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7:55 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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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 …
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 …
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 and TBogg
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.
Mark Hemingway / The Corner:
RE: Well That Didn't Take Long  —  Getting a lot of emails along these lines:  —  I don't know why I'm e-mailing you, except that I just need to vent to someone on The Corner.  Pass this around to the others if you like — I bet I'm not the only one.  —  I really don't like McCain.
Discussion: Wizbang
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 …
The Politico:
McCain discovers plumber no ordinary Joe
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Tom Elia / The New Editor:
How the Left Works  —  By now everyone who follows politics …
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.”
Marc Ambinder:
McCain Yucks At The Al Smith Dinner
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Donklephant
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.
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
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
P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
Only Blogosphere Currently Reporting on Jack Murtha Cancelling His Debate  —  Hot on the heels of Congressman Jack Murtha charging the voters of western Pennsyvania as being racists who will probably hurt Barack Obama in that state comes the breaking news this evening that Murtha has cancelled …
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
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. policies may have contributed to Iran revolution, study says  —  The shah and his third wife, Farah, before the ouster, with their children Reza, Farahnaz, Leila and Ali-Reza, from left.  They are posing in a sleigh.  —  A report based on declassified documents suggests that the Nixon …
Discussion: The Agonist and Kevin Drum
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.
Discussion: The Corner and Betsy's Page
 
 
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