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1:25 PM ET, August 30, 2008

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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.
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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 …
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.
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Palin Makes Good First Impression: Is Viewed More Favorably than Biden  —  Sarah Palin has made a good first impression.  Before being named as John McCain's running mate, 67% of voters didn't know enough about the Alaska governor to have an opinion.  After her debut in Dayton and a rush …
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 soundbites to use.
Discussion: BeldarBlog and Althouse
Marcus Baram / ABCNEWS:   Palin Could Be Deposed in Probe
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
With Pick, McCain Reclaims His Maverick Image
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Tim Blair
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Desperation from Democrats
CNN:
How McCain chose Palin
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Choice of Palin Is a Bold Move by McCain, With Risks
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
McCain's choice of Palin is a risk
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
McCain's Been Running Longer Than Palin's Been Governing
Discussion: Alas, a blog and Wonk Room
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 …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
How McCain picked Palin
Van Jones / The Huffington Post:
Palin: You're no Hillary Clinton
Discussion: MyDD and small dead animals
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Clinton congratulates Palin
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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Suzanne Gamboa / Associated Press:
Ron Paul followers gathering for own convention  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  WASHINGTON - There's no room at the Xcel Energy Center for maverick Ron Paul, so his acolytes have packed their cars, hitched rides on “Ronvoys” and will pitch tents at Ronstock '08 …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Palin Ad Starring Ted Stevens Already Scrubbed From Palin's Campaign Website  —  That was quick.  This morning, an ad from Sarah Palin's 2006 gubernatorial campaign featuring an endorsement from scandal-plagued Alaska Senator Ted Stevens was available on Palin's campaign Web site.
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John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Should Come Clean On Ayers, Rezko And the Iraqi Billionaire  —  Even as Barack Obama gave his soaring speech Thursday night, his campaign was playing hardball with its critics.  —  Team Obama has launched an offensive against WGN, the Chicago Tribune's radio station, for interviewing Stanley Kurtz.
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Paul Begala / CNN:
Commentary: Is McCain out of his mind?
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Marisa Katz / Washington Post:
The Palin Puzzle  —  McCain had been steadily gaining on Obama …
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