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10:35 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  —  On his talk show on WPHT today, conservative Philadelphian Michael Smerconish endorsed Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.  —  Listen HERE.  —  Smerconish did so by reading a couple paragraphs from his pending op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Huffington Post:
Palin Explains What Parts Of Country Not “Pro-America”  —  The McCain campaign is seeking to clarify a remark reported from a Sarah Palin fundraiser in North Carolina yesterday in which the Alaska Governor declared that she loved to visit the “pro-America” areas of the country — implying …
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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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: ‘Obama loves America’  —  Sarah Palin finally met the press today, en route from Ohio to Indiana in her campaign plane.  Although she fielded questions for just several minutes, it's the first time that the Republican vice presidential nominee has sat for more than a select …
Discussion: CBS News and Top of the Ticket
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.”
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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
“I Am Joe The Plumber?” Well, Not Exactly
Michael Cooper / New York Times:   McCain: Obama Turned Heat on Joe the Plumber
Frank James / The Swamp:   McCain talks to Joe the Plumber
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.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Webb knocks Palin
Discussion: The Swamp, TIME.com and Liberal Values
Stephen Koff / Openers:
George Voinovich calls Barack Obama a ‘socialist’
Discussion: protein wisdom
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.
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/.
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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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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Bad Spin Watch: Drudge Touts Weeks-Old, Web-Based Poll  —  For his latest trick, Matt Drudge is touting the results of an AP-Yahoo poll that shows a two-point race between Obama and McCain.  —  You may never have heard of the AP-Yahoo poll before.  This is for good reason …
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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.
Transterrestrial Musings:
OK, They're Officially Insane  —  I'm listening to Fox, on which an Obama spokeshole is claiming that the McCain campaign “didn't vet Joe the Plumber.”  —  They must be terrified.  —  [Late morning update]  —  Jeff Medcalf visualizes the vetting process in comments:
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 …
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
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Palin: “I Know Obama Loves America”  —  From CBS News' Scott Conroy:  —  (MUNCIE, IND.) - Just two weeks ago, she accused him of palling around with a terrorist, but Sarah Palin left no doubt at an impromptu press conference on Friday that she believes the Democratic nominee is acting …
The Huffington Post:
McCain Using Same Robocall Firm That Helped Smear Him In 2000  —  In his efforts to attack Barack Obama, John McCain appears to have turned to the same political consulting firm that was responsible for spreading vicious smears about the Senator during the 2000 South Carolina GOP primary.
 
 
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Washington Wire:
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
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