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9:25 PM ET, August 31, 2008

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The Huffington Post:
McCain Camp Didn't Search Palin's Hometown Paper Archives  —  The McCain campaign has gone to great lengths to present the selection of Sarah Palin as one made after a careful, meticulous vetting process.  But evidence continues to suggest that the Arizona Republican made his VP choice with surprising haste.
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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.
Ross Douthat:
Will McCain Ruin Palin?
Discussion: The Jed Report
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Borderline
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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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 …
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.
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Palin: Surge?  What Surge?  —  Among the tiny number of occasions …
Joe Conason / Salon:
McCain's Palin pick is the epitome of tokenism
Discussion: TalkLeft
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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.
Tom Kizzia / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin touts stance on ‘Bridge to Nowhere,’ doesn't note flip-flop  —  When John McCain introduced Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate Friday, her reputation as a tough-minded budget-cutter was front and center.  —  “I told Congress, thanks but no thanks on that bridge to nowhere,” …
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Ryan / Think Progress:
McCain and Graham Repeat False Claim That Palin Opposed The ‘Bridge To Nowhere’  —  This morning on Fox News Sunday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) cited Gov. Sarah Palin's (R-AK) 2007 cancellation of the so-called “Bridge to Nowhere” as one reason he selected her as his running mate.
Mary Pemberton / Associated Press:
Critics: Palin used ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ for gain
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Will Thomas / Talking Points Memo:   FOR IT BEFORE SHE WAS AGAINST IT  —  Several readers have pointed …
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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Washington Wire:   GOP Scales Back Convention Program as Storm Nears
Pundit Review Radio / BLACKFIVE:
COMMANDING ALASKA'S GUARD W/ 24/7 MISSILE DEFENSE  —  One area of Sarah Palin's background that may help her is Alaska's unique role in our national security and homeland defense.  Several folks have have mentioned this but Tom W. was specific and his info jibes with the record.
Discussion: The Corner and Wizbang
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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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GOP CONVENTION UP IN THE AIR  —  The details remains sketchy.  But based on a press conference held moments ago by McCain campaign chairman Rick Davis, the Republicans are planning to cancel or radically scale back some or perhaps even all of this year's Republican convention.
Discussion: Open Left
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.
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.
Kari Lydersen / Washington Post:
Oil Group Joins Alaska in Suing To Overturn Polar Bear Protection  —  CHICAGO — The American Petroleum Institute and four other business groups filed suit Thursday against Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director H. Dale Hall, joining Alaska …
 
 
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Andrew Ferguson / New York Times:
The Republicans, Bound for Mars
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Molly Priesmeyer / Minnesota Independent:
National Lawyers Guild seeks to have judge review detentions …
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Stem cell backers doubt McCain's support
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Pivot Palin, Pivot!  —  She's said nice things about Hillary.
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
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 …
Rick Brookhiser / The Corner:
Palin  —  I have not had a TV to watch all week, though …
 

 
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