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8:25 AM ET, October 16, 2008

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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
CBS Poll: Uncommitted Voters Say Obama Won Final Debate  —  As in the previous debates, CBS News and Knowledge Networks have conducted a nationally representative poll of uncommitted voters to get their immediate reaction to tonight's presidential debate.  —  In the first presidential debate …
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CNN:
Poll: Debate watchers say Obama wins  —  HEMPSTEAD, New York (CNN) — A majority of debate watchers thought that Sen. Barack Obama won the third and final presidential debate, according to a national poll conducted at the end of the debate.  —  Fifty-eight percent of debate watchers questioned …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Debate exclusive: Obama wins by a hair
Discussion: The Anchoress and Democrats.com
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Joe: Obama's ‘tap dance almost as good as Sammy Davis, Jr.’  —  Katie gets the first interview with Joe Wurzelbacher and, like everyone else in America, he talks like a pundit.  —  “McCain was solid in his performance,” he says.  “I still don't know where he stands,” he says of Obama.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Joe file  —  Two readers with access to the Ohio voter file say that Joe Wurzelbacher's inluence on this cycle will be limited in one way: He doesn't appear to be registered to vote.  —  (And yes, the freelance opposition research on Joe began before the debate ended.)
Washington Wire:
Who Will Joe Plumber Vote For?  —  Susan Davis reports on the presidential debate.  —  Move over Joe Six-Pack.  —  Rivals John McCain and Barack Obama offered a new moniker tonight to describe the everyday voter: Joe Plumber.  —  McCain first made the reference in attacking Obama's economic proposals …
Time Edit / Swampland:
Undecideds Laughing At, Not With, McCain  —  From TIME's Amy Sullivan:  —  In politics it is generally not considered a good sign when voters are laughing at you, not with you.  And by the end of the third and last presidential debate, the undecided voters who had gathered in Denver …
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Stan Greenberg's Focus Group: “Decisive” for Obama  —  As I type this, Stan Greenberg is briefing reporters on his focus group of undecided voters in Colorado.  He said the respondents felt Obama “won” and that the results were “more decisive than either of the last two.”
Amz / Democracy Corps:
Third Presidential Debate: McCain Digs Himself a Deeper Hole  —  Decisive debate win reinforces momentum for Obama  —  John McCain entered tonight's debate needing to halt Barack Obama's momentum and fundamentally change the dynamic of the race.Not only did he fail to achieve this goal …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Andrew M. Seder / The Times Leader:
Secret Service says “Kill him” allegation unfounded  —  SCRANTON - The agent in charge of the Secret Service field office in Scranton said allegations that someone yelled “kill him” when presidential hopeful Barack Obama's name was mentioned during Tuesday's Sarah Palin rally are unfounded.
Mark Halperin / Time:
Grading the Final Presidential Debate  —  Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama speaks during the third presidential debate with Republican candidate John McCain at Hofstra University October 15, 2008  —  Substance:  —  Intelligent, knowledgeable, and an earnest explainer, as always, but to no real effect.
Discussion: Yahoo! News, TIME.com and The RBC
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
DEBATE LIVEBLOGGING.  —  10:33: Debate over.  McCain scored the most points, and lost the debate.  He was looking to land shots, and often succeeded.  But the effort to find openings and vulnerabilities left him with little time to appear presidential.  And if he connected with jabs, he never found his knockout blow.
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Washington Post:
Exclusive: Verizon and AT&T Provided Cell Towers for McCain Ranch  —  BY JAMES V. GRIMALDI  —  Early in 2007, just as her husband launched his presidential bid, Cindy McCain decided to resolve an old problem — the lack of cellular telephone coverage on her remote 15-acre ranch near Sedona …
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Court Ruling May Impede Thousands of Ohio Voters  —  More than 200,000 registered Ohio voters may be blocked from casting regular ballots on Election Day because of a federal appeals court decision on Tuesday requiring the disclosure of lists of voters whose names did not match those on government databases …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and AlterNet.org
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Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
I Just Don't Get  —  any of the insta polls, which seem to give it to Obama.
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Jed Report:
McCain's Eye Rolls: Raw Video Montage  —  Here's a clip of about 90 seconds worth of John McCain's condescending, snotty, and childish grimaces, grunts, and eye rolls that turned off so many voters during tonight's debate.  —  I'm planning on using some of this video to make a shorter …
Discussion: Wonkette
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Complete final debate transcript: John McCain and Barack Obama  —  Here is the complete transcript of the third and final presidential debate between Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois at Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y. Oct. 15, 2008.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Hasn't Closed the Sale  —  Both candidates continue to tinker with their strategies.  —  In the campaign's final two weeks, voters will take a last serious look at both presidential candidates.  The outcome of the race isn't cast in stone yet.  —  Barack Obama holds a 7.3% lead …
The New / The Caucus:
First Impressions on the Last Debate  —  There are probably going to be a lot of Republicans who wished that Senator John McCain had come out so intensely against Senator Barack Obama at the first debate - - including, it seems a fair-guess, his running-mate Gov. Sarah Palin.
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
INITIAL REACTION  —  The consensus from initial reactions is that this was McCain's best of the three debates.  And I'm not sure I disagree with that.  One of the best sum-ups I saw was actually from Republican Mike Murphy, which we'll show you shortly.  I think that in formal debating terms …
Discussion: www.redstate.com
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Pressing All the Buttons, McCain Attacks, but Obama Stays Steady  —  Senator John McCain was in a groove early in the presidential debate on Wednesday night, looking Senator Barack Obama in the eye and chiding him over taxes, over his backbone in standing up to Democrats and over the Obama campaign's portrayal …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Paul Krugman:
About the work  —  Really, I don't want to talk about me when the world is melting down, but I have had a number of requests for an informal explanation of what I got you-know-what for.  So here's an attempt.  —  It's really about two related things: the “new trade theory” and the “new economic geography.”
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The Good Old Days  —  One thing I liked about the Bush/Gore debates is that it was obvious both men loathed each other and they didn't care who knew it.  That liberated them, for good and ill.  —  By contrast, for all the characteristically ponderous huffing from Bob Schieffer about …
Discussion: Commentary and Sadly, No!
Agence France Presse:
France to halt games when anthem is booed … Any football match in France before which the country's national anthem is booed will now be “immediately stopped”, French Sports Minister Roselyne Bachelot said Wednesday after meeting with President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Discussion: Commentary, Don Surber and GINA COBB
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The reaction shots  —  McCain has had some bad moments in the reaction shots.
Discussion: Donklephant
 
 
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Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Something New  —  McCain is doing something tonight …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Snap Polls  —  CNN who won the debate?  — Obama 58, McCain 31:
Noah Pollak / Commentary:
Attackus Interruptus  —  A losing night for McCain.  And worse, a puzzling one.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Marc Ambinder:
Valence, Visuals Or Issues?
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
James Fallows:
Only real time comment during debate #3
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
I Don't See It  —  A couple folks here have been saying …
Discussion: The Nation
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“Welfare Queen”
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