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3:30 PM ET, October 17, 2008

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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 …
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Michelle Malkin:
Operation Destroy Joe the Plumber
Frank James / The Swamp:
John McCain defends Joe the Plumber
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama supporter steals vote from disabled man
Discussion: The Jawa Report, WALB-TV and The Corner
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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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court blocks Ohio voter match order
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Ohio Democrats Win at Top U.S. Court in Voting Fight
Discussion: TalkLeft
Fox News:
Supreme Court Rules With Ohio Secretary of State on Voter Fraud Rules
Discussion: FOX Forum, MyDD and YID With LID
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
A Liberal Supermajority  —  Get ready for ‘change’ we haven't seen since 1965, or 1933.  —  If the current polls hold, Barack Obama will win the White House on November 4 and Democrats will consolidate their Congressional majorities, probably with a filibuster-proof Senate or very close to it.
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama: McCain hurt Medicare  —  ROANOKE, Va. - Campaigning in a conservative part of a state that has consistently voted Republican for president since 1964, Sen. Barack Obama told an audience this afternoon that his Republican rival hurt Medicare.  —  Citing a recent Wall Street Journal story …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and TIME.com
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Webb knocks Palin
David Brooks / New York Times:
Thinking About Obama  —  We've been watching Barack Obama for two years now, and in all that time there hasn't been a moment in which he has publicly lost his self-control.  This has been a period of tumult, combat, exhaustion and crisis.  And yet there hasn't been a moment when he has displayed rage …
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The New Republic:   Obama's Nature  —  David Brooks makes an important point …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Reason and AMERICAblog News
Warren E. Buffett / New York Times:
Buy American.  I Am.  —  THE financial world is a mess, both in the United States and abroad.  Its problems, moreover, have been leaking into the general economy, and the leaks are now turning into a gusher.  In the near term, unemployment will rise, business activity will falter and headlines will continue to be scary.
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
CNN's “Fact Check” Fumble  —  Once again, “fact-checkers” mangle the facts.  CNN claims that McCain was “misleading” on the born-alive bill: Obama wasn't “vot[ing] against caring for the children” because a law already on the books required such care.  CNN has it badly wrong.
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CNN:   Fact Check: Did Obama vote against care for children born during abortions?
Bill Dedman / MSNBC:
Palin's e-mails?  That'll be $15 million  —  Even at that price, many records won't be available until after the election  —  Sarah Palin's office has discovered a renewable resource to bring millions of dollars into Alaska's economy: the governor's e-mails.
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 …
Melissa DiPane / myfoxorlando.com:
Central Florida 7th grader called racist for wearing Palin t-shirt  —  VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando) — She's only 12 years old but Ashleigh Jones is feeling the heat of this election year.  —  That's because the seventh grader at New Smyrna Beach Middle School was called …
Wall Street Journal:
Palin's Failin'  —  What is it she stands for?  After seven weeks, we don't know.  —  “Sometimes the leak is so bad that even a plumber can't fix it.”  This was the concise summation of a cable political strategist the other day, after the third and final presidential debate.
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 and Wake up America
 
 
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John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Dems get a loan for the final push
Peter Wallsten / Los Angeles Times:
Obama bets big on Florida turnout
Bruce Alpert / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
New Orleans mentioned only once in presidential debates
Ace / ace.mu.nu:
“This is a bombshell. …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Defending Joe  —  In his prepared remarks for a rally in Florida …
Discussion: Think Progress
AlterNet.org:
The 10 Biggest Differences Between Obama and McCain That Will Affect Your Daily Life
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
The Obama Diet — Not Just Arugula
Discussion: Pawatercooler.com
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Mahoney trails by 26 in GOP poll
The Atlantic Online:
The Politics of the Retouched Headshot
Associated Press:
Poll: Voters souring on McCain, Obama stays steady
Discussion: Hot Air and Media Blog
Michael B. Brodkorb / Minnesota Democrats Exposed:
BREAKING NEWS: ANGRY FRANKEN CONFRONTS COLEMAN AFTER DEBATE …