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3:50 AM ET, September 2, 2008


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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 …
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.
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...
Discussion: The Nation and American Street
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 …
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.
Discussion: Right Pundits and Yahoo! News
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Pajamas Media, BlogHer and Corrente
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.
Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
Evangelicals rally behind Palin after pregnancy news  —  ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) — Key evangelical leaders rallied to Sarah Palin's support Monday amid news that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, was having a child.  —  “Before, they were excited about her, with the Down syndrome baby …
New York Times:
A New Twist in the Motherhood Debate
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
What the Heck is McCain Up To?  —  That seems to be the question this Labor Day.
Discussion: Clive Crook
Krooney /   Stephanopoulos: “The Big Question... What Else Don't We Know About Governor Palin”
Agence France Presse:
Scrutiny engulfs McCain's VP pick
Discussion: Wonkette
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Palin's Small Alaska Town Secured Big Federal Funds
Kate Barrett / Political Punch:
Obama to Media, Politicos on Palin Pregnancy Story: ‘Back Off!’
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Scenes from St. Paul — Democracy Now's Amy Goodman arrested  —  Following up on this weekend's extreme raids on various homes, at least 250 people were arrested here today in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Beginning last night, St. Paul was the most militarized I have ever seen an American city be …
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
Democracy Now! Blog:
Amy Goodman and Two Democracy Now!  Producers Unlawfully Arrested At the RNC  —  Contact:  —  Dennis Moynihan  —  Mike Burke  —  ST. PAUL, MN—Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman was unlawfully arrested in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota at approximately 5 p.m. local time.
Cernig / Crooks and Liars:
Democracy Now's Amy Goodman arrested (Updated)
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.
Discussion: MyDD and Daily Kos
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.
Hindrocket / Power Line:   THE FACE OF EVIL  —  The first day of the RNC was fun but muted.
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
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
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Just Askin'...  What would the response be if Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, and his wife Michelle had a pregnant unmarried teenage daughter?  — jpt
Discussion: Philosoraptor
Arnab Datta / Political Punch:
McCain Hires GOP Operative Who Helped Smear Him in South Carolina in 2000  —  Former officials of Sen. John McCain's 2000 campaign expressed shock and disbelief Monday to learn than the GOP presidential nominee had hired South Carolina political consultant Tucker Eskew.
Discussion: The Politico
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David Brooks / New York Times:
What the Palin Pick Says  —  John McCain is not a normal conservative.
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Rigel Anderson / Political Radar:
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Discussion: QandO and The Sundries Shack
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
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Washington Post and MyDD
Jay Newton-Small / Time:
Obama and Biden's Chemistry Test
Jack Cafferty / CNN:
Cafferty: Republican land of make believe
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Jewish Republicans try to read Palin tea leaves
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Amy Forliti / Associated Press:
Some turn violent in march to GOP convention
Jessica Alaimo / Politicker ME:
Rove: Obama's inexperienced; Biden's a ‘big, blowhard doofus’
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Press Is Asking Questions
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin opposed sex-ed
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Rebuttal  —  A reader points out what is left implicit in the Palins' statement:
Discussion: Upturned Earth
Tammy Haddad / Newsweek Blogs:
A Leading Hillary Supporter Defects to McCain
Discussion: Hot Air