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12:35 PM ET, August 30, 2008

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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.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... I'm not sure if the McCain campaign has thought this line through. … First, it's not an especially good idea for top McCain aides to joke about whether McCain is going to survive four years in office.  —  Second, it's not an especially good idea to describe McCain as …
The Politico:
6 things the Palin pick says about McCain  —  The selection of a running mate is among the most consequential, most defining decisions a presidential nominee can make.  John McCain's pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says a lot about his decison-making — and some of it is downright breathtaking.
Discussion: Associated Press and Yahoo! News
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The story behind the Palin surprise  —  John McCain on Friday announced a running mate whom he met only six months ago and with whom he spoke just once on the phone about the position before offering it in person earlier this week.  —  McCain's first encounter with Sarah Palin came …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Obama tiptoes around Palin in new ad  —  They may have run the “Bush is still is his running mate” ad regardless of who McCain picked, but this spot from Obama's camp reflects just how careful they're now playing the Palin selection.  —  Unlike what Team McCain had with Biden, there are no obvious video or soundbytes to use.
Discussion: Althouse and BeldarBlog
Gail Collins / New York Times:
McCain's Baked Alaska  —  It is conceivable that some people will think John McCain picked Sarah Palin to be his running mate because she is a woman.  I know you find this shocking, but I swear I have heard it mentioned.  —  McCain does not believe in pandering to identity politics.
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.
Discussion: The Jed Report
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
With Pick, McCain Reclaims His Maverick Image
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Tim Blair
CNN:
How McCain chose Palin
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
How McCain picked Palin
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Clinton congratulates Palin
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
McCain's choice of Palin is a risk
Van Jones / The Huffington Post:
Palin: You're no Hillary Clinton
Discussion: small dead animals and MyDD
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Palin Selection Surprised Her Staff, Too
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:   Palin Fought for Reform in Alaska
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.
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MataHarley / Flopping Aces:
Palin's Trooper'Gate: Beating MSM distortions to the truth  —  It's been over 12 hours now since Alaskan Governor, Sarah Palin, has been named as GOP choice of Veep.  Already, a desperate Obama camp of supporters are in search of talking points... other than the obviously poor choice of …
Washington Post:
Palin Focus of Probe In Police Chief's Firing  —  Her Family Wanted a Trooper Dismissed, He Says  —  Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is an ethics reformer under an ethics investigation that is plowing through private domestic matters.
Marcus Baram / ABCNEWS:   Palin Could Be Deposed in Probe
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Dems armed with Palin opposition
Discussion: The RBC and The Daily Dish
MSNBC:
Palin faces ethics investigations in Alaska
Discussion: Bring It On!
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KARL ROVE'S BRILLIANT ANALYSIS..... Looking back at Karl Rove's campaign analysis from earlier this month, this might be the single funniest thing I've read in a long time. … Yes, the real problem with Tim Kaine is that he's only been governor of a large state for three years, and before that, he was only the mayor of a mid-size city.
Celticdiva / Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis:
BREAKING: McCain Campaign heading to Alaska to investigate  —  A very reliable source overheard Republican spokesperson McHugh Pierre state TODAY that he had spoken to the McCain Campaign.  They are coming to Alaska tomorrow to check out the “Troopergate” investigation.
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CNN:
Police raid headquarters of RNC protesters  —  ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) — Police raided a rental hall used by a group organizing protests at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Friday.  —  The RNC Welcoming Committee, which describes itself as “anarchist/anti-authoritarian …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
 
 
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Paul Begala / CNN:
Commentary: Is McCain out of his mind?
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Marisa Katz / Washington Post:
The Palin Puzzle  —  McCain had been steadily gaining on Obama …
The New Republic:
Where We Stand: Advantage Obama
Suzanne Gamboa / Associated Press:
Ron Paul followers gathering for own convention
Discussion: Donklephant
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Should Come Clean On Ayers, Rezko And the Iraqi Billionaire
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Palin Ad Starring Ted Stevens Already Scrubbed From Palin's Campaign Website
Agence France Presse:
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Buchanan: Palin was a ‘brigader for me’ in '96
Stefano Esposito / Associated Press:
What scandal? Edwards hikes speaking fee
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New York Times:
Obama's Speech Is a TV Hit, With Viewers and Commentators Alike