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12:40 AM ET, September 13, 2008

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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Wondering No More  —  Yep.  The day after 9/11, as part of its “get tough” makeover, the Obama campaign is mocking John McCain for not using a computer, without caring why he doesn't use a computer.  From the AP story about the computer illiterate ad: … Well, I guess it depends on what you mean by “extraordinary.”
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Ace of Spades HQ:
Seniors and Disabled Veterans for Barack Obama  —  You can stand at the back of the photo-op pictures, where no one can see you.  And please — no whining.  We get it, you're old.  Can you at least pretend to be fabulous for five minutes?  —  Another Easily Discoverable Article: Forbes.  Online.
Discussion: The Corner
Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
OKAY, I THOUGHT THE OBAMA COMMERCIAL MOCKING MCCAIN for not using a computer was dumb because it would alienate older voters.  But it turns out it's a lot dumber than that: … Oops.  Another unforced error from the Obama campaign, which seems to have had a lot of those lately.
Nedra Pickler / RealClearPolitics:
Obama mocks McCain as computer illiterate  —  John McCain is mocked as an out-of-touch, out-of-date computer illiterate in a television commercial out Friday from Barack Obama as the Democrat begins his sharpest barrage yet on McCain's long Washington career.
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:   Just Wondering  —  Does anyone know why McCain doesn't use a computer or email?
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Charlie Gibson's Gaffe  —  “At times visibly nervous . . . Ms. Palin most visibly stumbled when she was asked by Mr. Gibson if she agreed with the Bush doctrine.  Ms. Palin did not seem to know what he was talking about.  Mr. Gibson, sounding like an impatient teacher …
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ABCNEWS:
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
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.
Ryan / Think Progress:
Palin Backs Off Bridge To Nowhere Lie, Admits She Supported …
Discussion: Democrats.com
James Fallows:
The Palin interview
Elrod / The Moderate Voice:
Back to the cocoon  —  Last night's interview with Charlie Gibson …
Discussion: TVNewser and The Caucus
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Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
Palin defends nearly $200M in project requests
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
‘The View’ Couch Not So Cozy for McCain
Discussion: The Swamp and TalkLeft
Tremayne / Open Left:   McCain: Self-Inflicted Damage on The View?
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.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Who Vetted This Guy?  —  Joe Biden released ten years of tax returns.
Discussion: The Campaign Spot and The Politico
Brendan Loy / Pajamas Media:
Ike nears coast; storm surge catastrophe likely  —  The National Hurricane Center's 5:00 PM EDT public advisory and discussion are out.  The headline on the advisory is: “IKE'S FURY AIMED AT THE UPPER TEXAS AND SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA COAST.”  The forecast track continues to aim the storm …
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NPR:
Pakistan Raid Start Of Concerted Bid To Hit Al-Qaida  —  · NPR has learned that the raid by helicopter-borne U.S. Special Operations forces in Pakistan last week was not an isolated incident but part of a three-phase plan, approved by President Bush, to strike at Osama bin Laden and top al-Qaida leadership.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Bin Laden by Election Day? New push
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Are The Netroots Being Played By Rove?  —  One reader thinks so:
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.
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Second-Guessing  —  I'm watching Chris Matthews and he's reminding me that Sarah Palin repeatedly said that in her Charlie Gibson interview that it would be inappropriate for an American President to “second-guess” Israeli policy vis-à-vis Iran or, it seems, any other actor in the region.
New York Times:
McCain Barbs Stirring Outcry as Distortions  —  Harsh advertisements and negative attacks are a staple of presidential campaigns, but Senator John McCain has drawn an avalanche of criticism this week from Democrats, independent groups and even some Republicans for regularly stretching the truth …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Michael Seitzman / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin Naked  —  She said “nucular.”  Twice.  —  I realized three things tonight.  For one, if you are a McCain/Palin/Bush voter, you and I do not have a difference of opinion.  We have a difference in brain power.  Two, she really is as ignorant as I feared.  And, three, she really is kinda hot.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Gateway Pundit
 
 
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Jonathan Darman / Newsweek:
The new NEWSWEEK Poll shows McCain and Obama deadlocked
Discussion: TIME.com
Roman Africa / The Atlantic Online:
Recent articles by Robert D. Kaplan:
iowahawk:
One Day on an Alaskan Cliffside  —  An Open Letter to Sarah Palin
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
Gallup:
No Disproportionate Shift in White Women's Preferences
Discussion: MyDD
James F. Smith / Boston Globe:
Senator Hatch: both sides “ridiculous” in squabbles
Discussion: TIME.com
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Out of bounds! McCain-Palin misdirect blame for immigration flop
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New animal rights ad: Hey, Palin's a savage who enjoys seeing animals suffer
Kathleen Reardon / The Huffington Post:
Is It Sexist To Want The Person Flying The Plane To Be A Pilot?
Discussion: pw and bardscove.com
 Earlier Items: 
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
McCain takes slim lead over Obama in AP-GfK poll
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Biden seen as more qualified than Palin; race tied
NEWS.com.au:
Pamela Anderson tells Sarah Palin to suck it
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Campaign: McCain “Would Rather Lose His Integrity Than Lose An Election”
Discussion: D-Day and The Reaction
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
Attack Politics 101  —  Phil Singer mostly nails this:
Time:
10 Questions for Bill O'Reilly
Discussion: TVNewser
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Pre-Palin: Mayors And Governors Can't Handle National Security
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama camp seizes on ‘divorced’ comment