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Entries by Seth Colter Walls from 09/2008

Stevens Is Palin's "Mortal Enemy"? Not Quite

Posted 09.02.2008 | Politics

Despite the revelation, first reported on Monday, that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin once directed a pro-Ted Stevens political committee, the notion still p...

Palestinian Attack In Israel Part of God's Judgment, Said Recent Guest At Palin's Church

Posted 09.02.2008 | Politics

After several months of scrutinizing Barack Obama's former place of worship, reporters are now taking a close look at Alaskan churches frequented by p...

Palin's "Commander In Chief" Position Stripped By Bush

Posted 09.03.2008 | Politics

Republicans have been touting Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's service as "commander in chief" of the state's National Guard as proof of her foreign policy c...

Thompson Infanticide Distortion Advances Anti-Obama Smear

Posted 09.03.2008 | Politics

As Josh Marshall noted last night, former Sen. Fred Thompson appears to have picked up on the infanticide smear against Barack Obama. During his spee...

Female Clinton Supporters In Focus Groups See Talent, Mudslinging In Palin's Speech

Posted 09.04.2008 | Politics

In two different focus groups of Clinton-supporting Nevada women -- married and unmarried -- conducted immediately after Gov. Sarah Palin's Wednesday ...

Sebelius Accuses Palin Of Deceiving Voters

Posted 09.04.2008 | Politics

In a Thursday morning conference call for reporters organized by the Democratic National Committee, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius pushed back against ...

Not To Be Discussed At RNC: How To Tackle Islamic Extremism

Posted 09.04.2008 | Politics

Michael Hirsh has a good article over at Newsweek about the many foreign policy dilemmas Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin needs to get smart about, and soon. A...

How To Understand Sarah Palin: The Issues, Not Biography

Posted 09.08.2008 | Politics

Who is Sarah Palin? The question itself is open-ended to such a degree that it primes the reader for a complex answer. But what if the explanation tu...

McCain Camp Responds To False Palin 'Banned-Books' List

Posted 09.09.2008 | Politics

In a page right out of the Obama playbook, John McCain's campaign is responding directly and forcefully to a smear email campaign currently making the...

Palin Repeats "Bridge To Nowhere" Falsehood Again Despite Intense Criticism

Posted 09.09.2008 | Politics

Speaking in Lebanon, Ohio today, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin repeated her frequently debunked lie on the "bridge to nowhere," which originated in her spee...

Poll Madness: McCain Takes Lead Even As Democrats Out-Register Republicans?

Posted 09.09.2008 | Politics

This week's mainstream coverage of the presidential horse-race has been dominated by a series of polls showing the McCain-Palin ticket with its first ...

Rick Warren: Sarah Palin Called Me For Advice On Tuesday

Posted 09.10.2008 | Politics

Sarah Palin may not be taking questions from the press at the moment, but Pastor Rick Warren had a chance to ask her one yesterday when the Alaska gov...

Surge Proponents Face October Test: Will Provincial Elections Even Take Place?

Posted 09.10.2008 | Politics

Has the surge succeeded in Iraq? The political consensus at the moment appears to be "yes," with even surge opponent Barack Obama telling Bill O'Reill...

McCain Bundler, Booted Over Role In FCC-Fined Telecom, Now Staffs Palin

Posted 09.11.2008 | Politics

When International Discount Telecom, a company known more commonly as IDT, was slapped with a $1.3 million fine by the FCC this July for failing to di...

McCain Interview On Palin Riddled With Errors

Posted 09.11.2008 | Politics

As if to quash the emerging news narrative that John McCain is afraid of the press after going a full month without holding a press conference, the Re...

Palin Falsely Claimed She "Would Never Presume To Know God's Will"

Posted 09.11.2008 | Politics

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told ABC's Charles Gibson on Thursday that "I would never presume to know God's will or speak God's words." The response came...

Tim Johnson: Palin's Experience Claims "Laughable," McCain "Hard To Work With"

Posted 09.12.2008 | Politics

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota called Sarah Palin "not ready" to be vice president, referencing her recent...

Obama Camp Steps Up Attack On McCain's Honor

Posted 09.12.2008 | Politics

***UPDATED BELOW*** For some Democratic observers, it's been one of the most intensely debated questions of the general election campaign. Can you ca...

McCain Radio Ad Claims Palin Will Work For Stem Cell Research

Posted 09.12.2008 | Politics

UPDATE BELOW: Stem cell research advocate Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI) responds. In a new ad likely meant to burnish John McCain's "maverick," Republica...

Obama Ad Targets McCain's "Vile," "Truth Be Damned" Distortions

Posted 09.15.2008 | Politics

As promised by campaign manager David Plouffe last week, the Obama team is "taking the fight" to John McCain with a tough new ad entitled "Honor." Wit...

Palin Tax Mystery Enters Second Week: Itemizing The Questions

Posted 09.15.2008 | Politics

When news broke last week that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin received more than $17,000 in state-issued per diems for evenings spent in her own home, severa...

McCain's Economic "Fundamentals" Definition Ripped By Obama Campaign

Posted 09.15.2008 | Politics

John McCain quickly got hammered by Barack Obama on Monday when he declared that the "fundamentals of our economy are still strong" at an event in Jac...

'Bridge To Nowhere' Project Moving Forward, With Palin's Consent

Posted 09.16.2008 | Politics

Campaign fact-checkers were back to work on Monday, criticizing Gov. Sarah Palin for restating a false claim about the notorious "Bridge to Nowhere" t...

McCain Rips "Fat Cats" Instrumental In Funding His Campaign

Posted 09.16.2008 | Politics

John McCain struck a tough, quasi-populist pose this morning during his morning sweep of the television news shows. Speaking to NBC's Matt Lauer about...

McCain "Slow" On Economic Crisis, Ex-Bush Appointee Says

Posted 09.16.2008 | Politics

In a further signal that the economy has become the central front of the presidential race, Barack Obama's campaign organized a Tuesday afternoon conf...