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9:10 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.
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David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
NEW WASHINGTON POST “EXPOSE” ON PALIN: You have to read …
Discussion: The Corner
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.
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
MEME TAKING HOLD?  —  We've now had a week of blaring headlines and one-liners about Sarah Palin as the mavericky, pork-busting reformer from Alaska.  But we seem to be witnessing the first stirrings of a backlash and a dawning realization that the ‘Sarah Palin’ we've heard …
FactCheck.org:
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.
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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.
Juan Cole / Salon:
What's the difference between Palin and Muslim fundamentalists?  Lipstick  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin addresses supporters during a campaign rally in Lee's Summit, Mo., Sept. 8, 2008.  —  John McCain announced that he was running for president to confront the “transcendent challenge” …
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 …
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Michael Rubinkam / Associated Press:
Student GOP leader resigns over Obama remark  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The leader of a statewide group of college Republicans has been forced to resign after posting racially insensitive comments about Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama on the Internet.
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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Quietly, Obama Campaign Calls In The Calvary  —  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 …
Discussion: Townhall.com
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.
New York Times:
No One Convicted of Terror Plot to Bomb Planes  —  LONDON — A lengthy trial centering on what Scotland Yard called a plot to blow up trans-Atlantic airliners ended Monday when the jury convicted three of eight defendants of conspiracy to commit murder.  —  But the jury failed to reach verdicts …
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 …
Washington Post:
McCain Gains Momentum in New Poll  —  Both Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain solidified support among party loyalists during the conventions, but it was the Republican nominee who entered the presidential campaign's final stretch with newfound momentum, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
 
 
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Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
DON'T PATRONIZE SARAH PALIN.
Discussion: Vodkapundit and Hot Air
John McCain / Telegraph:
Sarah Palin dolls go on sale as John McCain's running mate's popularity soars
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Huge: 20-point shift towards McCain among white women since …