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11:05 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 …
Times of London:
Sarah Palin hit by internet rumours over fifth child  —  Teams of Democratic operatives and investigative journalists descended on Alaska yesterday to delve into the private and public life of Sarah Palin, the new and little-known Republican vice-presidential nominee, as fresh questions arose …
Ken Dilanian / USA Today:
Palin backed ‘bridge to nowhere’ in 2006
Discussion: Guardian and Real Clear Politics
The Huffington Post:
McCain Camp Didn't Search Palin's Hometown Paper Archives
Arnab Datta / Political Punch:
Oh, That Joe! …
Discussion: Commentary, TownHall Blog and Hot Air
Sidney Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:   Why Palin? McCain v. Rove
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
McCain talks Palin on Fox News Sunday
Discussion: PrestoPundit
Washington Wire:
Obama's First Shot at Palin Focuses on Equal Pay
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
Cindy McCain on Palin: she's qualified because ‘Alaska is close to Russia’
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Storm Politics Present Risks and Rewards  —  ST. PAUL — On the day Hurricane Katrina made landfall three years ago, President Bush helped Senator John McCain celebrate his birthday with a cake that melted on a blazing hot airport tarmac, just as the president's approval ratings would in the weeks to come.
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
GOP, citing Gustav, makes case for McCain
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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“Stop prying into other people's vaginas, even if you happen to oppose them politically.  What is wrong with you people?"  —  The insane obsession with Sarah Palin's pregnancy rages on.  —  This will all go down in the annals of feminism, people.  So think before you write.  —  Andrew?  —  AND
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Trig Paxson Van Palin
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 …
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, SciGuy and On Deadline
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.
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.
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.
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Robert Kagan / Wall Street Journal:
Power Play  —  The nature of nations, like people, never changes.
Scott W. Johnson / National Review:
Welcome to the Twin Cities!
Discussion: Power Line and Atlas Shrugs
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
Dem apologizes for joking about hurricane
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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 …
David Carr / New York Times:
In Denver, a Thousand Little Pieces
New York Times:
G.O.P. Rallies in Support of McCain, Poll Shows
Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard Blog:
What Gustav Does  —  (1) Gets Bush out of St. Paul …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The Palin effect: crowd size