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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GETTING REAL ABOUT PALIN  —  I've noticed some people who should know better claiming that bringing up Gov. Palin's troopergate scandal is tantamount to making a victim of or defending her slimeball ex-brother-in-law who allegedly once used a taser on his stepson.  —  That's awfully foolish.
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Borderline  —  This is amazing: … The more I learn about this choice, the more it reminds me of Bush's choice of Harriet Miers.  I don't think it's at all similar in its political ramifications — Miers' nomination was seen as a betrayal by social conservatives, the very people who are thrilled by Sarah Palin.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The RBC
Winston Smith / Philosoraptor:   Ham Sandwich McCain's Actual Choice for Veep
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Things That Make You Go Hmmm  —  Questions for the McCain-Palin campaign: … It strikes me as likely that there are reasonable answers to these questions - more reasonable than the only one given so far - … and the rumors buzzing across the Internets and the press corps are unfounded and unseemly.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Digg
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Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
BECAUSE OF THE HYPOCRISY!  [NOW UPDATED WITH EVEN MORE DASTARDLY HYPOCRISYNESS!]  —  Time to keep a running list of Sarah Palin's sins — lovingly gathered, mostly in crazed speculative form — by members of the Church of Diversity and Otherness coddling.  —  1) Alan Colmes: Poor prenatal care …
Lee Stranahan / The Huffington Post:
DailyKos Embraces The Palin ‘Fake Pregnancy’ Rumor But Rejects The Edwards Story  —  Its the wackiest rumor about Sarah Palin or any other politician so far this election.  It's making it's way all through the internet.  And of course it came from DailyKos.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Vice in Go-Go Boots?  —  The guilty pleasure I miss most when I'm out slogging on the campaign trail is the chance to sprawl on the chaise and watch a vacuously spunky and generically sassy chick flick.  —  So imagine my delight, my absolute astonishment, when the hokey chick flick came out on the trail …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Palin: Surge?  What Surge?  —  Among the tiny number of occasions …
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New York Times:
Republicans Drop Most Convention Action on Monday  —  ST. PAUL — Senator John McCain called a halt on Sunday afternoon to all but the most essential activities for the Republican National Convention on Monday, declaring that it was time for members of his party to “take off our Republican hats …
The Politico:
GOP sees potential redemption in Gustav  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Republican officials say their radically curtailed convention offers a big political opportunity for the party to redeem itself on the competence issue — and for John McCain to step out of President Bush's shadow once and for all.
Ross Douthat:
Will McCain Ruin Palin?
Discussion: The Jed Report
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Washington Wire:
Obama Says Storm Raises ‘Bipartisan Concerns’  —  Corey Dade in Toledo, Ohio, reports on the presidential race.  —  Barack Obama said a storm like Hurricane Gustav raises “bipartisan concerns” and it's “fine” that John McCain visited Mississippi's emergency operations center Sunday morning .
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Randyj / TIME.com:
Dead Heat  —  From CNN/Opinion Research Center:  —  Obama 49, McCain 48  —  Gov. Palin's approval: 38%, with 21% unfavorable and 41% never heard of her or have no opinion.  —  First poll with both tickets complete. … Read more from the poll here.  —  Get The Page delivered to your inbox.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Other McCain
Arnab Datta / Political Radar:
Ex-Dem Chair Apologizes for Hurricane Remark  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis Reports: Former DNC Chairman Don Fowler apologized on Sunday for joking in a private conversation that the timing of Hurricane Gustav demonstrates that God is on the side of the Democrats.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Unsafe President  —  Joe Klein knows McCain: … We have had two big presidential decisions from both candidates - the first time we can clearly judge their decision-making skills.  Obama's was prudent, cautious, thoroughly vetted, and serious about governing.
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
Ben / Think Progress:
McCain Says He Is ‘Obviously’ Against Torture, Forgets His Vote To Allow Waterboarding  —  When asked to judge the Bush administration this morning during an interview with Fox News's Chris Wallace, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said “history will judge that” but then immediately began making …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Sideshow
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Lines and Bubbles and Bars, Oh My!  New Ways to Sift Data  —  PEOPLE share their videos on YouTube and their photos at Flickr.  Now they can share more technical types of displays: graphs, charts and other visuals they create to help them analyze data buried in spreadsheets, tables or text.
 
 
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Pivot Palin, Pivot!  —  She's said nice things about Hillary.
Discussion: Hot Air
Bob Drogin / Los Angeles Times:
Lots of no-shows expected at Republican National Convention
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Elitism Bait  —  The entire Sarah Palin pick comes down to one thing …
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