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1:54 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:
Discussion: The Campaign Spot and Hot Air
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.
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.)
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.
FactCheck.org:
FactChecking Debate No. 3  —  Sorting out fact and fiction in the presidential candidates' final debate.  —  Spin and hype were apparent, once again, at the third and final debate between McCain and Obama:  — McCain claimed the liberal group ACORN “is now on the verge of maybe perpetrating …
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
JOE THE PRIVATIZER  —  It turns out Joe the “Plumber” is like the perfect McCain supporter.  He says Social Security is a joke and he “hates” it.
Discussion: BeltwayBlips
Marty / Martin Eisenstadt's Blog:   Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher related to Charles “the Crook” Keating.
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
Joe the Plumber's Big Tax Bill
The Trail / Washington Post:
Joe the Plumber: Not a Licensed Plumber
Discussion: Scholars and Rogues
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Joe the Plumber? More like Joe the Keating Family Operative
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 …
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
Overtaxed Voter / Associated Press:
Ohio elections chief appeals court ruling  —  COLUMBUS: Ohio's top elections chief has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in a dispute over whether the state is required to do more to help counties verify voter eligibility, a spokesman for her office said Thursday.
Discussion: New York Times
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Ohio seeks to block voter challenge ruling
Discussion: The Swamp
Bob Schieffer / Commission on Presidential Debates:
Debate Transcript  —  The Third McCain-Obama Presidential Debate  —  SENS. MCCAIN AND OBAMA PARTICIPATE IN A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES DEBATE, HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY, HEMPSTEAD, NEW YORK  —  SPEAKERS:  —  U.S. SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN (AZ) REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE U. S. SENATOR BARACK OBAMA (IL) DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE
Marc Caputo / MiamiHerald.com:
Crist breaks with Republicans over ACORN voter fraud charges  —  TALLAHASSEE — Breaking with the talking points of his fellow Republicans in Washington, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said he does not think voter fraud and the vote-registration group ACORN are a major problem in the Sunshine State.
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Political Punch
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MiamiHerald.com:
Crist: GOP may be exaggerating voter fraud
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Raising Kaine
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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 …
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.
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
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: The Campaign Spot
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.
Discussion: Political Punch
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The Good Old Days  —  One thing I liked about the Bush/Gore debates is that it was obvious both men loathed each other and they didn't care who knew it.  That liberated them, for good and ill.  —  By contrast, for all the characteristically ponderous huffing from Bob Schieffer about …
Discussion: PrestoPundit and Commentary
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.
 
 
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