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10:20 AM ET, August 29, 2008


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Ed OKeefe / Political Radar:
McCain VP Contender Palin in Alaska, Not Ohio  —  ABC News' Kate McCarthy Reports: As vice presidential speculation swirls, Gov. Sarah Palin is watching the fireworks from her home in Wasilla, Alaska.  —  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is in Dayton, Ohio, awaiting a high noon event at which the campaign …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
BREAKING: Pawlenty won't be in Dayton today, says “was honored to be considered”  —  Gov. Tim Pawlenty said this morning that he will he not be in Dayton, Ohio, today and strongly suggested that he won't be John McCain's running mate.  —  “I'm going to be at the [Minnesota] state fair,” Pawlenty said on WCCO just minutes ago.
Marc Ambinder:
Romney Expected To Appear In Dayton Tomorrow  —  So — two senior McCain campaign officials confirm that John McCain will appear with his vice presidential pick in Dayton, Ohio tomorrow at noon ET.  —  And Gov. Mitt Romney expects to be in Dayton, Ohio tomorrow, having been asked …
John Harwood /
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 …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
Wiki Breaks It?  —  On Friday, August 29, Fox & Friends reported that Palin's family departed hastily from Anchorage, Alaska aboard a Gulfstream jet that landed near Dayton, Ohio, site of McCain's planned vice presidential announcement.  They cited the website Change& …
Fox News:
Alaska Gov. Palin Tops Speculation About McCain Veep Pick  —  DENVER — Speculation about who John McCain would name as his running mate focused on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin after reports circulated early Friday that two short-listers — Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty — were out of the running.
Mike Huckabee / Huck PAC:
A MESSAGE FROM MIKE HUCKABEE  —  Dear HuckPAC family:  —  You guys have been incredible in your faithful support, prayers, and efforts throughout the campaign and beyond it.  Janet and I feel like the most blessed people on earth to have been able to be part of the growing community …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Hot Air
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
John McCain picks Alaska Gov., source says  —  A Republican source confirms that John McCain has chosen Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate.  Campaign officials, however, remain mum this morning.  —  McCain is expected to announce his choice at a rally in Dayton later.
Marc Ambinder:
Fun With FlightAware, McCain Edition  —  Thanks to the readers who pointed me to the journey of a sturdy Gulfstream 5 with the tale number of N22GY.  Anchorage, Alaska to Hook Municipal Field in Ohio.  Nearby Dayton. 30 miles away.  And the plane was in Flagstaff, AZ recently.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Pawlenty says he's going to State Fair, not McCain rally  —  Gov. Tim Pawlenty told WCCO radio this morning that he is going to the State Fair and not to Dayton, Ohio, where Republican Sen. John McCain is to announce his choice for vice president at 11 a.m.  —  “I plan to be at the State Fair,” he said.
NBC: Pawlenty, Romney VP chances dim
Discussion: On Deadline
Randyj /
Reports: It's Palin
Discussion: Political Machine and PoliGazette
Washington Wire:
Veepstakes: Romney, Pawlenty Fade; New Focus on Palin
Discussion: American Street and Gawker
Erick Erickson /
McCain's Vice President: Tim Pawlenty
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Donklephant
Matthew / Change & Experience:
Rumor: Alaska Governor Sarah Palin arrives in Dayton
Discussion: Marc Ambinder and Betsy's Page
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
MSNBC Host Rips AP Reporter's Analysis of Obama Speech  —  NEW YORK In an unusually heated attack on a veteran political reporter by a cable news host, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann laced into the Associated Press's Charles Babington an hour after Barack Obama had concluded his speech in Denver on Thursday night.
New York Times:
Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech  —  The following is the text, as prepared for delivery, of Senator Barack Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, as provided by the Obama campaign.  —  To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin; and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation;
David Brooks / New York Times:
A Speech to the Delegates  —  My fellow Americans, it is an honor to address the Democratic National Convention at this defining moment in history.  We stand at a crossroads at a pivot point, near a fork in the road on the edge of a precipice in the midst of the most consequential election since last year's “American Idol.”
Discussion: Commentary
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Gets Serious
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Analysis: Obama spares details, keeps up attacks
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
The Perfect Stranger  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama is an …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
OBAMA'S SPEECH....That was a helluva speech, wasn't it?  Damn.
Discussion: The RBC
Washington Post:
GOP Considers Delaying Convention  —  Tropical Storm Gustav Is Forecast to Hit U.S. Next Week as Hurricane  —  Republican officials said yesterday that they are considering delaying the start of the GOP convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul because of Tropical Storm Gustav …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Hope We Confess  —  It was a deeply substantive speech, full of policy detail, full of people other than the candidate, centered overwhelmingly on domestic economic anxiety.  It was a liberal speech, more unabashedly, unashamedly liberal than any Democratic acceptance speech since the great era of American liberalism.
David L. Stern / New York Times:
Security Group Refuses to Back Russia's Actions  —  DUSHANBE, Tajikistan — Russia suffered a significant setback here on Thursday, as members of a regional security group in which the Kremlin plays an important role offered little support for Moscow's military action in Georgia.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
China to Russia: You're On Your Own
Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Media Cheers Obama Speech  —  Several members of the media were seen cheering and clapping for Barack Obama as the Illinois senator accepted the Democratic nomination Thursday.  Standing on the periphery of the football field serving as the Democratic convention floor, dozens of men …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Oprah so moved by Obama speech she cries her eyelashes off
Discussion: Time and Real Clear Politics
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Feeling No Pain  —  My first reaction to Bill Clinton's …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin?  —  A reader sent in the above charter flight track …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
Vanity Fair:
Run Silent, Run Veep: The McCain Counterregnum
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Quick Pointlets About the Obama Speech
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Gordon / The New Republic:
Impossible to Pigeonhole  —  Barack Obama's speech tonight …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
A Lot of People
Discussion: Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
A Shooting Liberal Star
Discussion: what if? and TalkLeft
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Missing in Action  —  Three subjects were conspicuously absent …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
INITIAL THOUGHTS  —  I thought this was a very strong speech.
Discussion: Washington Monthly