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6:30 PM ET, September 10, 2008


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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain's Integrity  —  For me, this surreal moment - like the entire surrealism of the past ten days - is not really about Sarah Palin or Barack Obama or pigs or fish or lipstick.  It's about John McCain.  The one thing I always thought I knew about him is that he is a decent and honest person.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
CBS takes down McCain webad, suggests it's ‘misleading’  —  YouTube has removed a webad that casts Sarah Palin as the victim of sexism on the request of CBS, whose anchor Katie Couric was featured in the ad.  —  “One of the great lessons of that campaign is the continued and accepted role …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Apology Not Accepted  —  Back in 2000, after John McCain lost his mostly honorable campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, he went about apologizing to journalists—including me—for his most obvious mis-step: his support for keeping the confederate flag on the state house.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
UNFIT FOR HIGH OFFICE  —  One of the interesting aspects of this campaign is watching the scales fall from the eyes of many of John McCain's closest admirers among the veteran DC press corps.  I'm not talking about the freaks on Fox News or any of the sycophants at the AP.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
UNFIT.... John McCain was presented with a choice: lose the election or lose his honor.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
55 days - Lipstick wars - Chuck Todd: McCain and Palin could …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Wide-Ranging Ethics Scandal Emerges at Interior Dept.  —  WASHINGTON — As Congress prepares to debate expansion of drilling in taxpayer-owned coastal waters, the Interior Department agency that collects oil and gas royalties has been caught up in a wide-ranging ethics scandal …
Discussion: The Mahablog
Dina Cappiello / Associated Press:
Gov't Officials Probed About Illicit Sex, Gifts  —  WASHINGTON — Government officials handling billions of dollars in oil royalties improperly engaged in sex with employees of energy companies they were dealing with and received numerous gifts from them, federal investigators said Wednesday.
Discussion: Think Progress and First Draft
David Ivanovich / Houston Chronicle:
Government oil officials subject of sex inquiry
Discussion: TalkLeft and Climate Progress
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
S.C. Dem chair: Palin primary qualification is she hasn't had an abortion  —  South Carolina Democratic chairwoman Carol Fowler sharply attacked Sarah Palin today, saying John McCain had chosen a running mate “ whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn't had an abortion.”
CNN battleground polls: Race a dead heat in key states  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - New state polls indicate that the race for the White House remains a dead heat in four crucial battleground states that could determine the outcome of the election.  —  CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corporation polls …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: McCain Leads Obama 45% to 42%
Discussion: Hot Air
National Enquirer:
PALIN FAMILY SHOCKERS: WHAT SARAH'S REALLY HIDING!  —  The NATIONAL ENQUIRER'S exclusive ongoing investigation of GOP VP Nom Sarah ‘Barracuda’ Palin's goes far beyond a mere teen pregnancy crisis this week!  —  The Enquirer's team of reporters has combed the Alaskan wilderness to discover …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Mike Huckabee / Huck PAC:
LIPSTICK ON A PIG  —  Last night, while on Hannity & Colmes I cut Barack Obama some slack on his reference to “lipstick on a pig.”  Now I personally don't think he was referring to Gov. Palin, but if he was he should apologize immediately.  —  Almost twenty four hours into this new controversy …
Gallup Daily: McCain 48%, Obama 43%  —  Nine percent undecided in latest average  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update finds John McCain continuing to lead Barack Obama, 48% to 43% among registered voters.  —  The Sept. 7-9 average — spanning interviewing conducted Sunday …
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
McCain embraces the staged rally  —  PHILADELPHIA, PA — For a candidate who once railed against “stale soundbites, staged rallies and over-managed messages,” John McCain seems to have turned over a new leaf.  —  Today marks the four-week anniversary since McCain held his last press conference …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin's source  —  Thomas Frank noticed in the Journal today that Sarah Palin used an odd source for a quote in her announcement speech attributed only to a “writer.”  —  “We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty and sincerity and dignity,” she said, drawing from a once-powerful …
Discussion:, Post-Ed Notes and Salon
James Fallows:
A controlled experiment: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin  —  Twice in the last six months we've had the spectacle of a candidate clinging to a provably false personal narrative.  Each tale was meant to show something admirable and significant about the candidate's character.
Discussion: American Street
John Bentley / CBS News:
McCain Supporter Fred Thompson Brings Rev. Wright Back Into Campaign  —  From CBS News' John Bentley:  —  (FAIRFAX, VA.) - Attacking your opponent is traditionally a role for the vice presidential hopeful on the ticket, not the person introducing the vice president.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
My Fair Veep  —  The rain in Spain stays mainly in the Arctic plain ...  I hope John McCain doesn't throw his slippers at Sarah Palin's head or get as acerbic as Henry Higgins did with Eliza Doolittle when she did not learn quickly enough.  McCain's Pygmalion has to be careful …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THINKING LIKE A REPUBLICAN.... The Washington Post's E. J. Dionne Jr …
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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
Palin Goes After Obama on Earmarks
Discussion: Wolf Howling and Hot Air
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
EMBRACE IT  —  Let's face it.  Lipstick on a pig is a classic American phrase.
Associated Press:
Play of the Day: Obama on campaign drawbacks
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James Gerstenzang / The LA Times President Bush Blog:
Lipstick? Palin? Obama? Did someone say Dick Cheney?
Discussion: The Swamp
Ron Paul urges voters to skip McCain, Obama
Discussion: Reason, Donklephant and The Plank
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Marc Ambinder:
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Shaken Dems fear Obama on downslide