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10:15 AM ET, October 17, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
Patterico's Pontifications:
L.A. Times: Joe the Plumber Has Liens!!!!  1!!  —  The Los Angeles Times reports: … I think we can all agree that this is critical information.  —  Not because it says anything about Joe the Plumber, mind you.  But it does serve a useful function: it warns any future citizen …
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
RE: Well That Didn't Take Long  —  Getting a lot of emails along these lines: … And: … And:
Discussion: Commentary, Betsy's Page and Wizbang
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Guess who else has tax liens?  —  Yesterday, the Tanning Bed Media discovered unpaid tax liens against Joe Wurzelbacher.  Two days ago, we would have said, “Who?”  He's better known this week as Joe the Plumber after his impromptu dialogue with Barack Obama produced a blatantly redistributionist answer …
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Congratulations, Obama!:  Media's Savaging of Joe the Plumber Causes Witness to Ayers-Obama Relationship to Get Cold Feet  —  The tip, and this is just a tip, but it's coming from someone reliable:  —  The problem in this story is twofold.  Without wanting to provide details, the story really needs a second source.
Discussion: The Jawa Report, Wizbang, TBogg and Argghhh!
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 …
Discussion: TIME.com
Michael van der Galien / PoliGazette:
The Left's Evolution into Totalitarians Completed
Discussion: PSoTD
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama supporter steals vote from disabled man
Discussion: pw
The Huffington Post:   Joe The Plumber Makes McCain Ad, Takes More Questions Than Palin
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.
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.
The Caucus:
McCain and Obama Palling Around?  Must Be the Al Smith Dinner  —  Senator John McCain, the Republican nominee for president, announced that he had dismissed his entire team of senior advisers.  “All of their positions will now be held by a man named Joe the Plumber,” he cracked.
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John McCormick / The Swamp:
Obama, McCain bring humor to dinner
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Yucks At The Al Smith Dinner
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Donklephant
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 …
New York Times:
Polls Cause Campaigns to Change Their Itineraries  —  Confronting an increasingly bleak electoral map, top aides to Senator John McCain said Thursday that they were searching for a “narrow-victory scenario” and would focus in the final weeks on a dwindling number of states, using mailings …
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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 …
Mark Niesse / Associated Press:
Hawaii ending universal child health care  —  HONOLULU - Hawaii is dropping the only state universal child health care program in the country just seven months after it launched.  —  Gov. Linda Lingle's administration cited budget shortfalls and other available health care options for eliminating funding for the program.
Discussion: The Glittering Eye and Dr. Sanity
The Politico:
McCain discovers plumber no ordinary Joe  —  NEW YORK - John McCain hung his final presidential debate performance on an Ohio plumber who campaign aides never vetted.  —  A day after making Joseph Wurzelbacher famous, referencing him in the debate almost two dozen times as someone …
Josh Orton / MyDD:
Senator Clinton On Fox: “We Have To Try To Take Them On”  —  Just got off a blogger call that Hillary Clinton held to talk about the last weeks of the election.  —  During the Q and A section, I mentioned Obama's belief that the misinformation from Fox News is probably costing him 2-3% in the polls …
Discussion: TPM Election Central and TalkLeft
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Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Glenn Beck joins Fox News
Discussion: pushback
 
 
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Michael B. Brodkorb / Minnesota Democrats Exposed:
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Washington Post:
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Jeannine Aversa / Associated Press:
Bush to give pep talk to anxious country Friday
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Wall Street Journal:
‘DIP’ Loans Are Scarce, Complicating Bankruptcies
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Stacy Cowley / CNNMoney.com:
Fact check: Plumber Joe's taxes
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