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9:40 AM ET, September 10, 2008


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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama: ‘Lipstick on a pig’  —  Amie Parnes reports from Lebanon, VA: … The crowd apparently took the “lipstick” line as a reference to Palin, who described the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull in a single word: “lipstick.”  —  UPDATE: The McCain campaign is now saying Obama called Palin a pig, which he didn't.
Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
DID OBAMA MEAN TO CALL SARAH PALIN A PIG?  It's probably just a slip, but . . . “The crowd apparently took the ‘lipstick’ line as a reference to Palin.”  —  Reader David Schlosser emails: “This will endear him to all those disaffected Hillary voters.”  And former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift is calling on Obama to apologize.
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Palin Energizing Women From All Walks of Life  —  Susie Baron is a Republican, a mother of two and a home-schooler.  She voted for Mike Huckabee in the Ohio primary, but now — because of Sarah Palin — she thinks she is part of something much bigger.  —  “I wouldn't even call it a Palin movement …
Discussion: Commentary
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Did Not Call Sarah Palin A Pig  —  The first McCain truthsquadding telephone call is taking place right now, and ex-MA Gov. Jane Swift is complaining about an idiom Barack Obama used today: … Suddenly, common analogies are sexist?  —  The McCain campaign has little respect for Obama, but they don't think he is stupid.
Lee Speigel / Political Punch:
Obama Says McCain Is Offering Fake Change: 'You Can Put Lipstick …
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
Shades of Lipstick Tint a Race
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Sarah Palin's impact: Women moved
Roger Kimball / Pajamas Media:
Palin Rule #1: No whining! (Give the pig thing a rest)
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Was McCain the stinky old fish?
Discussion: Wizbang, and PrestoPundit
Don Dahler / WCBS-TV:   McCain Campaign Fumes Over Paterson's Racism Claim
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Dumber Than A Stump  —  Holy pimento cheese on a cracker!
Discussion: Daily Kos and American Power
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Post:
As Campaign Heats Up, Untruths Can Become Facts Before They're Undone  —  From the moment Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin declared that she had opposed the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere,” critics, the news media and nonpartisan fact checkers have called it a fabrication or, at best, a half-truth.
Discussion: Spin Cycle and Oliver Willis
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
New McCain Ad Falsely Suggests Obama Wants Kids To Learn “About Sex Before Learning To Read”  —  The McCain campaign is up with a new ad attacking Obama on education that makes some rather strong insinuations about sex:  —  There's a lot to chew on here.  But we want to focus on one particularly pernicious aspect of it.
Los Angeles Times:
Palin bounce has Democrats off balance  —  Some fear Obama's more aggressive tone could enhance her appeal among white, blue-collar voters.  —  The emergence of Sarah Palin as a political force in the presidential race has left many top Democrats fretting that, just two weeks …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
From the Gut  —  If John McCain can win this election race with a 50-pound ball called “George W. Bush” wrapped around one ankle and a 50-pound ball called “The U.S. Economy” wrapped around the other, then he deserves to represent America in the next Olympics in any race he wants — swimming …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Kevin Drum
Jim Demint / Wall Street Journal:
Yes, Palin Did Stop That Bridge  —  “But, you know, when you've been taking all these earmarks when it's convenient, and then suddenly you're the champion anti-earmark person, that's not change.  Come on!  I mean, words mean something, you can't just make stuff up.”  — Barack Obama, Sept. 6, 2008
Discussion: Betsy's Page and The Campaign Spot
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Fresh blood for the vampire  —  A beady-eyed McCain gets a boost from the charismatic Sarah Palin, a powerful new feminist — yes, feminist! — force.  Plus: Obama must embrace his dull side.  —  Rip tide!  Is the Obama campaign shooting out to sea like a paper boat?
Ben White / New York Times:
Lehman Sees $3.9 Billion Loss and Plans to Shed Assets  —  The investment bank Lehman Brothers, in an all-out fight for its survival, said Wednesday morning that it expected a loss of $3.9 billion, or $5.92 a share, in the third quarter after $5.6 billion in write-downs.
Discussion: New York Times and
Real Time Economics:
Summers Backs Second Stimulus Amid Deficit Warning  —  User Name:  —  Password:  —  Remember Me  —  Log In  —  Forgot your username or password?  REAL TIME ECONOMICS  —  Economic insight and analysis from The Wall Street Journal.  —  Blog Search:  —  September 9, 2008, 3:27 pm
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Federal Shortfall To Double This Year
Discussion: Wonk Room and AMERICAblog News
Jonathan Freedland / Guardian:
The world's verdict will be harsh if the US rejects the man it yearns for  —  An America that disdains Obama for his global support risks turning current anti-Bush feeling into something far worse  —  The feeling is familiar.  I had it four years ago and four years before that: a sinking feeling in the stomach.
Mark Steyn / The Corner:   Re: Obama, the World's President
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
The Obama Campaign's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day  —  So let me get this straight, in one day:  — Joe Biden, intentionally or not, insinuates that Sarah Palin doesn't care about special needs kids because of conservative objections to stem cell research (and the objections of Biden's own religion, natch).
Ronen Bergman / New York Times:
Living to Bomb Another Day  —  “AMONG all the bombs, explosives and guns, the number of martyred dead is rising.  Though this is the will of Allah, it is nevertheless possible to cause the enemy greater damage without exposing the Muslims to danger.  How is it to be done?”
Discussion: abu muqawama and Ace of Spades HQ
Washington Post:
Obama Says McCain Has Erred by Focusing on Change  —  Sen. Barack Obama fought back yesterday against Democratic concerns that Sen. John McCain has seized the initiative in the presidential race, arguing that the conventions did little to change the structure of the election and that his rival …
Discussion: The New Republic
Family with Down Syndrome Child Meets John McCain and Sarah Palin  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Kurt in Pittsburgh, hello, sir.  Nice to have you on the EIB Network, and how about the Steelers defense?  —  CALLER: How about those Steelers, huh?  —  RUSH: How about that?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Meeting Chloe  —  This exchange is from today's Rush Limbaugh Show:
Discussion: Blue Crab Boulevard
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Comedy gold: Lefty radio hosts crestfallen as Palin defended by ... Mike Gravel  —  You don't hear their hearts actually start to break until he says, “Troopergate is going to come out in her favor.”  Although the most traumatic part, surely, must have been the exchange about how the mayor …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
NBC/WSJ Poll: '08 race turns into a dead heat  —  Barack Obama holds a narrow one-point lead over John McCain  —  Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin stand together on the stage during a campaign event at in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 6, 2008.  —  Deputy political director
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