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9:45 AM ET, September 11, 2008


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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Machine
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
On Letterman, Obama Discusses Palin ‘Phenomenon’
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Obama on Letterman: If That's What I'd Meant, Palin Would Be the …
Discussion: Commentary
Marisa Katz / Washington Post:
Why Do Lies Prevail?  —  John McCain was not offended when Barack Obama described McCain's policy agenda as putting “lipstick on a pig.”  I can't prove that, but it seems so obvious to me that it's more like a fact than an opinion.  Nor could McCain possibly have thought …
New York Times:
Squad of G.O.P. Aides Prepares Palin for Interviews  —  Two weeks ago, People magazine was granted an exclusive interview with Senator John McCain's new running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, who spoke about motherhood and career, life in Alaska and the historic nature of her candidacy.
Discussion: Washington Post and
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Canadian doctor warns Sarah Palin's decision to have Down baby could reduce abortions  —  Sarah and Todd Palin's decision to complete her recent pregnancy, despite advance notice that their baby Trig had Down syndrome, is hailed by many in the pro-life movement as walking the walk as well as talking the talk.
Carly Weeks / Globe and Mail:
A message of hope - or pressure to keep the baby?
Discussion: Hot Air
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Can't Win Against Palin  —  Of all the advantages Gov. Sarah Palin has brought to the GOP ticket, the most important may be that she has gotten into Barack Obama's head.  How else to explain Sen. Obama's decision to go one-on-one against “Sarah Barracuda,” captain of the Wasilla High state basketball champs?
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.
Daniel Finkelstein / Comment Central:
What Sarah Palin tells us about Obama
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.
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 …
The Week Magazine:
DAVID FRUM: The Democrats' Credibility Gap  —  Bob Shrum tells us that John McCain and Sarah Palin are falling short in their populism.  Nobody has deployed the rhetoric of populism more ferociously and more often than Bob Shrum, so his assessment carries weight.
Discussion: Power Line, Hullabaloo and David Frum
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
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Misery Loves Democrats  —  It has come to our attention that a large number of Democrats have gone completely nuts about Barack Obama's presidential campaign.  —  He's going to lose!  Sarah Palin is getting all the attention!  The Republicans are so mean!  Why isn't he tougher?
Discussion: Commentary
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 …
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 …
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 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Power Line
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The Politics of Polarization  —  Republican presidential candidate …
Discussion: RADAMISTO and
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
HRC defends Obama on ‘lipstick’
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Payback: GOP points to Biden daughter
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and TigerHawk
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
McCain embraces the staged rally
Discussion: Salon and Swampland