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7:05 PM ET, September 13, 2008


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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Ed
New York Times:
In Office, Palin Hired Friends and Hit Critics  —  WASILLA, Alaska — Gov. Sarah Palin lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal.  —  So when there was a vacancy at the top of the State Division of Agriculture, she appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship.
Linda Bergthold / The Huffington Post:
Are YOU ready to be President?  —  If Charlie Gibson asked me if I were prepared to be the President of the United States .... and if I had the experience, both life and professional, of Sarah Palin, I would not answer the way she did on playerIndex?id=5793131ABC News this past week.
Associated Press:
Forum sells ‘Obama Waffles’ with racial stereotype  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Activists at a conservative political forum snapped up boxes of waffle mix depicting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a racial stereotype on its front and wearing Arab-like headdress on its top flap.
Ali / Think Progress:
‘Obama Waffles’ featuring racist, stereotyped images sold at Values Voter Summit.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Raw Story
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Campaigns shout it out  —  So much for nuance, or elevating the dialogue.  —  Locked in a political death match with 52 days to live, the presidential campaigns went nuclear on what looked to be a quiet Saturday, with stumping curtailed because of Hurricane Ike's catastrophic overnight hit on Houston.
Discussion: Vodkapundit and The Jed Report
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama camp: ‘Disgusting lies,’ ‘not worthy’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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
Los Angeles Times:
Sarah Palin will be interviewed by Sean Hannity next  —  Next up for Palin: Sean Hannity  —  The Sarah Palin media roll-out continues.  After doing two days of interviews with ABC's Charles Gibson this week, the Alaska governor will sit down with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Tuesday.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
Biden prepares for more prominent role in campaign  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The vice presidential nominee you aren't hearing so much about, Democrat Joe Biden, is planning a more prominent role to help validate Barack Obama among white working-class voters and criticize the Republican rival he's long called a friend.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Bradley Peniston / Army Times:
McCain on FCS: Flip-flop or fib?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Swampland
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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Justin Bank /
Energetically Wrong  —  Palin says Alaska supplies 20 percent of U.S. energy.
Discussion: Think Progress and SFGate
Michael Dobbs / Washington Post:
Paul Hackett / Daily Kos:
Obama is losing Ohio
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Obama's Fundraising Machine Still Rolling as Campaign Stays Coy
Jake Coyle / Associated Press:
Tina Fey ‘likely’ to play Sarah Palin on ‘SNL’
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. …
Jim Wooten / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Panic sets in for Obama, Democrats
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Berger / SciGuy:
It's getting grim in Galveston
Lee Siegel / Wall Street Journal:
The Triumph of Culture Over Politics
Discussion: TigerHawk
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Palin's Performance—Fine, But...
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
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Les Misbarack  —  Whatever happens, the McCain campaign could never pull this off.