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11:15 AM 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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TIME.com
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Chris Echegaray / Tennessean.com:
Middle Tennessee ‘Joe the plumbers’ pipe up on debate
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama supporter steals vote from disabled man
Discussion: pw
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Good news: Toledo moves to shut down Joe the Plumber
Michael van der Galien / PoliGazette:
The Left's Evolution into Totalitarians Completed
Discussion: PSoTD
The Huffington Post:
Joe The Plumber Makes McCain Ad, Takes More Questions Than Palin
Discussion: American Street
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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Mark Brunswick / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Republicans flood Minnesota with anti-Obama phone calls
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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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Michael B. Brodkorb / Minnesota Democrats Exposed:
BREAKING NEWS: ANGRY FRANKEN CONFRONTS COLEMAN AFTER DEBATE; MRS. FRANKEN RUNS ON STAGE TO GET FRANKEN AWAY FROM COLEMAN  —  UPDATE #2: The video starts just as Mrs. Franken has rushed to the stage.  The camera is fixed, so we don't see Mrs. Franken until she gets to the stage.
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
 
 
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
18 days — Colin Powell on ‘Meet’ on Sunday
Darrel Rowland / Editorial RSS:
Undecideds dial it up for Obama
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Josh Orton / MyDD:
Senator Clinton On Fox: “We Have To Try To Take Them On”
Discussion: TPM Election Central and TalkLeft
Times of London:
Link between child porn and Muslim terrorists discovered in police raids
Washington Post:
Permit for McCain Cell Tower Still Active
Discussion: MSNBC and The Caucus
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Niesse / Associated Press:
Hawaii ending universal child health care
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. policies may have contributed to Iran revolution, study says
Discussion: Kevin Drum and The Agonist
P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
Only Blogosphere Currently Reporting on Jack Murtha Cancelling His Debate