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12:55 PM 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 …
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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 …
Faiz / Think Progress:
‘Joe The Plumber’ Comes Clean: 'I Would Be Receiving Obama's Tax Cuts'  —  As ThinkProgress and many others noted yesterday, the premise of Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher's complaints about Barack Obama's tax plan was ill-informed.  Contrary to Wurzelbacher's claims, “neither his personal taxes nor …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama supporter steals vote from disabled man
Discussion: pw and The Jawa Report
Hayes Hickman / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Knoxville's Joe the Plumber doubts Obama, too
Discussion: Townhall.com and Don Surber
Michael van der Galien / PoliGazette:
The Left's Evolution into Totalitarians Completed
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ, PSoTD and TBogg
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 …
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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.
Mike Allen / The Politico:   18 days — Colin Powell on ‘Meet’ on Sunday
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 …
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The New Republic:   Obama's Nature  —  David Brooks makes an important point …
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.
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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Washington Post:
McCain Forced to Fight for Virginia
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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: TIME.com and Salon
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Christy Hardin Smith / Firedoglake:
Obama: Each Of Us Has The Responsibility Of Service In Our …
Discussion: Seeing the Forest
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 and Salon
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 …
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.
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.
The Atlantic Online:
The Politics of the Retouched Headshot  —  After The New York Times Magazine used nonstandard film to shoot a 2006 cover picture of Virginia Governor Mark Warner, the publication apologized because the film altered the photo's colors, making Warner's gray suit appear maroon.
 
 
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Michelle Malkin:
California teachers vs. traditional marriage
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Stevens asked for bills, left wife in charge of payments
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Associated Press:
Poll: Voters souring on McCain, Obama stays steady
Discussion: Darke Blog
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Who's Playing the Race Card?
Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Jindal to visit Iowa next month
Discussion: Commentary
 Earlier Items: 
Ronald Brownstein / National Journal Online:
The Hidden History Of The American Electorate
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Marc Ambinder
CNN:
Sarah Palin to appear on Saturday Night Live
Discussion: TPM Election Central and TIME.com
Chris Echegaray / Tennessean.com:
Middle Tennessee ‘Joe the plumbers’ pipe up on debate
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Times of London:
Link between child porn and Muslim terrorists discovered in police raids
Discussion: YID With LID
Mark Niesse / Associated Press:
Hawaii ending universal child health care