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1:30 PM ET, August 31, 2008

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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 …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin electrifies conservative base  —  ST. PAUL - The selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate has electrified conservative activists, providing a boost of energy to the GOP nominee-in-waiting from a key constituency that had been previously had been lukewarm - at best - about him.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain: Palin a “soulmate”  —  John McCain, in his first television interview since his shocking vice presidential pick, said that he saw in Sarah Palin “a partner and a soul mate.”  —  “This is a person who will help me reform Washington and change the way they do business,” McCain told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
Discussion: American Street and Sadly, No!
Amanda / Think Progress:
Cindy McCain: Palin knows foreign policy because ‘Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia.’  —  Today on ABC's This Week, Cindy McCain tried to rebut the criticism that Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) has no national experience by taking a talking point from Fox's Steve Doocy.
Nancy Dillon / NY Daily News:
Sarah Palin's mother-in-law uncertain about how she'll vote  —  WASILLA, Alaska - Sarah Palin's hometown rallied around her as mayor - now Republicans wonder if the rest of America will warm up to the surprise pick from cold country.  —  Though her mother-in-law has doubts.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PROXIMITY TO RUSSIA IS IRRELEVANT.... On Friday, my friend Kevin Drum came up with a clever little way to preemptively mock Republicans' claims about Sarah Palin's foreign policy experience.  “Isn't Alaska a central front in the new Cold War?  That's foreign policy experience right there!”  Kevin joked.
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Sarah Palin: conservatives find the girl of their dreams  —  The Alaskan governor's family life and political views press the right's buttons  —  When Sarah Palin stepped into the spotlight as John McCain's running mate in Dayton, Ohio, and promised that women could “shatter that glass ceiling once …
Katha Pollitt / The Nation:
Sarah Palin, Wrong Woman for the Job
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Hullabaloo
New York Post:
THE REAL THING  —  MCCAIN'S SLAM-DUNK SURPRISE
Discussion: Reuters
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.
Washington Post:
Palin Made an Impression From the Start  —  Fellow Maverick Survived McCain's Thorough Vetting Process, Aides Say  —  Their first encounter was last February at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington.  Sarah Palin was one of several governors who met privately with Sen. John McCain …
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Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
2 Top Alaska Newspapers Question Palin's Fitness
Discussion: Open Left
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Obama Outwits the Bloviators  —  STOP the presses!  This election isn't about the Clintons after all.  It isn't about the Acropolis columns erected at Invesco Field.  It isn't about who is Paris Hilton and who is Hanoi Hilton.  (Though it may yet be about who is Sarah Palin.)
Discussion: Hoffmania!
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The Politico:
Storm scrambles GOP convention  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — President Bush is unlikely to make it to the Republican National Convention, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) may deliver his acceptance speech via satellite because of the historically huge hurricane threatening New Orleans, top officials said.
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Kim Priestap / Wizbang:
You Stay Classy, Alan Colmes  —  Alan Colmes of Hannity and Colmes wrote a post so inappropriate and offensive the Kos Kiddies would be envious.  He accused Governor Palin of not taking enough care of Trig when he was an unborn baby.  A man who has no problem with a woman killing …
 
 
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Bob Drogin / Los Angeles Times:
Lots of no-shows expected at Republican National Convention
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Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Elitism Bait  —  The entire Sarah Palin pick comes down to one thing …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Rick Brookhiser / The Corner:
Palin  —  I have not had a TV to watch all week, though …
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Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Executive Experience  —  On the McCain Report, Michael Goldfarb writes …
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Obama Amid the Pillars Of an Ancient Culture
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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