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12:45 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: 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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Kagan: Knowledge Is Elitist
Discussion: Kevin Drum
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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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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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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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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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.
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.
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 …
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.
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Did McCain Tamper with the Drug Enforcement Agency to Protect His Career?  —  You can Digg this post here.  I have more video from Gosinski)  —  A whistleblower is coming forth against John and Cindy McCain, and the picture he is painting is not a pretty one.
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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 …
 
 
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Amanda / Think Progress:
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Palin Code Name: ‘Denali’
Discussion: Media Blog
Howard Fineman / MSNBC:
Obama's woes have nothing to do with ‘lipstick’
Keith Olbermann / MSNBC:
Republicans have hijacked 9/11  —  An American tragedy made into a political commodity
David W. Dunlap / New York Times:
The Towers of Memory, Before and After
Houston Chronicle:
Texans flee low-lying areas as Ike turns toward Freeport
The Huffington Post:
Palin's eBay Story: What Actually Happened
Joe Klein / Time:
Sarah Palin's Myth of America
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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New York Times:
Iraq Cancels Six No-Bid Oil Contracts
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Pop! Why the Obama Bubble Has Collapsed
Discussion: Power Line
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Terrorism Fades as Issue in 2008 Campaign
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Misery Loves Democrats
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Commentary
Roger Ebert / Chicago Sun Times:
The American Idol candidate