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7:35 AM ET, September 2, 2008


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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Disclosures on Palin Raise Questions on Vetting Process  —  ST. PAUL — A series of disclosures about Gov. Sarah Palin, Senator John McCain's choice as running mate, called into question on Monday how thoroughly Mr. McCain had examined her background before putting her on the Republican presidential ticket.
Jaketapper / Political Punch:
Members of ‘Fringe’ Alaskan Independence Party Say Palin Was a Member in 90s  —  The campaign of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., likes to herald the independence of its new running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.  —  Officials of the Alaskan Independence Party say that Palin was once so independent …
NY Daily News:
Bristol Palin's pregnancy was an open secret back home  —  He's a superhunky bad-boy ice hockey player from cold country; she's a chestnut-haired beauty and popular high school senior.  —  Soon the all-American teen twosome will make GOP vice presidential pick and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin …
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
The Palin Meltdown in Slo-Mo  —  On the same day that the Republicans were forced to dramatically cut back their convention activities, the Palin Meltdown unfolded with extraordinary speed.  It's worth pondering the totality of what happened today, in a mere half day...
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
McCain camp's detailed review of Palin  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sarah Palin's path to the Republican ticket started with her name on a list — and a team of some 25 people poring through public records searching for trouble spots without her knowledge.  Then came the 70-question survey and a nearly three-hour interview.
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Pool: What Day Will Sarah Palin Drop Out?  —  The day John McCain appointed Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential nominee, I wrote: … It had nothing to do with Eagleton's particular problems, but how McGovern came to choose him, failed to adequately vet him, and then waffled when the problems arose …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Palin's Small Alaska Town Secured Big Federal Funds  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin employed a lobbying firm to secure almost $27 million in federal earmarks for a town of 6,700 residents while she was its mayor, according to an analysis by an independent government watchdog group.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
FACE IT: THEY DIDN'T VET HER  —  Earlier I noted Andrea Mitchell's reference to reports that the McCain camp had just sent a team of GOP lawyers up to Alaska to do what I guess you'd call a post-vetting of Sarah Palin.  Now George Stephanopoulos appears to have more.
New York Times:
A New Twist in the Motherhood Debate  —  When Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska was introduced as a vice-presidential pick, she was presented as a magnet for female voters, the epitome of everymom appeal.  —  But since then, as mothers across the country supervise the season's final water fights …
Azi Paybarah / New York Observer:
Levy on Palin Pregnancy: All Good
Discussion: Hot Air and American Spectator
Democracy Now! Blog:
Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar Released After Illegal Arrest at RNC  —  UPDATE  —  Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar Released After Illegal Arrest at RNC  —  Goodman Charged with Obstruction; Felony Riot Charges Pending Against Kouddous and Salazar
Cernig / Crooks and Liars:
Democracy Now's Amy Goodman arrested (Updated)
David Brooks / New York Times:
What the Palin Pick Says  —  John McCain is not a normal conservative.  He has instincts, but few abstract convictions about the proper size of government.  He's a traditionalist, but is not energized by the social conservative agenda.  As Rush Limbaugh understands, but the Democrats apparently do not …
Discussion: Eunomia
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:   What the Heck is McCain Up To?  —  That seems to be the question this Labor Day.
Gateway Pundit:
BUS ATTACK IN ST. PAUL!!... Anarchists Attack RNC Busses!  (Video) ...Update: Cub Scouts Attacked!  —  WELCOME TO MINNESOTA!  —  Anarchists in St. Paul attacked RNC busses today in route to the Excel Center.  —  The anarchists and Leftists knew when the busses would be heading to the convention and were waiting for them.
Sara Just / Political Radar:
Bush to Speak to Republican Convention  —  ABC's George Stephanopoulos reports: After skipping the opening day of the Republican National Convention to personally check the emergency response to Hurricane Gustav, President George W. Bush will keep his appointment with the party faithful.
Peter Robinson / Wall Street Journal:
Why McCain Still Has a Chance To Win  —  With Barack Obama already established as a skillful rhetorician, people keep asking me, a former White House speechwriter, about John McCain.  Can he say anything — anything at all — that might place him in the company of Ronald Reagan, the president for whom I used to work?
Discussion: Little Miss Attila
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Obama gets post-convention ‘bounce’  —  ST. PAUL — The Democratic National Convention significantly boosted Americans' views of Barack Obama as a strong leader who “shares your values” and can manage the economy and Iraq, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Saturday and Sunday finds.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THAT'S ORIGINAL  —  I just saw McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds on CNN with a new line on Gov. Palin's foreign policy experience: McCain and Palin have more combined military command experience than Obama and Biden put together.  —  (ed.note: We're actually getting a flood of emails …
Discussion: and RADAMISTO
Michael Asher / DailyTech:
Sun Makes History: First Spotless Month in a Century  —  Drop in solar activity has potential effect for climate on earth.  —  The sun has reached a milestone not seen for nearly 100 years: an entire month has passed without a single visible sunspot being noted.
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Flopping Aces
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Byron York / The Corner:
Palin and the Bloggers  —  Here in St. Paul, I was on NPR …
Jerusalem Post:
Dutch intel: US to strike Iran in coming weeks
Discussion: Power Line
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
McCain raises $47 million in August
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Arnab Datta / Political Punch:
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Jack Cafferty / CNN:
Cafferty: Republican land of make believe
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Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Just Askin'...  What would the response be if Sen. Barack Obama …
Discussion: Philosoraptor
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Amy Forliti / Associated Press:
Some turn violent in march to GOP convention
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Press Is Asking Questions
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin opposed sex-ed