington Wire:
Ron Paul Plans ‘Special Announcement’  —  Brad Haynes reports on the presidential race.  —  Rep. Ron Paul, the former Republican presidential candidate who excited a multitude of young voters during the primaries, announced a “major” news conference in Washington Wednesday.
Nate Silver /
Ron Paul To Appear on Montana Ballot
Jesse Benton / Ron Paul's Campaign For Liberty:
Update on Dr. Paul's Special Annoucement
Discussion: Wonkette
Ryan Corsaro / CBS News:
Was Biden Talking About Palin During Stem Cell Research Reference?  —  From CBS News' Ryan Corsaro:  —  (COLUMBIA, MO.) - Was Joe Biden referring to Sarah Palin, a mother of a child with Down syndrome, when he made this comment?  —  “I hear all this talk about how the Republicans …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: Men and women don't see eye-to-eye on Palin
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Biden and Developmental Disabilities
Discussion: Commentary
Washington Post:
Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a “per diem” allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:   Per Diem Palin Cont'd
Secessionist Sarah and Her Stay-at-Home Subsidies
Discussion: Firedoglake and D-Day
David Plotz / Slate:
I Dream About Sarah Palin.  Do You?  —  SEND US YOUR DREAMS ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN VICE-PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE.  —  I rarely remember my dreams, but for the past week, GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin has been haunting me.  Night after night, she appears in my dreams, always as a scolding, ominous figure.
McCain and Palin once again play ‘Barracuda’
Karen Tumulty / Time:
Can Obama Win Back Wal-Mart Moms?  —  It might be easy to dismiss John McCain's resurgence in the polls as merely a convention bounce, especially in light of the excitement generated by running mate Sarah Palin, but there's one startling shift that should be particularly worrisome to Barack Obama's campaign.
Discussion: and Ben Smith's Blogs
Ben Smith / The Politico:
An awkward moment in Columbia  —  Victoria McGrane:
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
An awkward moment in Columbia
Gallup Daily: McCain Maintains 5-Point Lead  —  Support among registered voters steady at 49%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update finds John McCain maintaining his five-point lead versus Barack Obama among registered voters, 49% to 44%.
Discussion: MSNBC and The Moderate Voice
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
LYING SARAH WATCH  —  Sometimes when you've got a liar as big as Sarah Palin on the line only a timeline will really do justice to her fibbing ways.  —  So a lot of you have written in to ask: Okay, she says she said ‘Thanks.  But no thanks’ to the Bridge to Nowhere.  But how exactly did it all come out?
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Palin Pick Helps McCain Catch Obama in New Poll  —  WASHINGTON — John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate has shaken up the presidential race, lifting enthusiasm among his once-subdued supporters, and boosting the ticket's appeal with women, rural voters, and Southerners.
Discussion: Washington Wire, TalkLeft and Daily Kos
Marc Ambinder:
Quietly, Obama Campaign Calls In The Cavalry  —  There's been a spurt of 527 activity on behalf of Sen. John McCain, but Barack Obama campaign has suddenly gone silent on the subject.  —  That's because, after of year of telling donors not to contribute to 527 groups, of encouraging strategists …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Koch backs Obama, calls Palin ‘scary’  —  Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who endorsed and worked for George W. Bush in 2004, is endorsing Obama today, NY1 first reported.  —  I asked Koch just now what prompted the move.  —  “The designation of Palin to be vice president,” he said.  “She's scary.”
Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Biden: Palin Would Be ‘Backward Step for Women’
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Salon
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
In a Not-Remotely-Comic Strip, Bill Ayers Weighs In on What He Meant By 'We Didn't Do Enough' to End Vietnam War  —  In a four-panel not-even-remotely-comic strip, William Ayers, the former member of the Weather Underground and associate of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., weighs in on his blog on some of the controversy he's been causing.
Brown backs Obama  —  Gordon Brown has broken with British convention and made clear that he favours Barack Obama as the next US President.  —  In a departure from the usual self-denying ordinance of Prime Ministers past, Brown has written an article for The Monitor magazine …
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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New McCain Ad Falsely Suggests Obama Wants Kids To Learn …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain Campaign Quietly Starts Buying Ad Time On The National Networks
David Sirota / The Huffington Post:
Why Is Obama Slipping? Because He Won't Say Which Side He's On.
Sara Kugler / Associated Press:
No questions, please; Palin sticks to her script
John Tierney / New York Times:
As Barriers Disappear, Some Gender Gaps Widen
Michael M. Phillips / Wall Street Journal:
In Palin's Past, the Personal Got Political
Jimmie E. Gates / Clarion-Ledger:
Judge blocks decision on Senate race
Ben / Think Progress:
Media Embrace McCain's ‘Maverick’ Re-Branding Effort
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Polimom / The Moderate Voice:
Obama vs. McCain: Why I'm Back on the Fence
Brandon Friedman / The Huffington Post:
Alaska National Guard General Changes Story; Palin Promotes
Marc Ambinder:
Andrew Sullivan  —  Lots of e-mails asking about Andrew's whereabouts.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Too Cool to Fight?  —  Thank God for Sarah Palin.
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