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3:55 AM ET, September 1, 2008

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The Huffington Post:
McCain Camp Didn't Search Palin's Hometown Paper Archives  —  The McCain campaign has gone to great lengths to present the selection of Sarah Palin as one made after a careful, meticulous vetting process.  But evidence continues to suggest that the Arizona Republican made his VP choice with surprising haste.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Things That Make You Go Hmmm  —  Questions for the McCain-Palin campaign: … It strikes me as likely that there are reasonable answers to these questions - more reasonable than the only one given so far - … and the rumors buzzing across the Internets and the press corps are unfounded and unseemly.
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
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Right Wing News
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Borderline
Discussion: Daily Kos and The RBC
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
McCain talks Palin on Fox News Sunday  —  As Democrats slam his new runningmate as unprepared for the Oval Office, Sen. McCain defended Palin's experience and readiness during his interview with Fox News Sunday.  Referring to her as a “soulmate,” McCain argued that her executive experience makes …
Discussion: PrestoPundit
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Michael Kinsley / Slate:
No Experience Necessary  —  HOW SARAH PALIN MADE THE GOP CHANGE ITS MIND ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS.  —  In a famous example of ideological flexibility, the American Communist Party changed its mind completely about Adolf Hitler in 1939, when he signed a deal with Stalin.
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 …
Arnab Datta / Political Punch:
Oh, That Joe!  (Number 4 in a Series) — Biden on Difference Between Him and Palin: “She's Good Looking”  —  In his introduction of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., just now on the rooftop of the Toldeo Public Library, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., commented on the pulchritude of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin …
Discussion: TownHall Blog, Commentary and Hot Air
Sidney Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:   Why Palin? McCain v. Rove
Washington Wire:
Obama's First Shot at Palin Focuses on Equal Pay
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Philip Gourevitch / New Yorker:
PALIN ON OBAMA
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
McCain chief hits Obama for playing politics as Gustav looms  —  John McCain's campaign manager today accused Barack Obama of practicing politics as Hurricane Gustav bears down on the Gulf Coast.  —  Rick Davis, in a brief interview following a pep talk he gave to convention volunteers in St. Paul …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SADLY NUTS  —  When asked about criticisms of Sarah Palin's readiness to serve as president, McCain responded: “If they want to go down that route, in all candor, she has far, far more experience than Senator Obama does.”  —  Set aside the bravado.  Can McCain possibly believe that?
Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard Blog:   What Gustav Does  —  (1) Gets Bush out of St. Paul …
New York Times:
Republicans Drop Most Monday Convention Action
Ross Douthat:
Will McCain Ruin Palin?
Discussion: The Jed Report
Washington Post:
Opening Day Is Abbreviated; Bush, Cheney Won't Appear
Discussion: marbury and The Caucus
Yahoo! News:
GOP sees potential redemption in Gustav
Discussion: Associated Press and Reuters
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Trig Paxson Van Palin  —  I meant to post this the other day (so please don't take it as a response to Rick—in fact it might constitute pleading guilty as charged!), but I got sidetracked.  I found the Palin event Friday incredibly moving.  Partly because of Trig.
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Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
BECAUSE OF THE HYPOCRISY!  [NOW UPDATED WITH EVEN MORE DASTARDLY HYPOCRISYNESS!]  —  Time to keep a running list of Sarah Palin's sins — lovingly gathered, mostly in crazed speculative form, by members of the Church of Diversity and Otherness Coddling, and reprinted here, with my gloss, for your delectation.
Amanda Carpenter / TownHall Blog:
Lefty Bloggers Go After Palin's Daughter
Discussion: Wake up America and Don Surber
See-Dubya / michellemalkin.com:
Palin attacks counterproductive as well as moronic
Tom Kizzia / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin touts stance on ‘Bridge to Nowhere,’ doesn't note flip-flop  —  When John McCain introduced Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate Friday, her reputation as a tough-minded budget-cutter was front and center.  —  “I told Congress, thanks but no thanks on that bridge to nowhere,” …
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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 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The Palin effect: crowd size  —  17,000+ today for the McCain-Palin rally outside of St. Louis, according to a Secret Service magnetometer count provided by the campaign.  —  As one veteran of Missouri politics said, that's the sort of crowd usually seen in October for a president — not in August for a candidate.
New York Times:
G.O.P. Rallies in Support of McCain, Poll Shows  —  ST. PAUL — Senator John McCain this week will officially claim the presidential nomination from a convention here that is united behind him, and confident of keeping the White House.  —  Just four years ago, at the Republican convention in New York …
Discussion: TalkLeft and TBogg
CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama 49, McCain 48  —  ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) — On the eve of the Republican convention, a new national poll suggests the race for the White House remains dead even.  —  A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Sunday night shows the Obama-Biden ticket leading the McCain-Palin ticket …
John Emerson / Seeing the Forest:
Police at Republican National Convention: links  —  The police at the Republican Convention have been beefed up with federal money, and they've already made preemptive arrests of protest leaders.  I have no special sources or independent information, but I've gathered some links so I can keep …
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Molly Priesmeyer / Minnesota Independent:
National Lawyers Guild seeks to have judge review detentions …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The National Security Defense  —  Even Jonah Goldberg realizes the commander-in-chief of Alaska's National Guard line is “really lame” for the party of Eisenhower.  But the “Alaska-Is-Close-To-Russia” argument by Cindy McCain.  This is what the GOP's national security analysis now is!
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and The Corner
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In Denver, a Thousand Little Pieces
Washington Post:
With Palin on the Ticket, Evangelicals Are Energized
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Unsafe President  —  Joe Klein knows McCain:
Randyj / TIME.com:
Dead Heat  —  From CNN/Opinion Research Center:  —  Obama 49, McCain 48
Discussion: The Other McCain
Arnab Datta / Political Radar:
Ex-Dem Chair Apologizes for Hurricane Remark
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
GOP CONVENTION UP IN THE AIR
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