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7:10 PM ET, September 1, 2008


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Steve Holland / Reuters:
Palin rebuts rumors, says daughter pregnant  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  ST. PAUL (Reuters) - The 17-year-old unmarried daughter of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is pregnant, Palin said on Monday in an announcement intended to knock down rumors …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Palin's Teen Daughter Is Pregnant; New G.O.P. Tumult  —  ST. PAUL — The 17-year-old daughter of Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain's running mate, is five months pregnant, Ms. Palin announced today, adding a new element of tumult to a Republican convention that had already been disrupted by Hurricane Gustav.
Exclusive: Todd Palin's 1986 DUI Arrest Called “Lesson Learned”  —  Sources close to Sarah Palin tell The Brody File that the husband of the GOP Vice-presidential choice, Todd Palin, was arrested and charged with Driving under the Influence of alcohol back in 1986.  He was 22 years old at the time.
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Palin Was a Director of Embattled Sen. Stevens's 527 Group  —  ST. PAUL — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin began building clout in her state's political circles in part by serving as a director of an independent political group organized by the now embattled Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens.
Nathan Thornburgh / Time:
In Wasilla, Pregnancy Was No Secret  —  So his name is Levi.  —  That's about the only thing that I didn't know about Bristol Palin's pregnancy.  The rest of the details I picked up almost without trying, while talking about other things with townsfolk — some who know the governor and her family well, some who don't.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin opposed sex-ed  —  Sarah Palin's personal story, and her views on personal morality, are at the core of her politics and of why she was nominated, and why she'd energized the conservative base.  —  Now, her daughter's pregnancy has cast her views on teenagers and sex directly into the spotlight.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
JUST REALLY ODD  —  We haven't touched it.  But you probably know there have been internet-based rumors claiming that Sarah Palin's newborn son Trig is actually the son of her 17 year old daughter, Bristol.  In an effort to knock down these rumors, Palin and the McCain camp have now put …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oy: Palin's daughter is pregnant; Update: Althouse on Palin vs. Edwards; Update: Obama tells media to lay off Palin's daughter; Update: Media knew  —  Supposedly McCain knew.  Did he? … And here's the statement, via Team McCain, from Palin and her husband: … Gathering my thoughts.
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
What the Heck is McCain Up To?  —  That seems to be the question this Labor Day.  The Palin pick surprised everybody, and the reaction to it has not been moderate.  Analysts tend either to be pleased or pissed.  —  I want to move beyond their back-and-forth.
Discussion: Clive Crook
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Sarah Palin's Children
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Booman Tribune
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama on Palin  —  Politico's Carrie Budoff Brown reports …
Discussion: TalkLeft and neo-neocon
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   The Rebuttal  —  A reader points out what is left implicit in the Palins' statement:
Mark Halperin /
Obama Transcript From Jay Newton-Small
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Gerard Baker / Real Clear Politics:   Sarah Palin vs. Barack Obama
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
We have walked in the Palins' shoes
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
McCain knew Palin's daughter pregnant
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Saving the GOP and The Unbearable Lightness of Being Sarah Palin
Discussion: TalkLeft
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Bristol Is Pregnant  —  So that explains the wedding ring I spotted.
Discussion: The Corner
CBS News:
Post-Democratic Convention Poll  —  The eight-point lead for the Democratic ticket is up from Obama's three-point lead before the convention.  But there are still a significant number of voters who have yet to firmly make up their minds.  —  Before the Democratic convention …
Jessica Alaimo / Politicker ME:
Rove: Obama's inexperienced; Biden's a ‘big, blowhard doofus’  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Maine's Republican delegation got a surprise visit from former White House political operative Karl Rove at its convention breakfast this morning.  —  During his speech, he talked up John McCain's Republican presidential bid …
Right Wing News:
Blackballed From The Republican National Convention  —  This week, the Republican National Convention is kicking off and there are going to be almost 200 bloggers attending.  However, I'm not going to be one of them.  That's not because I didn't put in an application, it's because they didn't want me there.
Discussion: Little Miss Attila
Noel Sheppard /
Olbermann Pulled From Republican Convention Coverage
Tammy Haddad / Newsweek Blogs:
A Leading Hillary Supporter Defects to McCain  —  Newsweek Exclusive: Top Clinton Supporter John Coale Endorses McCain  —  John Coale, a prominent Washington lawyer, husband of Fox TV host Greta Van Susteren and a supporter of Sen. Hillary Clinton, announced today that he was supporting John McCain for president.
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Hot Air
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Party On  —  I hadn't realized the right was even pretending …
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Jeffrey Goldberg:
“McCain: Bad for Israel”
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
AP issues talking points over Fournier
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