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8:50 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?  —  A reader writes: … I wouldn't say I have quite the same Palin-love that progressives had for Obama in '04 ... but yeah, I'm sure this is part of the reason I'm pulling so hard for her to succeed: She's a politician I've liked for a while who's been thrust onto …
Discussion: The Jed Report
Winston Smith / Philosoraptor:   Ham Sandwich McCain's Actual Choice for Veep
Joe Conason / Salon:
McCain's Palin pick is the epitome of tokenism
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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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 …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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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 …
Yahoo! News:
GOP sees potential redemption in Gustav
Discussion: Associated Press and Reuters
Washington Wire:   GOP Scales Back Convention Program as Storm Nears
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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Mary Pemberton / Associated Press:
Critics: Palin used ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ for gain
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Reuters
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.
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Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Cindy McCain on ABC Today: Palin Has National Security Experience …
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   PROXIMITY TO RUSSIA IS IRRELEVANT.... On Friday, my friend Kevin …
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
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
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
 
 
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Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Pivot Palin, Pivot!  —  She's said nice things about Hillary.
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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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