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1:45 AM ET, September 4, 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 …
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Murphy and Noonan on open mike
Discussion: Cassy Fiano
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Awful: Peggy Noonan, Mike Murphy caught on open mike about Palin
Washington Post:
Palin E-Mails Show Intense Interest in Trooper's Discipline  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the running mate for GOP presidential candidate John McCain, wrote e-mails that harshly criticized Alaska state troopers for failing to fire her former brother-in-law and ridiculed an internal affairs investigation into his conduct.
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.
Washington Post:
Before Speech, Running Mate Gets Some Coaching  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee, emerged from the seclusion of preparing her acceptance speech to join her family with John McCain's to greet the Arizona senator when his plane arrived here Wednesday.
Ted Anthony / Associated Press:
Analysis: GOP contradicts self on Palin family
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
McCain Aide Rips Tabloid Report
Steve Quinn / Associated Press:   Report: Palin sent e-mails complaining of trooper
Text of Sarah Palin's speech  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. (MarketWatch) - Here is the prepared text of a speech given by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, as released by the party.  —  Mr. Chairman, delegates, and fellow citizens: I am honored to be considered …
The Corner:
Excerpts from Palin's Speech  —  This just in...
Discussion: The New Republic and CNN
Michelle Malkin:
Liberal men in a panic; Update: liberal women spinning, too
Marc Ambinder:   Palin Excerpts: I Lived In A Small Town
The Politico:
Clinton aides: Palin treatment sexist  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sarah Palin found some unlikely allies Wednesday as leading academics and even former top aides to Hillary Rodham Clinton endorsed the Republican charge that John McCain's running mate has been subject to a sexist double standard by the news media and Democrats.
Nate /
Guess Who's a Celebrity Now?
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Washington Post
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Cindy McCain, Sarah Palin: Abortion rift
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.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Live-blogging night 3 — Sarah Palin alert! — of the Republican Convention.  —  5:43 Central Time: I'm just setting this up so you can get started talking and to let you know that I'll be here — on what is obviously a very exciting night.  —  7:48: I'm just settling in for some serious blogging …
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Discussion: Liberal Values and the talking dog
Bill Bradley / Pajamas Media:
Palin's Big Night, Bush/Cheney MIA, And More
George Bryson / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Official: Palin's never issued an order to Alaska Guard  —  ANCHORAGE, Alaska — When presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain introduced Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate last Friday, the Arizona senator emphasized her role as the commander in chief of the Alaska National Guard.
Discussion: MoJoBlog and Talking Points Memo
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Attacks, praise stretch truth at GOP convention
Discussion: Daily Kos
Elana Schor / Guardian:
Obama might pursue criminal charges against Bush  —  Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden said yesterday that he and running mate Barack Obama could pursue criminal charges against the Bush administration if they are elected in November.  —  Biden's comments, first reported by ABC news …
Discussion: Riehl World View and TigerHawk
Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
Don't Blow It, Netroots Bloggers  —  Marc Ambinder, blogger-journalist for The Atlantic, asks aloud: … The answer is, most definitively, yes.  —  And the question reveals the very hubris on the part of so much of the media that makes such a war an irresistible and smart gambit by the McCain-Palin campaign.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Megyn Kelly destroys Us Weekly bottom-feeder over Palin story  —  “Babies, Lies, and Scandal” runs the front-cover headline over a photo of the Barracuda.  What exactly are the “lies,” asks Kelly?  Simply the lies that are being told about Palin, comes the reply from this galactic tool …
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Jews for Jesus and Sarah Palin  —  Of all the arrant, preposterous, and ludicrous attacks yet launched on Sarah Palin, there is none more absurd than the notion that she should have stood up in a huff and stormed out of church in her hometown of Wasilla because her pastor had invited a Jews for Jesus nutcase to speak there.
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin And The Jews
Discussion: Commentary and Political Punch
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
UMMM  —  Is Sarah Palin really comparing herself to Harry Truman since he only served as vice president for a few months?  —  11:06 PM ... This really does put the party in party rally.  —  11:07 PM ... A few other thoughts.  You'll notice that Rudy Giuliani apparently ran too long …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
One Very Off Moment  —  The one moment that stays with me tonight, oddly enough, was not Palin's speech.  It was a line from Giuliani, a New York mayor with a young third wife and gay friends, mocking a “cosmopolitan” who was brought up by a single mother.  It was that Barack Obama's rise could “only happen in America.”
Discussion: The New Republic
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
GERALDINE FERRARO WAS NEVER LIKE THIS.  —  After a middling start of her speech, Sarah Palin hit her stride.  Palin's speech so far is MILES better than Biden's — and will probably be better than McCain's.
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Washington Post:
In a More Diverse America, A Mostly White Convention
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Pointlets on Palin  —  1. She's one of the most talented politicians …
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Two Conventions With No Shortage of Contrasts
Transcript: Gibson Interviews John McCain
Discussion: The Caucus and Salon
Michelle Malkin:
Lady's night: Palin at the RNC; Rudy mocks “community organizer …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging Palin  —  11.10 pm.  Reality television has become our politics.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
ADMITTEDLY, HE HASN'T YET SAID 9/11  —  With Rudy's speech …
Discussion: The Opinionator
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Abramoff pleads for mercy from judge
Discussion: New York Times
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Bill Kristol's 11 pm Posting Now!
Mike Lillis / The Washington Independent:
Palin on Earmarks: ‘We Did Well!!!’  —  Digging through Wasilla's …
No Gay Sex, Please; We're from Virginia
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Gains Overall, McCain Among GOP Women
Discussion: The New Republic
Hindrocket / Power Line:
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
“I'm the freaking Governor of Alaska. …
Drlaura / Dr. Laura's Blog:
Sarah Palin and Motherhood