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12:00 PM ET, September 13, 2008


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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.
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 …
P.J. Gladnick /
ABC News Edited Out Key Parts of Sarah Palin Interview  —  A transcript of the unedited interview of Sarah Palin by Charles Gibson clearly shows that ABC News edited out crucial portions of the interview that showed Palin as knowledgeable or presented her answers out of context.
Discussion: Hot Air, The Corner and Fox News
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Palin's Performance—Fine, But...  My take (and I didn't see the bits that aired on 20/20 or Nightline last night, although I read the transcript) was that she survived.  That's all she had to do.  Politically, everyone was grading her on a pass/fail, and she passed.
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Charlie Gibson's Gaffe
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.”
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 …
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 …
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Out of bounds! McCain-Palin misdirect blame for immigration flop
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Palin camp clarifies extent of Iraq trip  —  Says she never ventured beyond Kuwait border  —  Private Christopher T. Grammer/Department of Defense via Associated Press/fileLieutenant Colonel David Cogdell helped Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska test out training equipment at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, on July 24, 2007.
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Florida may be falling from Obama's grasp  —  Barack Obama could be on the verge of falling out of contention in Florida.  —  Despite spending an estimated $8-million on campaign ads in America's biggest battleground state and putting in place the largest Democratic campaign organization ever in Florida …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Other McCain
Eric Berger / SciGuy:
Ike makes landfall at Galveston.  What does it mean?  —  Hurricane Ike came ashore directly over the city of Galveston at 2:10 a.m.  —  This will bring the largest storm surge inland well up the Texas coast, possibly saving some of the Clear Lake area and parts of Galveston County from significant flooding.
Steven F. Hayward / Weekly Standard:
Give 'em Hell, Sarah  —  Like Truman, a natural-born executive.  —  Lurking just below the surface of the second-guessing about Sarah Palin's fitness to be president is the serious question of whether we still believe in the American people's capacity for self-government …
Discussion: Power Line and
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘RHETORICAL’ BOOK BANNING.... Charlie Gibson asked Sarah Palin yesterday about reports that she sought to ban books from the Wasilla public library.  Palin rejected this out of hand: “Never banned a book, never desired to ban a book.... It's an old wives' tale.”  —  There's ample reason to believe this isn't true at all.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Les Misbarack  —  Whatever happens, the McCain campaign could never pull this off.  Patience, steel... triumph.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama scales back campaign events in Ike's wake  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama asked his supporters Saturday to help with recovery from Hurricane Ike and canceled his plans to crack jokes on “Saturday Night Live” in the aftermath of the storm.
Discussion: Yahoo! News 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
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Bob Geiger:
The Saturday Cartoons  —  Thanks to all who have come to visit …
Discussion: Firedoglake
White House:
Press Gaggle by Tony Fratto and Julie Goon, Special Assistant …
Eric Dash / New York Times:
U.S. Gives Banks Urgent Warning to Solve Crisis
Discussion: L.A. Land
Lindsey Ellerson / Political Punch:
Obama Implies McCain Puts Other Countries First
McCain Taps Lobbyist for Transition
Jonathan Darman / Newsweek:
The new NEWSWEEK Poll shows McCain and Obama deadlocked
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Second-Guessing  —  I'm watching Chris Matthews and he's reminding …
Ryan / Think Progress:
Palin Backs Off Bridge To Nowhere Lie, Admits She Supported …
One Day on an Alaskan Cliffside  —  An Open Letter to Sarah Palin
No Disproportionate Shift in White Women's Preferences
Discussion: MyDD
Michael Seitzman / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin Naked
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Are The Netroots Being Played By Rove?