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11:15 AM 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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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.
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
Factchecking Palin  —  I thought Palin's speech was quite good: well-written, well delivered.  And, as I said earlier, I think she's a genuinely engaging person, and comes across very well.  There were just a couple of problems.  One, which I have seen people notice, but which I suspect …
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 …
MarketWatch:
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 …
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: Newshoggers.com and Philosoraptor
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?
Ari Melber / The Nation:
Palin's Big Strikeout  —  Sarah Palin gave a riveting and devastating nomination speech on Wednesday night.  She shared her inspiring story and brave family, while savaging and ridiculing the celebrated life story of Barack Obama, a fellow barrier-breaking candidate, with whithering attacks …
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Attacks, praise stretch truth at GOP convention  —  Featured Topics: - John McCain - Barack Obama  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her Republican supporters held back little Wednesday as they issued dismissive attacks on Barack Obama and flattering praise on her credentials to be vice president.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Don Surber
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.
Lynn Sweet:
Sarah Palin GOP convention speech. Transcript.
William Kristol / Weekly Standard Blog:
The Speech
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
HOW CAN SMART PEOPLE SAY SUCH DUMB THINGS ABOUT SARAH PALIN?  —  At times like these, I'm relieved that I don't cover elections.  There's bum DNA in my heart, and the agita might send me keeling over.  —  How else to react to the sight of sophisticated people saying, with impressively straight faces …
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John King / CNN:
With odds against him, McCain still feels lucky
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
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.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Clinton aides on the record calling attacks on Palin “sexist”
Discussion: Little Miss Attila
Ilo / fija.org:
Jury Rights Day  —  Governors from Alaska, Washington and New Hampshire sign Proclamations commemorating Jury Rights Day.  —  Friday marks the 338th anniversary of when jurors refused to convict William Penn of violating England's Conventicle Acts, despite clear evidence that he acted illegally by preaching a Quaker sermon.
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
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Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
GOV. PALIN'S PROCLAMATION ON JURY RIGHTS DAY:
Discussion: Overlawyered
Associated Press:
Troopers dub Mat-Su area the meth capital of Alaska  —  In 2003, authorities uncovered nine meth labs in the area.  Last year, the number increased to 42, said Kyle Young, an investigator with the troopers who works with the Mat-Su narcotics team.  —  Officials with the Office …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Wasilla: The Meth Capital Of Alaska
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 …
Washington Post:
In a More Diverse America, A Mostly White Convention  —  Organizers conceived of this convention as a means to inspire, but some African American Republicans have found the Xcel Energy Center depressing this week.  Everywhere they look, they see evidence of what they consider one of their party's biggest shortcomings.
 
 
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Old Friends in the Media See a New Side of McCain
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
John McCain's age: No issue, until now
Gloria Steinem / Los Angeles Times:
Palin: wrong woman, wrong message
Discussion: TownHall Blog
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
GOP Thinks Organizing In Your Community Is Worthless
Discussion: Roger Catlin and First Draft
Times of London:
'She's like a moose going after a cabbage'
Joe Klein / Swampland:
The Republicans Tonight  —  As I predicted earlier today, Sarah Palin did just fine.
Discussion: MyDD, TigerHawk and TIME.com
The Moderate Voice:
Sarah Palin Likely To Fade Behind McCain
Sean / FiveThirtyEight.com:
A Great Speech, For Both Bases
Discussion: The RBC
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Driven to Serve, and to Succeed
Discussion: TIME.com
The Huffington Post:
Female Clinton Supporters In Focus Groups See Talent, Mudslinging In Palin's Speech
Discussion: Firedoglake and Democrats.com
The New Republic:
Why So Down On The Community?
Discussion: EconoPundit
CNN:
Schneider: Giuliani's ugly approach may backfire
The New Republic:
Disrespectful, Angry, and Effective
Michelle Malkin:
Liberal men in a panic; Update: liberal women spinning, too
Jay Nordlinger / The Corner:
Pointlets on Palin  —  1. She's one of the most talented politicians …
Discussion: Soccer Dad
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