The AP advances the Troopergate story by revealing that Palin's lawyer has already interviewed two potential witnesses. "The lawyer for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has begun questioning witnesses who potentially could testify against her in a probe of whether she abused her public office by firing the state public safety commissioner. The Associated Press learned Thursday night that at least two of the potential witnesses were questioned by the attorney for Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee."
"The pre-emptive tactic gives the governor a distinct advantage in the controversy because it means that she already knows at the outset the detailed accounts of potential witnesses against her. The questioning conducted on Aug. 26 and Aug. 28 comes amid a move by the governor's attorney to stymie a legislative investigation of Palin."
Meanwhile, NBC's Savannah Guthrie notes that the Àlaska Senate Judiciary Committee, which is investigating Palin's role in Troopergate, will issue a press release today at 1:00 pm ET. Guthrie was told that the committee will announce an earlier date for the issuance of its final report on the matter, which had originally been scheduled for October 31.
The Washington Post reports that Joe Lieberman and other advisers are briefing her on foreign policy. "Campaign officials and McCain foreign policy advisers called Palin a quick study who has sound judgment that will serve her in good stead on national security issues. But privately, some in the GOP foreign policy establishment voiced concern that McCain has turned to a relative neophyte on national security matters at a time when the United States is facing challenges ranging from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the nuclear activities of Iran and North Korea."
Palin attended five colleges, six times in six years. "According to a biography -- 'Sarah' by Kaylene Johnson -- Palin and three friends went to the University of Hawaii at Hilo after graduation from high school in Alaska in 1982. But they left after a few weeks because of the constant rain there, the book said." She then attended Hawaii Pacific University (1982), then two-year college North Idaho College (1983), then the University of Idaho (1984-1985), then Matanuska-Susitna College in Palmer, Alaska (fall 1985), then back to the University of Idaho (fall 1986, spring 1987).
Looking ahead to Election Day, the Washington Post's Balz notes that Palin's turbulent introduction and a speech that electrified convention delegates on Wednesday produced an unexpected surge of energy and unity within the Republicans' conservative base. If that holds up, it could narrow a sizable enthusiasm gap between the parties that has been seen as one of the Democrats' most important advantages in the general election."
Salon's Mike Madden notes how the attention and celebrity surrounding Palin has undercut one of McCain's attacks against Obama. Over the past few months, you might have heard from John McCain and his campaign that Barack Obama has some serious character flaws. Namely, he's wildly popular. He delivers speeches well. He's running a campaign based on his own personal appeal. He didn't begin that campaign with a long political résumé."
"Apparently none of that stuff bothers McCain if it's not Obama doing it. The Republican convention this week has been as character-driven, as wildly cheered and focused on a big speech by an inexperienced, charismatic young politician as anything you saw last week in Denver. McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin, even shares the cover of a celebrity magazine with Obama this week."