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2:55 PM ET, October 16, 2008

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Toledo Blade:
‘Joe the Plumber’ is focus of presidential debate's first few minutes  —  The story of “Joe the Plumber” - Joe Wurzelbacher of Shrewsbury Street in Springfield Township - became a centerpiece of the early minutes of the presidential debate last night.  —  And Joe the Plumber became the subject of national and international interest.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Joe's registration  —  Joe Wurzelbacher doesn't immediately turn up in the Ohio voter registration database, leading to some speculation last night that he's not registered to vote.  —  But the Toledo Blade reports that he appears to be a registered Republican, and a primary voter at that:
Marty / Martin Eisenstadt's Blog:
Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher related to Charles “the Crook” Keating.  Oops.  —  John McCain did great tonight in the debate.  But every time John mentioned “Joe the Plumber,” some of us in the campaign banged our heads against the wall.  If Steve Schmidt had any hair left, I hear he would have been pulling it out tonight.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Joe The Plumber's Chat With Couric  —  Joe Wurzelbacher - immortalized during tonight's presidential debate as “Joe The Plumber” - spoke with CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric shortly after the conclusion of the final debate between Barack Obama and John McCain.
Teddy Davis / Political Radar:
Joe The Plumber: Obama Tax Plan ‘Infuriates Me’  —  ABC News' Teddy Davis and Hope Ditto Report:  —  John McCain may have found a blue-collar face to help him argue that no American — not even the richest 5 percent — should pay higher taxes.  —  “Joe The Plumber” has weighed …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Joe not a licensed plumber, McCain's enthusiasm not diminished  —  The Toledo Blade is reporting that Joe the Plumber is actually not licensed.  But that, combined with his apparent tax lien, isn't lessening McCain's ardor.  —  He said in an interview with Fox's Carl Cameron today that he hoped …
Discussion: Emptywheel
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Joe the Plumber: No new taxes — and no old ones, either  —  Joe the Plumber really is no fan of paying taxes.  —  According to records from the Lucas County (OH) Court of Common Pleas found by my colleague Avi Zenilman, Samuel J. Wurzelbacher has a lien placed against him to the tune of $1,182.92.
The Campaign Spot:
After Targeting Joe the Plumber, Obamabots Pledge To Expose Scandals of Guy in Rockwell's ‘Four Freedoms’ Painting  —  Thank God we live in a free country, where you can speak your mind on public issues, without fear that those who disagree will respond by exposing anything you've ever done …
The Trail / Washington Post:
Joe the Plumber: Not a Licensed Plumber  —  Plumber Joe Wurzelbacher watches the presidential candidate debate in his home in Ohio on Oct. 15, 2008.  (Lori King/Toledo Blade)  —  By Robert Barnes  —  Joe the Plumber is not exactly a plumber and he's “not even close” …
Discussion: Scholars and Rogues
The Caucus:   Joe in the Spotlight  —  One week ago, Joe Wurzelbacher …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Joe: Obama's ‘tap dance almost as good as Sammy Davis, Jr.’
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Joe the Plumber? More like Joe the Keating Family Operative
Discussion: Political Machine
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
JOE THE PRIVATIZER  —  It turns out Joe the “Plumber” …
Discussion: Political Machine
Byron York / The Corner:   Joe the Plumber
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Purging Joe the plumber?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Campaign Spot
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
Joe the Plumber's Big Tax Bill
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 …
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Rick Moran / Right Wing Nut House:
TIME TO FORGET MCCAIN AND FIGHT FOR THE FILIBUSTER IN THE SENATE
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 …
Michelle DeArmond / PE Angels Baseball:
Inland GOP mailing depicts Obama's face on food stamp  —  Download story podcast  —  The Press-Enterprise  —  The latest newsletter by an Inland Republican women's group depicts Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama surrounded by a watermelon, ribs and a bucket of fried chicken, prompting outrage in political circles.
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Virginia GOP Mailer Depicts Dems — And Obama?  — As Appeasers Of Terrorists  —  In the race's final stretch, much of the real sludge and slime that floats to the surface will be the work not of the campaigns but of under-the-radar operations run by state parties and the like.
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zombietime:
The Left's Big Blunder  —  The disastrously counter-productive strategy of Obama's supporters  —  Two campaigns are being waged right now for the presidency of the United States.  No, I'm not talking about the Obama campaign and the McCain campaign.  I'm talking about the real-world campaign and the meta-campaign.
LiveScience:
Americans Flunk Simple 3-Question Political Survey  —  Some news audiences are more politically savvy than others, according to a new poll, with readers of The New Yorker and similar high-brow magazines being the most knowledgeable.  —  The survey, conducted between April 30 and June 1 …
The Trail / Washington Post:
Palin Rips Obama Over ACORN in Maine  —  BANGOR, Me.  — Speaking before a crowd of a few thousand supporters in an airport hangar, GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin continued to question Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's patriotism and commitment to fair elections.
Discussion: TIME.com
Sol Stern / Wall Street Journal:
Ayers Is No Education ‘Reformer’  —  The new media spin is worse than Obama's original evasion.  —  One of the most misleading statements during the presidential debates was when Barack Obama claimed that William Ayers was just “a guy in the neighborhood.”
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Invokes Granite State Lessons  —  Senator Barack Obama offered fresh words of wisdom today for any of his supporters who are feeling overly confident with the presidential race: New Hampshire.  —  “For those of you who are feeling giddy or cocky or think this is all set …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and TIME.com
Joe Klein / Swampland:
Senator Government V. Joe the Plumber  —  I'll have more to say about the debate in my print column, which releases later today.  But I did want to say a few things about my colleagues—in general, no names—and the coverage of the campaign this year.  —  Pundits tend to be a lagging indicator.
Discussion: Time, Newshoggers.com and The Sideshow
The New Republic:
It's Really, Really, Really Over  —  Jacob S. Hacker is Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Center for Health, Economic, and Family Security at U.C. Berkeley.  He is also a Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C. His most recent books are Health At Risk …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Conservatives and the Debate  —  The general feeling on the right side of the blogosphere is that this was McCain's best debate and he did himself a lot of good.  I think people on the Right were so relieved that the debate finally turned to matters of ideological and partisan moment …
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Kevin Drum
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Final Debate Reax … Ezra Klein: … Coates: … Eve Fairbanks: … Josh Marshall: … Michael Crowley: … Malkin: … Peter Suderman: … James Fallows: … Brian Beutler: … Megan McArdle: … James Joyner: … Drum: … Jonathan Chait: … Dreher: … Wilkinson:
Discussion: The Impolitic and American Street
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Face Of The Day  —  US Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) reacts to almost heading the wrong way off the stage after shaking hands with Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) at the conclusion of the final presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, October 15, 2008.
 
 
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