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12:00 AM ET, September 1, 2008

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The Huffington Post:
McCain Camp Didn't Search Palin's Hometown Paper Archives  —  The McCain campaign has gone to great lengths to present the selection of Sarah Palin as one made after a careful, meticulous vetting process.  But evidence continues to suggest that the Arizona Republican made his VP choice with surprising haste.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Things That Make You Go Hmmm  —  Questions for the McCain-Palin campaign: … It strikes me as likely that there are reasonable answers to these questions - more reasonable than the only one given so far - … and the rumors buzzing across the Internets and the press corps are unfounded and unseemly.
Amanda Carpenter / TownHall Blog:
Lefty Bloggers Go After Palin's Daughter  —  The lefty blogosphere hasn't stopped perpetuating the rumor Sarah Palin “faked” her last pregnancy and are now humiliating her daughter Bristol on the blatantly incorrect suspicion she is the real mother of baby Trig.
Discussion: TigerHawk and Don Surber
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain chief hits Obama for playing politics as Gustav looms  —  John McCain's campaign manager today accused Barack Obama of practicing politics as Hurricane Gustav bears down on the Gulf Coast.  —  Rick Davis, in a brief interview following a pep talk he gave to convention volunteers in St. Paul …
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
BECAUSE OF THE HYPOCRISY!  [NOW UPDATED WITH EVEN MORE DASTARDLY HYPOCRISYNESS!]  —  Time to keep a running list of Sarah Palin's sins — lovingly gathered, mostly in crazed speculative form — by members of the Church of Diversity and Otherness coddling.  —  1) Alan Colmes: Poor prenatal care …
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Borderline  —  This is amazing: … The more I learn about this choice, the more it reminds me of Bush's choice of Harriet Miers.  I don't think it's at all similar in its political ramifications — Miers' nomination was seen as a betrayal by social conservatives, the very people who are thrilled by Sarah Palin.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The RBC
New York Times:
Republicans Drop Most Monday Convention Action  —  ST. PAUL — Senator John McCain called a halt on Sunday afternoon to all but the most essential activities for the Republican National Convention on Monday, declaring that it was time for members of his party to “take off our Republican hats …
Lee Stranahan / The Huffington Post:
DailyKos Embraces The Palin ‘Fake Pregnancy’ Rumor But Rejects The Edwards Story  —  Its the wackiest rumor about Sarah Palin or any other politician so far this election.  It's making it's way all through the internet.  And of course it came from DailyKos.
Discussion: Lean Left and The Crypt's Blogs
Michael Kinsley / Slate:
No Experience Necessary  —  HOW SARAH PALIN MADE THE GOP CHANGE ITS MIND ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS.  —  In a famous example of ideological flexibility, the American Communist Party changed its mind completely about Adolf Hitler in 1939, when he signed a deal with Stalin.
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Trig Paxson Van Palin
Winston Smith / Philosoraptor:   Ham Sandwich McCain's Actual Choice for Veep
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin: Surge?  What Surge?  —  Among the tiny number of occasions …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Nation
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The Palin effect: crowd size  —  17,000+ today for the McCain-Palin rally outside of St. Louis, according to a Secret Service magnetometer count provided by the campaign.  —  As one veteran of Missouri politics said, that's the sort of crowd usually seen in October for a president — not in August for a candidate.
Discussion: The Corner and Founding Bloggers
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Sidney Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:   Why Palin? McCain v. Rove
Washington Wire:
Obama's First Shot at Palin Focuses on Equal Pay
Discussion: www.redstate.com
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Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard Blog:   What Gustav Does  —  (1) Gets Bush out of St. Paul …
Ross Douthat:
Will McCain Ruin Palin?
Discussion: The Jed Report
CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama 49, McCain 48  —  ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) — On the eve of the Republican convention, a new national poll suggests the race for the White House remains dead even.  —  A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Sunday night shows the Obama-Biden ticket leading the McCain-Palin ticket …
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Washington Post:
With Palin on the Ticket, Evangelicals Are Energized  —  Outside his evangelical church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Sunday, David Chung was mobbed by friends and church members suddenly excited about the Republican ticket.  “I had half a dozen people come up to me,” said Chung, a delegate to the Republican National Convention.
Tom Kizzia / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin touts stance on ‘Bridge to Nowhere,’ doesn't note flip-flop  —  When John McCain introduced Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate Friday, her reputation as a tough-minded budget-cutter was front and center.  —  “I told Congress, thanks but no thanks on that bridge to nowhere,” …
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Mary Pemberton / Associated Press:
Critics: Palin used ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ for gain
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The National Security Defense  —  Even Jonah Goldberg realizes the commander-in-chief of Alaska's National Guard line is “really lame” for the party of Eisenhower.  But the “Alaska-Is-Close-To-Russia” argument by Cindy McCain.  This is what the GOP's national security analysis now is!
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and The Corner
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John Emerson / Seeing the Forest:
Police at Republican National Convention: links  —  The police at the Republican Convention have been beefed up with federal money, and they've already made preemptive arrests of protest leaders.  I have no special sources or independent information, but I've gathered some links so I can keep …
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Molly Priesmeyer / Minnesota Independent:
National Lawyers Guild seeks to have judge review detentions …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Unsafe President  —  Joe Klein knows McCain: … We have had two big presidential decisions from both candidates - the first time we can clearly judge their decision-making skills.  Obama's was prudent, cautious, thoroughly vetted, and serious about governing.
 
 
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New York Times:
G.O.P. Rallies in Support of McCain, Poll Shows
Discussion: TalkLeft
Randyj / TIME.com:
Dead Heat  —  From CNN/Opinion Research Center:  —  Obama 49, McCain 48
Discussion: The Other McCain
Arnab Datta / Political Radar:
Ex-Dem Chair Apologizes for Hurricane Remark
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Lines and Bubbles and Bars, Oh My! New Ways to Sift Data
Washington Wire:
Obama Says Storm Raises ‘Bipartisan Concerns’
Discussion: TalkLeft
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Ferguson / New York Times:
The Republicans, Bound for Mars
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GOP CONVENTION UP IN THE AIR
Discussion: Open Left
Ben / Think Progress:
McCain Says He Is ‘Obviously’ …
Jonah Goldberg / The Corner:
Pivot Palin, Pivot!  —  She's said nice things about Hillary.
Discussion: Hot Air
Rick Brookhiser / The Corner:
Palin  —  I have not had a TV to watch all week, though …