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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.
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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.
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.
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 …
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
PALIN A HUGE HIT AT THE CLINTON FORUM.— You would not believe how the Sarah Palin pick is playing out at the Hillary Clinton Forum (tip to a VC commenter).  In order, these are all the posts on the first (and only) page I've looked at (page 8 of the Palin thread; this link may not point to exactly the same posts).
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 …
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
Analysis: Palin's age, inexperience rival Obama's  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  DENVER - John McCain's risky choice of Gov. Sarah Palin gives him a running mate who doubles down on his maverick image, may appeal to “hockey moms” and other women, and counters Barack Obama's aura of new-generation change.
Discussion: Yahoo! News and DownWithTyranny!
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
Sarah Palin, Buchananite  —  Very quickly.  Remember when Pat Buchanan ran a number of hard-right, fringe campaigns for president in the late 1980s, 1990s and 2000?  Well, guess who was supporting him:  —  From an AP report in 1999: … In fact, [a very committed Buchananite] …
Greg Veis / The New Republic:
An Astonishingly Arrogant V.P. Selection  —  It may be John McCain's birthday, but it seems like he's the one giving out gifts today.  The selection of Palin doesn't simply, as others have pointed out, undermine the notion that Obama is too inexperienced to be president …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Rahm: ‘Panic’  —  Rahm Emanuel piles on: … As a reader points out, this is a pick that pumps up both sides.  Democrats genuinely see it as a sign of panic.  Republicans are thrilled that McCain picked a real conservative, with a compelling story and a real presences besides.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and MSNBC
Matt / Think Progress:
McCain's VP Choice Is Under Ethics Investigation For Abuse Of Power In Alaska  —  In Dayton, OH today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will announce that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be his vice presidential running mate.  Palin, who entered office in 2006 after running as a reformer …
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.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama distances himself from “hair-trigger” campaign criticism  —  At a stop in Monaca, Pa., Barack Obama seemed to distance himself from his campaign's first, harshly critical response to the Palin pick.  —  “I think that, uh, you know, campaigns start getting these, uh, hair triggers and …
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Did Palin Really Fight The “Bridge To Nowhere”?  —  Republicans have been heavily touting Sarah Palin's reformist credentials, with her supposed opposition to Alaska's “Bridge to Nowhere” as Exhibit A. But how hard did she really fight the project?  Not very, it seems.
Gregg Erickson / Washington Post:
Palin the VP Choice
Discussion: The RBC, Daily Kos and The Caucus
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Palin Pick Leaves Bruised Feelings
Discussion: Daily Kos, The New Republic and MyDD
Lorenzo Benet / People.com:   Five Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Palin
Time:
Why McCain Picked Palin
Discussion: Think Progress
Jen Murphy / Wall Street Journal:
Gov. Sarah Palin: Midnight runs and caribou dinners
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Timothy Noah / Slate:
Sarah Palin, Web Invention
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PALIN: A SCANDAL WE CAN BELIEVE IN!
Discussion: TalkLeft and Spin Cycle
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Palin?!  —  As something of a Palin booster, I'm having …
Discussion: Think Progress
Michael Scherer / Swampland:   Dobson Says He Will Vote McCain
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Wexler: Palin a ‘far-right, pro-life zealot’
Brandon Keim / Wired Science:
McCain's VP Wants Creationism Taught in School
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Palin on Iraq
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Tread Carefully Regarding Palin
Discussion: Firedoglake and Corrente
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Palin bursts onto the stage with praise for Hillary
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michelle Malkin:
Poll time: Are you pumped?
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:   A Maverick Choice  —  The wisdom or error in selecting Palin …
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
McCain-Palin?  —  Few have been more critical of Sen. McCain than I …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Sara Just / Political Radar:   How Palin Came to the Top of the List
Peter Robinson / The Corner:   Why Sarah Palin is No Dan Quayle
Washington Post:
10 Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Palin
Discussion: The New Republic
Faiz / Think Progress:
Palin didn't like Hillary Clinton's ‘perceived whine.’
The New / The Caucus:
McCain's V.P.: It's Palin
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:   The Obama Campaign's First Impulse...
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.
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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)
Associated Press:   Obama's speech seen by 38 million viewers
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
FOX: ALASKA IS NEXT TO RUSSIA!  —  Yes she does have foreign policy experience, says Fox's Steve Doocy.  Alaska is right next to Russia!!!
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