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6:00 AM ET, October 17, 2008

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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Good news: Toledo moves to shut down Joe the Plumber  —  Look on the bright side.  The media's finally starting to vet acquaintances of Barack Obama. … Also revealed: His boss's business probably doesn't bring in anywhere near $250,000 a year so he should stop dreaming about turning …
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Larry Rohter / New York Times:
Real Deal on ‘Joe the Plumber’ Reveals New Slant  —  One week ago, Joe Wurzelbacher was just another working man living in a modest house outside Toledo, Ohio, and thinking about how to buy the plumbing business where he works.  But when he stopped Senator Barack Obama during a visit …
Michelle Malkin:
Operation Destroy Joe the Plumber  —  My syndicated column today reports on Team Obama and the Obamedia's mission to tear down Joe the Plumber.  Yes, we are in the midst of a new contagion: Joe The Plumber Derangement Syndrome.  JTPDS.  —  Now, pay close attention to how the MSM rushes …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
What we can learn from the Joe the Plumber episode  —  Honestly, I'm rather surprised that Joe Wurzelbacher and his rope-line dialogue with Barack Obama has managed to stay in the news for as long as it has.  I knew when I first heard the exchange that it went badly for Obama.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll.com
Robert J. Elisberg / The Huffington Post:
The “Joe the Plumber” Story Hits an Amazing New Low  —  Just when you didn't think things could get worse for John McCain - they go in the toilet.  —  Literally.  —  So, you remember Joe the Plumber, who John McCain kept relentlessly bringing up.  And up.
The Huffington Post:
Joe The Plumber Makes McCain Ad, Takes More Questions Than Palin  —  It was bound to happen.  A day after a man nicknamed “Joe the Plumber” became the focus of the political world, the McCain campaign cut a commercial hoping to ride his supporter's fifteen minutes of fame.
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Money & Business  —  Did Barack “Spread the Wealth” Obama Just Blow the Election?  —  No. Really.  You're kidding me.  Barack Obama actually told that Joe the Plumber guy that he wants to “spread the wealth around.”  What, did Obama just get done reading the Wikipedia entry on Huey “Share the Wealth” Long or something?
The Caucus:
Joe in the Spotlight  —  One week ago, Joe Wurzelbacher …
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
RE: Well That Didn't Take Long  —  Getting a lot of emails along these lines:
Discussion: Wizbang
The Politico:
McCain discovers plumber no ordinary Joe
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Washington Post:
Barack Obama for President  —  THE NOMINATING process this year produced two unusually talented and qualified presidential candidates.  There are few public figures we have respected more over the years than Sen. John McCain.  Yet it is without ambivalence that we endorse Sen. Barack Obama for president.
John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama, McCain bring humor to dinner  —  NEW YORK — Barack Obama and John McCain appeared together tonight at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner.  The entertaining pool report from the New York Times' Jeff Zeleny is below.  —  Senator Barack Obama was preceded - actually …
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Marc Ambinder:
Obama At The Al Smith Dinner  —  Funny too,...  “People tell me I share the politics of Alfred E. Smith and the earns of Alfred E. Neumann”  —  “I was originally told that we would able to move this outdoors to Yankee Stadium.  Can someone tell me what happened to the Greek columns I requested.”
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Yucks At The Al Smith Dinner
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
David Bauder / Associated Press:
McCain tries to make peace with Letterman  —  NEW YORK (AP) — John McCain told David Letterman that “I screwed up” by canceling a “Late Show” appearance three weeks ago, then faced a sharp round of questioning about Sarah Palin and his campaign tactics.  —  Not willing to risk the wrath …
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Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Shocker: Tribune Co. Gives Notice To Drop AP  —  NEW YORK Tribune Company has given a two-year notice to the Associated Press that its daily newspapers plan to drop the news service, becoming the first major newspaper chain to do so since the recent controversy over new rates began.
Edward T. Pound / National Journal Online:
Lobbyist Speaks: Rumor Of McCain Affair False, Damaging  —  VICKI ISEMAN TALKS FOR THE FIRST TIME ABOUT THE GOP NOMINEE, THE NEW YORK TIMES, AND THE STORY THAT CHANGED HER LIFE.  —  In one of the most sensational stories of the presidential campaign, The New York Times published a 3,000-word …
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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Lobbyist speaks out, denies affair with McCain
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Let's Get Fiscal  —  The Dow is surging!  No, it's plunging!  No, it's surging!  No, it's ...  Nevermind.  While the manic-depressive stock market is dominating the headlines, the more important story is the grim news coming in about the real economy.  It's now clear that rescuing …
Discussion: TalkLeft and The Agonist
Wall Street Journal:
‘DIP’ Loans Are Scarce, Complicating Bankruptcies  —  Credit has gotten so tight in recent weeks that companies contemplating a bankruptcy filing can't find the cash needed to get through the process.  —  This multibillion-dollar corner of the lending market — debtor-in-possession and exit financing …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Glenn Beck joins Fox News  —  Drudge teased this earlier, and Fox News has announced that conservative radio and television host Glenn Beck is joining the network, leaving behind CNN's Headline News.  Beck will host a show at 5 p.m. on Fox beginning in the spring (Full release after the jump).
Jim Treacher / Mother, May I Sleep with Treacher?:
MY FAVORITE COMMENT FROM THE DAILY KOS POST WHERE THEY GIVE OUT JOE WURZELBACHER'S HOME ADDRESS  —  I only skimmed the gazillion comments, so it's possible they're not all dimwitted fascists.  But this one grabbed me: … Note that the problem isn't posting a private citizen's personal info …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Today's Polls, 10/16  —  With seven different daily tracking polls to work with — one of which releases three separate versions of its model each day — there is a lot to choose from for those who might seek to cherry-pick results.  —  Slow news day, Matt?  If this is a two-point race right now, I'll eat Drudge's fedora.
 
 
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