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9:20 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.”
Hindrocket / Power Line:
OBAMA GETS TOUGH, SHOOTS SELF IN HEAD  —  I've always thought that Barack Obama is unqualified for the office of President—he isn't qualified to be a Senator, either—but I've never thought he was particularly mean-spirited.  Until now.  Obama said he was going to get tough, and put out this ad …
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 and USS Neverdock
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Why can't McCain e-mail?  Boston Globe explained it in 2000; Update: So did Forbes  —  Earlier today, Barack Obama's campaign released an ad attacking John McCain for not knowing how to send an e-mail.  Their crack research team apparently never heard of Google or Lexis-Nexis, but Jonah Goldberg does.
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Out of bounds! McCain-Palin misdirect blame for immigration flop
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Just Wondering  —  Does anyone know why McCain doesn't use a computer or email?
Discussion: TBogg
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 …
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Many Versions of ‘Bush Doctrine’  —  Palin's Confusion in Interview Understandable, Experts Say  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin seemed puzzled Thursday when ABC News anchor Charles Gibson asked her whether she agrees with the “Bush doctrine.”  —  “In what respect, Charlie?” she replied.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Martin Sieff / UPI:
ABC's Gibson grilled Palin hard, but it may backfire  —  There were no surprises, no knockout zingers, but also no bloopers Thursday night in Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's first TV interview since becoming the Republican vice presidential nominee.  —  Charles Gibson of ABC News was out for blood …
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 …
Jeff Masters / Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog:
Ike closes in on Galveston  —  Hurricane Ike is hours away from landfall on the upper Texas coast, and is already generating huge storm surges in Texas and Lousiana.  Although still of Category 2 strength, Ike remains larger and more powerful than Category 5 Katrina or Category 5 Rita.
Bill Brewer / Knoxville News-Sentinel:   Knox hit with gas shortage
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
Jonathan Darman / Newsweek:
The new NEWSWEEK Poll shows McCain and Obama deadlocked  —  With 53 days until Election Day, John McCain has pulled even with Barack Obama in the latest NEWSWEEK Poll.  Buoyed by the Republican convention and overwhelming partisan enthusiasm for his choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate …
Discussion: Hot Air and
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
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.
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Alleging Coup Plot, Chávez Ousts U.S. Envoy
Discussion: Guardian and Truthdig
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Les Misbarack  —  Whatever happens, the McCain campaign could never pull this off.  Patience, steel... triumph.
Eric Dash / New York Times:
U.S. Gives Banks Urgent Warning to Solve Crisis  —  As Lehman Brothers teetered Friday evening, Federal Reserve officials summoned the heads of major Wall Street firms to a meeting in lower Manhattan and insisted they rescue of the stricken investment bank and develop plans to stabilize the financial markets.
Discussion: L.A. Land
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Social Animal  —  Near the start of his book …
Discussion: Will Wilkinson and Eunomia
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