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4:20 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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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.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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 …
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?
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.
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A PERFECTLY FUNCTIONING TELEPROMPTER.... Watching Sarah Palin's speech last night, I made a note: “Not bad with the teleprompter.  Obviously reading, but better than McCain.”  It takes speakers a little while to get used to teleprompters, and it looked like Palin's extensive practice paid off.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
David Frum:
More Thoughts on Palin  —  Credit where it's due!  —  That was an amazing performance by Sarah Palin last night.  She delivered a powerful, clever, and deftly savage speech - but even more important, she projected through the speech a personality at once charismatic and down to earth, feminine yet tough.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and PoliBlog (TM)
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 …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The GOP's cheerful viciousness
Discussion: Democrats.com
Irene Jay Liu / Capitol confidential:
Giuliani takes no prisoners
Lauren Beckham Falcone / Boston Herald:   Stylists to passe Sarah Palin: Let your hair down
Nate / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Cognitive Dissonance  —  Virtually all of the conservative commentariat …
Discussion: Political Insider
Richard Starr / Weekly Standard Blog:   Sarah Palin's ‘Position on the Issues’
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Not Taking A Page From Hillary: Why Palin's Speech Erred
Discussion: MyDD
Marc Ambinder:
It's Going To Be Palin's September
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 …
Megan McArdle:
Thoughts on Sarah Palin  —  They're a little scattered, since I spent the speech lying in bed and wheezing.  So, bullet points.  — This woman is an Obama-level political natural.  She is a ferociously good speaker, and almost preternaturally composed.
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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 …
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Lisa Demer / Anchorage Daily News:
Palin aide bails on talking to Legislature
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Mark Kleiman / The RBC:
Palin v. Reality  —  Well, that was quick.  —  The Obama campaign is doing its job.  —  Now we get to see whether the media will do their job, or whether they will be cowed into submission.  I'm not taking bets either way  —  PALIN: “Our opponents say, again and again …
Discussion: Liberal Values and Booman Tribune
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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.
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Amber Hunt / Detroit Free Press:
Obama says it's time for Kilpatrick to go
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: No Dent in Obama Lead So Far  —  Obama holds 7-point lead in latest results  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama continues to hold a lead over John McCain, 49% to 42%, in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update.  —  The results are based on interviewing conducted Sept. 1-3.
Discussion: The New Republic
Dan / Riehl World View:
Sullivan Shoots For Palin, Hits Foot  —  Andrew Sullivan attempts to smear Palin again today by now trying to burn down her town, I suppose.  All he succeeds in doing is revealing how misinformed, unhinged and illogical he has become, preferring to write anything regardless of the facts, apparently.
Discussion: Confederate Yankee
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Wasilla: The Meth Capital Of Alaska
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.
 
 
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
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Deacon / Power Line:
THE WASHINGTON POST — NEVER MORE THAN A SENTENCE AWAY FROM A …
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Adele Givens / Ta-Nehisi Coates:
What the white man means when he says “Ghetto”
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
Credit where it's due
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin On Obama
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Old Friends in the Media See a New Side of McCain
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Campaign Sees Changed Map With Palin
Discussion: The New Republic
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