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7:50 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.
TPM Election Central:
McCain Campaign Piles Up New Falsehoods On Bridge To Nowhere  —  McCain and his advisers are now conceding that, yes, Sarah Palin was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it — but they're casting this as more proof of her reform credentials.  —  In so doing, the McCain camp is piling new falsehoods atop the old ones.
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 …
Brendan Farrington / Associated Press:
A Hillary vs. Sarah smackdown? Don't bet on it
Discussion: Don Surber
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Why Palin Scares Me
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: Chicago Boyz
New York Times:
Forgoing Subsidy, Obama Team 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.
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
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
DON'T PATRONIZE SARAH PALIN.  —  In The Best Man, the only useful or amusing film—or play—ever to have been set at an American political convention, Gore Vidal presents us with Joe and Mabel Cantwell (Cliff Robertson and Edie Adams in the 1964 movie version), who are a right-wing “family values” couple with a large and grisly brood.
Discussion: Vodkapundit and Hot Air
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Huge: 20-point shift towards McCain among white women since last month in new ABC poll  —  He's still down one overall among registereds and up two among likelies, but Gallup pegged white independents last week as the only demographic group where there's still a major gender gap and thus room for movement.
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 …
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Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Shattered  —  Eighteen million cracks, and one crackpot.
Abe Greenwald / Commentary:
Biden Takes Credit for Iraq Success
Ali / Think Progress:
McCain camp wanted Schwarzenegger to tell McCain's POW story …
Michael Rothfeld / Los Angeles Times:
Schwarzenegger target of recall effort
Michael Rubinkam / Associated Press:
Student GOP leader resigns over Obama remark
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Sasha Issenberg / Boston Globe:
A liberal pundit soars to a prominent perch
WLS / Patterico's Pontifications:
Sullivan Has Been Comparing Palin to Eagleton …
Fox News:
Editor Defends Use of CodePink Members in ‘Independent’ Focus Group
 Earlier Items: 
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
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin: A Trojan Moose Concealing Four More Years of George Bush
Rasmussen Reports:
FOX/Rasmussen Swing State Polling
Byron York / The Corner:
She's An Extremist. Yeah, That's It. An Extremist.
Ted Johnson / Wilshire & Washington:
Streisand to Sing for Obama
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PRIMAL SCREAM  —  The TPM email bag this morning is chock …