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7:20 PM ET, September 9, 2008

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WTVD-TV:
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 …
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Reuters:
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% …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Politicker CO
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 …
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 …
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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 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.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Ron Paul To Appear on Montana Ballot
Jesse Benton / Ron Paul's Campaign For Liberty:
Update on Dr. Paul's Special Annoucement
Discussion: Wonkette
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.
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CNN:
McCain and Palin once again play ‘Barracuda’
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Ben Smith / The Politico:
An awkward moment in Columbia  —  Victoria McGrane:
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
An awkward moment in Columbia
Gallup:
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
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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.”
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.”
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Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Biden: Palin Would Be ‘Backward Step for Women’
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Salon
CNN:
McCain must embrace Palin's beliefs, evangelical leader says  —  (CNN) — Her faith is one of the reasons many evangelical Christians are excited about Sarah Palin's addition to the Republican presidential ticket, but the Alaska governor's evangelical beliefs have also drawn scrutiny.
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Jay Tolson / US News:
With Palin on the GOP Ticket, a Return to the Culture Wars
Discussion: CNN, TalkLeft and NewsBusters.org
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.
CNN:
Obama dishes out tough talk on education  —  (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday detailed his plan to strengthen the education system and charged that the Bush administration's “failure to act has put our nation in jeopardy.”  —  “Our kids and our country can't afford four more years of neglect and indifference.
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Amanda / Think Progress:
Palin repeats Bridge to Nowhere lie.  —  Today at a rally with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in Ohio, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) once again repeated the lie that she opposed the infamous Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska: … Watch it:  —  ThinkProgress has been keeping track of how many times the McCain campaign is repeating this lie.
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.
Sara Kugler / Associated Press:
No questions, please; Palin sticks to her script  —  LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — John McCain took a risk in picking little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a running mate, but now the campaign's playing it safer.  She's sticking to a greatest hits version of her convention speech on the campaign trail …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Polimom / The Moderate Voice:
Obama vs. McCain: Why I'm Back on the Fence  —  This morning, I wrote at my own blog that I've pulled the Obama sticker off of my truck; that although I'm not suddenly a McCain supporter, I can no longer be counted in the Obama column.  —  In short, that I'm back on the fence.
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 …
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?
 
 
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In Palin's Past, the Personal Got Political
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Judge blocks decision on Senate race
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The ‘Palin Factor’ Bringing Excitement and Bigger Crowds to McCain Events
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McPalin rattles Team Obama
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Lieberman Unwelcome at Party Lunches
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 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
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Brandon Friedman / The Huffington Post:
Alaska National Guard General Changes Story; Palin Promotes
Marc Ambinder:
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Maria Gavrilovic / CBS News:
It's Stand-Up Comedy Time for Obama as He Ratchets Up Criticism
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Too Cool to Fight?  —  Thank God for Sarah Palin.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
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