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4:00 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
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama supporter steals vote from disabled man
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 …
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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.”
Discussion: National Review
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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 …
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.
Josh Rogin / CQ Politics:
Trader Drove Up Price of McCain ‘Stock’ in Online Market  —  An internal investigation by the popular online market Intrade has revealed that an investor has been attempting to artificially boost the prediction that Sen. John McCain will become president.  —  Over the past several weeks …
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.
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.
Discussion: Reason and AMERICAblog News
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner:
CNN's “Fact Check” Fumble  —  Once again, “fact-checkers” mangle the facts.  CNN claims that McCain was “misleading” on the born-alive bill: Obama wasn't “vot[ing] against caring for the children” because a law already on the books required such care.  CNN has it badly wrong.
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CNN:   Fact Check: Did Obama vote against care for children born during abortions?
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.
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:
Palin's Failin'  —  What is it she stands for?  After seven weeks, we don't know.  —  “Sometimes the leak is so bad that even a plumber can't fix it.”  This was the concise summation of a cable political strategist the other day, after the third and final presidential debate.
Melissa DiPane / myfoxorlando.com:
Central Florida 7th grader called racist for wearing Palin t-shirt  —  VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando) — She's only 12 years old but Ashleigh Jones is feeling the heat of this election year.  —  That's because the seventh grader at New Smyrna Beach Middle School was called …
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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama tells NY Times he'd do better without Fox News around  —  The New York Times, of all places, has a long interview coming out Sunday with the freshman senator from Illinois, Barack Obama.  —  In it, the Democratic presidential nominee, who's leading in most recent political polls …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Sister Toldjah
Associated Press:
Poll: Voters souring on McCain, Obama stays steady  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to the public's image of John McCain, it's as if somebody dialed the electricity down in the past month.  For Barack Obama, the juice is still flowing.  —  People's regard for the Republican presidential nominee …
Discussion: Hot Air and Media Blog
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Kevin Drum
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
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
The Obama Diet — Not Just Arugula  —  The “people's ticket” ordered a little snack from room service at the Waldorf, as the N.Y. Post's page Six reports: … I'd guess the bill for that snack came in at around $350.  Iranian caviar ain't cheap — even if you negotiate for it yourself.
Discussion: Pawatercooler.com
Drudge Report:
MCCAIN DEFENDS THE PLUMBER REMARKS IN MIAMI, FL  —  It's great to be here in Miami.  Florida is a must-win state on November 4th, and with your help, we're going to win Florida, and bring change to Washington, DC.  We had a good debate this week.  You may have noticed …
 
 
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Frank James / The Swamp:
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