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9:10 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.
EXCERPTS: Charlie Gibson Interviews Sarah Palin  —  Republican VP Candidate Speaks with ABC News' Charlie Gibson in Exclusive Interview … GIBSON: Governor, let me start by asking you a question that I asked John McCain about you, and it is really the central question.
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.
Discussion: Commentary, TalkLeft and
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin Defends Experience, Takes Hard Line Approach on National Security  —  Republican VP Candidate Speaks with ABC News' Charles Gibson in Exclusive Interview  —  On the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, Gov. Sarah Palin took a hard-line approach on national security …
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” …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PAINFUL  —  The awkward moment when Charlie Gibson tries his best not to press the point that Sarah Palin doesn't know what he's referring to when he asks her about the “Bush Doctrine” ...
Hindrocket / Power Line:
THE PRESS: MAD AS HELL, AND NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANY MORE  —  Howard Kurtz's column in the Washington Post is surprisingly blunt and surprisingly revealing.  The mainstream media, Kurtz says, are mad.  Their anger, though, is oddly unidirectional: … There certainly isn't.
Associated Press:
Palin's statements on climate change at odds  —  FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's assertion that she believes humans play a role in climate change — made in her first major interview since joining the Republican ticket — is at odds with her previous statements.
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:   What Goes Through Their Minds?
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: The World Newser and Shakesville
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Letters from Al Qaeda leaders show Iraqi effort is in disarray
Discussion: pw
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Open thread: Palin on ABC; Update: Gibson distorts Palin's Iraq …
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Palin And The Bush Doctrine
Discussion: Campaign Silo, and Hot Air
No consensus on who was behind Sept 11 - global poll
Discussion: Right Wing News
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
Showing a Confidence, in Prepared Answers
Discussion: TVNewser
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Gibson Interview
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Palin, McCain, and the Bush Doctrine  —  As we know, George W. Bush has outlined a doctrine that he calls “preemption” but that's really prevention or “anticipatory self-defense.”  It holds that we should attack other countries that might attack us at some future point even if we have no particular evidence …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
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:
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Ben Smith / The Politico:
McCain: ‘Lashed Out’  —  A new McCain ad, reportedly airing …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Former GOP senator calls Palin a ‘cocky wacko’  —  (CNN) - Former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee was known for keeping a low-key profile on Capitol Hill, but the Republican -turned -Independent is making waves with his exceedingly blunt comments on newly-minted Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin:
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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 …
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 …
Weather service warns of ‘certain death’ in face of Ike  —  (CNN) — Residents living in single-family homes in some parts of coastal Texas face “certain death” if they do not heed orders to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Ike's arrival, the National Weather Service said Thursday night.
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.
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