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11:30 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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama supporter steals vote from disabled man  —  Georgia state officials have begun an investigation into Primus Industries and the alleged voter fraud committed by one or more of its employees.  Jack Justice attends the adult day care provided by Primus for mentally-challenged individuals …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and pw
Michael van der Galien / PoliGazette:
The Left's Evolution into Totalitarians Completed
Discussion: PSoTD
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Good news: Toledo moves to shut down Joe the Plumber
John J. Miller / The Corner:
Clogged  —  So Joe the Plumber apparently isn't a licensed plumber.
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 …
Washington Post:
McCain Forced to Fight for Virginia
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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.
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Romenesko
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.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
The Boss, the Piano Man and the Candidate  —  Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel were well into their act - playing at the same time, the same stage - when Senator Barack Obama arrived late Thursday night at the Hammerstein Ballroom.  —  Mr. Obama waited in the wings for nearly an hour before taking the stage.
Discussion: and Salon
Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Obama: Each Of Us Has The Responsibility Of Service In Our …
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
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 …
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LETTERMAN CONFRONTS MCCAIN ON LIDDY.... John McCain recently annoyed David Letterman quite a bit, blowing off a scheduled interview to talk to Katie Couric.  The “Late Show” host has been mocking McCain, rather mercilessly, ever since.  —  Hoping to make amends, McCain appeared on Letterman's show …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Emptywheel
Mike Allen / The Politico:
18 days — Colin Powell on ‘Meet’ on Sunday  —  BREAKING — President Bush speaks on the nation's “serious financial crisis” this morning at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: “The federal government has responded to this crisis with systematic and aggressive measures to protect the financial security of the American people.
Times of London:
Link between child porn and Muslim terrorists discovered in police raids  —  Paedophile websites are being used to pass information between terrorists  —  A link between terrorism plots and hardcore child pornography is becoming clear after a string of police raids in Britain and across the Continent …
Discussion: YID With LID
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Former Fetus Barack Obama
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Associated Press:
Bush: Plan to help economy will take time
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
In Downturn, Families Strain to Pay Tuition
Discussion: Don Surber
Sarah Palin to appear on Saturday Night Live
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Mark Binker / Capital Beat:
Report from Palin rally
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Chris Echegaray /
Middle Tennessee ‘Joe the plumbers’ pipe up on debate
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Warren E. Buffett / New York Times:
Buy American. I Am.
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Orton / MyDD:
Senator Clinton On Fox: “We Have To Try To Take Them On”
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 /
Only Blogosphere Currently Reporting on Jack Murtha Cancelling His Debate