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2:00 PM ET, September 10, 2008


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Andy Barr / The Hill:
Meghan McCain: My Dad Says ‘Lipstick on a Pig’  —  John McCain's daughter Meghan is not taking offense to Barack Obama's “lipstick on a pig” line like the rest of her father's campaign, pointing out Wednesday morning that GOP presidential nominee has been known to use the phrase.
Fox News:
Obama Accuses McCain Campaign of ‘Swift Boat Politics’  —  Barack Obama responded Wednesday to the John McCain campaign's call for an apology concerning his “lipstick on a pig” remarks, by calling the controversy “phony and foolish” and defending it as an “innocent remark” that was taken out of context.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
McCain ad: “Lipstick”; Flashback: Obama flips the bird at Hillary; Update: Sexist Memory Lane  —  It didn't take Team McCain long to develop a new television spot from Barack Obama's “lipstick on a pig” comment.  They have rolled out this 30-second spot hammering Obama for his sexism …
Washington Wire:
Obama on Lipstick Fight: ‘Enough Is Enough’
Discussion: The Stump, The Politico and Wonkette
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.
Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Out of bounds!  McCain misstates Obama sex-ed record  —  WASHINGTON — Throw the flag against: The McCain-Palin campaign.  —  Call: Unsportsmanlike conduct.  —  What happened: A new 30-second TV ad attacks Barack Obama's record on education, saying that Obama backed legislation to teach …
E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Does the Truth Matter Anymore?  —  This is not false naivete: I am genuinely surprised that John McCain and his campaign keep throwing out false charges and making false claims without any qualms.  They keep talking about Sarah Palin's opposition to the Bridge to Nowhere without any embarrassment …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
New McCain Ad: Obama Favors Sex-Ed For Kindergartners
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:   OMG The Cub Scouts!
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Shaken Dems fear Obama on downslide  —  Democrats in Congress are rattled over the momentum Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has brought to John McCain's presidential campaign and disagree about how their candidate should respond.  —  Some Democrats say that Democratic nominee Barack Obama's campaign must …
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 …
The Politico:
Could Clinton have Palin-proofed Dems?
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
New heights of stupidity  —  We're fighting multiple wars; our oldest and most established financial institutions are on the verge of collapse; we've fundamentally transformed and then dismantled our constitutional framework over the last eight years, etc. etc.
Washington Post:
Reduced Dominance Is Predicted for U.S.
Discussion: Climate Progress and FP Passport
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Weisman Gets on the Tire Swing
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama knocks press on ‘made-up controversy’  —  Speaking at a high school in Norfolk, Obama took a few moments to address what he calls “the made-up controversy” of the day, Amie Parnes reports.  —  Obama said the McCain campaign moved to “seize an innocent remark and take it out of context …
Rangel: I won't quit House panel over taxes  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Rep. Charles Rangel, a New York Democrat, said Wednesday he will not step down as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee in the face of a call from the Republican leader in the House for him to do so.
Discussion: A Blog For All
The Politico:
Pelosi: Rangel won't be forced aside
Discussion: pw and Spin Cycle
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?
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.
Mark Hosenball / Newsweek:
Warned by the Court  —  A judge repeatedly told Palin and family not to badmouth her sister's ex  —  An Anchorage judge three years ago warned Sarah Palin and members of her family to stop “disparaging” the reputation of Alaska State Trooper Michael Wooten, who at the time was undergoing …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain's Integrity
Gallup Daily: McCain 48%, Obama 43%
Discussion: The Other McCain
Michael J. Totten:
From Baku to Russian-Occupied Georgia
Eartha Jane Melzer / Michigan Messenger:
Lose your house, lose your vote
Discussion: Corrente and Shakesville
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Meatpacker Faces Charges of Violating Child Laws
Discussion: TalkLeft
Thomas Frank /
The GOP Loves the Heartland To Death
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
The Times Discovers The Chicago Annenberg Challenge
Michelle Malkin:
Sisterhood of the Protected Female Liberal Journalists
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Ambinder:
“Astonishingly Inured...” Truth, Lies, The Media And Politics
Suzanne Gamboa / Associated Press:
Paul says he turned down appeal to endorse McCain
Faiz / Think Progress:
McCain Adviser Tells CNN: McCain Refuses To Talk About Bush's …
Discussion: ABC News and New York Times
Ben Farmer / Telegraph:
Russell Brand pulled Sarah Palin electric chair jokes at VMA
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
Lipstick? Worse Still, Baby-Machine
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Obama Broke Money Record
Jim Demint / Wall Street Journal:
Yes, Palin Did Stop That Bridge
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
From the Gut  —  If John McCain can win this election race …
Discussion: Prairie Weather