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10:35 AM ET, September 12, 2008


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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Palin Links Iraq to 9/11, A View Discarded by Bush  —  Gov. Sarah Palin linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would “defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans.”
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Stupid or Malicious?  —  The Washington Post distorts Palin on page one.  —  Here are the headline and the first two paragraphs from an article posted online that apparently will be on the front page of Friday's Washington Post: … Kornblut's interpretation of what Palin said is either stupid or malicious.
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
A Tangled Story of Addiction  —  Consequences of Cindy McCain's Drug Abuse Were More Complex Than She Has Portrayed  —  When Cindy McCain is asked what issues she would champion as first lady, she often cites one of the most difficult periods of her life: her battle with — and ultimate victory over — prescription painkillers.
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
What Goes Through Their Minds?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Letters from Al Qaeda leaders show Iraqi effort is in disarray
Discussion: pw
EXCERPTS: Charlie Gibson's Second Interview With Sarah Palin  —  Charlie Gibson Talks to the Republican VP Candidate Along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline … Watch Gibson's second of three interviews with Palin tonight on “Nightline” at 11:35 p.m. and much more on Friday on “Good Morning America” …
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.
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
CHARLIE GIBSON'S BIG MISTAKE.  One thing I learned tonight is that neither Charlie Gibson nor anyone on his staff reads the Volokh Conspiracy (or Hot Air for that matter).  —  Outrageously, in his interview Gibson claimed that Sarah Palin had called the Iraq War “a task . . . from God.”
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Power Line and SFGate
EXCERPTS: Charlie Gibson Interviews Sarah Palin
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Palin, McCain, and the Bush Doctrine
Discussion: TalkLeft
Richard Starr / Weekly Standard:
What Exactly Is the ‘Bush Doctrine’?
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
In First Big Interview, Palin Says 'I'm Ready'
Discussion: The Caucus and The Flack
New York Times:
Obama Plans Sharper Tone as Party Frets  —  Senator Barack Obama will intensify his assault against Senator John McCain, with new television advertisements and more forceful attacks by the candidate and surrogates beginning Friday morning, as he confronts an invigorated Republican presidential ticket …
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama mocks McCain as computer illiterate  —  NEW YORK (AP) — 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: Yahoo! News and The Corner
Nitya / Political Punch:
Barack ‘Isotoner’ Obama to Take Off his Third or Fourth Pair of Gloves and Get Tough  —  Like any number of Democratic candidates before him — Mike Dukakis, Al Gore, John Kerry — Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, is once again declaring that he is going to take off the gloves and fight back against attacks from the Republican party.
Byron York / The Corner:
Obama: No More Mr. Nice Guy
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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 …
Discussion: Commentary, EconoPundit and Don Surber
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Analysis: McCain's claims skirt facts, test voters  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The “Straight Talk Express” has detoured into doublespeak.  —  Republican presidential nominee John McCain, a self-proclaimed tell-it-like-it-is maverick, keeps saying his running mate, Sarah Palin …
Joe Klein / Swampland:
The McCain Tax Increases—Continued  —  Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Director of the Congressional Budget Office and current chief McCain economic advisor, is an honest man—which means he's something of a liability on the Straight Talk Express.  A few months ago, he admitted to my colleague …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and
Belittling Palin?  —  A McCain-Palin TV ad accuses Obama of being “disrespectful” of Palin, but it distorts quotes to make the case.  —  The McCain-Palin campaign has released a new TV ad that distorts quotes from the Obama campaign.  It takes words out of context to make it sound as though the Democratic ticket is belittling Palin:
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain: ‘Lashed Out’  —  A new McCain ad, reportedly airing …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Blizzard of Lies  —  Did you hear about how Barack Obama wants to have sex education in kindergarten, and called Sarah Palin a pig?  Did you hear about how Ms. Palin told Congress, “Thanks, but no thanks” when it wanted to buy Alaska a Bridge to Nowhere?  —  These stories have two things in common …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Hanging On to Biden's Every Word  —  Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic vice-presidential candidate, is an experienced, serious and smart man.  But, boy, does he say some curious things.  A day on the campaign trail without a cringe-inducing gaffe is a rare blessing.  He has not been too blessed lately.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
John M. Broder / International Herald Tribune:   Biden living up to his gaffe-prone reputation
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2008: Washington Presidential Election  —  McCain Closes to Within Two Points of Obama in Washington  —  Washington is the latest state to show a strong western surge for John McCain since he added Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to the Republican ticket.
Discussion: Don Surber
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Obama Leads In Foreign Policy, Bush Follows  —  In some ways, Obama has been a shadow president for a while.  Even JPod now concedes that Obama has been right about the terror war: … Ya think?  Radley Balko adds: … Yes, they should.  On one of the most critical decisions of the war …
Discussion: Reason
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Miles to Go  —  Democrats, hit reset.  Accept the fact …
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Daniel Brownstein / Island Packet:
Island fourth grader suspended for using broken pencil sharpener
Alan M. Dershowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Indictments Are Not The Best Revenge
Discussion: The Corner and Commentary
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Altitude Sickness
Discussion: Donklephant
No consensus on who was behind Sept 11 - global poll
Discussion: Right Wing News
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