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2:35 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:
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 …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Sex, Drug Use and Graft Cited in Interior Department  —  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 …
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.
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
Washington Post:   What's the Pig Deal?
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The Politics of Polarization  —  Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) listens as his running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during a campaign rally at Van Dyke Park September 10, 2008 in Fairfax, Va. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)  —  On Thursday, the seventh anniversary …
Discussion: and RADAMISTO
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 …
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