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11:55 PM ET, September 13, 2008


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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.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
WHEELS COME OFF STRAIGHT TALK EXPRESS?  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  For a candidate who prides himself in “straight talk” — and whose political image in part is based on that truth-telling reputation — Saturday proved to be a brutal day for John McCain and his campaign.
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:
Palin Camp Provides Conflicting Accounts of Iraq Visit  —  RENO, Nev. — Aides to Gov. Sarah Palin spent Saturday scrambling to explain details of her only trip outside North America in the wake of a report that that trip did not include travel into 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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Why McCain is going so negative, so often
Gallup Daily: McCain 47%, Obama 45%
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Swamp
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:   McCain/Palin Lies Of The Day Watch: Didn't Visit Iraq and …
New York Times:
Once Elected, Palin Hired Friends and Lashed Foes  —  Michael Powell.  —  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 …
Cernig / Crooks and Liars:
McCain's Economist: We Need Tax Increases  —  Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former Director of the Congressional Budget Office and current chief McCain economic advisor tells Fortune columnist Matt Miller in a forthcoming book, The Tyranny of Dead Ideas, that the next President is simply going to have to raise taxes.
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Greenspan: No McCain tax cuts without reduction
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
Barack Obama under fire for ignoring advice on how to beat John McCain  —  Barack Obama and his senior advisers are under fire for ignoring the advice of Democratic senators and governors who are concerned that they do not know how to beat John McCain.  —  The Democratic presidential candidate's slump …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Battlegrounds: Florida, Pennsylvania breaking for McCain?  —  As if the Barack Obama needed any more bad news, the St. Petersburg Times and Zogby both deliver cause for pessimism at Team O. Florida polling shows that despite spending millions in advertising in the Sunshine State and a delay …
Houston Chronicle:
Powerless: More than 99 percent of region in the dark  —  Comments Recommend  —  Daybreak today in Hurricane Ike's wake only revealed what Houston area power providers already knew — the lights are out for roughly 5 million people, and getting the juice flowing again will be a painstaking process that could take weeks.
Ali / Think Progress:
‘Obama Waffles’ featuring racist, stereotyped images sold at Values Voter Summit.  —  At the Values Voter Summit this weekend, vendors sold an item called “Obama Waffles” featuring a racist cartoon of Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) on the box front — with “popping eyes and big, thick lips” …
Associated Press:   Forum sells ‘Obama Waffles’ with racial stereotype
Obama aide: McCain camp ‘sleaziest’ in modern history  —  MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama's spokesman on Saturday accused Sen. John McCain of “cynically running the sleaziest and least honorable campaign in modern presidential campaign history.”
Discussion: The Politico and Liberal Values
Jules Crittenden:
I Knew When I Married Her ...  ... she was hot and smart.  Fifteen years on she's all that and it turns the wife can write, too.  But don't take my word for it.  —  New York Times Sunday Book Review: … Reasonable people can disagree about that “comes close to ruining” ending part …
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 …
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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Did Gibson have a double standard for Palin? Update: ABC's edits
McCain and Palin plan joint town halls in battleground states  —  RENO, Nevada (CNN) — CNN has learned that John McCain and Sarah Palin plan to hold joint town hall meetings next week.  —  A McCain adviser says early plans are to hold the town halls in western Michigan and Wisconsin …
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Obama's Fundraising Machine Still Rolling as Campaign Stays Coy  —  Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) — Barack Obama may be playing possum.  —  John McCain's campaign is boasting about a surge in fundraising following his pick of running mate Sarah Palin, a swell of cash that his campaign says has eroded the money advantage Obama once enjoyed.
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