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3:05 PM ET, September 4, 2008

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Erick Erickson / www.redstate.com:
BREAKING: Sarah Palin “Winged” Her Speech Because of “Broken” Teleprompter  —  Halfway through Sarah Palin's speech tonight at the RNC, people following the speech noticed she was deviating from the prepared text.  —  According to sources close to the McCain campaign, the teleprompter continued scrolling during applause breaks.
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Roger Simon / The Politico:
Why the media should apologize  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — On behalf of the media, I would like to say we are sorry.  —  On behalf of the elite media, I would like to say we are very sorry.  —  We have asked questions this week that we should never have asked.  —  We have asked pathetic questions like: Who is Sarah Palin?
Detroit Free Press:
Free Press voter panel reacts to Palin's speech  —  “Originally, I was a not too happy about McCain's choice for a running mate, Sarah Palin ... However, after her speech tonight I am beginning to see her in a different light.  She seems like a real fighter, someone who would stick …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The teleprompter did not break  —  Sarah Palin delivered a powerful speech last night, but she did not “wing it.”  —  That is what Erick Erickson, citing sources close to McCain, has written on his blog, RedState.  —  Erickson writes that “the teleprompter continued scrolling during applause breaks.
Ross Douthat:
Free Advice For Democrats  —  I'll have more to say about Sarah Palin's speech at some point tomorrow - I saw it live, from the press stand in St. Paul, which was perhaps not the ideal venue from which to judge its television impact - but based on the reactions I've heard and read to date …
Rasmussen Reports:
51% Say Reporters Are Trying To Hurt Palin; 39% Say She Has Better Experience Than Obama  —  Over half of U.S. voters (51%) think reporters are trying to hurt Sarah Palin with their news coverage, and 24% say those stories make them more likely to vote for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in November.
Discussion: The Raw Story, The Reaction and Hot Air
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin attacks ‘shrill and sarcastic,’ says Reid spokesman  —  (CNN) — A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is hitting back hard at Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's speech Wednesday night, calling it “shrill and sarcastic.”  —  “Anyone who knows Senator Reid knows …
Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard Blog:
Newest Palin Smear: She Cut Special Needs Budget  —  I just watched CNN's Soledad O'Brien sandbag former White House Communications Director Nicole Wallace by asking her how Sarah Palin can claim to be a defender of special needs children when she cut the budget for that Alaska office by 62 percent.
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Focus Group: Palin Was (Alarmingly) Strong  —  Several moderate-Democrat friends of mine have been emailing—few if any would ever vote for McCain—but all agree that Palin was very strong.  The more liberal among them are a little panicked.  —  I completely misjudged how negative she would be.
John Dickerson / Slate:
WHY THE SMILING, SUDDEN, RELENTLESS SARAH PALIN SHOULD SCARE DEMOCRATS.  —  Drill, baby, drill.  Sarah Palin was relentless in her speech Wednesday night.  She drilled Barack Obama, elites, San Francisco, the press, and civil libertarians.  She even went after Michelle Obama.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The GOP's cheerful viciousness
Discussion: Democrats.com
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Palin v. Reality
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Lauren Beckham Falcone / Boston Herald:
Stylists to passe Sarah Palin: Let your hair down
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Marc Ambinder:
It's Going To Be Palin's September
Discussion: MyDD
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Not Taking A Page From Hillary: Why Palin's Speech Erred
Discussion: MyDD
Jim Sleeper / TPMCafe:   What Palin Offers — and What It Would Cost
Laura Bush / Vanity Fair:
Cindy McCain's $300,000 Outfit  —  One of the persistent memes in the Republican line of attack against Barack Obama is the notion that he is an elitist, whereas the G.O.P. represent real working Americans like Levi “F-in' Redneck” Johnston.  —  It caught our attention, then …
Gloria Steinem / Los Angeles Times:
Palin: wrong woman, wrong message  —  Sarah Palin shares nothing but a chromosome with Hillary Clinton.  She is Phyllis Schlafly, only younger.  —  Here's the good news: Women have become so politically powerful that even the anti-feminist right wing — the folks with a headlock on the Republican Party …
ABCNEWS:
Fired Alaskan Official Says Palin Hasn't Been Truthful  —  Monegan Says He Was Fired For His Refusal to Fire Governor's Former Brother-In-Law  —  The fired Alaskan official, whose dismissal has become the subject of a state senate committee's investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin …
Discussion: The Swamp and Washington Monthly
Alexander Marquardt / CNN:
Obama didn't expect ginger treatment from Palin  —  PITTSBURGH (CNN) - Senior Obama adviser David Axelrod appeared unfazed by Sarah Palin's tough speech in St. Paul Wednesday night, telling reporters Thursday Barack Obama watched a bit of her speech and took it in stride.
Detroit Free Press:
Mayor: ‘I lied under oath’  —  He'll resign, serve 120 days in jail, repay $1M, surrender law license  —  Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has pleaded guilty, ending a nearly eight month drama that has transfixed the region, paralyzed much of city business and halted a political career that once held such promise.
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Campaign Sees Changed Map With Palin  —  Gov. Sarah Palin may well draw larger crowds than Sen. John McCain ever did, and the McCain campaign plans to take advantage: they're filling a calendar that will find her deployed to places where McCain can't go, places where McCain's gone and fallen flat …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Wasilla: The Meth Capital Of Alaska  —  More background on the social problems of the home-town of Sarah Palin:
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Associated Press:
Troopers dub Mat-Su area the meth capital of Alaska
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS.  —  Chris Hayes fires back on Giuliani and Palin's mockery of “community organizers”: … Adam Serwer agrees: … But look, let's call a spade a spade: When Giuliani sneered about community organizers on the “South side” of Chicago, it's pretty clear what he's saying …
Discussion: The New Republic
James Kirchick / The New Republic:
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me  —  The first real job I ever got in journalism was at the softly right-of-center New York Sun.  It was an internship after the summer of my freshman year in college, and it paid (as too few newspaper internships do).  I worked for both the editorial and news pages …
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Seth Lipsky / New York Sun:
The Future of the Sun  —  Dear Readers of the Sun:
Discussion: Jeffrey Goldberg
 
 
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Sarah Palin / Real Clear Politics:
Sarah Palin's Address to the RNC
Walter Shapiro / Salon:
McCain's big running-mate rollout
Ali / Think Progress:
Only one mention of President Bush during last night's RNC.
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Obama and McCain to Appear at CU
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PALIN AND RUSSIA, PART V.... It started like a harmless joke, didn't it?
Deacon / Power Line:
THE WASHINGTON POST — NEVER MORE THAN A SENTENCE AWAY FROM A …
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What the white man means when he says “Ghetto”
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Credit where it's due
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin On Obama
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin in prime time  —  A CBS poll released soon before Sarah …
Megan McArdle:
Thoughts on Sarah Palin
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Easiest Task for Palin May Have Been Speech
Discussion: MSNBC and Sweetness & Light
John King / CNN:
With odds against him, McCain still feels lucky
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Times of London:
'She's like a moose going after a cabbage'
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
HOW CAN SMART PEOPLE SAY SUCH DUMB THINGS ABOUT SARAH PALIN?
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