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2:55 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 …
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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.
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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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.
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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.
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 …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: McCain 48%, Obama 44%  —  McCain has held significant lead for last four days  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Registered voters continue to express a slight preference for John McCain (48%) over Barack Obama (44%) in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking presidential trial heat.
Joe Klein / Time:
Sarah Palin's Myth of America  —  Sarah Palin has arrived in our midst with the force of a rocket-propelled grenade.  She has boosted John McCain's candidacy and overwhelmed the presidential process in a way that no vice-presidential pick has since Thomas Eagleton did the precise opposite …
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.
Joe Klein / Swampland:
McCain's Health Care Tax Increase  —  A new rule here: Rather than do the McCain campaign's bidding by wasting space on Senator Honor's daily lies and bilge—his constant attempts to divert attention from substantive issues—I'm going to assume that others will spend more than enough …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Kevin Drum
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
Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Palin Sought Guidance from Rick Warren  —  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
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain on Palin  —  A tough interview with a Maine reporter yesterday, in which McCain speaks on Palin's national security experience.  Uncharacteristically, he's much more at home on the domestic policy side.  —  At one point, he says that Palin “was right” on Russia and on Iran.
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
Everybody Calm Down!  Obama Is Hitting Back  —  Quit your whining, Democrats.  If Obama loses this election, it won't be because he didn't fight back.  —  There's a picture being sent around e-mail lists and posted on blogs that many a Democrat ought to bear in mind — and no, it's not another anonymous smear.
Discussion: TheRoot
Beth Reinhard / Naked Politics:
Christian leader calls Obama “scary,” points to “Muslim roots”  —  The Muslim-peddling about Democratic nominee Barack Obama continues, mostly through lies trafficked over the Internet, but also in questions raised in polite company by well-known and influential members of the political establishment.
Discussion: The Politico and Fox News
 
 
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Marc Ambinder:
Quantifying The Enthusiasm For Sarah Palin
Discussion: Salon and Hot Air
New York Times:
Questions of Security  —  JOHN McCAIN and Barack Obama are two …
New York Post:
EASY DOES IT  —  KATURIA D'Amato was annoyed when she boarded …
Discussion: TVNewser
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The Ads That Aren't  —  Candidates Let Media Spread the Message
Discussion: Hullabaloo and FishBowlDC
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
Amanda / Think Progress:
Bush: Iranians Are ‘A**holes’
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Palin Code Name: ‘Denali’
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Media Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Cuffy Meigs / Perfunction:
Palin Returns To Alaska
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Did McCain Tamper with the Drug Enforcement Agency to Protect His Career?
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Readjusts to Defuse Palin Phenomenon
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Pop! Why the Obama Bubble Has Collapsed
New York Times:
Squad of G.O.P. Aides Prepares Palin for Interviews
Marisa Katz / Washington Post:
Why Do Lies Prevail?  —  John McCain was not offended when Barack …
Wendy Doniger / Washington Post:
All Beliefs Welcome, Unless They are Forced on Others
The Week Magazine:
DAVID FRUM: The Democrats' Credibility Gap