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2:10 PM ET, September 3, 2008


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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.
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 …
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” …
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.).
Washington Post:
Before Speech, Running Mate Gets Some Coaching  —  Since Sunday night, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been holed up in her suite in the Hilton Minneapolis while a parade of Sen. John McCain's top advisers have briefed her on the nuances of his policy positions, national politics and, above all …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
FINELY AGED WHINE  —  There's quite a tear-jerking piece in the Post by Howard Kurtz today about the McCain campaign's wailing about the media treatment of their botched veep roll-out ...  Schmidt, by the way, is one of the most hard-boiled GOP operatives and Rove proteges around.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Commentary
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Aides Say Team Interviewed Palin Late in the Process  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was not subjected to a lengthy in-person background interview with the head of Sen. John McCain's vice presidential vetting team until last Wednesday in Arizona, the day before McCain asked her to be his running mate …
Los Angeles Times:
McCain had criticized earmarks from Palin
Patterico's Pontifications:   Why the Press Claims, Falsely, that Sarah Palin Wasn't Vetted …
Jack Shafer / Slate:
MCCAIN CREATES A DISASTER STORY FOR THE NEWS-STARVED PRESS.  —  The news abhors a vacuum.  Politicians, public-relations disinformers, media consultants, and other spin artists may think it's wise to suppress the elemental force that is the news.  But when the news breaches the container it's been stuffed into, mayhem results.
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
Patrick Buchanan / Real Clear Politics:
McCain Pick is Paying Off Big Time  —  The risk John McCain took last Friday is comparable to the 72-year-old ex-fighter pilot knocking back two shots and flying his F-16 under the Golden Gate Bridge.  —  McCain's choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his co-pilot was the biggest gamble in presidential history.
Los Angeles Times:
Vetting of Palin is raising questions
Discussion: Jezebel
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: Unfogged
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Obama Met With Fox News Executives  —  At a secret meeting with Barack Obama three months ago, Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes says, he tried to clear the air with the Democratic senator by saying that his organization was determined to be fair but would not be “in the tank” for Obama's campaign.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama to Appear on Fox on Thursday Night
Discussion: Outside The Beltway and Don Surber
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Angry Left  —  I don't have the credentials necessary to go to the actual convention, but according to folks I've talked to it's been low energy in the Xcel Energy Center and a not-exactly-packed house.  Indeed, President George W. Bush didn't even bother to show up in person to deliver …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Bush: “McCain Wasn't ‘Tortured’”
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
The real politics of the Bridge to Nowhere....  With all the debate surrounding the Bridge to Nowhere earmark, I offer you a campaign photo from 2006 when the Bridge to Nowhere was considered the Bridge to Somewhere by one candidate seeking votes from the people of Ketchikan.
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Palin's Handling of Other People's Pregnant Teens  —  Obviously, from the perspective of a progressive, there is much to dislike about Sarah Palin's politics.  But this tidbit in today's WaPo strikes me as particularly offensive: … I'm sorry, but a politician who opposes abortion …
Amanda / Think Progress:
Michael Moore responds to Lieberman.  —  Yesterday in his address to the Republican National Convention, Sen. Joe Lieberman (R-CT) tried to demonstrate the “maverick” appeal of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) by invoking filmmaker Michael Moore.  He said that “if John McCain is just another partisan Republican …
Michael Moore:
Michael Moore Responds to Joe Lieberman
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Spengler / Asia Times:
How Obama lost the election  —  DENVER - Senator Barack Obama's acceptance speech last week seemed vastly different from the stands of this city's Invesco Stadium than it did to the 40 million who saw it on television.  Melancholy hung like thick smog over the reserved seats where I sat with Democratic Party staffers.
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Why Do We Like Palin?  —  Much has been written why Palin both brings strength to the McCain ticket and is a gamble at the same time.  Why then the growing wave of popular sentiment in her favor?  —  Various reasons, but one I think is that millions of Americans are simply tired of being lectured at by smug elites.
Discussion: American Power and Dr. Sanity
Betsy Newmark / Betsy's Page:
Trashing a conservative woman
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Jewish voters may be wary of Palin  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Barack Obama has struggled for 18 months to lock down the support of a traditionally Democratic group, Jewish voters.  —  In the past week, John McCain may have helped Obama with his Jewish problem by choosing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Megan McArdle:
More turnabout is fair play  —  John McCain made unkind remarks about Chelsea Clinton.  My opinion of the kind of man who makes jokes about a young girl unfortunate enough to go through puberty on the public stage is unprintable.  That, and his appalling treatment of his first wife …
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Lisa Demer / Anchorage Daily News:
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 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Discussion: Spin Cycle
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Garry Wills / New York Times:
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Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Economy?  What Economy?  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Maybe it's …
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Gingrich Slams MSNBC's Allen Concerning Palin's Qualifications
Discussion: Wake up America and Macsmind
Nate /
Today's Polls, 9/2  —  It looks like Barack Obama may have gotten …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Obama ad slams McCain on abortion rights