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8:30 AM ET, September 9, 2008


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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Record Contradicts Palin's ‘Bridge’ Claims  —  The Bridge to Nowhere argument isn't going much of anywhere.  —  Despite significant evidence to the contrary, the McCain campaign continues to assert that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told the federal government “thanks but no thanks” to the now-famous bridge to an island in her home state.
Sliming Palin  —  False Internet claims and rumors fly about McCain's running mate.  —  We've been flooded for the past few days with queries about dubious Internet postings and mass e-mail messages making claims about McCain's running mate, Gov. Palin.  We find that many are completely false, or misleading.
James Bennett / Telegraph:
Sarah Palin is not such a small-town girl after all  —  It is clear that few in America, let alone Britain, have any idea what to make of Sarah Palin.  The Republicans' vice-presidential candidate confounds the commentators because they don't understand the forces that shaped her in the remote state of Alaska.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden and Chicago Boyz
New York Times:
Straining to Reach Money Goal, Obama Presses Donors  —  After months of record-breaking fund-raising, a new sense of urgency in Senator Barack Obama's fund-raising team is palpable as the full weight of the campaign's decision to bypass public financing for the general election is suddenly upon it.
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 …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
McCain Now Winning Majority of Independents  —  Majority of independents now prefer him over Obama, 52% to 37%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — John McCain's 6 percentage-point bounce in voter support spanning the Republican National Convention is largely explained by political independents shifting …
John McCain / Telegraph:
Sarah Palin dolls go on sale as John McCain's running mate's popularity soars  —  Two new action dolls have gone on sale of Sarah Palin, the Alaska Governor who John McCain has chosen to be his Republican presidential running mate.  —  The dolls are the latest in a line of American political candidates …
Fox News:
Editor Defends Use of CodePink Members in ‘Independent’ Focus Group  —  A Detroit Free Press editor expressed regret Monday that left-wing and anti-war activists were included in a focus group of so-called independent voters the newspaper interviewed during the political conventions …
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
McCain Hits Obama on Army ‘Future’; Took Similar Position in '06  —  Back in 2006, John McCain lashed out at the Army, for its wasteful, bloated Future Combat Systems modernization program.  Earlier today, it appears the Republican presidential nominee may have gone after his Democratic rival — for opposing the very same program.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain plans new Palin rollout  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will speak at her son's Army deployment ceremony on 9/11 and spend two days with ABC News crews later this week as part of a McCain campaign plan to increase Americans' comfort with her as a leader.  —  Campaign and network officials …
Tahman Bradley / Political Punch:
Obama on the Need for Habeas Corpus: Distinguishing Between ‘Barack, the Bomb-Thrower’ and ‘Barack, the Guy Running for President’  —  FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. — A fired-up Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., took on his opponents — “these people,” he said incredulously, in a familiar refrain — for shamelessness and dishonesty.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Randi Rhodes Launches Disturbing Attack Against John McCain  —  TRULY SICK  —  Rhodes Claims McCain Was ‘Well-Treated’ In Vietnam  —  *** EXCLUSIVE TO THE RADIO EQUALIZER ***  —  Quick, what's the most disgusting potential way to attack the McCain-Palin presidential ticket?
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and The Jawa Report
David Brooks / New York Times:
Surprise Me Most  —  None of us have ever lived through an election at a time when 80 percent of voters think the country is headed in the wrong direction.  But now that we're in the thick of it, a few things are clear.  From voters, the demand is: Surprise Me Most.  For candidates, the lesson is: Weirdness Wins.
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Alaska senator to retain oversight of Palin probe
Discussion: KIKO'S HOUSE and
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Wasilla charged rape victims for their own forensic exams under Mayor Sarah Palin?
Juan Cole / Salon:
What's the difference between Palin and Muslim fundamentalists?  Lipstick
Krooney /
ABC News/WashPost: White Women Flocking to McCain After St. Paul
Discussion: Commentary, Spin Cycle and marbury
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Shattered  —  Eighteen million cracks, and one crackpot.
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain camp wanted Schwarzenegger to tell McCain's POW story …
Michael Rothfeld / Los Angeles Times:
Schwarzenegger target of recall effort
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Rubinkam / Associated Press:
Student GOP leader resigns over Obama remark
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
WLS / Patterico's Pontifications:
Sullivan Has Been Comparing Palin to Eagleton …
Glenn Thrush / The Crypt's Blogs:
Lieberman returns to Hill, legislative director quits
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Palin for President (in 2012)  —  From the moment she finished …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Discussion: Vodkapundit and Hot Air
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Huge: 20-point shift towards McCain among white women since …
Byron York / The Corner:
She's An Extremist. Yeah, That's It. An Extremist.
Ted Johnson / Wilshire & Washington:
Streisand to Sing for Obama