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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.
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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PALIN: A SCANDAL WE CAN BELIEVE IN!  —  As mentioned earlier, Gov. Palin is embroiled in her own trooper-gate scandal up in Alaska.  In short, she's accused of using her pull as governor to get her ex-brother-in-law fired as a state trooper.  The brother-in-law is embroiled in an ugly divorce and custody with Palin's sister.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Spin Cycle
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Tread Carefully Regarding Palin  —  Share This: Digg!  —  Steve M makes a point worth repeating: … I would add that Obama does not need to be arguing how important experience is.  Let me also add that when Tim Kaine, who has exactly the same experience as Palin, was treated by the Media …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama camp, Dems belittle Palin pick  —  Barack Obama's campaign is blasting John McCain for putting “the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency.”  —  The scathing description of Sarah Palin, from Obama spokesman Bill Burton …
Discussion: CBN.com and The Crypt's Blogs
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Palin Pick Leaves Bruised Feelings  —  DENVER — Though it was high in shock value, the Palin pick left bruised feelings among the short-list contenders who were not picked — and infuriated some Republican officials who privately said McCain had gone out on a limb, unnecessarily, without laying the groundwork for such an unknown.
Fox News:
McCain Names Alaska Gov. Palin as Running Mate  —  DAYTON, 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.
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
Analysis: Palin's age, inexperience rival Obama's
Discussion: Yahoo! News
New York Times:
McCain and Palin in Dayton, Ohio
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Washington Post:   10 Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Palin
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
McCain-Palin?  —  Few have been more critical of Sen. McCain than I …
Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Why Sarah Palin is No Dan Quayle
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Lyndsi Thomas / NewsBusters.org:
CNN's Roberts: Palin Too Young and Inexperienced
Chomans / Washington Monthly:   THE PALIN PICK...Howdy folks—I'm a new editor here at the Monthly …
Brandon Keim / Wired Science:
McCain's VP Wants Creationism Taught in School
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Biden's Girl Trouble
Discussion: The XX Factor
Time:   Why McCain Picked Palin
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Did Palin Really Fight The “Bridge To Nowhere”?
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Sarah Palin  —  If it's truly Palin, as it seems to be …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Ross Douthat
The Campaign Spot:   First Thoughts on the “Wow” Pick That Is Sarah Palin
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PALIN AND THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE.... John McCain's introduction …
Discussion: The New Republic and Hullabaloo
The New Republic:   Can Palin Shake Up The Race?
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
First Reaction to McCain's Choice of Palin
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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)
 
 
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Mona Charen / The Corner:
She's a hit  —  I'm getting tons of mail like this:
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
FOX: ALASKA IS NEXT TO RUSSIA!
The Politico:
Tricky balance: New, old politics clash in speech
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Harriet Miers Moment?
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Change Over Experience  —  The Palin pick sure will win headlines.
Marc Ambinder:
Sarah Palin's Introduced
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Obama Gets Serious
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