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3:50 PM ET, August 29, 2008

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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 …
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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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Politico and Think Progress
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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: Spin Cycle
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.
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama camp, Dems belittle Palin pick
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
McCain-Palin?  —  Few have been more critical of Sen. McCain than I …
Discussion: michellemalkin.com
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A CONFOUNDING CHOICE.... Charles Homans offers some very helpful …
Discussion: The Jed Report and Kevin Drum
Chomans / Washington Monthly:   THE PALIN PICK...Howdy folks—I'm a new editor here at the Monthly …
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:   Biden's Girl Trouble
Washington Post:   10 Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Palin
Brad Plumer / The New Republic:
Did Palin Really Fight The “Bridge To Nowhere”?
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Palin Pick Leaves Bruised Feelings
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
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
John McCain picks Alaska Gov for Veep
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Bittergate II  —  This cringe-inducing retort from Obama campaign:
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Sarah Palin  —  If it's truly Palin, as it seems to be …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Ross Douthat
CBN.com:
Palin Pick Causes ‘Elation’ among Evangelical Leaders
Discussion: Betsy's Page and The Crypt's Blogs
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:   Tread Carefully Regarding Palin
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
BREAKING: Pawlenty won't be in Dayton today, says “was honored to be considered”
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
First Reaction to McCain's Choice of Palin
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
McCain Picks Palin
Discussion: Time and Corrente
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: Taegan Goddard's … and Open Left
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Robert S. McElvaine / The Huffington Post:   No Dice to a President Who Loves to Roll Dice
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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Steve / Nielsen Wire:
Obama Speech, Final Day Of DNC Reaches A Quarter Of American Households
Discussion: The Swamp
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.
Discussion: Sonny Bunch
Marc Ambinder:
Sarah Palin's Introduced
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“Fight For You”  —  12.46 pm.  I can see the logic of this, and she made a good speech.
 Earlier Items: 
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Not the Obama We Know  —  Everyone knew that Barack Obama can give …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Gets Serious
Discussion: New York Times and Guardian
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Feeling No Pain  —  My first reaction to Bill Clinton's …
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
MSNBC Host Rips AP Reporter's Analysis of Obama Speech