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2:15 PM ET, September 11, 2008

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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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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 …
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 …
The Politico:
Autumn Angst: Dems fret about Obama
Discussion: Media Blog and Macsmind
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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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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Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Obama's woes have nothing to do with ‘lipstick’  —  Howard Fineman on the candidate's pride, strategy and stump speak  —  Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. gestures as he speaks during a town hall meeting in the library of Granby High School in Norfolk, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2008.
Nancy Dillon / NY Daily News:
Reports that Track Palin vandalized school buses aren't true, says pal  —  Despite snowballing reports and rumors, Sarah Palin's eldest son, Track, was not part of the gang of four teenagers who criminally vandalized  —  44 Alaska school buses in 2005, a key culprit told The News.  —  “Track wasn't with me.
Discussion: Fox News and NewsBusters.org
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Kim Severson / New York Times:   The Hockey Way of Life in Wasilla
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PALIN'S BOOK-BANNING EFFORTS, REDUX.... Here's what we know about Sarah Palin's interest in banning books.  Time reported last week that Palin asked the Wasilla librarian, Mary Ellen Baker, about the process for banning library books.  Baker was reportedly “aghast” at the question.
Joe Sudbay / AMERICAblog News:
McCain finally answers some questions — or tries to answer some questions.  He's terrible.  —  NOTE FROM JOHN: Watch McCain about a minute and a half into the tape, when he's asked what National Security credentials Sarah Palin has.  He replies “energy.”  The reporter goes, no, I asked you about national security.
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos and AMERICAblog News
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.
Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
Republicans have hijacked 9/11  —  An American tragedy made into a political commodity  —  SPECIAL COMMENT  —  As promised, a Special Comment about our sad anniversary tomorrow.  —  Or, more correctly, what our sad anniversary tomorrow has been turned into by the presidential administration …
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 …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The Ads That Aren't  —  Candidates Let Media Spread the Message  —  When Democrats turned their attention to national security themes at their nominating convention last month, Sen. John McCain's campaign was ready.  In a withering TV commercial called “Tiny,” McCain claimed that Sen. Barack …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and FishBowlDC
Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Palin Called Rick Warren for Guidance  —  Pastor Rick Warren got a call from Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) this week seeking help in dealing with the “unfair, unjust attacks” the GOP vice presidential candidate believes she has come under.  —  On a Los Angeles radio show …
Discussion: Hot Air and TIME.com
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) and Say Anything.  —  Today is so schizophrenic.  On the one hand we get a peek at unalloyed joy (above) …
 
 
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Joe Klein / Swampland:
McCain's Health Care Tax Increase
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: McCain 48%, Obama 44%
New York Post:
EASY DOES IT  —  KATURIA D'Amato was annoyed when she boarded …
Discussion: TVNewser
Cynthia Dizikes / Los Angeles Times:
Pentagon memorial to 9/11 victims to be dedicated Thursday
Discussion: Townhall.com
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Everybody Calm Down! Obama Is Hitting Back
Discussion: TheRoot
Associated Press:
Former GOP senator calls Palin a ‘cocky wacko’
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and TIME.com
Faiz / Think Progress:
On Morning Of 9/11 Attacks, McCain Immediately Began Making The Case For Iraq War
Beth Reinhard / Naked Politics:
Christian leader calls Obama “scary,” points to “Muslim roots”
Discussion: The Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Amanda / Think Progress:
Bush: Iranians Are ‘A**holes’
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Palin Code Name: ‘Denali’
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Media Blog
Joe Klein / Time:
Sarah Palin's Myth of America
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Did McCain Tamper with the Drug Enforcement Agency to Protect His Career?
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Daniel Finkelstein / Comment Central:
What Sarah Palin tells us about Obama
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Readjusts to Defuse Palin Phenomenon
Wendy Doniger / Washington Post:
All Beliefs Welcome, Unless They are Forced on Others
The Week Magazine:
DAVID FRUM: The Democrats' Credibility Gap