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11:05 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.
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 and Don Surber
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
In Political Realm, ‘Family Problem’ Emerges as Test  —  ST. PAUL — For at least the time being, Gov. Sarah Palin appears to have survived the initial test after the disclosure that her unmarried teenage daughter was pregnant.  Republican delegates rallied around her on Monday …
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 Talking Points Memo
Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
New Palin details may help, not hurt  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Fishing permit violations.  A blue-collar husband who racked up a DUI citation as a 22-year-old.  An unmarried teenage daughter who is pregnant and a nasty child custody battle involving a family member.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   The Palin chronicles
Byron York / National Review:
Why the Palin Baby Story Matters
Azi Paybarah / New York Observer:   Levy on Palin Pregnancy: All Good
John Dickerson / Slate:
Discussion: Political Machine, marbury and MoJoBlog
Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:   Evangelicals rally behind Palin
Steve Quinn / Associated Press:   Palin hires attorney for Troopergate investigation
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Republicans Rush In  —  One of the great sights of American political life — a YouTube moment if ever there was one — was to see the doughboy face of Newt Gingrich as he extolled the virtues of Sarah Palin, a sitcom of a vice presidential choice and a disaster movie if she moves up to the presidency …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:   The Cynicism Express  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Has anyone noticed …
New York Times:
A New Twist in the Long-Running Debate on Mothers
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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Scenes from St. Paul — Democracy Now's Amy Goodman arrested
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.
John King / CNN:
GOP decides to resume convention  —  ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) — The Republican National Convention, cut back Monday because of Hurricane Gustav's arrival on the U.S. Gulf Coast, will resume a full schedule Tuesday, convention officials said.  —  President Bush, who was scheduled to speak Monday …
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Washington Post:
Hurricane, Palin Roil the Start of GOP Convention
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Sara Just / Political Radar:   Bush to Speak to Republican Convention
Heidi Przybyla / Bloomberg:
McCain Turns Sour on His Onetime Media ‘Base’ as Election Nears  —  Sept. 2 (Bloomberg) — The longtime love affair between John McCain and what he once called his “base” — the national news media — is on the rocks.  —  McCain's campaign manager, Steve Schmidt, yesterday lashed out at what he deemed …
Gateway Pundit:
Leftist Protesters Attack, Throw Poison & Spit On RNC Delegates!... 80 Year-Old Connecticut Delegate Injured!!!  —  Republican Delegates were spat on and sprayed with poison today as they arrived at the RNC convention at the Xcel Center.  —  The protesters were able to get into the area unopposed.
Gateway Pundit:
Hindrocket / Power Line:   THE FACE OF EVIL  —  The first day of the RNC was fun but muted.
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
Answer Jake's Question  —  Actually, we'll put two questions to the readership this morning.  Both of them come, at different times, from Political Punch.  Feel free to take a crack at them.  —  First: “What would the response be if Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, and his wife Michelle had a pregnant unmarried teenage daughter?”
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:   Just Askin'...  What would the response be if Sen. Barack Obama …
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
McCain in talks with Ron Paul for backing  —  Gunning for valuable but loyal supporter list  —  The McCain campaign, acting through the Republican National Committee, has been negotiating with Rep. Ron Paul to win his support and acquire the names of his sympathizers among the 4,607 delegates …
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Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Study: Sharp drop in black GOP delegates
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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George Lakoff / The Huffington Post:
The Palin Choice and the Reality of the Political Mind
Dalton Conley / New York Times:
Rich Man's Burden
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Jay Newton-Small / Swampland:
Obama on Gustav
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Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Report Faults Handling of Wiretap Notes
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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
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THAT'S ORIGINAL  —  I just saw McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds …
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
Arnab Datta / Political Punch:
McCain Hires GOP Operative Who Helped Smear Him in South Carolina in 2000