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6:30 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 ...
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 …
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.
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 …
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
To Palinize...  Palinize: to slander and caricature a working-class female public figure for the noble advancement of liberalism.  —  Sarah Palin—self-made woman, and governor of Alaska—is being reducing by the left to a hickish, white trash mom of five, analogous to the manner …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: MyDD
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.
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.
Palin working nonstop in lead up to her big speech
Discussion: Time and Hot Air
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
Jane Hamsher / Campaign Silo:   Obama Senior Advisor Anita Dunn Slams Lieberman On CNN
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Cindy McCain, Sarah Palin: Abortion rift
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 …
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.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard Blog:
Feisty McCain Tells Staff He's Indignant Over Palin Treatment
Discussion: Hot Air and The Other McCain
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: Salon
Marc Ambinder:   Dr. Laura And The Talk Radio Audience
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:   GOP: BATTLE STATIONS!
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:
Discussion: Post Politics
Candace Rondeaux / Washington Post:
U.S., Afghan Troops Kill 20 in Pakistan  —  At least 20 people were killed in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday after U.S. and Afghan troops crossed from Afghanistan to pursue Taliban insurgents in an early morning attack that marked the first known instance in which U.S. forces conducted …
New York Times:
NATO Accused of Civilian Deaths Inside Pakistan
Discussion: TalkLeft
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
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.
Michelle Malkin:
The Us Weekly cover you didn't see  —  Reader Dave L. sends the Us Weekly cover that somehow didn't make it to print:  —  See what others have said  —  Note from Michelle: This section is for comments from's community of registered readers.
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll gives Obama edge in two of three key states  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) — A new poll suggests that Barack Obama is widening his lead over John McCain in two battleground states but indicates the race is dead even in Ohio, the state that decided the last presidential election.
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Discussion: The Swamp
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Palin Not Helping McCain with Women Voters
Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
US says troops could quit Baghdad soon
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Convention Cheat Sheet: Fred Steals The Night
Discussion: Power Line
Ryan / Think Progress:
O'Hanlon: Bush deserves credit for Iraq being free of WMD.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Republicans Mount Defense of Palin Ahead of Her Speech
Discussion: The Swamp and Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
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
Yuval Levin / The Corner:
A Shameful Week for the Press
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Dish
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
Megan McArdle:
More turnabout is fair play
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Obama Met With Fox News Executives
Discussion: The New Republic