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11:15 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 …
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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 …
David Paul Kuhn / Yahoo! News:
GOP foreign policy experts cool on Palin  —  In state after state, rally after rally, Sarah Palin is generating record levels of enthusiasm among the Republican base.  Crowds chant her name, congressional candidates cite her in their ads and there are numerous reports of a surge in grass roots volunteers for the McCain campaign.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Kagan: Knowledge Is Elitist  —  Robert Kagan says it's elitist to expect a President of the United States to be knowledgeable about national security issues: … Based on the structure of the situation, it's plausible that Kagan is just being opportunistically dishonest here and trying to say something useful to the Republican ticket.
Discussion: Kevin Drum
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?
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The Politico:   Autumn Angst: Dems fret about Obama
Daniel Finkelstein / Comment Central:
What Sarah Palin tells us about Obama  —  Here are a few thoughts of my own on the lipstick on a pig moment (see this earlier post for the views of others).  —  First, demonstrating that McCain had used the same phrase before doesn't cut it.  —  The reason the pig idea popped …
Discussion: Commentary and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama Readjusts to Defuse Palin Phenomenon  —  Campaign Aims To Shift the Debate From Personalities  —  Sen. Barack Obama, slipping in national polls, is showing signs of being distracted by the enthusiasm generated by the McCain-Palin ticket and is planning a sharper message focused on economic anxiety.
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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 …
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.
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Carly Weeks / Globe and Mail:
A message of hope - or pressure to keep the baby?
Discussion: Hot Air
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Biden bows to Clinton  —  Biden, today in Nashua, NH, in response to an inaudible question from an audience member:  —  “Make no mistake about it Hillary Clinton is as qualified as or more qualified than I am” to be vice president, Biden said.  “And quite frankly, she may have been a better pick than me.”
Discussion: NO QUARTER and TIME.com
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Cuffy Meigs / Perfunction:
Palin Returns To Alaska  —  Upon arrival, she bypassed the press (oh no!) on the tarmac to see someone special:  —  UPDATE: Welcome, National Review (thanks, Lisa).  Today is so schizophrenic.  On the one hand we get a peek at unalloyed joy (above), and on the other we're reminded of some of the ugliest Americans and their friends.
Discussion: The Corner
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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 TIME.com
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 …
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.
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.
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Joe Biden and the Incredible Lightness of Being  —  Watching Joe Biden is better than examining the polls or listening to talking heads, since he instantaneously reflects cockiness, aggression, bombast, depression, and loss of confidence, predicated on the emotional pulse of the campaign.
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Did McCain Tamper with the Drug Enforcement Agency to Protect His Career?  —  A whistleblower is coming forth against John and Cindy McCain, and the picture he is painting is not a pretty one.  You've probably heard about Cindy McCain stealing prescription drugs from her charity in the 1990s.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
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Joe Klein / Time:
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Fox News:
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
Misery Loves Democrats
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Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Obama on Letterman: If That's What I'd Meant, Palin Would Be the …
Discussion: Commentary
Conor Dougherty / Wall Street Journal:
High-Degree Professionals Show Power
Roger Ebert / Chicago Sun Times:
The American Idol candidate
Jason Szep / Tales from the Trail:
McCain finds it tough without Palin