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3:15 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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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
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:
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.
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 …
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 …
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.)
The Caucus:   Joe in the Spotlight  —  One week ago, Joe Wurzelbacher …
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Joe not a licensed plumber, McCain's enthusiasm not diminished
Discussion: Emptywheel
The Trail / Washington Post:
Joe the Plumber: Not a Licensed Plumber
Discussion: Scholars and Rogues
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
JOE THE PRIVATIZER  —  It turns out Joe the “Plumber” …
Discussion: Political Machine
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Joe the Plumber? More like Joe the Keating Family Operative
Discussion: Political Machine
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Joe: Obama's ‘tap dance almost as good as Sammy Davis, Jr.’
Byron York / The Corner:   Joe the Plumber
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Purging Joe the plumber?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Campaign Spot
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Joe the Plumber Eligible for Obama Tax Cut?
MSNBC:
‘Plumber’ says he has no plumbing license
Discussion: New York Times and Achenblog
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.
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 …
Discussion: Salon, The Opinionator and PoliGazette
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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 …
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 …
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.
James V. Grimaldi / Washington Post:
Verizon and AT&T Provided Cell Towers for McCain Ranch  —  Senator's Wife Did Not Receive Favors, Campaign Says  —  Early in 2007, just as her husband launched his presidential bid, Cindy McCain sought to resolve an old problem — the lack of cellphone coverage on her remote 15-acre ranch near Sedona …
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama Lawyer Critical of McCain Cell Phone Tower
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Harsh GOP robo-call hits Ayers  —  A harsh new robocall (above) — at least the third in a series — attacks Obama for having “worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers” whose group “killed Americans.”  —  Robocalls are a relatively inexpensive way to deliver a negative message …
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.”
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
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Fact-checking: Does anyone care?  —  The debate had barely concluded when ABC News' George Stephanopoulos threw it over to reporter John Berman at the network's “fact check desk” in Washington.  —  “One of the more telling things in this debate was Joe the Plumber,” Berman chimed in, “but as you noted, his name was Joe Wurzelbacher.
Discussion: First Draft
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
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
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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