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1:45 PM ET, October 17, 2008

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The Trail / Washington Post:
To Avoid Being ‘Depressed,’ Palin Skimps on Campaign News  —  GREENSBORO, N.C. — No wonder GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin harbors such hostility toward the mainstream media: her staff imposes limits on her access to it.  —  During a fundraiser here that raised $800,000 last night …
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Michelle Malkin:
Operation Destroy Joe the Plumber  —  My syndicated column today reports on Team Obama and the Obamedia's mission to tear down Joe the Plumber.  Yes, we are in the midst of a new contagion: Joe The Plumber Derangement Syndrome.  JTPDS.  —  Now, pay close attention to how the MSM rushes …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama supporter steals vote from disabled man  —  Georgia state officials have begun an investigation into Primus Industries and the alleged voter fraud committed by one or more of its employees.  Jack Justice attends the adult day care provided by Primus for mentally-challenged individuals …
Discussion: pw, WALB-TV, The Jawa Report and The Corner
Hayes Hickman / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Knoxville's Joe the Plumber doubts Obama, too
Discussion: Townhall.com and Wake up America
Associated Press:
High court rejects GOP bid in Ohio voting dispute  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is siding with Ohio's top elections official in a dispute with the state Republican Party over voter registrations.  —  The justices on Friday overruled a federal appeals court that had ordered Ohio's …
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court blocks Ohio voter match order
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Colin Powell might endorse Obama  —  Retired Gen. Colin Powell, once considered a potential running mate for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), now may endorse his opponent, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), according to Republican sources.  But an air of mystery surrounds Powell's planned live appearance Sunday on NBC's …
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Washington Post:
Barack Obama for President
Mike Allen / The Politico:   18 days — Colin Powell on ‘Meet’ on Sunday
Wall Street Journal:
A Liberal Supermajority  —  Get ready for ‘change’ we haven't seen since 1965, or 1933.  —  If the current polls hold, Barack Obama will win the White House on November 4 and Democrats will consolidate their Congressional majorities, probably with a filibuster-proof Senate or very close to it.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Thinking About Obama  —  We've been watching Barack Obama for two years now, and in all that time there hasn't been a moment in which he has publicly lost his self-control.  This has been a period of tumult, combat, exhaustion and crisis.  And yet there hasn't been a moment when he has displayed rage …
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The New Republic:   Obama's Nature  —  David Brooks makes an important point …
Mark Binker / Capital Beat:
Report from Palin rally  —  Newspaper stories from Palin's rally from myself and Joe Killian.  —  Update: Bloggers note: there is editing throughout this post at 10 a.m. or so this morning to clean up grammar and spelling errors committed at the end of a 16 hour day.
Bill Dedman / MSNBC:
Palin's e-mails?  That'll be $15 million  —  Even at that price, many records won't be available until after the election  —  Sarah Palin's office has discovered a renewable resource to bring millions of dollars into Alaska's economy: the governor's e-mails.
Warren E. Buffett / New York Times:
Buy American.  I Am.  —  THE financial world is a mess, both in the United States and abroad.  Its problems, moreover, have been leaking into the general economy, and the leaks are now turning into a gusher.  In the near term, unemployment will rise, business activity will falter and headlines will continue to be scary.
Josh Rogin / CQ Politics:
Trader Drove Up Price of McCain ‘Stock’ in Online Market  —  An internal investigation by the popular online market Intrade has revealed that an investor has been attempting to artificially boost the prediction that Sen. John McCain will become president.  —  Over the past several weeks …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Let's Get Fiscal  —  The Dow is surging!  No, it's plunging!  No, it's surging!  No, it's ...  Nevermind.  While the manic-depressive stock market is dominating the headlines, the more important story is the grim news coming in about the real economy.  It's now clear that rescuing …
Melissa DiPane / myfoxorlando.com:
Central Florida 7th grader called racist for wearing Palin t-shirt  —  VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando) — She's only 12 years old but Ashleigh Jones is feeling the heat of this election year.  —  That's because the seventh grader at New Smyrna Beach Middle School was called …
Michael B. Brodkorb / Minnesota Democrats Exposed:
BREAKING NEWS: ANGRY FRANKEN CONFRONTS COLEMAN AFTER DEBATE; MRS. FRANKEN RUNS ON STAGE TO GET FRANKEN AWAY FROM COLEMAN  —  UPDATE #2: The video starts just as Mrs. Franken has rushed to the stage.  The camera is fixed, so we don't see Mrs. Franken until she gets to the stage.
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Mahoney trails by 26 in GOP poll  —  A new Republican poll indicates Rep. Tim Mahoney (D-Fla.) is the most endangered incumbent in the country days after a news report showed he paid a former mistress hush money.  —  The poll, released Friday and conducted for Republican Tom Rooney's campaign …
The Atlantic Online:
The Politics of the Retouched Headshot  —  After The New York Times Magazine used nonstandard film to shoot a 2006 cover picture of Virginia Governor Mark Warner, the publication apologized because the film altered the photo's colors, making Warner's gray suit appear maroon.
Associated Press:
Poll: Voters souring on McCain, Obama stays steady  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to the public's image of John McCain, it's as if somebody dialed the electricity down in the past month.  For Barack Obama, the juice is still flowing.  —  People's regard for the Republican presidential nominee …
Discussion: Media Blog
New York Times:
Polls Cause Campaigns to Change Their Itineraries  —  Confronting an increasingly bleak electoral map, top aides to Senator John McCain said Thursday that they were searching for a “narrow-victory scenario” and would focus in the final weeks on a dwindling number of states, using mailings …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LETTERMAN CONFRONTS MCCAIN ON LIDDY.... John McCain recently annoyed David Letterman quite a bit, blowing off a scheduled interview to talk to Katie Couric.  The “Late Show” host has been mocking McCain, rather mercilessly, ever since.  —  Hoping to make amends, McCain appeared on Letterman's show …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Emptywheel
 
 
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Scott W. Johnson / Christian Science Monitor:
Obama, Joe the plumber, and the gospel of envy
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama tells NY Times he'd do better without Fox News around
Discussion: protein wisdom and Wake up America
Gordon Brown / Washington Post:
Out of the Ashes  —  The Financial Crisis Is Also an Opportunity …
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
The Obama Diet — Not Just Arugula
Discussion: Cogitamus
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Annals of Election Fraud
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Who's Playing the Race Card?
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Jindal to visit Iowa next month
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Commentary
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
The Hidden History Of The American Electorate
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Marc Ambinder
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
The Boss, the Piano Man and the Candidate
Discussion: TIME.com
CNN:
Sarah Palin to appear on Saturday Night Live
Chris Echegaray / Tennessean.com:
Middle Tennessee ‘Joe the plumbers’ pipe up on debate
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Times of London:
Link between child porn and Muslim terrorists discovered in police raids
Discussion: YID With LID
Mark Niesse / Associated Press:
Hawaii ending universal child health care