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7:50 PM ET, August 30, 2008

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Little Green Footballs:
Obama Campaign Behind Anti-Palin Smear Site?  —  Suddenly appearing among the Google search results for “sarah palin gay,” a web site titled: Sarah Palin Supports Gay Rights. … Interesting.  There's nothing else on the page.  This sure looks like the work of the dastardly right-wing anti-gay attack machine, doesn't it?
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The Politico:
Scholars question Palin credentials  —  John McCain was aiming to make history with his pick of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and historians say he succeeded.  —  Presidential scholars say she appears to be the least experienced, least credentialed person to join a major-party ticket in the modern era.
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 …
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.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Continues to Lead 49% to 41%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama maintains an eight percentage point lead over John McCain when registered voters nationwide are asked whom they would vote for in the presidential election if it were held today, according to the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking figures.
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
McCain Gets $7 Million Bounce from Palin Pick  —  Sen. John McCain has taken in $7 million in contributions since announcing Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, a top campaign aide said today.  —  The money bounce may owe to Palin's appeal with conservative donors, many of whom said privately …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Voters uncertain on Palin  —  ST. PAUL — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin faces a getting-to-know-you process as the Republican vice presidential candidate, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds: Most Americans say they've never heard of her.  —  There is also wide uncertainty about whether she's qualified to be president.
Daily Kos:
Palin's faked “pregnancy”?  Covering for teen daughter?  UPDATE #2!  —  Okay, I just have to diary about this, although in many ways this falls into the “none of our business category”.  —  But it appears that Pallin's last child, a baby with Down's syndrome, may not be hers.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Let Palin Be Palin  —  Why the left is scared to death of McCain's running mate.  —  A spectre is haunting the liberal elites of New York and Washington—the spectre of a young, attractive, unapologetic conservatism, rising out of the American countryside, free of the taint (fair or unfair) …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
GOP grassroots on fire  —  I've been covering the GOP presidential race since November of 2006.  In those many months — across many states — I have never seen a crowd with the energy that I witnessed yesterday at the Erwin Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio.  —  Yes, there was an inherent buzz owing to the pending veep announcement.
Discussion: Hot Air and American Spectator
New York Times:
Campaigns Shift as McCain Choice Alters the Race  —  DENVER — Senators John McCain and Barack Obama began recalibrating their strategies for the presidential campaign — and reconsidering some of their basic assumptions about which states and voters were in play — in a contest recast …
Discussion: TIME.com
Stuart Buck / The Buck Stops Here:
Sarah Palin  —  One weird bit from a New Republic post …
Discussion: The New Republic
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The hostess with the moosest
Discussion: Weekly Standard Blog
Ross Douthat:
Palin and McCain's Judgment
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Daily Kos
Andy Zajac / The Swamp:
RNC mulls Limbaugh abortion Obama jab
Philip Gourevitch / New Yorker:
PALIN ON OBAMA
Discussion: Hot Air, ParaPundit and Commentary
Michael Feldman / Washington Post:
washingtonpost.com > Opinions  —  The Post asked political experts …
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Women View Palin More Skeptically than Men
See-Dubya / michellemalkin.com:
Classy leftists scrambling to find pictures of Sarah Palin …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Biden sees unborn people
Discussion: The Corner and Riehl World View
Ann Friedman / American Prospect:
McCain's Sexist VP Pick
Matthew Continetti / New York Times:
Two-Front Republicans  —  THE country is at war.  The economy is in shambles.
Absentee / www.redstate.com:
Fowler Fouls: Hurricane is God's Favor to Democrats  —  Plus, it's totally funny!  —  On a plane from Denver to Charlotte following the Democrats' convention, I found myself seated behind former National Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Don Fowler and Congressman John Spratt of South Carolina.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain: I may postpone convention  —  John McCain said the Republican National Convention may be postponed as federal officials said Hurricane Gustav was gathering to a devastating Category 5 as it headed toward star-crossed New Orleans.  —  “It just wouldn't be appropriate to have a festive occasion …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Jeff Poor / The Business & Media Institute:
Michael Moore: Hurricane Coming During GOP Convention ‘Proof There Is a God in Heaven’  —  Controversial filmmaker admits he's delighted to see a natural disaster potentially interfere with the Republican event.  —  Business & Media Institute  —  Sometime you really have wonder at what cost …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
CNN:
Gustav prompts talk of altering RNC agenda
Discussion: On Deadline
Washington Wire:   McCain Considers Curtailing Convention as Gustav Nears
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
GOP'S RNC 'CANE PLAN
Discussion: Hot Air
Washington Wire:
Hurricane Gustaf Forces Some Changes in GOP Convention
Discussion: TalkLeft
Julia Hoppock / Political Radar:
Cindy McCain tells Stephanopoulos that Obama Offended Her  —  ABC News' George Stephanopoulos reports: Democrats' attacks on her family's wealth are unfair and offensive, Cindy McCain said today in an interview airing tomorrow on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”
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Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
McCain acknowledges ‘head wind’
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Massive police raids on suspected protestors in Minneapolis  —  [updated below (with video) - Update II - Update III]  —  Protesters here in Minneapolis have been targeted by a series of highly intimidating, sweeping police raids across the city, involving teams of 25-30 officers in riot gear …
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Lindsay Beyerstein / Firedoglake:
Inside an RNC Raid
Discussion: The Washington Note
Moira Whelan / The Huffington Post:
What's wrong with this Hurricane?  —  I just noticed that the daily brief customarily done in advance of a hurricane is happening because Gustov is bearing down on the Gulf Coast...but a big shift here: the briefing is being given by NORTHCOM.  So what does this tell us and why does it matter?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hullabaloo
 
 
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