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8:00 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:
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Philly.com
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.
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: … Parsts 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: Michelle Malkin
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Palin's war?  —  This isn't the headline the McCain camp wanted …
Amanda / Think Progress:
McCain: Palin Has National Security Experience Because She Knows About ‘Energy’
Discussion: TheZoo and AMERICAblog News
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: The Corner
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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:
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USA Today:
Palin's town used to bill victims for rape kits  —  WASILLA, Alaska — In 2000, Alaska lawmakers learned that rural police agencies had been billing rape victims or their insurance companies $500 to $1,200 for the costs of the forensic medical examinations used to gather evidence.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain on Palin  —  A tough interview with a Maine reporter yesterday, in which McCain speaks on Palin's national security experience.  Uncharacteristically, he's much more at home on the domestic policy side.  —  At one point, he says that Palin “was right” on Russia and on Iran.
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain says Palin to do “numerous” interviews
Discussion: American Footprints and TIME.com
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.
Nate Silver / The New Republic:
What's the Matter with Michigan?  —  Why Obama is faltering in a state that should go blue.  —  Democrats have grown accustomed to winning Michigan by relatively comfortable margins.  Bill Clinton flipped the state in 1992, bringing home the Reagan Democrats and giving the party its first win in the state since 1968.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
What Is The Matter With Michigan?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Joe Klein / Time:
Sarah Palin's Myth of America  —  Sarah Palin has arrived in our midst with the force of a rocket-propelled grenade.  She has boosted John McCain's candidacy and overwhelmed the presidential process in a way that no vice-presidential pick has since Thomas Eagleton did the precise opposite …
TPM Election Central:
Petraeus: I Don't Know That I Will Ever Use The Word “Victory” For Iraq  —  One of the McCain campaign's chief assaults on Barack Obama is that McCain is insisting that the troops return only after “victory” in Iraq, while Obama refuses to use that word — a position the McCain forces describe as tantamount to wanting to lose.
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Figure in Rosenberg Case Admits Spying for Soviets  —  Ever since he was tried and convicted with Julius and Ethel Rosenberg on espionage charges in 1951, Morton Sobell has maintained his innocence.  —  Until now.  In an interview on Thursday, Mr. Sobell, who served nearly 19 years in Alcatraz …
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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Washington Post:
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
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Discussion: TIME.com
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
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CNN:
Bill Clinton predicts big win; Palin sees son off to Iraq
Discussion: Political Machine
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
For Working Moms, ‘Flawed’ Palin Is the Perfect Choice
Clive Crook:
Lipstick on a pig  —  One wonders how much lower this election can sink.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and QandO
Megan McArdle:
The hypocrisy of Democratic politicians
Joe Klein / Swampland:
McCain's Health Care Tax Increase
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: McCain 48%, Obama 44%
Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Palin Sought Guidance from Rick Warren
Discussion: Hot Air and TIME.com
Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Obama's woes have nothing to do with ‘lipstick’
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Did McCain Tamper with the Drug Enforcement Agency to Protect His Career?