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10:40 AM ET, October 16, 2008


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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.)
Gateway Pundit:
Joe the Plumber Weighs in on Debate: “Obama's Proposal Scares Me Because It's Just One More Step Towards Socialism”  —  Oops!... He did it again.  —  Joe brings up that darned “socialism” word again.  —  Joe Wurzelbacher, “Joe the Plumber”, of Toledo, Ohio weighs in on the final presidential debate last night.
Tom Shales / Washington Post:
Candidates Make A Name for This Guy Joe  —  Jackie Gleason, famous comedian of first-generation television, often played an everyman character named Joe the Bartender — but it was everyman Joe the Plumber who unintentionally stole the show last night at the final presidential debate between …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Debate Liveblogging - 10.15.2008
Discussion: Washington Monthly and MoJoBlog
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 …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Debate exclusive: Obama wins by a hair  —  Voters are closely divided over which presidential candidate won the third and final general election presidential debate, according to an exclusive Politico/InsiderAdvantage nationwide survey of undecided debate-watchers.
Discussion: The Anchoress and
The Huffington Post:
Who Won The Last Debate? Obama Dominates By Largest Margins Yet
Discussion: Brave New Films blog
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 …
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
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
The Third Presidential Debate  —  October 15, 2008 Following is a transcript of the third presidential debate between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama in Hempstead, N.Y., as recorded by CQ Transcriptions:  —  View the video of this debate  —  SCHIEFFER: Good evening.
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 …
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:
Analysis: McCain puts Obama on the defensive
Discussion: pw and Weekly Standard
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 …
Discussion: The Caucus, and
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.
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Now We Know Joe Six Pack Is A Plumber  —  1. Obviously the most interesting debate so far, and John McCain's best.  For long stretches McCain seemed relaxed and comfortable.  He shaped the conversation, putting Barack Obama on the defensive.  Most importantly, McCain got under Obama's skin at several points.
Discussion: PoliGazette and marbury
Hugh Hewitt /
The Joe The Plumber Debate: McCain Scores and “Senator Government” Stumbles
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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: The RBC and
The Politico:
Obama, McCain line up for red-state sprint  —  HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Sen. Barack Obama is on offense, and Sen. John McCain on defense, and the next 19 days offer little chance of a change in that dynamic.  —  With the markets in turmoil and the real economy starting to suffer …
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
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Norquist joins debate coalition  —  The debates are over, but the debate debate isn't.  —  The bi-partisan group of online activists pushing to liberate debate footage from copyright restriction, and more broadly to remold presidential debates for a new age, says it will involve itself …
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Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
McCain deals no lethal blows in final debate with Obama
Firstread / MSNBC:
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Patricia C. McCarter /
Remarks taken outof context, says Griffith
Discussion: Daily Kos and
Matt Stoller / Open Left:
Good News: Obama Renounes PAYGO During Recession
Discussion: The Next Right and Firedoglake
Joseph Stiglitz / Guardian:
Paulson tries again
Discussion: Real Time Economics
Washington Post:
Serving Up Dinner Favorites From the Bush Years
Discussion: Althouse
Vikas Bajaj / New York Times:
Home Prices Seem Far From Bottom
Discussion: The Big Picture
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The Good Old Days  —  One thing I liked about the Bush/Gore debates …
Discussion: Commentary and Sadly, No!
 Earlier Items: 
The Jed Report:
McCain's Eye Rolls: Raw Video Montage
Discussion: Wonkette
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
Agence France Presse:
France to halt games when anthem is booed
Discussion: FP Passport
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
INITIAL REACTION  —  The consensus from initial reactions …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The reaction shots  —  McCain has had some bad moments in the reaction shots.