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9:55 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 …
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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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Trig Paxson Van Palin
Arnab Datta / Political Punch:
Oh, That Joe! …
Discussion: Commentary, TownHall Blog 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
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:   Cindy McCain on Palin: she's qualified because ‘Alaska is close to Russia’
Mosheh Oinounou / FOX Embeds:
McCain talks Palin on Fox News Sunday
Discussion: PrestoPundit
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The National Security Defense
Discussion: The Corner
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Borderline
Discussion: Daily Kos and The RBC
CNN:
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 …
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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 …
New York Times:
Powerful Storm Starts to Lash Gulf Coast  —  NEW ORLEANS — Strong winds and rain began to lash the Gulf Coast early Monday as the edge of Hurricane Gustav reached the coast of Louisiana, where the center of the storm was expected to make landfall around midday.
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.
New York Times:
Party's Plans Are Unsettled; McCain Visits Gulf
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
GOP, citing Gustav, makes case for McCain
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?
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Noemie Emery / Weekly Standard Blog:
What Gustav Does  —  (1) Gets Bush out of St. Paul …
Discussion: pandagon.net
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.
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: TIME.com
CNN:
Dem apologizes for joking about hurricane  —  From CNN's Alexander Mooney and Alan Silverleib, Extra  —  (CNN) — Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Don Fowler apologized Sunday for recently joking Hurricane Gustav's expected landfall on the same day as the opening …
 
 
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Robert Kagan / Wall Street Journal:
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Scott W. Johnson / National Review:
Welcome to the Twin Cities!
Discussion: Power Line and Atlas Shrugs
Harper's:
Palin and Her Pastors: “Those that die without Christ have a …
Discussion: TalkLeft
New York Post:
TRICKY CHARLIE'S CARIB ‘HIDEAWAY’
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David Carr / New York Times:
In Denver, a Thousand Little Pieces
Washington Post:
With Palin On the Ticket, Evangelicals Are Energized
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Don Surber
New York Times:
G.O.P. Rallies in Support of McCain, Poll Shows
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The Palin effect: crowd size