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3:15 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Fox News:
McCain Names Alaska Gov. Palin as Running Mate  —  AYTON, 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.
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 …
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
McCain-Palin?  —  Few have been more critical of Sen. McCain than I, both here and on my radio show.  And I have long said on my radio show that his selection of a running-mate will be key in determining my enthusiasm for his candidacy.  If McCain has, in fact, chosen Gov. Palin, then count me in with both feet.
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: Ben Smith's Blogs
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:   Biden's Girl Trouble
Chomans / Washington Monthly:   THE PALIN PICK...Howdy folks—I'm a new editor here at the Monthly …
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
John McCain picks Alaska Gov for Veep
Lyndsi Thomas / NewsBusters.org:
CNN's Roberts: Palin Too Young and Inexperienced
Discussion: protein wisdom
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama camp, Dems belittle Palin pick
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A CONFOUNDING CHOICE.... Charles Homans offers some very helpful …
Discussion: The Jed Report and Kevin Drum
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
Sarah Palin  —  If it's truly Palin, as it seems to be …
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
McCain Picks Palin
Discussion: Time and Corrente
Washington Post:   10 Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Palin
Washington Post:
McCain Introduces Alaska Governor Palin as Running Mate
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
John McCain picks Alaska's Gov. Sarah Palin as his VP
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Palin and McCain Share Enemies, Reformist Bent
Discussion: The New Republic and Pajamas Media
Jennifer Rubin / Pajamas Media:
McCain Shakes Things Up with Palin Pick
Randyj / TIME.com:   Who Is Sarah Palin?  —  McCain's veep choice a total newcomer to national life.
National Journal Convention Coverage:
Gov. Sarah Palin (R)
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:   Bittergate II  —  This cringe-inducing retort from Obama campaign:
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
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Change Over Experience  —  The Palin pick sure will win headlines.  It wasn't completely out of the blue, but it's a little mystifying for one obvious reason.  If McCain's entire argument so far has been that Obama is too untested to be president, then how can he pick a 44-year-old …
Discussion: Sonny Bunch
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PALIN: A SCANDAL WE CAN BELIEVE IN!
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.
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Not the Obama We Know  —  Everyone knew that Barack Obama can give …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Oprah so moved by Obama speech she cries her eyelashes off
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Gets Serious
Discussion: New York Times and Guardian
David Brooks / New York Times:
A Speech to the Delegates
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