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3:35 PM ET, August 29, 2008

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John Harwood / CNBC.com:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Is McCain's VP Pick: Source  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a self-styled “hockey mom” who has only been governor for a little over a year, is GOP Presidential candidate John McCain's choice for Vice President, CNBC has learned.  —  According to a Republican strategist …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Palin dissed veep job  —  If Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin got the job as running mate for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), count her as one of the most surprised.  —  In an interview just a month ago, she dissed the job, saying it didn't seem “productive.”  —  In fact, she said she doesn't know what the vice president does.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Stretches Lead to 8 Points  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking finds Barack Obama moving to an eight percentage point lead over John McCain, 49% to 41%.  —  Obama's significant lead over McCain almost certainly reflects the effects of the Democratic National Convention.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Open Left
New York Times:
McCain Chooses Palin as Running Mate  —  DAYTON, Ohio — In a surprise move, Senator John McCain chose Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate on Friday, shaking up the political world at a time when his campaign has been trying to attract women, especially disaffected supporters …
CNN:
McCain picks Alaska Gov. Palin as running mate  —  (CNN) — Sen. John McCain has picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, a senior McCain campaign official told CNN on Friday.  —  Palin, 44, who's in her first term as governor, is a pioneering figure in Alaska …
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
Cold Water on Palin  —  Both the pros and the cons are pretty obvious.  I'm going to focus on the cons, mostly because conservatives right now seem to be paying them less attention.  —  The pros: She's a pro-life conservative reformer from outside Washington, and a woman.
The New Republic:
I'll See Your Biden and Raise You a Palin  —  Yesterday I argued that picking a woman for veep would help re-establish McCain's reputation as a maverick.  If the pick is indeed Sarah Palin you are going to have a lot of women voters wondering why Senator Obama didn't tap Senator Clinton as his running mate.
Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
McCain VP Contender Palin in Alaska, Not Ohio  —  ABC News' Kate McCarthy reports: As vice presidential speculation swirls, Gov. Sarah Palin is watching the fireworks from her home in Wasilla, Alaska.  —  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is in Dayton, Ohio, awaiting a high noon event at which the campaign …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Palin?!  —  As something of a Palin booster, I'm having some flop sweats at the idea it's actually happening.  You've heard all the usual pros and cons, here are a few added thoughts off the top of my head.  —  The way she talks.  She has something of a native Alaskan's accent/speaking style.
Discussion: Think Progress
Fox News:
McCain Names Alaska Gov. Palin as Running Mate  —  AYTON, Ohio — Injecting a new twist into the presidential race, John McCain on Friday named Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate, introducing the 44-year old at a rally that also celebrated the Republican presidential candidate's 72nd birthday.
MSNBC:
McCain picks Palin as running mate  —  Alaska governor to be first female Republican VP nominee  —  Sarah Palin, mother of five, is Alaska's first female governor and the first woman to run on a Republican presidential ticket.  —  Live video  —  McCain announces VP choice
Karen Breslau / Newsweek:
Palin in the Green Room  —  NEWSWEEK's Karen Breslau shares a personal moment with the Alaska governor.  —  When Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin arrived backstage for our NEWSWEEK Women & Leadership Event in Los Angeles last March, John McCain had just wrapped up the GOP nomination.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama camp, Dems belittle Palin pick
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:   Biden's Girl Trouble
Chomans / Washington Monthly:   THE PALIN PICK...Howdy folks—I'm a new editor here at the Monthly …
Washington Post:   10 Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Palin
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A CONFOUNDING CHOICE.... Charles Homans offers some very helpful …
Discussion: The Jed Report and Kevin Drum
Robert S. McElvaine / The Huffington Post:   No Dice to a President Who Loves to Roll Dice
Lyndsi Thomas / NewsBusters.org:
CNN's Roberts: Palin Too Young and Inexperienced
Discussion: protein wisdom
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Did Palin Really Fight The “Bridge To Nowhere”?
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
John McCain picks Alaska Gov for Veep
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:   Bittergate II  —  This cringe-inducing retort from Obama campaign:
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Sarah Palin  —  If it's truly Palin, as it seems to be …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Ross Douthat
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Palin Pick Leaves Bruised Feelings
The Campaign Spot:
First Thoughts on the “Wow” Pick That Is Sarah Palin
Discussion: Political Machine
CBN.com:
Palin Pick Causes ‘Elation’ among Evangelical Leaders
Discussion: Betsy's Page and The Crypt's Blogs
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
McCain Picks Palin
Discussion: Time and Corrente
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
BREAKING: Pawlenty won't be in Dayton today, says “was honored to be considered”
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Change Over Experience  —  The Palin pick sure will win headlines.  It wasn't completely out of the blue, but it's a little mystifying for one obvious reason.  If McCain's entire argument so far has been that Obama is too untested to be president, then how can he pick a 44-year-old …
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Brian Stelter / TV Decoder:
38 Million View Obama's Speech; Highest-Rated Convention In History  —  A crowd gathers on the lawn near the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to hear the acceptance speech of Barack Obama on a giant TV screen.  (Bradley C Bower/Associated Press)
Discussion: TIME.com, Nielsen Wire and Us Weekly
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
MSNBC Host Rips AP Reporter's Analysis of Obama Speech  —  NEW YORK In an unusually heated attack on a veteran political reporter by a cable news host, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann laced into the Associated Press's Charles Babington an hour after Barack Obama had concluded his speech in Denver on Thursday night.
 
 
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Martin / Boztopia.com:
“What exactly is it the VP does every day?”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PALIN: A SCANDAL WE CAN BELIEVE IN!
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Marc Ambinder:
Sarah Palin's Introduced
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Fight For You”  —  12.46 pm.  I can see the logic of this, and she made a good speech.
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