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4:50 PM ET, September 13, 2008


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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.
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
She's Not Ready  —  While watching the Sarah Palin interview with Charlie Gibson Thursday night, and the coverage of the Palin phenomenon in general, I've gotten the scary feeling, for the first time in my life, that dimwittedness is not just on the march in the U.S., but that it might actually prevail.
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, Eunomia and Daimnation!
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Martin Sieff / UPI:
ABC's Gibson grilled Palin hard, but it may backfire
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.
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Report: Palin Did Not Visit Iraq  —  WASILLA, Alaska — Aides to Gov. Sarah Palin are scrambling to explain details of her only trip outside North America — which, according to a new report, did not include Iraq, as the McCain-Palin campaign had initially claimed.
McCain-Palin Crowd-Size Estimates Not Backed by Officials  —  Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) — Senator John McCain has drawn some of the biggest crowds of his presidential campaign since adding Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to his ticket on Aug. 29.  Now officials say they can't substantiate the figures McCain's aides are claiming.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The latest Sarah Palin smear from the Left: teen molester  —  Just when you thought the Left could not possibly sink any lower in their bid to smear Sarah Palin, Air America manages to provide what hopefully will be the nadir of their efforts.  Randi Rhodes of Air America/Nova M Radio told …
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Why McCain is going so negative, so often  —  It's hard to imagine a more unlikely perch for John McCain to be shamed for his increasingly hard-edged and truth-stretching campaign than the middle seat on “The View.”  —  Yet on Friday morning, there sat the Republican nominee …
Discussion: TheZoo
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 …
Gallup Daily: McCain 47%, Obama 45%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking results for Sept. 10-12 show the race now statistically tied, with John McCain at 47% and Barack Obama at 45% among registered voters.  —  These results, based on interviewing conducted Wednesday through Friday …
Discussion: The Swamp and TalkLeft
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
St. Petersburg Times:
Campaign of lies disgraces McCain  —  This nation is facing real challenges on the economy, health care, jobs and the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  There are significant differences between how Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain would address them.
Media Matters for America:
Hannity misled about several Obama foreign policy positions to ask: “[D]oes that sound like a guy that has the experience to be the commander in chief?”  —  On the September 11 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, co-host Sean Hannity followed a series of misleading assertions about Sen. Barack Obama …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and News Hounds
Bradley Peniston / Army Times:
McCain on FCS: Flip-flop or fib?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Swampland
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 …
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Obama scales back campaign events in Ike's wake
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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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Paul Hackett / Daily Kos:
Obama is losing Ohio
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Obama's Fundraising Machine Still Rolling as Campaign Stays Coy
Associated Press:
Forum sells ‘Obama Waffles’ with racial stereotype
Discussion: Think Progress
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama camp: ‘Disgusting lies,’ ‘not worthy’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Rasmussen Reports:
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New York Times:
Gov. Palin's Worldview  —  As we watched Sarah Palin on TV …
Discussion: Don Surber, TheZoo and Bring It On!
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Oops, Obama ad mocks McCain's inability to send e-mail. …
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Berger / SciGuy:
It's getting grim in Galveston
Bob Geiger:
The Saturday Cartoons  —  Thanks to all who have come to visit …
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Impolitic
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘RHETORICAL’ BOOK BANNING.... Charlie Gibson asked Sarah …
Steven F. Hayward / Weekly Standard:
Give 'em Hell, Sarah
Eric Dash / New York Times:
U.S. Gives Banks Urgent Warning to Solve Crisis
Discussion: L.A. Land
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