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8:45 PM ET, October 17, 2008

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Chicago Tribune:
Tribune endorsement: Barack Obama for president  —  Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama campaigns in Roanoke, Va. today.  (Getty photo by Joe Raedle / October 17, 2008)  —  However this election turns out, it will dramatically advance America's slow progress toward equality and inclusion.
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Los Angeles Times:
Barack Obama for president  —  He is the competent, confident leader who represents the aspirations of the United States.  —  It is inherent in the American character to aspire to greatness, so it can be disorienting when the nation stumbles or loses confidence in bedrock principles or institutions.
Natalie Gewargis / Political Punch:   In Philly, Conservative Talk Radio Host Backs Obama
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The Trail / Washington Post:
To Avoid Being ‘Depressed,’ Palin Skimps on Campaign News  —  GREENSBORO, N.C. — No wonder GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin harbors such hostility toward the mainstream media: her staff imposes limits on her access to it.  —  During a fundraiser here that raised $800,000 last night …
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin plays the “socialist” card at Ohio rally  —  WEST CHESTER, Ohio (CNN) — It's not uncommon to hear Democrats accused of socialism at Republican campaign events.  It's less common to hear it directly from a Republican candidate — let alone the party's vice presidential nominee.
Bloomberg:
McCain May Stumble With Focus on ‘Joe the Plumber’  —  Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) — John McCain's bid to shore up his poll numbers by highlighting “Joe the plumber” may backfire.  —  Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, the Toledo plumber who criticized the tax proposals of Democratic nominee Barack Obama …
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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
“I Am Joe The Plumber?” Well, Not Exactly
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Michael Cooper / New York Times:   McCain: Obama Turned Heat on Joe the Plumber
Frank James / The Swamp:   McCain talks to Joe the Plumber
Greg Gordon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Death threat, vandalism hit ACORN after McCain comments  —  WASHINGTON — An ACORN community organizer received a death threat and the liberal activist group's Boston and Seattle offices were vandalized Thursday, reflecting mounting tensions over its role in registering 1.3 million mostly poor and minority Americans to vote next month.
Associated Press:
High court rejects GOP bid in Ohio voting dispute  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is siding with Ohio's top elections official in a dispute with the state Republican Party over voter registrations.  —  The justices on Friday overruled a federal appeals court that had ordered Ohio's …
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Rich Lowry / The Corner:
Deep Breaths, Everyone!  —  Peggy Noonan and Kathleen Parker take up the Christopher Buckley business today.  In her Palin-centered column, Peggy says those “whose thoughts lead them to criticism in this area are to be shunned, and accused of the lowest motives,” and then cites Christopher's resignation …
Discussion: Townhall.com and TBogg
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JohnMcCain.com:
For Immediate Release  —  ARLINGTON, VA - Today, Cindy McCain made available the summary pages of her most recently filed federal income tax return (2007).  This information is available on the McCain campaign's website at http://www.johnmccain.com/mccainfinanci al/.
Discussion: Washington Wire and MSNBC
Mark Binker / Capital Beat:
Report from Palin rally  —  Newspaper stories from Palin's rally from myself and Joe Killian.  —  Update: Bloggers note: there is editing throughout this post at 10 a.m. or so this morning to clean up grammar and spelling errors committed at the end of a 16 hour day.
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Joekillian / AUTOMATIC WRITING:
How I Became Joe Sixpack
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Colin Powell might endorse Obama  —  Retired Gen. Colin Powell, once considered a potential running mate for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), now may endorse his opponent, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), according to Republican sources.  But an air of mystery surrounds Powell's planned live appearance Sunday on NBC's …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Nation could face short Election Night  —  Network news executives said they are preparing for an unusual Election Night challenge: How to be honest with the audience, and still keep them tuned in, if the race between John McCain and Barack Obama is effectively decided before most Americans have finished dinner.
Associated Press:
Poll: Voters souring on McCain, Obama stays steady  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to the public's image of John McCain, it's as if somebody dialed the electricity down in the past month.  For Barack Obama, the juice is still flowing.  —  People's regard for the Republican presidential nominee …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:   Bad Spin Watch: Drudge Touts Weeks-Old, Web-Based Poll
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Webb knocks Palin  —  Appearing in Virginia with Barack Obama, Sen. Jim Webb was characteristically blunt, taking a few shots today at Sarah Palin and defending Barack Obama against attempts to cast him as an outsider, saying voters in more conservative southwest Virginia could trust him, Carrie Budoff Brown reports.
Discussion: The Swamp and TIME.com
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Stephen Koff / Openers:
George Voinovich calls Barack Obama a ‘socialist’
Discussion: protein wisdom
Jeff Bliss / Bloomberg:
Obama Lawyer Asks for Probe of Republican Voter-Fraud Claims  —  Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) — Barack Obama's campaign attorney today asked Attorney General Michael Mukasey to add a probe into allegedly false Republican claims of voter fraud to the investigation into the firings of U.S. attorneys.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Michelle Malkin Bids for Self-Parody Award  —  I try really hard not to dignify Michelle Malkin by responding to her rants.  But I can't let this one pass.  —  It seems that Malkin is angry over the recent treatment of Joe Wurzelbacher—a.k.a., “Joe the Plumber.”
Josh Rogin / CQ Politics:
Trader Drove Up Price of McCain ‘Stock’ in Online Market  —  An internal investigation by the popular online market Intrade has revealed that an investor has been attempting to artificially boost the prediction that Sen. John McCain will become president.  —  Over the past several weeks …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama tells NY Times he'd do better without Fox News around  —  The New York Times, of all places, has a long interview coming out Sunday with the freshman senator from Illinois, Barack Obama.  —  In it, the Democratic presidential nominee, who's leading in most recent political polls …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MCCAIN, OBAMA ASKED ABOUT INFIDELITY.... CBS News' Katie Couric continues to air a pretty interesting series in which she asks the exact same question to both John McCain and Barack Obama.  Last night, viewers saw Couric ask both candidate why they think so many prominent political figures risk so much by committing adultery.
Discussion: Althouse
 
 
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John McWhorter / The New Republic:
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