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9:55 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.
Discussion: Commentary and TalkLeft
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.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:   What Goes Through Their Minds?
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
Letters from Al Qaeda leaders show Iraqi effort is in disarray
Discussion: pw
No consensus on who was behind Sept 11 - global poll
Discussion: Right Wing News
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.
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” …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Palin Derangement Syndrome  —  Share This: Digg!  —  Now even the normally level headed Greg Sargent has it: … This is seriously nuts.  Palin asked Gibson to define what HE meant by it.  (NOTE: Stellaa points out that Gibson tried the same game with Obama and Media Matters ripped Gibson for it then.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: The Reaction and The World Newser
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Palin And The Bush Doctrine
Discussion: Campaign Silo and
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
John M. Broder / International Herald Tribune:
Biden living up to his gaffe-prone reputation  —  Senator Joseph Biden Jr., the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, is an experienced, serious and smart man.  But he does say some curious things.  A day on the campaign trail without some cringe-inducing gaffe is a rare blessing.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Hanging On to Biden's Every Word
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: Don Surber
Alan M. Dershowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Indictments Are Not The Best Revenge  —  I don't agree with a lot of the Bush administration's policies in the war on terror, and I plan to vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden in November.  But during a recent campaign rally Mr. Biden gave a wrong-headed, if well-intentioned …
Discussion: The Corner and Commentary
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Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
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Michael Finnegan / Los Angeles Times:
Palin talks tough on Iran, Russia in ABC interview
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