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8:50 PM ET, September 2, 2008


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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
McCain Manager: ‘This Election is Not About Issues’  —  Rick Davis, campaign manager for John McCain's presidential bid, insisted that the presidential race will be decided more over personalities than issues during an interview with Post editors this morning.  —  “This election is not about issues,” said Davis.
Gallup Daily: Obama Hits 50% for First Time  —  Leads McCain by eight percentage points, 50% to 42%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking from Aug. 30 through Sept. 1, finds Barack Obama leading the race for president with his highest share of support to date.
Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
The “Eagleton Scenario”  —  Barring a dramatic reversal, Sarah Palin will formally become the Republican vice presidential nominee Wednesday night.  Since Friday, when the pick was announced, news surrounding Palin has been almost uniformly negative: the initial focus on her lack …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard Blog:
Thompson Speech Hits Media on Palin, Obama on Abortion  —  Fred Thompson will forcefully defend the selection of Sarah Palin tonight in a speech Republicans are characterizing as “red meat.”  He will argue that the feeding frenzy over Palin's is the result of “panic” from the Democrat-friendly mainstream media.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Palin Slashed Funding for Teen Moms  —  ST. PAUL — Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee who revealed Monday that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, earlier this year used her line-item veto to slash funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers in need of a place to live.
Discussion: Lonewacko, Slog and The Raw Story
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Palin lied about visiting Ireland as part of her foreign policy experience  —  She didn't visit Ireland, which is what the McCain-Palin campaign claimed to Politico's Ben Smith on Saturday.  She had a short refueling stopover, which means at best her extensive Irish diplomacy amounted to buying …
The Huffington Post:
McCain Spokesman Stumped Trying To Explain Why Palin Is Ready …
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Fred Thompson rips NYT on Palin coverage
Martina Stewart / CNN:   Prominent Clinton supporter slams Palin, says she's not qualified
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:   Plouffe: Palin Choice a ‘Transparent Moment’
Glenn W. Smith / Firedoglake:
McCain & McGovern: Why Palin (Probably) Won't Be Dumped
Discussion: Open Left and
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
McCain Cancels CNN Interview As Punishment For Criticizing Palin
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Bush Speech to Praise McCain for ‘Courage and Vision’
Discussion: The Swamp and
Kate Klonick / TPMMuckraker:
Todd Palin Was Registered Member of Alaska Independence Party Until 2002  —  The McCain camp today disputed rumors that presumptive vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was ever registered with the secessionist Alaska Independence Party by releasing years of voter registration history …
Arnab Datta / Political Radar:
Schlafly Chides McCain Camp for Palin Cancellation  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis reports: Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly is taking the McCain campaign to task for notifying her at the last minute that Sarah Palin will be a no-show on Tuesday when the Republican National Coalition for Life holds an event honoring the Alaska governor.
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Another AIP Official Says Palin Was at 1994 Convention*  —  An intense “she said"/"she said" has emerged over whether Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was ever a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, the third-largest political party in the 49th state.  The AIP wants Alaskans to get an opportunity …
Byron York / The Corner:
She Is a Small-Town Mayor.  She Is Not — Repeat, Not — the Governor of Alaska.  —  In an interview of Barack Obama last night, CNN's Anderson Cooper mentioned Sarah Palin's experience as a small-town mayor and as governor of Alaska.  Obama, hewing to his campaign's talking points, ignored the governor part:
Byron York / The Corner:
Team McCain Hits Back on Palin, Vetting  —  Had a long talk this morning with a senior strategist in the McCain campaign.  I think it's fair to say Team McCain is seriously unhappy with a New York Times story, “Palin Disclosures Raise Questions On Vetting,” which came out this morning and is driving much of the coverage of the issue.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Palin's husband was member of third party  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, twice registered as a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a fierce states' rights group that wants to turn all federal lands in Alaska back to the state.
Laura McGann / The Washington Independent:
Palin: The Iron-Fist Mayor?
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Salon
Chris Orr / The New Republic:
The Case Against the Case Against Palin
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Discussion: Fox News and Don Surber
William Kristol / Weekly Standard Blog:   Kristol on Sarah Palin, Hockey Mom
Don Frederick / Top of the Ticket:   Sarah Palin a no-show at antiabortion event, sparking some ire
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bristol Palin boyfriend convention-bound
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Akmuckraker / Mudflats:
A Photo Safari of Wasilla, Alaska - Home of Sarah Palin.
Discussion: Wonkette
Erick Erickson /
BREAKING: Democrats Release Sarah Palin's Social Security Number
Discussion: Flopping Aces
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Palins' Privacy  —  Here's a post that reads like it was …
Discussion: Upturned Earth
Jennifer Cady / E! Online:
Lindsay Lohan Blogs About Sarah Palin's Daughter's Baby Drama
Discussion: marbury
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
WE'RE OUTTA HERE  —  Todd Palin, husband of Sarah …
Discussion: My Left Wing
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
A Blogger, a Baby, a Cry of Concern
Discussion: Political Punch
The Huffington Post:
Palin's Church May Have Shaped Controversial Worldview  —  Three months before she was thrust into the national political spotlight, Gov. Sarah Palin was asked to handle a much smaller task: addressing the graduating class of commission students at her one-time church, Wasilla Assembly of God.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
Discussion: Macsmind and
The Politico:
Documents detail Palin's political life  —  Sarah Palin may be new to most Americans, but she's not entirely new to the national Democratic Party.  —  Democrat Tony Knowles, her opponent in the 2006 Alaska gubernatorial race, put together a detailed, 63-page research document …
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Marc Ambinder:
Defending McCain On The Vet  —  Having spent several days questioning whether the McCain campaign properly vetted Gov. Palin's political record, it occurs to me that perhaps I haven't been asking the right question.  Is it possible, in an era when hundreds of thousands of documents are available …
Discussion: marbury
Laura McGann / The Washington Independent:
Vetting?  —  ANCHORAGE — I just got off the phone with the very helpful city clerk at the Wasilla City Clerk's office, Kristie Smithers, who is pulling some documents for me from when Gov. Sarah Palin was mayor.  —  I told her I appreciated her help, since I'm sure she's been bombarded with requests these last few weeks.
Discussion: Campaign Silo and Balloon Juice
Rasmussen Reports:
52% Still Have Favorable View of Palin, But Partisan Gap Widens  —  After a long weekend of Democratic criticism of John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate, over half of voters (52%) still have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of the Alaska governor.  Thirty-one percent (31%) view her very favorably.
Discussion: Hot Air
Michael Wolff / Vanity Fair:
Tuesdays with Rupert  —  Since buying The Wall Street Journal, Rupert Murdoch has talked freely with the author about his business, his family, and the future.  (There was serious gossip, too.)  It's an unparalleled look at the 77-year-old mogul, transformed by his marriage to Wendi Deng, yet utterly, unapologetically himself.
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Allison R. Hayward / Weekly Standard:
Shut Up, They Explained  —  The Obama campaign tries to suppress an ad.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin's stopover  —  I wrote the other day that a Palin spokeswoman …
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