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8:05 PM ET, September 3, 2008


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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
OY ... LIVE MICS ARE SUCH DANGEROUS THINGS  —  Just watch (the voices are Mike Murphy and Peggy Noonan) ...  And if you're interested, the transcript ...
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.
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: MyDD
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Awful: Peggy Noonan, Mike Murphy caught on open mike about Palin
Discussion: American Power and Stop The ACLU
Ross Douthat:
A Time For Polemic  —  First, Peggy Noonan: … Then, Kenneth Anderson:
Discussion: Hot Air
John Bentley / CBS News:
McCain Camp Knocks Down Enquirer's Palin Rumor  —  From CBS News' John Bentley:  —  (ST. PAUL, MINN.) - John McCain's campaign threatened legal action against the National Enquirer today for running a story about McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin, allegedly having an affair with her husband's business partner.
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 …
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 …
Byron York / The Corner:
“Another Incredible Allegation” — What The Enquirer Is Saying About Palin  —  Concerning the allegations in the new National Enquirer of an extramarital affair involving Sarah Palin, I called the tabloid this afternoon and asked for a copy of the new story.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
McCain's National Co-Chair: Media Coverage Of Palin Is “Completely Fair,” Not Sexist  —  Meg Whitman, McCain's national campaign co-chair and former CEO of e-Bay, veered off message today in an interview with Fox News, describing the media vetting of Palin as “completely fair” …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard Blog:
Feisty McCain Tells Staff He's Indignant Over Palin Treatment
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Cindy McCain, Sarah Palin: Abortion rift  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. - Cindy McCain says that she, like Sarah Palin, is “pro-life,” but parts ways with John McCain's running mate on the question of banning abortion for victims of rape and incest.  —  McCain also says they talked about picking Connecticut …
The Corner:
Excerpts from Palin's Speech  —  This just in...
Washington Wire:
Excerpts From Sarah Palin's Convention Speech
Discussion: TPM Election Central
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   GOP: BATTLE STATIONS!
Palin working nonstop in lead up to her big speech
Discussion: Washington Post, Time and Hot Air
Jon Soltz / The Huffington Post:
Is the McCain-Palin Campaign Violating Operational Security?
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin And The Jews  —  We now find out that there was a collection for Jews For Jesus in the church that Palin attended on August 17.  Did Palin donate?  Or is that another question we are not allowed to ask?  This was also not the first time Brickner had spoken at Palin's church.
Discussion: Commentary and Jeffrey Goldberg
Jane Hamsher / Campaign Silo:
Obama Senior Advisor Anita Dunn Slams Lieberman On CNN  —  A refreshing change of pace from the kid gloves with which Joe is usually treated: … Last night, Lieberman said that Obama voted “to cut off funding for our American troops on the battlefield.”  —  From the Washington Post Fact Checker notes this morning:
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Richardson on Lieberman: 'It's a little bit sad'
Discussion: The Swamp
Democrats attack Lieberman, saying he lied to delegates
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Marc Ambinder:   Dr. Laura And The Talk Radio Audience
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: Washington Post and The Jed Report
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Gallup Daily: Obama 49%, McCain 43%  —  Too early to reflect impact of GOP convention in St. Paul  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Poll Daily tracking encompassing Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday's interviewing shows Barack Obama retaining a six percentage point, 49% top 43%, lead over John McCain among registered voters.
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.
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Gains Overall, McCain Among GOP Women
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The Real Economic Scorecard
Discussion: Swords Crossed and Cafe Hayek
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Oh, That Joe! …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
From Ferraro to Palin: My, How The Times Change
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Yes, Gov. Palin will do fine tonight and the pundits will be in awe!
Matt Lewis / TownHall Blog:
Who's Watching Norah O'Donnell's Kids?
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Clean Coal Girls Explain Clean Coal Technology
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Palin Not Helping McCain with Women Voters
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan / Think Progress:
O'Hanlon: Bush deserves credit for Iraq being free of WMD.
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll gives Obama edge in two of three key states
Discussion: MyDD
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
To Palinize...  Palinize: to slander and caricature …
Steve Waldman / beliefnet:
Sarah Palin: A Big Gamble for Religious Conservatives
The New Republic:
McCain Meets the Daddy
Michelle Malkin:
The Us Weekly cover you didn't see
Marc Ambinder:
The Palin Pick: What We Know, Don't Know And Just Assume
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Obama Met With Fox News Executives

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Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

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