The Note: You Break It . . .

An instant Palin classic, to Katie Couric, on why she cited her country's proximity to Russia as foreign-policy experience: "That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land -- boundary that we have with - Canada. . . . It -- it's funny that a comment like that was -- kind of made to -- cari -- I don't know, you know?" (The word is "caricature.")

"While it is quite likely, and perhaps understandable, that Ms. Palin felt nervous and spooked by all the media attention, it wasn't a reassuring performance," The New York Times' Alessandra Stanley writes. "Ms. Palin looked more steady and confident when she took a few questions from reporters after a visit to ground zero in Lower Manhattan, her first, gingerly encounter with campaign reporters since her nomination."

The Los Angeles Times' James Rainey judges her to be "meandering off in fruitless pursuit of coherence."

Leave no talking point behind: "Where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out," Palin said. "But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy. Um, helping, oh -- it's got to be all about job creation too. Shoring up our economy, and putting it back on the right track. So healthcare reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions, and tax relief for Americans, and trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, um, scary thing, but 1 in 5 jobs being created in the trade sector today."

Not done yet: "Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, describing the need for more troops in Afghanistan, said the United States has achieved 'victory' in Iraq," Howard Kurtz writes in The Washington Post. "It was an apparent misstep in Palin's third interview since agreeing to become Republican Sen. John McCain's running mate nearly one month ago."

Palin v. Kissinger: "Asked if she considers former Republican Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to be 'naïve' for supporting talks without preconditions, Palin said, 'I've never heard Henry Kissinger say, "Yeah, I'll meet with these leaders without preconditions being met," ' per ABC's Teddy Davis and Rigel Anderson. "Palin was overlooking that Kissinger (with whom she met earlier this week) has backed negotiating directly with Iran over its nuclear program and other bilateral issues -- a point which Couric reconfirmed at the closer of her interview."

At least she took questions on the trail. Asked whether she endorsed the reelection bids of Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young -- the long-time Republican incumbents from her home state -- she was statesmanlike: "We'll see where that goes."

More out of Alaska: "Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has made a crackdown on gift-giving to state officials a centerpiece of her ethics reform agenda, has accepted gifts valued at $25,367 from industry executives, municipalities and a cultural center whose board includes officials from some of the largest mining interests in the state, a review of state records shows," James V. Grimaldi and Robert O'Harrow Jr. write for The Washington Post.

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