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7:10 PM ET, September 12, 2008


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The Huffington Post:
McCain Grilled On “The View”: Sarah Palin, His Abortion Stance, His Obama Attack Ads, And More  —  The ladies of “The View” confronted John McCain today for lying in recent attack ads.  In arguably his toughest interview yet, View co-host Joy Behar asked McCain:
Matt / Think Progress:
On ‘The View,’ McCain Falsely Claims Palin Never Requested Earmarks As Governor Of Alaska  —  Appearing on “The View” today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) falsely claimed that Sarah Palin never requested earmarks as the governor of Alaska.  “Not as governor she didn't,” McCain told Barbara Walters after she noted Palin “took some earmarks”:
Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Palin defends nearly $200M in project requests  —  NEW YORK - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Friday defended the nearly $200 million in federal pet projects she sought as Alaska governor this year even as John McCain told a television audience she had never requested them.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
LYING MCCAIN  —  It's become pathological.  John McCain just claimed on TV that Sarah Palin has never requested an earmark for her state — when actually her state gets more earmarks than any other state in the country.  And this year she asked for $197 million worth of them herself.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
EVEN THE AP.... As regular readers know, I've been pretty frustrated …
CNN:   McCain gets grilled on ‘The View’
Tremayne / Open Left:   McCain: Self-Inflicted Damage on The View?
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Positive Reenforcement  —  Good story from the Associated Press:
Discussion: Eunomia and The Daily Dish
James Fallows:
The Palin interview  —  It is embarrassing to have to spell this out, but for the record let me explain why Gov. Palin's answer to the “Bush Doctrine” question — the only part of the recent interview I have yet seen over here in China — implies a disqualifying lack of preparation for the job.
Excerpts: Charlie Gibson Interviews GOP Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin  —  Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sits Down for First Exclusive Interview … And watch Gibson's exclusive interviews with Palin tonight on “World News” at 6:30 p.m. ET, a special “20/20,” at 10 p.m. ET, and “Nightline” at 11:35 p.m. ET
Pamela Anderson tells Sarah Palin to suck it  —  FIRST Matt Damon, now Pamela Anderson has spoken out against Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin saying:"I can't stand her.  She can suck it!"  —  Anderson, 41, was recently in Toronto speaking out against the abuse of animals in Hollywood.
Discussion: Liberal Values and Gateway Pundit
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin Thinks Barack Obama Will Regret Not Picking Hillary Clinton  —  John McCain's Vice Presidential Candidate Talks With Charles Gibson in Exclusive Interview  —  Gov. Sarah Palin says Sen. Barack Obama just might regret not picking Sen. Hillary Clinton as his vice presidential running mate.
Clive Crook:
Palin's interview with Charles Gibson
Elrod / The Moderate Voice:
Back to the cocoon  —  Last night's interview with Charlie Gibson …
Discussion: The Caucus
Kristen Soltis / The Next Right:
Where's Sarah? The Palin Interview, Night One
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Eunomia
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Biden Releases 10 Years of Tax Returns  —  Joe Biden today released ten years of his personal income tax returns, drawing further attention to the tax issues raised by Sarah Palin's tax problems associated with her per diem reimbursements while governor of Alaska.
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Who Vetted This Guy?  —  Joe Biden released ten years of tax returns.  (In the open-book department the Obama camp is delinquent so I'm not sure what the point of this is.)  But Scranton, we have a problem.  From TaxProf Blog: … A handy chart follows.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama camp seizes on ‘divorced’ comment  —  After a week on defense, Barack Obama's campaign is roaring back with a new theme for attacking John McCain: “out of touch.”  —  In a conference call with reporters on Friday morning, the Obama campaign seized on a comment by McCain in Thursday …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Battle for Congress Suddenly Looks Competitive  —  Democrats' double-digit lead on the “generic ballot” slips to 3 points  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A potential shift in fortunes for the Republicans in Congress is seen in the latest USA Today/Gallup survey, with the Democrats now leading …
Gallup Daily: McCain 48%, Obama 45%
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Think Progress:
McCain Issues A Challenge: ‘Nobody Can Name’ An Issue I Have Flip-Flopped On  —  On ABC's The View today, host Joy Behar complained to John McCain that “you used to be more of the Maverick, then you sort of turned.”  “In what way?”  McCain asked.  “You became much more lockstep, I think …
Anchorage Daily News:
Todd Palin subpoenaed in firing probe  —  The state Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 today to subpoena 13 people — including the husband of Gov. Sarah Palin — in an investigation of whether Palin abused her power in trying to get her former brother-in-law fired.
Discussion: Emptywheel and Think Progress
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Pre-Palin: Mayors And Governors Can't Handle National Security  —  When does being a governor or mayor for a short period of time not disqualify your credentials on national security?  When you are John McCain and your task is to defend your vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
McCain takes slim lead over Obama in AP-GfK poll … WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican John McCain has taken a modest lead over Barack Obama entering the final seven weeks of their presidential contest, buoyed by decisive advantages among suburban and working-class whites and a huge edge …
Discussion: Dirty Harry's Place
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Whites lift McCain to slim lead over Obama in poll
Discussion: Hot Air
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
Attack Politics 101  —  Phil Singer mostly nails this: … Therein lies the rub of the McSame strategy and the challenges Obama has attacking.  The McSame attack directly contradicts McCain's image as Bush's #1 rival in the Republican Party, something Democrats were all too happy to stoke back in the day.
Discussion: The Marathon Blog and Reason
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Just Wondering  —  Does anyone know why McCain doesn't use a computer or email?
Kathleen Reardon / The Huffington Post:
Is It Sexist To Want The Person Flying The Plane To Be A Pilot?
Garance Burke / Associated Press:
GOP campaign downplays Palin book-banning inquiry
Discussion: The Reaction and MSNBC
Michael Scherer / Time:
McCain Taps Lobbyist for Transition
Discussion: The Jed Report
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Campaign: McCain “Would Rather Lose His Integrity Than Lose An Election”
Washington Wire:
Biden's Son Quits Lobbying Business
Discussion: Don Surber and
Wall Street Journal:
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