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10:50 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 …
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 …
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
John McCain picks Alaska Gov: Source  —  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.
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 …
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.
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& …
Randyj /
Reports: It's Palin  —  Chicago Tribune and CNBC's John Harwood say the Alaska Governor is the pick.  —  Early morning reports of a plane from Anchorage, Alaska to an airport near Dayton kicked off the speculation.  —  CNN: Someone who works at the airport says a woman and two children got off …
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
CNN:   McCain passes over Pawlenty for VP
NBC: Pawlenty, Romney VP chances dim
Discussion: On Deadline
Washington Wire:
Veepstakes: Romney, Pawlenty Fade; New Focus on Palin
Discussion: Gawker
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:   McCain V.P.: Who Can It Be Now?
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.
Robert Gordon / The New Republic:   Impossible to Pigeonhole  —  Barack Obama's speech tonight …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Oprah so moved by Obama speech she cries her eyelashes off
Discussion: Time and Real Clear Politics
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
Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
The Perfect Stranger  —  WASHINGTON — Barack Obama is an …
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.
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Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Not the Obama We Know  —  Everyone knew that Barack Obama can give …
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Gets Serious
Discussion: Ross Douthat
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 …
Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
 Earlier Items: 
Vanity Fair:
Run Silent, Run Veep: The McCain Counterregnum
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Quick Pointlets About the Obama Speech
Wall Street Journal:
A Shooting Liberal Star
Discussion: what if? and TalkLeft
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
INITIAL THOUGHTS  —  I thought this was a very strong speech.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Andy Barr / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Media Cheers Obama Speech