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5:30 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
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
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 …
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
Klaus Marre / The Hill:
Palin bursts onto the stage with praise for Hillary  —  In her first appearance on the national stage, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Friday praised Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) for her efforts on behalf of women.  —  “I think as well today of two other women …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Palin Pick Leaves Bruised Feelings  —  DENVER — Though it was high in shock value, the Palin pick left bruised feelings among the short-list contenders who were not picked — and infuriated some Republican officials who privately said McCain had gone out on a limb, unnecessarily, without laying the groundwork for such an unknown.
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
Ron Fournier / Associated Press:
Analysis: Palin's age, inexperience rival Obama's
Discussion: Yahoo! News and DownWithTyranny!
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama distances himself from “hair-trigger” campaign criticism
Discussion: TIME.com
Time:   Why McCain Picked Palin
Brandon Keim / Wired Science:
McCain's VP Wants Creationism Taught in School
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Tread Carefully Regarding Palin
Discussion: Firedoglake
Washington Post:   10 Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Palin
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
McCain-Palin?  —  Few have been more critical of Sen. McCain than I …
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Peter Robinson / The Corner:
Why Sarah Palin is No Dan Quayle
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Jonathan Singer / MyDD:
Sarah Palin is Spiro Agnew
Discussion: MSNBC and Wonkette
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Did Palin Really Fight The “Bridge To Nowhere”?
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
Sarah Palin, Buchananite
Discussion: Wonk Room and The New Republic
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Biden's Girl Trouble
Discussion: The XX Factor
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A War-Time Vice-President?  —  An Ambers reader writes:
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Marc Ambinder
Chomans / Washington Monthly:   THE PALIN PICK...Howdy folks—I'm a new editor here at the Monthly …
Sara Just / Political Radar:
How Palin Came to the Top of the List
Discussion: Hot Air
The Campaign Spot:   First Thoughts on the “Wow” Pick That Is Sarah Palin
The New Republic:   Can Palin Shake Up The Race?
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Sarah Palin  —  If it's truly Palin, as it seems to be …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Ross Douthat
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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John Podhoretz / Commentary:
What Palin Does
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Rahm: ‘Panic’
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Mona Charen / The Corner:
She's a hit  —  I'm getting tons of mail like this:
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
FOX: ALASKA IS NEXT TO RUSSIA!
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Harriet Miers Moment?
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Change Over Experience  —  The Palin pick sure will win headlines.
Marc Ambinder:
Sarah Palin's Introduced
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
MSNBC Host Rips AP Reporter's Analysis of Obama Speech
Discussion: Newshoggers.com