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11:50 AM ET, September 1, 2008


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William Kristol / New York Times:
A Star Is Born?  —  Thursday night, after Barack Obama's well-orchestrated, well-conceived and well-delivered acceptance speech in Denver, Republicans were demoralized.  Twenty-four hours later, they were energized — even exuberant.  It's amazing what a bold vice-presidential pick who gives …
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Biden: Palin's good-looking  —  TOLEDO, Ohio (CNN) - Joe Biden says there are obvious differences between himself and fellow vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, but they're not just on policy.  She's good-looking.  —  “There's a gigantic difference between John McCain and Barack …
Michael Kinsley / Washington Post:
Experience?  Never Mind  —  In a famous example of ideological flexibility, the American Communist Party changed its mind completely about Adolph Hitler in 1939, when he signed a deal with Joseph Stalin.  Previously, they hadn't cared for him much.  Suddenly, he looked pretty good.
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
McCain's Pick May Foster Bigger Campaign Role for Clinton  —  ST. PAUL — Advisers to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton said on Sunday that Senator John McCain's selection of Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate would lead to a greater role for Mrs. Clinton as she campaigned this fall …
Gallup Daily: Obama-Biden Ticket Leads by 6 Points  —  No further increase for Obama since before Thursday's speech  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Aug. 28-30, including two days of interviewing since the close of the Democratic National Convention …
Marc Ambinder:
A Thought: Why Clinton Will Work Even Harder For Obama Now
Discussion: Salon
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The Sarah Palin arrives at a GOP convention, eager to meet the new star
Discussion: and Washington Post
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Northern Underexposure  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — By all rights …
Discussion: National Review
The Red Pen / Daily Kos:
Sarah Palin Baby Story Ender  —  Here it is:  —  OK, there is a visibly-pregnant Sarah Palin talking with a CBS 11 ( Juneau) reporter at the end of the Alaska legislative session.  She clearly appears to be pregnant.  —  Unless someone has counter evidence, we can drop this crap now.
Ken Dilanian / USA Today:
Palin backed ‘bridge to nowhere’ in 2006
Discussion: Guardian and Real Clear Politics
Hurricane Gustav begins to pound Louisiana  —  (CNN) — Hurricane Gustav began to lash the southern Louisiana coastline early Monday as it moved closer to an expected midday landfall, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.  —  The U.S. Geological Survey says Gustav …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
John, Don't Go  —  It's an ill wind that blows nobody good.  Three years after Hurricane Katrina, another storm is heading for the Gulf Coast — and this has given Republicans a reason to cancel President Bush's scheduled appearance at their national convention.
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
GOP, citing Gustav, makes case for McCain
Biden quoted as saying that Israel will have to reconcile itself to a nuclear Iran  —  Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden was quoted Monday as telling senior Israeli officials behind closed doors that the Jewish state will have to reconcile itself to a nuclear Iran.
Discussion: Hot Air, TownHall Blog and Media Blog
Jerusalem Post:
'J'lem worried over Biden's Iran stance'
Discussion: Wizbang and Israel Matzav
Howard Wolfson / Washington Post:
A Clintonite in Denver  —  For many of us who were part of the Clinton campaign, Sen. Barack Obama's appeal was something we understood only in the abstract — data in polls, faces at a televised rally.  —  Most of us never heard him speak in person.  At work 14 hours a day in the war room …
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates and
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Police raids enrage activists, alarm others  —  St. Paul police officers attempted to enter a house on Iglehart Ave.  Saturday.  Sara Coffey of the National Lawyers Guild was stopped outside the house, handcuffed and detained.  She helped police negotiate with those inside.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
CAN'T WE ESCAPE THIS TIRESOME DEMAGOGUERY ABOUT CANDIDATES' INCOME AND PROPERTY?  —  Sen. John McCain's now-notorious answer to the question of how many houses he and his wife, Cindy, own was first repeated to me as if he had been deliberately joking.  And I must say that I thought his reported response …
John Dickerson / Slate:
THE HURRICANE UPSETS THE GOP CONVENTION BUT MAY BE GOOD FOR THE GOP.  —  Gustav is now the third name on John McCain's ticket.  Depending on how McCain responds, he may actually benefit from its presence—and those in the hurricane's path could also benefit from the politicization of the response.
Sheila Grissett / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Corps chiefs: No major storm surge flooding expected  —  Tropical Storm News, Warnings, Satellite and More  —  Corps chiefs: No major storm surge flooding expected  —  Army Corps of Engineers chiefs say they anticipate no storm surge flooding due to Hurricane Gustav …
Discussion: Pajamas Media, On Deadline and SciGuy
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: Don't Like Palin's Wikipedia Story? Change It
Discussion: The Reaction
Associated Press:
U.S. Military Hands Over Control of Anbar to Iraqis
Geoff Earle / New York Post:
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Labor Day  —  Today is Labor Day.  If you aren't familiar …
Robert Kagan / Wall Street Journal:
Power Play  —  The nature of nations, like people, never changes.
The Times-Picayune / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
4 a.m. advisory: Gustav, still with 115 mph winds, now 65 miles from La. coast
Discussion: American Street
Palin and Her Pastors: “Those that die without Christ have a …
Discussion: TalkLeft
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Lieberman 2006: I Will Help Obama “Reach to the Stars”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SADLY NUTS  —  When asked about criticisms of Sarah Palin's readiness …
New York Times:
G.O.P. Rallies in Support of McCain, Poll Shows
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Trig Paxson Van Palin