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12:00 AM ET, September 13, 2008


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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 …
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.
Ben / Think Progress:
Media Dismiss Palin's Ignorance Of The Bush Doctrine Because ‘Many Americans’ Don't Know What It Is  —  During an interview yesterday on ABC, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) indicated that she did not know what the so-called Bush Doctrine is.  When asked for her interpretation, Palin guessed, “His worldview?”
Discussion: CNN, News Hounds and Matthew Yglesias
James Fallows:
The Palin interview
Ryan / Think Progress:
Palin Backs Off Bridge To Nowhere Lie, Admits She Supported …
Elrod / The Moderate Voice:
Back to the cocoon  —  Last night's interview with Charlie Gibson …
Discussion: TVNewser and The Caucus
Clive Crook:
Palin's interview with Charles Gibson
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.”
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.
Discussion: and Sweetness & Light
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:   Just Wondering  —  Does anyone know why McCain doesn't use a computer or email?
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.
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
‘The View’ Couch Not So Cozy for McCain
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Swamp
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.
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Who Vetted This Guy?  —  Joe Biden released ten years of tax returns.
Discussion: The Politico and The Campaign Spot
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Are The Netroots Being Played By Rove?  —  One reader thinks so:
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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Bin Laden by Election Day? New push
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 …
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
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 …
No Disproportionate Shift in White Women's Preferences  —  4-Point shift toward McCain appears about average  —  PRINCETON, NJ — An analysis of Gallup Poll Daily tracking interviewing conducted before and after the two major-party conventions shows that the impact of the conventions …
Discussion: MyDD
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Out of bounds!  McCain-Palin misdirect blame for immigration flop  —  Throw the flag against: The McCain-Palin campaign.  —  Call: Illegal shift.  —  What happened: The campaign Friday launched a 30-second Spanish-language television ad charging that Democrat Barack Obama and his Senate …
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New York Times:
McCain Barbs Stirring Outcry as Distortions
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Second-Guessing  —  I'm watching Chris Matthews and he's reminding …
One Day on an Alaskan Cliffside  —  An Open Letter to Sarah Palin
James F. Smith / Boston Globe:
Senator Hatch: both sides “ridiculous” in squabbles
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
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
McCain takes slim lead over Obama in AP-GfK poll
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: TheZoo
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
EVEN THE AP.... As regular readers know, I've been pretty frustrated …
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Biden seen as more qualified than Palin; race tied
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama Campaign: McCain “Would Rather Lose His Integrity Than Lose An Election”
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
Attack Politics 101  —  Phil Singer mostly nails this:
Discussion: The Marathon Blog
Wall Street Journal:
Palin's Style Sparks Buying Frenzy, And Fashion Firms Rush to Cash In
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