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9:20 PM ET, September 11, 2008

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ABCNEWS:
EXCERPTS: Charlie Gibson Interviews Sarah Palin  —  Republican VP Candidate Speaks with ABC News' Charlie Gibson in Exclusive Interview … GIBSON: Governor, let me start by asking you a question that I asked John McCain about you, and it is really the central question.
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Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin Defends Experience, Takes Hard Line Approach on National Security  —  Republican VP Candidate Speaks with ABC News' Charles Gibson in Exclusive Interview  —  On the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, Gov. Sarah Palin took a hard-line approach on national security …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
PALIN FOREIGN POLICY: WAR WITH RUSSIA  —  From ABC News:  —  EXCLUSIVE: GOV. SARAH PALIN WARNS WAR MAY BE NECESSARY IF RUSSIA INVADES ANOTHER COUNTRY  —  More of the first excerpts from the Charlie Gibson interview here and here.  —  Here's the exchange on Russia:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Palin hawkish on Russia  —  This isn't the headline the McCain camp wanted out of Palin's interview: Possible war with Russia.  —  That's the tease on ABC News' website right now, though: “EXCLUSIVE: GOV. SARAH PALIN WARNS WAR MAY BE NECESSARY IF RUSSIA INVADES ANOTHER COUNTRY.”
Discussion: QandO, TBogg and American Street
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
ABC News: ‘GOV. SARAH PALIN WARNS WAR MAY BE NECESSARY IF RUSSIA INVADES ANOTHER COUNTRY.’  —  Sounds dramatic right?  Um, not really.  Here's the transcript: … Parts of the Palin interview are supposed to be on Nightline tonight and ABC will be running a primetime special tomorrow night with the bulk of it.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog News:
McCain finally answers some questions — or tries to answer some questions.  He's terrible.  —  NOTE FROM JOHN: Watch McCain about a minute and a half into the tape, when he's asked what National Security credentials Sarah Palin has.  He replies “energy.”  The reporter goes, no, I asked you about national security.
Chris / TVNewser:
Sarah Palin: “War Has Got To Be A Last Option.”  “We Must Not Blink, Charlie.”
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Sarah Palin: Russian offense augurs war
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   With God On Our Side  —  Sign me up for the Sarah Palin fan club.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
LIKE I SAID, FOUR MORE YEARS OF BUSH WOULD BE VASTLY PREFERABLE  —  Wow, going to war with Russia might be necessary if Russia invades another one of the former states of the Soviet Union.  So says Sarah Palin.  War with Russia over Armenia?  If Russia and Georgia go at it again?
Discussion: Townhall.com
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Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Hysterical Points Memo  —  Here's George Polk Award winning blogger Josh Marshall: … Okay, a little context here.  In the interview, Palin says that she supports putting Georgia and the Ukraine in NATO (She doesn't say anything about Armenia.)  Once they're in NATO and if they're attacked …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and MSNBC
CNN:
Former GOP senator calls Palin a ‘cocky wacko’  —  (CNN) - Former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee was known for keeping a low-key profile on Capitol Hill, but the Republican -turned -Independent is making waves with his exceedingly blunt comments on newly-minted Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin:
George Bryson / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Critics: Under Palin, Wasilla charged rape victims for exam  —  Two state leaders lashed out at the public record of Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday as witnesses in a new “Alaska Mythbusters” forum coordinated by supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
John Berman / ABCNEWS:
Is Sarah Palin Politicizing Son's Military Service?  —  Track Palin and Beau Biden Headed to Iraq Within Next Few Weeks  —  Gov. Sarah Palin is in Alaska today attending a deployment ceremony for her son, Private First Class Track Palin, whose Army infantry unit is heading to Iraq next week.
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Nick Juliano / The Raw Story:
Whistleblower breaks 15-year silence to allege McCain hid wife's drug abuse  —  Cindy McCain's addiction to prescription painkillers emerged into public view 14 years ago with a well-orchestrated PR campaign designed to preserve her husband's political future.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Open Left
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Satyam / Think Progress:
Hannity explodes on air, calls guest ‘fool’ and ‘idiot,’ tells him to get off set.  —  Yesterday on Fox News, Sean Hannity and The American Prospect's Robert Kuttner had a tense exchange about the election.  As Kuttner offered advice for Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), Hannity interrupted …
Discussion: News Hounds
Lee Speigel / Political Punch:
From the Fact Check Desk: Does Obama Support Kindergarteners Learning About Sex Before Learning How to Read?  —  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., this week launched a new TV ad attacking Sen. Barack Obama's record on education.  —  The script reads as follows: “Education Week …
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Palin's experience OK: Illinois's Dem guv  —  Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  Chicago Tribune photo by Michael Tercha.)  —  by Rick Pearson  —  Illinois' Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich admits he can't field dress a moose and his hunting targets tend to be more along the lines of state legislators in his own party who don't trust him.
CNN:
Bill Clinton predicts big win; Palin sees son off to Iraq  —  (CNN) — Former President Bill Clinton said Thursday he thinks that Barack Obama will win big in the upcoming presidential election.  —  “I predict that Sen. Obama will win and win handily,” Clinton said when asked his opinion on the state of the race.
Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
The Post-Convention Roadmap to the Real Knock-Out Punch  —  The public has access to twenty-six state polls in 16 states since the GOP convention ended.  Here's a summary.  —  There are multiple polls available in six key states so far, and here are the averages using only post-convention surveys:
 
 
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