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9:50 PM ET, August 30, 2008


 Top Items: 
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.
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?
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.
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 …
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 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.
New York Times:
Campaigns Shift as McCain Choice Alters the Race  —  DENVER — Senators John McCain and Barack Obama have begun recalibrating their strategies for the presidential campaign — and reconsidering some of their basic assumptions about which states and voters are in play — in a contest recast …
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 …
Stuart Buck / The Buck Stops Here:
Sarah Palin  —  One weird bit from a New Republic post on McCain's choice of Sarah Palin (it seems to be credited to professor Alan Wolfe, but surely he wouldn't say something that is without evidence): … It's unclear where this “witches” claim is coming from, although I suspect it's due to this post from Andrew Sullivan:
See-Dubya /
Classy leftists scrambling to find pictures of Sarah Palin …
Zogby Poll: Equilibrium in the POTUS Race!
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Ross Douthat:   Palin and McCain's Judgment
Philip Gourevitch / New Yorker:
Discussion: Hot Air, Commentary, ParaPundit and Time
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
GOP grassroots on fire
Discussion: Hot Air and American Spectator
William Kristol / Weekly Standard Blog:
Kristol: Gingrich on the Power of Authenticity
Discussion: Commentary
Andy Zajac / The Swamp:
RNC mulls Limbaugh abortion Obama jab
Michael Feldman / Washington Post: > Opinions  —  The Post asked political experts …
Discussion: Kevin Drum and Angry Bear
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The hostess with the moosest
Discussion: Swampland and Weekly Standard Blog
Reihan Salam / The American Scene:
Discussion: Sonny Bunch and Ta-Nehisi Coates
Ann Friedman / American Prospect:
McCain's Sexist VP Pick
Absentee /
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.
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 …
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 …
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
GOP'S RNC 'CANE PLAN  —  REPUBLICANS MIGHT DELAY AND TRANSFORM CONVENTION … Last updated: 8:02 pm  —  John McCain and the GOP are considering scrapping political speeches and turning their Minnesota convention into a “service program” to help victims of Hurricane Gustav, The Post has learned.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU, Hot Air and TigerHawk
Moira Whelan / The Huffington Post:
What's wrong with this Hurricane?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Wire:
McCain Considers Curtailing Convention as Gustav Nears
Discussion: Wake up America
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 …
Lindsay Beyerstein / Firedoglake:
Inside an RNC Raid
Discussion: The Washington Note
Paul Schmelzer / Minnesota Independent:
Crackdown begins: Food Not Bombs house among Saturday raids
Discussion: Campaign Silo and
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Police raid RNC protest sites in Twin Cities
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.”
Jill Zuckman / The Swamp:
McCain acknowledges ‘head wind’
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Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
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Discussion: Commentary
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Tony Halpin / Times of London:
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Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Sarah Palin's Judicial Appointments
 Earlier Items: 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KARL ROVE'S BRILLIANT ANALYSIS..... Looking back at Karl Rove's …