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5:41 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 …
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.
Another Controversy for Sarah Palin  —  Former Police Chief Says He Was Fired for Challenging Palin's Campaign Contributors  —  Gov. Sarah Palin is already facing ethical questions over her firing of the Alaska public safety commissioner, and now she faces questions over the firing of a longtime local police chief.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Noonan, Murphy trash Palin on hot mic: 'It's over'  —  After a segment with NBC's Chuck Todd ended today, Republican consultant Mike Murphy and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan were caught on a live mike ridiculing the choice of Sarah Palin.  —  “It's over,” said Noonan …
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.
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.
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 …
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.).
Marc Ambinder:   Dr. Laura And The Talk Radio Audience
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
McCain Strategist Blasts Media
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard Blog:
Feisty McCain Tells Staff He's Indignant Over Palin Treatment
Discussion: Hot Air
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: MyDD
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:   Schmidt: No more answers on Palin vetting
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 …
Hope Ditto / Political Radar:
Dems Call Palin Experience Ad ‘Ridiculous’  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis and Hope Ditto report: A McCain ad contrasting Sarah Palin's experience with that of Barack Obama was called “borderline ridiculous” on Wednesday by a top adviser to the Democratic presidential nominee.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
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
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.
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 and Hot Air
Ryan / Think Progress:
O'Hanlon: Bush deserves credit for Iraq being free of WMD.  —  Last night, CBS News reviewed President Bush's legacy and noted that it will largely be defined by his misguided invasion of Iraq.  During its report, Iraq war apologist Michael O'Hanlon recalled that Bush went to war in a …
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Convention Cheat Sheet: Fred Steals The Night
Discussion: Power Line
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll gives Obama edge in two of three key states
Democrats attack Lieberman, saying he lied to delegates
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
 Earlier Items: 
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
A Shameful Week for the Press
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Power Line
Michelle Malkin:
The Us Weekly cover you didn't see
Gallup Daily: Obama 49%, McCain 43%
Dan Joling / Associated Press:
Palin has not pushed creation science as governor
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
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Obama Met With Fox News Executives
Discussion: The New Republic and TVNewser

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