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4:30 PM ET, August 29, 2008

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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 …
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PALIN'S THE ONE  —  So now we've learned that Sarah Palin is McCain's choice for vice presidential nominee.  I have to say, it's a daring pick but I think a very weak one.  I'm perfectly happy with it.  Palin is in the midst of a reasonably serious scandal in her home state.
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 …
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
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.
New York Times:
McCain and Palin in Dayton, Ohio  —  The following is a transcript of Senator John McCain of Arizona and Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska speaking in Dayton, Ohio, as recorded by CQ Transcriptions.  —  MCCAIN: Thank you.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Thank you.  —  (APPLAUSE)  —  Thank you.
Discussion: Reason Magazine
Matt / Think Progress:
McCain's VP Choice Is Under Ethics Investigation For Abuse Of Power In Alaska  —  In Dayton, OH today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) will announce that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be his vice presidential running mate.  Palin, who entered office in 2006 after running as a reformer …
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
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.
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
Timothy Noah / Slate:
Sarah Palin, Web Invention  —  HOW A COLLEGE SOPHOMORE PUT ALASKA'S GOVERNOR ON THE MAP.  —  According to both the Aug. 29 Anchorage Daily News and the June 13 Colorado Springs Gazette, Sarah Palin became John McCain's vice presidential candidate largely through the machinations of someone …
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
Analysis: Palin's age, inexperience rival Obama's
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
McCain-Palin?  —  Few have been more critical of Sen. McCain than I …
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Did Palin Really Fight The “Bridge To Nowhere”?
Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Why Sarah Palin is No Dan Quayle
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Washington Post:   10 Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Palin
Chomans / Washington Monthly:   THE PALIN PICK...Howdy folks—I'm a new editor here at the Monthly …
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Campaign Reactions: Inexperience A “Heartbeat Away”
Discussion: michellemalkin.com and Firedoglake
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Biden's Girl Trouble
Discussion: The XX Factor
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A CONFOUNDING CHOICE.... Charles Homans offers some very helpful …
Discussion: The Jed Report and Kevin Drum
The Campaign Spot:
First Thoughts on the “Wow” Pick That Is Sarah Palin
Discussion: Political Machine
Lyndsi Thomas / NewsBusters.org:
CNN's Roberts: Palin Too Young and Inexperienced
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PALIN AND THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE.... John McCain's introduction …
Discussion: The New Republic and Hullabaloo
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Sarah Palin  —  If it's truly Palin, as it seems to be …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Ross Douthat
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
John McCain picks Alaska Gov for Veep
The New Republic:   Can Palin Shake Up The Race?
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.
Discussion: The Swamp and Taegan Goddard's …
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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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?
Associated Press:
Barack Obama Democratic Convention Speech (VIDEO) (TEXT)
Steve / Nielsen Wire:
Obama Speech, Final Day Of DNC Reaches A Quarter Of American Households
Discussion: The Swamp
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Tread Carefully Regarding Palin
Discussion: Firedoglake
 Earlier Items: 
Martin / Boztopia.com:
“What exactly is it the VP does every day?”
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Change Over Experience  —  The Palin pick sure will win headlines.
Marc Ambinder:
Sarah Palin's Introduced
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Gets Serious
Discussion: New York Times and Guardian
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
MSNBC Host Rips AP Reporter's Analysis of Obama Speech
 

 
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