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11:30 AM ET, August 31, 2008

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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Vice in Go-Go Boots?  —  The guilty pleasure I miss most when I'm out slogging on the campaign trail is the chance to sprawl on the chaise and watch a vacuously spunky and generically sassy chick flick.  —  So imagine my delight, my absolute astonishment, when the hokey chick flick came out on the trail …
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin booed for mentioning Hillary Clinton  —  WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania (CNN) - This might not be the best way to reach out to those disillusioned Hillary Clinton supporters.  —  In just her second appearance on the campaign trail with John McCain, newly-minted GOP running mate Sarah Palin …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Palin electrifies conservative base  —  ST. PAUL - The selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate has electrified conservative activists, providing a boost of energy to the GOP nominee-in-waiting from a key constituency that had been previously had been lukewarm - at best - about him.
Editor and Publisher:
Surprise?  First Two National Polls Find Palin Gains LESS Support from Women  —  NEW YORK The first national polls on John McCain's pick of Sarah Palin yesterday came out today from Rasmussen and Gallup — and contrary to what the GOP probably hoped, she scored less well with women than men.
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Obama Outwits the Bloviators  —  STOP the presses!  This election isn't about the Clintons after all.  It isn't about the Acropolis columns erected at Invesco Field.  It isn't about who is Paris Hilton and who is Hanoi Hilton.  (Though it may yet be about who is Sarah Palin.)
Discussion: Hoffmania!
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Small Change From Obama  —  DENVER — The Democrats had themselves a successful convention — at the price of appearing quite conventional.  —  The delegates left here happy and enthused, believing that the divisive nomination fight was finally behind them.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Sarah Palin and children conceived out of wedlock - an uncomfortable question needs to be posed  —  FOX News' Alan Colmes reports on this same issue, and notes that Sarah Palin's son was born on April 20.  —  Now a word from religious right leader James Dobson: … Joe and I discussed this post before writing it.
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
Sarah Palin: conservatives find the girl of their dreams  —  The Alaskan governor's family life and political views press the right's buttons  —  When Sarah Palin stepped into the spotlight as John McCain's running mate in Dayton, Ohio, and promised that women could “shatter that glass ceiling once …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain: Palin a “soulmate”  —  John McCain, in his first television interview since his shocking vice presidential pick, said that he saw in Sarah Palin “a partner and a soul mate.”  —  “This is a person who will help me reform Washington and change the way they do business,” McCain told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Executive Experience  —  On the McCain Report, Michael Goldfarb writes …
New York Post:
THE REAL THING  —  MCCAIN'S SLAM-DUNK SURPRISE
Discussion: Reuters
Michael Cooper / The Caucus:
Palin Appeals to Pennsylvania Voters
Discussion: Campaign Silo and Eschaton
The Politico:
Storm scrambles GOP convention  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — President Bush is unlikely to make it to the Republican National Convention, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) may deliver his acceptance speech via satellite because of the historically huge hurricane threatening New Orleans, top officials said.
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Washington Post:
New Orleans Empties as Gustav Closes In
Discussion: Associated Press, CNN and The Politico
R J Hillhouse / The Spy Who BIlled Me:
Blackwater Gearing Up for Hurricane Gustav
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Washington Post:
Palin Made an Impression From the Start  —  Fellow Maverick Survived McCain's Thorough Vetting Process, Aides Say  —  Their first encounter was last February at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington.  Sarah Palin was one of several governors who met privately with Sen. John McCain …
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Press Association:
Advisers Say Conservative Ire Pushed McCain Away From Picking Lieberman  —  WASHINGTON — In the end, the choice of his running mate said more about Senator John McCain and his image of himself than it did about Sarah Palin, the little-known governor of Alaska whose selection has shaken up the presidential race.
Kim Priestap / Wizbang:
You Stay Classy, Alan Colmes  —  Alan Colmes of Hannity and Colmes wrote a post so inappropriate and offensive the Kos Kiddies would be envious.  He accused Governor Palin of not taking enough care of Trig when he was an unborn baby.  A man who has no problem with a woman killing …
 
 
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
The Messiah-Complex Complex  —  The right's silly obsession with the Obama “cult.”
Gallup:
Obama Acceptance Speech Gets High Marks From Public
Tom Harper / Daily Mail:
Revealed: Saudi women preaching hate in the British mosque …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Philip Kennicott / Washington Post:
Obama Amid the Pillars Of an Ancient Culture
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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Agreement on U.S. withdrawal from Iraq said to be in peril …
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Brent Baker / NewsBusters.org:
Maher: Matthews and Olbermann ‘Were Ready to Have Sex’ w/ Obama
Discussion: Pajamas Media
William Kristol / Weekly Standard Blog:
Kristol: Gingrich on the Power of Authenticity