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10:05 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.
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.
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.
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.
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  —  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 …
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.
Ike wears itself out beating up on Texas  —  GALVESTON, Texas (CNN) — Rescuers in Galveston, Texas, were going door-to-door Saturday to check on the estimated 20,000 people who failed to flee Hurricane Ike, which has slowed to tropical storm status.  —  As of Saturday afternoon …
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
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / New York Post:
Discussion: Ed and Betsy's Page
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 …
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.
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
Obama aide: McCain camp ‘sleaziest’ in modern history
Discussion: The Politico and Liberal Values
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
Glen Johnson / Associated Press:
Greenspan: No McCain tax cuts without reduction  —  WASHINGTON - Alan Greenspan says the country can't afford tax cuts of the magnitude proposed by Republican presidential contender John McCain — at least not without a corresponding reduction in government spending.
Discussion: PoliBlog (TM)
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.
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
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.
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 …
Bradley Peniston / Army Times:
McCain on FCS: Flip-flop or fib?  —  Has Sen. John McCain renounced his longtime antagonism toward the Army's Future Combat Systems?  —  On Sept. 8, the Republican presidential candidate told a rally crowd in Lee's Summit, Mo., about an Obama video message to a liberal advocacy group.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Swampland
Media Matters for America:   Hannity misled about several Obama foreign policy positions to ask …
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Palin Administration Still Pursuing ‘Nowhere’ Project
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Energetically Wrong  —  Palin says Alaska supplies 20 percent of U.S. energy.
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Hackett / Daily Kos:
Obama is losing Ohio
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
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Gallup Daily: McCain 47%, Obama 45%
Discussion: The Swamp and TalkLeft
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Why McCain is going so negative, so often
Jake Coyle / Associated Press:
Tina Fey ‘likely’ to play Sarah Palin on ‘SNL’
Lee Siegel / Wall Street Journal:
The Triumph of Culture Over Politics
Discussion: RADAMISTO and TigerHawk