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7:20 AM ET, September 12, 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 …
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Palin Links Iraq to 9/11, A View Discarded by Bush  —  Gov. Sarah Palin linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would “defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans.”
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Stupid or Malicious?  —  The Washington Post distorts Palin on page one.  —  Here are the headline and the first two paragraphs from an article posted online that apparently will be on the front page of Friday's Washington Post: … Kornblut's interpretation of what Palin said is either stupid or malicious.
ABCNEWS:
EXCERPTS: Charlie Gibson's Second Interview With Sarah Palin  —  Charlie Gibson Talks to the Republican VP Candidate Along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline … Watch Gibson's second of three interviews with Palin tonight on “Nightline” at 11:35 p.m. and much more on Friday on “Good Morning America” …
Associated Press:
Palin tries to defend qualifications in interview  —  FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - In her first televised interview since being named to the GOP ticket, Sarah Palin says she's ready to be president if called upon.  However, she sidestepped questions on whether she had the national security credentials needed to be commander in chief.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PAINFUL  —  The awkward moment when Charlie Gibson tries his best not to press the point that Sarah Palin doesn't know what he's referring to when he asks her about the “Bush Doctrine” ...
The Huffington Post:
Palin's ABC Interview: Stumped On Bush Doctrine, Seems To Contradict McCain On Pakistan (VIDEO)  —  In her first major interview as the Republican vice presidential nominee, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was stumped when asked about the so-called “Bush Doctrine,” unable to answer whether …
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:
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
The “Palin Didn't Know What the Bush Doctrine Is” Canard
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
Showing a Confidence, in Prepared Answers
Discussion: TVNewser and Firedoglake
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Palin And The Bush Doctrine
Discussion: Campaign Silo, Hot Air, The RBC and Eunomia
Carla Marinucci / San Francisco Chronicle:
Palin talks tough on Russia - but stumbles when asked about Bush Doctrine
Discussion: SFGate
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:   Letters from Al Qaeda leaders show Iraqi effort is in disarray
Publius / Obsidian Wings:
The Emperor-to-Be Has No Clothes
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   The Gibson Interview
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
With God On Our Side  —  Sign me up for the Sarah Palin fan club.
Discussion: Townhall.com
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
A Tangled Story of Addiction  —  Consequences of Cindy McCain's Drug Abuse Were More Complex Than She Has Portrayed  —  When Cindy McCain is asked what issues she would champion as first lady, she often cites one of the most difficult periods of her life: her battle with — and ultimate victory over — prescription painkillers.
Discussion: TalkLeft and TIME.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:
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Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
Hysterical Points Memo
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   NOT READY  —  Sarah Palin's “perhaps” in response to the question …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain: ‘Lashed Out’  —  A new McCain ad, reportedly airing in Colorado, attacks Obama for allegedly patronizing Palin, using Biden's line that she's better looking than he is against them.  —  “[T]hey lashed out at Sarah Palin.  Dismissed her as good looking.  That backfired,” says the narrator.
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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FactCheck.org:
Belittling Palin?  —  A McCain-Palin TV ad accuses Obama of being “disrespectful” of Palin, but it distorts quotes to make the case.  —  The McCain-Palin campaign has released a new TV ad that distorts quotes from the Obama campaign.  It takes words out of context to make it sound as though the Democratic ticket is belittling Palin:
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Hindrocket / Power Line:
THE PRESS: MAD AS HELL, AND NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANY MORE  —  Howard Kurtz's column in the Washington Post is surprisingly blunt and surprisingly revealing.  The mainstream media, Kurtz says, are mad.  Their anger, though, is oddly unidirectional: … There certainly isn't.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com
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New York Times:
Obama Plans Sharper Tone as Party Frets  —  Senator Barack Obama will intensify his assault against Senator John McCain, with new television advertisements and more forceful attacks by the candidate and surrogates beginning Friday morning, as he confronts an invigorated Republican presidential ticket …
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org
People.com:
Live, From New York: Barack Obama!  —  Barack Obama  —  Michael Phelps isn't the only person hoping to make waves on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live this weekend.  —  He will be joined by Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, who'll be jetting in from New Hampshire …
Discussion: Political Punch and TIME.com
 
 
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