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Sarah Palin: The Right (Wo)Man for the Job

By Bragg

Today John McCain has made a bold and excellent choice in selecting Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

She is an extraordinary person, first and foremost. A star athlete, avid outdoorswoman, and a former beauty queen, to boot, Palin, 44, is also the mother of five children, the oldest of whom is headed to Iraq next month with the Army, and the youngest of whom was...

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An eerily similar ticket

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Look what I've unearthed ...

— Jeff...

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Grading the Democratic convention

By Meg

Gold Star: Hillary

I think she knew this would be the speech of her career and, in my opinion, she hit it out of the park. Tough, resolved and rallying, Hillary was able to remain gracious to her supporters while pulling the political equivalent of Shatner telling the Trekkies to get a life. Phenomenal job,


Demerit: The Strange Chemistry between Chris Matthews...

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Photos: Meet Sarah Palin!

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Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivers her speech as Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., introduces her as his Vice Presidential running mate Friday, Aug. 29, 2008 at the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

* Click here to see photos of Sarah Palin and John McCain at their Dayton, Ohio rally

* Here are 21 photos of Sarah Palin's life and...

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Times Square stops for Obama

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Check out these great Getty photos of the crowd in Times Square that took a break from gawking at the neon last night to watch Sen. Barack's Obama's on the big screens ...

Stay tuned, we'll have photos from the McCain/Palin rally soon ... it was due to start about an hour ago, but has been pushed back a bit....

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Source: Sarah Palin is John McCain's VP pick

From our highly respected sister blog, The Swamp, by Jill Zuckman:

A Republican source confirms that John McCain has chosen Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate. Campaign officials, however, remain mum this morning.

McCain is expected to announce his choice at a rally in Dayton later.

Palin is the first woman governor of Alaska, elected in 2006. She was also the...

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At Invesco: Al Gore and the wave

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By Dan

The former vice president enters and exits to "Let the Sunshine In." I guess we're no longer a hippie-phobic party. Maybe the ghosts of '68 have finally been excised. He gives a very decent speech comparing Obama to Lincoln and McCain's policies to President Bush.

Talking about how they share the GOP's corporate fealty to carbon industries like oil and gas,...

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Stevie wonders, Who'll win election?

By Dan

The BlackBerry's dying as Stevie Wonder takes the stage.

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine reminded the crowd how lucky we are that he was passed over for veep. He quoted the Gospel of Matthew about mustard seeds and mountains. And he touched on his work in Honduras during law school, before leading the crowd in a chant of "Move Mountain."

Gov. Bill Richardson took the stage next...

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Live from Denver: Text 62262 to DNC NOW! Your message might end up on the big Obamatron

Update @ 5:37 MDT

Colorado state chair Ray Rivera is instructing everyone to text DNC plus a message of support to 62262. Some of the messages will appear on the big screen.

John Legend and Will.i.am just led the stadium in an inspiring live version of his Internet sensation "Yes, we can". This followed on some amazing speeches by MLK's children Bernice and MLK III. They reminded us...

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Shawn Johnson chats up Al Gore while waiting for Obama--then leads Pledge

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Olympic gold medalist in gymnastcs Shawn Johnson, left, talks to Former Vice President Al Gore as they tour Invesco Field, the site of the Democratic National Convention in Denver. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Olympic gold medalist and America's sweetheart Shawn Johnson seems to have found a pretty good guide to show her around Invesco — former Vice President Al Gore.

She later led...

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