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8:25 AM ET, September 11, 2008


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Jason Szep / Tales from the Trail:
McCain finds it tough without Palin  —  PHILADELPHIA - Republican presidential candidate John McCain cut short his first public appearance without running-mate Sarah Palin after chanting supporters of Democratic rival Barack Obama interrupted his speech.  —  After lunching with a roundtable …
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
McCain embraces the staged rally
Discussion: Salon and Swampland
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Discussion: and Hot Air
Elisabeth Bumiller / The Caucus:
McCain, Palin Draw Big Crowd in Va.
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Obama on Letterman: If That's What I'd Meant, Palin Would Be the Lipstick, 'McCain's Failed Policies' the Pig  —  In an interview on the “Late Show with David Letterman” to air later tonight, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., answers some questions on the lipstick controversy.
Discussion: Commentary
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
On Letterman, Obama Discusses Palin ‘Phenomenon’  —  Have you heard?  It's “silly season in politics.”  —  Or so Senator Barack Obama told David Letterman during an appearance on the “Late Show” on Wednesday night.  It was Mr. Obama's way of brushing off a day that has been fraught with talk …
Washington Post:
McCain Camp Hits Obama On More Than One Front  —  Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign launched a broadside against Sen. Barack Obama yesterday, accusing him of a sexist smear, comparing his campaign to a pack of wolves on the prowl against the GOP vice presidential pick …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Washington Post:
What's the Pig Deal?  —  IT'S HARD to think of a presidential campaign with a wider chasm between the seriousness of the issues confronting the country and the triviality, so far anyway, of the political discourse.  On a day when the Congressional Budget Office warned of looming deficits …
Roger Ebert / Chicago Sun Times:
The American Idol candidate  —  I think I might be able to explain some of Sara Palin's appeal.  She's the “American Idol” candidate.  Consider.  What defines an “American Idol” finalist?  They're good-looking, work well on television, have a sunny personality, are fierce competitors …
Natalie Gewargis / Political Radar:
Biden: Hillary a Better Pick Than Me  —  ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports: Sen. Barack Obama's, D-Ill., vice presidential nominee, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., Wednesday said that Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., might have been a better pick for the position than him.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Biden: Hey, you know who might have been a better pick for VP than me?
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin's earmarks: Not just for the halibut  —  Senator John McCain recently told reporters that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has “learned that earmarks are bad.”  —  But not that bad, apparently.  According to a “summary of requests for federal appropriations” posted to her budget office's website earlier …
Brooks Jackson / Newsweek:
McCain-Palin Distorts Our Finding  —  Those attacks on Palin that we debunked didn't come from Obama.  —  FACTCHECK.ORG  —  A McCain-Palin ad has calling Obama's attacks on Palin “absolutely false” and “misleading.”  That's what we said, but it wasn't about Obama.
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Payback: GOP points to Biden daughter  —  Call it Palin Payback.  —  After Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol, her teenage pregnancy, and her high school boyfriend were run through the media wringer last week, Republicans are now pointing to Joe Biden's daughter, Ashley, to make the case …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and TigerHawk
New York Times:
Bush Said to Give Orders Allowing Raids in Pakistan  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush secretly approved orders in July that for the first time allow American Special Operations forces to carry out ground assaults inside Pakistan without the prior approval of the Pakistani government, according to senior American officials.
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
Obama On His Heels  —  This campaign has taken a surprising turn since the Democratic convention.  Everybody is still talking about the Republican vice-presidential nominee.  —  Who would have predicted this just two weeks ago?  —  When I say everybody is talking about Governor Palin, I mean everybody.
Jim Carlton / Wall Street Journal:
Ethics Adviser Warned Palin About Trooper Issue  —  Letter Described Situation as ‘Grave,’ Called for Apology  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An informal adviser who has counseled Gov. Sarah Palin on ethics issues urged her in July to apologize for her handling of the dismissal …
Discussion: Donklephant and RADAMISTO
Wendy Doniger / Washington Post:
All Beliefs Welcome, Unless They are Forced on Others  —  Belief in god, like getting pregnant, is a private matter between consenting adults (or one consenting adult and one or more deities) and is no one else's business.  I am on record in this blog (and have not budged an inch) as not objecting to any candidate's religious views.
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Governor brings the campaign home  —  FAIRBANKS — Gov. Sarah Palin, named almost two weeks ago as Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate, flew into Fairbanks on Wednesday night in her campaign jet and told a crowd of about 3,000 that she's spreading an Alaska message of oil drilling and reform on the trail.
Discussion: The Caucus, Gateway Pundit and
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Can't Win Against Palin
Marisa Katz / Washington Post:
Why Do Lies Prevail?  —  John McCain was not offended when Barack …
New York Times:
Squad of G.O.P. Aides Prepares Palin for Interviews
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Terrorism Fades as Issue in 2008 Campaign
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Joe Biden and the Incredible Lightness of Being
Discussion: Commentary
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Misery Loves Democrats
Discussion: Commentary
The Week Magazine:
DAVID FRUM: The Democrats' Credibility Gap
Discussion: Power Line and Hullabaloo
Stephen Clark / Fox News:
Report: McCain a ‘Hero’ to Taxpayers
Discussion: Power Line
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Discussion: and Hot Air
Conor Dougherty / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The Politics of Polarization  —  Republican presidential candidate …
Discussion: RADAMISTO and
New York Times:
Palin's Pipeline Is Years From Being a Reality
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
HRC defends Obama on ‘lipstick’
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