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5:10 PM ET, September 3, 2008


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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
The War Against the Press  —  I've talked to many political professionals over the years who were mad at the media, or me in particular.  —  But I've never quite had a conversation like the one Tuesday night with Steve Schmidt.  —  He was absolutely furious as he unloaded on the journalistic community …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
McCain: Palin more qualified than Obama  —  Mounting a ferocious defense of his embattled running mate, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he is buying a TV ad arguing that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has more experience than the Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
McCain Strategist Blasts Media  —  Top Aide Says News Organizations Are ‘on a Mission to Destroy’ Palin  —  Sen. John McCain's top campaign strategist accused the news media Tuesday of being “on a mission to destroy” Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin by displaying “a level of viciousness and scurrilousness” …
Palin working nonstop in lead up to her big speech  —  ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) - Gov. Sarah Palin has been working around the clock on a speech that will focus on introducing herself to voters, proving she has what it takes to handle the economy and making the case for John McCain, two McCain aides told CNN Wednesday.
Discussion: Time, Hot Air and Real Clear Politics
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Angry Amateurs  —  The story of the day out here in Minneapolis is the McCain campaign's war against the press.  This has been building for some time.  Those of us who have criticized the candidate—and especially those of us who enjoyed good relations with McCain in the past …
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: AMERICA, MEET SARAH PALIN  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Domenico Montanaro  —  ST. PAUL, MN — And we thought Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton would give the most highly anticipated convention speech.  Well, that was before McCain selected the first-term governor …
Patrick Buchanan / Real Clear Politics:
McCain Pick is Paying Off Big Time
Discussion: The New Republic
CNN:   Palin working nonstop on convention speech
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   Schmidt: No more answers on Palin vetting
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PALIN REFUSES TO TESTIFY  —  It didn't take long.  We've already brought you news of the official investigation into Gov. Palin's firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.  Steve Branchflower, the lead investigator, began trying to arrange a deposition of the governor days before her veep selection.
Drlaura / Dr. Laura's Blog:
Sarah Palin and Motherhood  —  I am extremely disappointed in the choice of Sarah Palin as the Vice Presidential candidate of the Republican Party.  I will still vote for Senator McCain, because I am very concerned about having a fundamental leftist, especially one who is a marvelous orator, as President.
Discussion: Macsmind and Preemptive Karma
Marc Ambinder:   Dr. Laura And The Talk Radio Audience
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Los Angeles Times:
McCain had criticized earmarks from Palin  —  Three times in recent years, the Arizona senator's lists of ‘objectionable’ pork spending have included earmarks requested by his new running mate.  —  WASILLA, ALASKA — For much of his long career in Washington, John McCain has been throwing darts …
Byron York / The Corner:
What Palin Will Do Tonight  —  I've been talking to a member of the McCain/Palin team this morning about what to expect from Palin's speech to the convention tonight.  These speeches often feature a lot of biographical material, introducing an unknown candidate to the world.
Discussion: The Jed Report and culturekitchen
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Discussion: Post Politics
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
A Clear and Present Danger To the American Left  —  Notes from the convention:  —  Drafts of John McCain's acceptance speech have been bopping around the inside of the campaign for at least a few days, and a question is whether or how much it will be changed to account for the hurricane in New Orleans and the Gulf coast.
Democrats attack Lieberman, saying he lied to delegates  —  (CNN) — Democrats accused fellow lawmaker Sen. Joe Lieberman of misleading the Republican National Convention when he addressed them in a speech Tuesday night.  —  A senior Barack Obama campaign adviser said Lieberman flat-out lied …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Amanda / Think Progress:
Michael Moore responds to Lieberman.
Discussion: Michael Moore and DownWithTyranny!
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OY ... LIVE MICS ARE SUCH DANGEROUS THINGS  —  Just watch (the voices are Mike Murphy and Peggy Noonan) ...
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CHOREOGRAPHY  —  Since there is widespread agreement that the children of candidates should not become topics of campaign debate, it behooves us to note that the McCain campaign has almost singlehandedly made Sarah Palin's daughter a central figure in the Republican convention.
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
A Shameful Week for the Press  —  I have always tended to think that conservative complaints about the media are a little exaggerated.  There are occasionally obvious instances of bias and clear examples of a double standard, but most reporters don't want to fall into those and some conservatives are surely too sensitive to them.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Power Line
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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Republicans Mount Defense of Palin Ahead of Her Speech
Discussion: The Swamp and Washington Post
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
To Palinize...  Palinize: to slander and caricature …
Steve Waldman / beliefnet:
Sarah Palin: A Big Gamble for Religious Conservatives
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain's National Co-Chair: Media Coverage Of Palin Is “Completely Fair,” Not Sexist
Randyj /
GOP Women Blast “Outrageous Smear Campaign” Against Palin
Michelle Malkin:
The Us Weekly cover you didn't see
Discussion: American Spectator
Gallup Daily: Obama 49%, McCain 43%
Dan Joling / Associated Press:
Palin has not pushed creation science as governor
 Earlier Items: 
Susan Donaldson James / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin's Parenting Choices Under Fire
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
Marc Ambinder:
The Palin Pick: What We Know, Don't Know And Just Assume
Kate Barrett / Political Radar:
Biden Rips Bush Administration
Megan McArdle:
More turnabout is fair play
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Palin's Handling of Other People's Pregnant Teens
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Obama Met With Fox News Executives
Discussion: The New Republic and TVNewser