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8:00 AM ET, August 30, 2008


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Washington Post:
Exclusive: Chief Fired by Palin Speaks Out  —  The July firing of Alaska Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan by Gov. Sarah Palin, who was announced as John McCain's running mate on Friday, has unearthed a stream of soap-opera-like details about Palin, her husband, her family and top state appointees.
William Yardley / New York Times:
Sarah Heath Palin, an Outsider Who Charms  —  Her father shot the grizzly bear whose hide is now draped over the sofa in her office.  She, too, hunts and fishes.  She runs marathons.  She delivered her fifth child during her first term as governor.  They call her husband …
Akmuckraker / Mudflats:
What is McCain Thinking?  One Alaskan's Perspective. … “Is this a joke?”  That seemed to be the question du jour when my phone started ringing off the hook at 6:45am here in Alaska.  I mean, we're sort of excited that our humble state has gotten some kind of national ‘nod’....but seriously?
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
Sarah Palin, Buchananite  —  Very quickly.  Remember when Pat Buchanan ran a number of hard-right, fringe campaigns for president in the late 1980s, 1990s and 2000?  Well, guess who was supporting him:  —  From an AP report in 1999: … In fact, [a very committed Buchananite] …
Greg Veis / The New Republic:
An Astonishingly Arrogant V.P. Selection  —  It may be John McCain's birthday, but it seems like he's the one giving out gifts today.  The selection of Palin doesn't simply, as others have pointed out, undermine the notion that Obama is too inexperienced to be president …
MTV Newsroom:
Sarah Palin, Republican Vice-Presidential Nominee, Plugs Romney, Paul — But Not McCain — In MTV Interview  —  By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Dani Carlson  —  Back in February, on Super Tuesday, MTV News Street Teamer Dani Carlson did a Flixwagon interview with Alaska Governor …
Lisa Demer / Anchorage Daily News:
‘Troopergate’ inquiry lurks  —  The first serious scandal in Gov. Sarah Palin's administration has roots in a family feud.  It erupted into public view with the July 11 firing of the state's top public safety official.  —  Some call it Troopergate.  —  Palin's abrupt dismissal …
Palin faces ethics investigations in Alaska
Discussion: Bring It On!
The Caucus:
Defining Sarah Palin
Lorenzo Benet /
Five Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Palin
Discussion: The Seattle Times
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Obama distances himself from “hair-trigger” campaign criticism
Guardian:   Who is Sarah Palin?
Ben Smith / The Politico:   Rahm: ‘Panic’
David Frum:
Palin  —  The longer I think about it, the less well this selection sits with me.  And I increasingly doubt that it will prove good politics.  The Palin choice looks cynical.  The wires are showing.  —  John McCain wanted a woman: good.  —  He wanted to keep conservatives and pro-lifers happy: naturally.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
How McCain picked Palin  —  The McCain campaign shares the start of the back story on how McCain came to make his stunning selection today:
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
David Frum / National Post:
Palin the irresponsible choice?  —  Through this campaign season, John McCain has faced two ugly problems.  —  Problem 1: The Republican voter base is shrinking.  In percentage terms, fewer Americans now identify as Republicans than at any time since 1980.  The “rally the base” strategy of 2004 won't work in 2008.
Discussion: Election Law
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Clinton congratulates Palin
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:   Rep. Diana DeGette: Palin Choice an “Insult to Women”
Dan Gerstein / NY Daily News:
John McCain's dangerous gamble on Sarah Palin
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Palin on Iraq  —  Make of this what you will:  —  I, frankly, have no idea what she's trying to say here.  Apparently the McCain campaign didn't think it was important to brief her on their Iraq policy before she did an interview with Time  —  UPDATE: Apologies, I misunderstood …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
The Fully Vetted Sarah Palin  —  Keep in mind, before we wind up the Friday night activities in Blogistan, that this is still only ten hours after the announcement of Sarah Palin as John McCain's VP announcement caught so many of us flat-footed.  In ten hours, though, the hits keep on coming.
Jen Murphy / Wall Street Journal:
Gov. Sarah Palin: Midnight runs and caribou dinners
Discussion: The Caucus and Debbie Schlussel
Sara Just / Political Radar:
How Palin Came to the Top of the List
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Three Words  —  Think about what the Palin pick really says about how McCain views this campaign and how he views his potential responsibilities in national security.  —  Think about what it says about the sincerity of McCain's own central criticism of Obama these past two months in foreign affairs.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Buchanan: Palin was a ‘brigader for me’ in '96  —  Perhaps Rep. Robert Wexler's instincts were right here, and the Obama campaign will likely drive this one home with the Jewish community in Florida and Ohio: Palin (along with her husband), says former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, was a “brigader for me in 1996.”
Discussion: The RBC, Hot Air and MyDD
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Dems armed with Palin opposition  —  Sarah Palin may be a complete stranger to most of the American public, but there's an important subset of the population that's doubtless already very familiar with John McCain's surprise vice presidential pick: Democratic opposition researchers.
Discussion: The RBC and The Daily Dish
New York Times:
Obama's Speech Is a TV Hit, With Viewers and Commentators Alike  —  At least 40 million Americans watched Senator Barack Obama accept the Democratic nomination for president Thursday night, a record for convention viewership that exceeded even the expectations of his aides.
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Bush Seeks to Affirm a Continuing War on Terror
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Right On Time  —  At TPMMuckraker we've been on the Palin/Trooper-gate story for a while.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Macsmind
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Palin on Clinton  —  Here's that video — a must-watch …
Discussion: MyDD and Hot Air
Michelle Malkin:
Poll time: Are you pumped?
Discussion: The Jawa Report
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
What Palin Does