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8:40 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's war?  —  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's website right now, though: “EXCLUSIVE: GOV. SARAH PALIN WARNS WAR MAY BE NECESSARY IF RUSSIA INVADES ANOTHER COUNTRY.”
Discussion: QandO
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.
Chris / TVNewser:
Sarah Palin: “War Has Got To Be A Last Option.”  “We Must Not Blink, Charlie.”
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Open thread: Palin on ABC; Update: Gibson distorts Palin's Iraq …
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Amanda / Think Progress:
McCain: Palin Has National Security Experience Because She Knows About ‘Energy’
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and TheZoo
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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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:
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Hysterical Points Memo
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
Associated Press:
Former GOP senator calls Palin a ‘cocky wacko’  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Rhode Island Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee has called vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin a “cocky wacko” and said her selection as John McCain's running mate has energized supporters of Democrat Barack Obama.
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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.
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
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Carville Says McCain Too Honorable To Know About Attack Ads  —  So the McCain campaign runs attack ads against Barack Obama basically saying he wants to diddle your five year old, and what does “Democratic Consultant” James Carville say about it on CNN? … You're kidding me, right?
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.
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.
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 …
 
 
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