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1:45 PM ET, September 13, 2008

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P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
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.
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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 …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
BRING YOUR OWN CAMERA  —  HOW SARAH CAN FIGHT BACK  —  CHARLIE Gibson's ABC interview with Republican veep candidate Sarah Palin produced a lot of complaints from Palin fans.  There's not much anyone in the campaign can do about journalists like Gibson misstating candidates' “exact words …
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.
Houston Chronicle:
County judge urges caution as Ike weakens  —  Area goes dark as hurricane cuts power to millions  —  Comments Recommend  —  Harris County Judge Ed Emmett urged caution as Hurricane Ike continued to pummel the area with wind and rain this morning, asking residents to stay inside and conserve water.
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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 …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Why McCain is going so negative, so often
Discussion: TheZoo
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Oops, Obama ad mocks McCain's inability to send e-mail.  Trouble is, he can't due to tortured fingers  —  As part of its effort to show the 72-year-old Republican Sen. John McCain as old and out of touch, the Democratic Party's hip campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, which frequently says it honors …
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Glenn Reynolds / Pajamas Media:
OKAY, I THOUGHT THE OBAMA COMMERCIAL MOCKING MCCAIN for not using …
Jim Wooten / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Panic sets in for Obama, Democrats  —  Barack Obama knows it.  The election he had in the bag is slipping away.  —  The selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate has so thrown him off stride, as it has most other Democrats, that all the momentum he had has vanished.
Discussion: Townhall.com
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 …
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 …
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
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Jake Coyle / Associated Press:
Tina Fey ‘likely’ to play Sarah Palin on ‘SNL’  —  NEW YORK - Tina Fey was “likely” to play Gov. Sarah Palin on “Saturday Night Live,” said a person close to NBC's sketch comedy show.  —  Fey is “likely” to return to her former show Saturday to play the Alaskan governor and Sen. John McCain's running mate …
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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: unbossed.com and Matthew Yglesias
Lee Siegel / Wall Street Journal:
The Triumph of Culture Over Politics  —  Liberals always think there's something broken in politics.  Conservatives always think there's something wrong with the culture.  Why that gives Sarah Palin and the Republicans the edge in November.  —  Culture war, culture war!
Discussion: TigerHawk
Eric Berger / SciGuy:
It's getting grim in Galveston  —  After New Orleans, Galveston is probably the second-most vulnerable Gulf Coast city to hurricanes.  Like New Orleans, Galveston relies on long-sturdy walls to protect its structures.  —  And like New Orleans, Galveston may soon find out that there's no substitute for elevation.
 
 
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Bradley Peniston / Army Times:
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New York Times:
Gov. Palin's Worldview  —  As we watched Sarah Palin on TV …
Discussion: Don Surber and TheZoo
The Huffington Post:
New Evidence: Palin Had Direct Role In Charging Rape Victims For Exams
Bob Geiger:
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Discussion: Firedoglake and The Impolitic
White House:
Press Gaggle by Tony Fratto and Julie Goon, Special Assistant …
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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Les Misbarack  —  Whatever happens, the McCain campaign could never pull this off.
Lindsey Ellerson / Political Punch:
Obama Implies McCain Puts Other Countries First
Time:
McCain Taps Lobbyist for Transition
Jonathan Darman / Newsweek:
The new NEWSWEEK Poll shows McCain and Obama deadlocked
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Second-Guessing  —  I'm watching Chris Matthews and he's reminding …
Michael Seitzman / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin Naked