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3:45 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
The Caucus:
Joe in the Spotlight  —  One week ago, Joe Wurzelbacher was just another working man living in a modest ranch house in Toledo, Ohio, thinking about how to expand his plumbing business.  But when he stopped Senator Barack Obama during a visit to his block this weekend to ask about his taxes …
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:
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.
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 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
The Campaign Spot:
After Targeting Joe the Plumber, Obamabots Pledge To Expose Scandals …
Discussion: MSNBC and Gateway Pundit
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Joe file  —  Two readers with access to the Ohio voter file …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
JOE THE PRIVATIZER  —  It turns out Joe the “Plumber” …
Discussion: Political Machine
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Purging Joe the plumber?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Campaign Spot
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Joe the Plumber? More like Joe the Keating Family Operative
Discussion: Political Machine
Byron York / The Corner:   Joe the Plumber
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:
Joe the Plumber Eligible for Obama Tax Cut?
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 …
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Hasn't Closed the Sale
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.
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.”
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.
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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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.
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 …
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama 49%, McCain 43%  —  Obama maintains lead, but falls under 50%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking report from Monday through Wednesday shows Barack Obama with a 49%to 43% lead over John McCain among registered voters.
USA Today:
Our view on labor laws: No way to form a union  —  Workers deserve to hear both sides, vote in private.  —  When citizens go to the polls on Nov. 4, they will be free to vote their conscience — regardless of pressure from relatives, friends or co-workers — after having had a chance to weigh the alternatives.
Discussion: Hot Air and Riehl World View
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
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, The Sideshow and Newshoggers.com
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
Washington Wire:
Palin: 'We Shouldn't Worry About Government Not Having Enough Money'  —  Elizabeth Holmes reports from Manchester, N.H., on the presidential race.  —  GOP vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin defended John McCain's economic plan and the overall tone of the campaign in a feisty interview with WMUR in Manchester, N.H.
Discussion: WMUR, The Daily Dish and Think Progress
 
 
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