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1:50 AM ET, September 11, 2008


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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.”
Jason Szep / Tales from the Trail:
McCain finds it tough without Palin  —  PHILADELPHIA - Republican presidential candidate John McCain cut short his first public appearance without running-mate Sarah Palin after chanting supporters of Democratic rival Barack Obama interrupted his speech.  —  After lunching with a roundtable …
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 …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: Hot Air and
Elisabeth Bumiller / The Caucus:
McCain, Palin Draw Big Crowd in Va.
Discussion: Wizbang and Firedoglake
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.
CNN:   Sex, drugs uncovered in government probe
Brooks Jackson / Newsweek:
McCain-Palin Distorts Our Finding  —  Those attacks on Palin that we debunked didn't come from Obama.  —  FACTCHECK.ORG  —  A McCain-Palin ad has calling Obama's attacks on Palin “absolutely false” and “misleading.”  That's what we said, but it wasn't about Obama.
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 …
Roger Ebert / Chicago Sun Times:
The American Idol candidate  —  I think I might be able to explain some of Sara Palin's appeal.  She's the “American Idol” candidate.  Consider.  What defines an “American Idol” finalist?  They're good-looking, work well on television, have a sunny personality, are fierce competitors …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Dirty Harry / Dirty Harry's Place:
Palin Derangement Syndrome Hits Poor Roger Ebert  —  Nice glasses.  Ass kicked on the playground much?  —  Liberal Hollywood: The Gift That Never Stops a-Giving: … Newflash, Nerd Boy, never once in the existence of this fine Republic were your glasses found on anyone …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama on Letterman: Palin is lipstick, McCain policies are pig  —  Amie Parnes reports that Obama just taped this evening's show with David Letterman, which touched at length on the McCain campaign's accusations that he'd spoken disrespectfully about Sarah Palin.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Andy Barr / The Hill:
Meghan McCain: My Dad Says ‘Lipstick on a Pig’
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.
White House:
Press Briefing by Dana Perino
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin's earmarks: Not just for the halibut  —  Senator John McCain recently told reporters that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has “learned that earmarks are bad.”  —  But not that bad, apparently.  According to a “summary of requests for federal appropriations” posted to her budget office's website earlier …
Natalie Gewargis / Political Radar:
Biden: Hillary a Better Pick Than Me  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports: Sen. Barack Obama's, D-Ill., vice presidential nominee, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., Wednesday said that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., might have been a better pick for the position than him.
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Payback: GOP points to Biden daughter  —  Call it Palin Payback.  —  After Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, her teenage pregnancy, and her high school boyfriend were run through the media wringer last week, Republicans are now pointing to Joe Biden's daughter, Ashley, to make the case …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
New York Times:
Bush Said to Give Orders Allowing Raids in Pakistan  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush secretly approved orders in July that for the first time allow American Special Operations forces to carry out ground assaults inside Pakistan without the prior approval of the Pakistani government, according to senior American officials.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Commentary
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: New Mexico Presidential Election  —  McCain Gains Ground in New Mexico  —  For the first time all year, John McCain has topped Barack Obama in a New Mexico poll.  The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state shows McCain attracting 49% of the vote while Obama earns 47%.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: New Mexico Senate
Discussion: Daily Kos
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: Whiskey Fire and The Jawa Report
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 …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
HRC defends Obama on ‘lipstick’  —  From NBC's Ken Strickland  —  At a Capitol Hill news conference today, Hillary Clinton defended Obama's “lipstick on a pig” comment, accusing McCain of using the controversy to distract from substantive issues in the campaign.
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The Politics of Polarization  —  Republican presidential candidate …
New York Times:
Palin's Pipeline Is Years From Being a Reality
The Plank:
Obama's Polldrums  —  A friend who is overseas called me in a panic …
Discussion: Hot Air
Krooney /
42 Sunshine  —  Bill Clinton heads to Florida on September 29 to campaign for Obama-Biden.
Discussion: MyDD
Shannen Coffin / The Corner:
More Fowler Foul-ups
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Not So Swift  —  As Andy suggests, there may have been good ways …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
re: Not So Swift
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Why Walk
Discussion: Kevin Drum and The Bellows
 Earlier Items: 
Access Hollywood:
Matt Damon: Putting Palin In White House ‘Like A Really Bad Disney Movie’
Discussion: protein wisdom
Beth Slovic / Willamette Week:
Señor Smith  —  Low-wage Latino workers keep …
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Rangel Tries to Explain Back Taxes on Villa
Discussion: A Blog For All, Reason and CNN
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
The Foreign Policy Difference
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin's source  —  Thomas Frank noticed in the Journal today …
Mike Huckabee / Huck PAC:
LIPSTICK ON A PIG  —  Last night, while on Hannity & Colmes …
John Bentley / CBS News:
McCain Supporter Fred Thompson Brings Rev. Wright Back Into Campaign
Gallup Daily: McCain 48%, Obama 43%