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2:00 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and RADAMISTO
McCain, Obama go head to head in last debate  —  HEMPSTEAD, New York (CNN) — Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain and Democrat Sen. Barack Obama faced off at Hofstra University Wednesday night in their last debate before Election Day.  Bob Schieffer of CBS was the moderator.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The Final Presidential Debate: First Thoughts and Who Won?  —  The final debate may not have contained any knockout punches, but it was perhaps the most spirited of the three.  (CHARLES DHARAPAK/AFP/Getty Images)  —  The debates of the 2008 presidential election are now over …
The New / The Caucus:
First Impressions on the Last Debate
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Is It Over For John McCain?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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 …
Marc Ambinder:   Phoenix, We Have A Pro... The Cellular Customer You Are Calling …
Ace /
Discussion: Wake up America and Flopping Aces
Reginald Fields / Metro:
Brunner: I'll obey court order, but thousands could lose their right to vote  —  COLUMBUS — More than 200,000 Ohioans who registered to vote this year for the first time or updated their voting information since Jan. 1 could be affected by the latest court ruling requiring the state to set …
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Court Ruling May Impede Thousands of Ohio Voters
David Singleton / Scranton Times-Tribune:
Breaking news: Secret Service investigating threat from Scranton Palin rally  —  The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a threatening remark directed at Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama during a political event in Scranton.  —  The agency followed up on a report in The Times-Tribune …
Discussion: At-Largely and The Moderate Voice
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.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Fox News:
Hip-Hop-Dancing Colin Powell Fuels Speculation He'll Endorse Obama  —  Colin Powell showed off his hip-hop moves at an ‘Africa Rising’ celebration in London Tuesday, fueling speculation that the former secretary of state is about to endorse Barack Obama for president.  —
Lawrence O'Donnell / The Huffington Post:
Colin Powell Is Ready To Endorse
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Obama Flack Accidentally Sends Out Pre-Debate Talking Points  —  “Reminder: These are for staff only and not for distribution,” warns the e-mail.  —  And then, the spin, accidentally sent to reporters this morning.  —  “* This is John McCain's last chance to turn this race around …
Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Voting for Obama anyway  —  I just got an astounding e-mail from a Republican consultant I know well.  He's a guy who's always thought Obama had a “glass jaw,” and was always among those agitating for hitting Obama harder.  —  Recently, he conducted a focus group in an upper-Midwestern state …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Surprise: Negative ad that hits Obama on Fannie and Freddie proves highly effective
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 …
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.
Ed Blazina / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Murtha expects Obama to win Pa.  —  Says it has taken time for voters to embrace black candidate  —  U.S. Rep. John Murtha said today he expects Democratic nominee Barack Obama to carry Pennsylvania in next month's presidential election.  —  Mr. Murtha, a 17-term Democrat from Johnstown …
Associated Press:   Murtha: Western Pa. ‘racist’ but Obama should win
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Working for the Working- Class Vote  —  For a guy who just four years ago was running his first statewide campaign, Barack Obama has made startlingly few missteps as a presidential candidate.  But the moment Obama would most like to take back now, if he could, was the one last April when …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The reaction shots  —  McCain has had some bad moments in the reaction shots.
Discussion: Donklephant
Noah Pollak / Commentary:
Attackus Interruptus  —  A losing night for McCain.  And worse, a puzzling one.  He whiffed more times than a drunk .100 hitter.  Opportunities abounded to drive home simple, direct, and perfectly legitimate arguments against Obama: his support for federally-funded and late-term abortions …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.”
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
National Republicans Pull Ads in Louisiana  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee has decided to pull its television advertising out of Louisiana, a decision that drastically reduces the party's chances at its lone takeover opportunity in this election cycle.
Discussion: TPM Election Central and Daily Kos
Marc Ambinder:
Take Two: Two Analyses Diverge In The Woods  —  The media is replaying McCain's “I'm not President Bush line.”  —  The CBS live focus group seems to think McCain did well.  —  Here's video of McCain's “deer in the headlight” moment.  —  Four members of Frank Luntz's 23-person focus group switched to Obama.
Electoral Map Update: A red state swings toward Obama  —  (CNN) - For the first time in the election cycle, CNN's Electoral Map estimates that Democrat Barack Obama has moved over the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to win the White House.  The hotly contested state of Virginia moves from “tossup” to “lean Obama.”
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.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Live-blogging the final debate.  —  7:46 Central Time: I can't believe this is the last of the '08 live-blogging, but it is.  Settle in.  Let's savor these precious moments together.  —  8:03: McCain begins with a tribute to Nancy Reagan's pelvis.  Second: Americans are angry, angry I tell you.
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
I Don't See It  —  A couple folks here have been saying that McCain is doing better than in the previous two debates.  I wish it were true, but I just don't see it.  I think a few times McCain has come across as spluttering.
Discussion: The Nation
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin unaware of Russian energy meeting in Alaska  —  DOVER, New Hampshire (CNN) - The campaign of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said the Alaska governor was unaware of a visit by Russian energy officials to Anchorage on Monday.  —  Eight high-level officials from Gazprom …
Discussion: Emptywheel
Mark R. Levin / The Corner:
Something New  —  McCain is doing something tonight that not only he hasn't done before, but neither have the media — he is holding Obama to account for his actual record of comments and actions, and he is stating his position in terms that, IMHO, can and I believe will resonate with many Americans.
Paul J. Gough / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox to change World Series time for Obama  —  Presidential candidate's ad buy interfering with game  —  NEW YORK — Barack Obama might have the power to move the World Series by a few minutes.  —  To accommodate a half-hour Obama time buy on Fox on Oct. 29, Major League Baseball has agreed …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
INITIAL REACTION  —  The consensus from initial reactions …
Lynn Sweet:
McCain misleading public in role Ayers played in Obama political career
Discussion: MoJoBlog and
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Snap Polls  —  CNN who won the debate?  — Obama 58, McCain 31:
Marc Ambinder:
Valence, Visuals Or Issues?
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
James Fallows:
Only real time comment during debate #3
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
Biden routes campaign cash to family, their firms
Rdan / Angry Bear:
“Welfare Queen”
Discussion: Corrente
Matt Cover / CNSNews:
Obama's Tax Cut is Actually a Spending Increase, Says Non-Partisan Group
 Earlier Items: 
SilentPatriot / Crooks and Liars:
Final Presidential Debate Liveblog
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Ohio, Obama, What's the Difference?
Ryan / Think Progress:
Meghan McCain 'Can't Get Over' Smears Of Her Sister, Forgets Same …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
SHUDDER TO SEE  —  Surprise release of McCain debate prep tapes (via Ezra Klein) ...
Discussion: Shakesville
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Will Obama vs. McCain include Ayers?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs, Hot Air and