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4:15 PM ET, September 12, 2008


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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.
New York Post:
ABC'S BUNGLES  —  BOTCHES MAR PALIN INTERVIEW  —  LAST night, Sarah Palin had her first big-time media interview with Charlie Gibson on ABC World News Tonight.  —  At times, Palin seemed to know less than she should.  On the other hand, Gibson sometimes seemed to “know” things that just aren't so.
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin Defends Experience, McCain Foreign Policy; Dems Pounce on ‘Bush Doctrine’  —  Charlie Gibson Interviews Alaska Governor, McCain VP Candidate Again on Friday  —  Gov. Sarah Palin never claimed to be a foreign policy expert, but should the potential next vice president …
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:   Sorry, Charlie  —  As I said in a post earlier today …
Rich Noyes /
In 2007 Interview, ABC's Gibson Greeted Obama With Softballs
Jack Shafer / Slate:
Palin vs. Gibson, Round 1
Discussion: Guardian and The Daily Dish
Clive Crook:
Palin's interview with Charles Gibson
Discussion: The American Scene
The Huffington Post:
McCain Grilled On “The View”: Sarah Palin, His Abortion Stance, His Obama Attack Ads, And More  —  The ladies of “The View” confronted John McCain today for lying in recent attack ads.  In arguably his toughest interview yet, View co-host Joy Behar asked McCain:
Matt / Think Progress:
On ‘The View,’ McCain Falsely Claims Palin Never Requested Earmarks As Governor Of Alaska  —  Appearing on “The View” today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) falsely claimed that Sarah Palin never requested earmarks as the governor of Alaska.  “Not as governor she didn't,” McCain told Barbara Walters after she noted Palin “took some earmarks”:
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
LYING MCCAIN  —  It's become pathological.  John McCain just claimed on TV that Sarah Palin has never requested an earmark for her state — when actually her state gets more earmarks than any other state in the country.  And this year she asked for $197 million worth of them herself.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Positive Reenforcement  —  Good story from the Associated Press:
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama camp seizes on ‘divorced’ comment  —  After a week on defense, Barack Obama's campaign is roaring back with a new theme for attacking John McCain: “out of touch.”  —  In a conference call with reporters on Friday morning, the Obama campaign seized on a comment by McCain in Thursday …
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-Ill., is once again declaring that he is going to take off the gloves and fight back against attacks from the Republican Party.
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 …
Gallup Daily: McCain 48%, Obama 45%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking results for Sept. 9-11 show a slight, but not statistically significant, three percentage point advantage for John McCain over Barack Obama among registered voters, 48% to 45%.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Who Vetted This Guy?  —  Joe Biden released ten years of tax returns.  (In the open-book department the Obama camp is delinquent so I'm not sure what the point of this is.)  But Scranton, we have a problem.  From TaxProf Blog: … A handy chart follows.
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Biden Releases 10 Years of Tax Returns
The Campaign Spot:
Obama Wants To Make ‘Lack of Disclosure’ an Issue
Philip Elliott / Associated Press:   Biden releases tax records to pressure Palin
Ben Smith / The Politico:
The first Palin cable interview... with Sean Hannity, Fox says, as she heads back to a zone of relative safety.
Elrod / The Moderate Voice:   Back to the cocoon  —  Last night's interview with Charlie Gibson …
Brian Stelter / The Caucus:
Next Up for Palin, Sean Hannity
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
McCain Pre-Palin: Mayors And Governors Can't Handle National Security  —  When does being a governor or mayor for a short period of time not disqualify your credentials on national security?  When you are John McCain and your task is to defend your vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
New York Times:
Obama's Tone Sharpens as Party Frets  —  DOVER, N.H. — Senator Barack Obama intensified his assault against Senator John McCain here on Friday, drawing sharp connections between his Republican rival and President Bush through a coordinated, partywide message as he confronts …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
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 …
10 Questions for Bill O'Reilly  —  As a working-class kid who attended Harvard, what was your impression of the student body and faculty?  Alfred Basso CHARLESTON, S.C.  —  Well, the faculty at the Kennedy School of Government was pretty good when I was there.
Discussion: TVNewser
Ross Douthat:
Will McCain Ruin Palin, Revisited  —  At this point, I'm no longer that all that worried about Sarah Palin crashing and burning, Quayle-style, because John McCain plucked her from obscurity before her time.  Now I'm worried about one of the GOP's most interesting talents being absorbed …
Discussion: Undiplomatic and Kevin Drum
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Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:
McCain fumbles Palin's record on earmark requests
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Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
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Alan Fram / Associated Press:
McCain takes slim lead over Obama in AP-GfK poll
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
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The Politico:
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Miles to Go  —  Democrats, hit reset.  Accept the fact …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Blizzard of Lies  —  Did you hear about how Barack Obama wants …