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4:35 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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The Huffington Post:
Palin Explains What Parts Of Country Not “Pro-America”  —  The McCain campaign is seeking to clarify a remark reported from a Sarah Palin fundraiser in North Carolina yesterday in which the Alaska Governor declared that she loved to visit the “pro-America” areas of the country — implying …
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.
Joekillian / AUTOMATIC WRITING:
How I Became Joe Sixpack
Dan Sewell / Associated Press:
Palin keeps up attacks on ACORN voter registration
Discussion: Reuters and Yahoo! News
Chicago Tribune:
Tribune endorsement: Barack Obama for president  —  Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama campaigns in Roanoke, Va. today.  (Getty photo by Joe Raedle / October 17, 2008)  —  However this election turns out, it will dramatically advance America's slow progress toward equality and inclusion.
Discussion: The Swamp, Raising Kaine and FOX Embeds
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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: Opinion L.A. and 24Ahead
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 …
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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Michelle Malkin Bids for Self-Parody Award
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: AMERICAblog News and Reason
Stephen Koff / Openers:
George Voinovich calls Barack Obama a ‘socialist’  —  Sen. George Voinovich, what do you really think of Barack Obama, the Democratic candidate for president?  —  “He is left of Teddy Kennedy.  With all due respect, the man is a socialist.”  —  Ohio's senior senator, a Republican …
Discussion: protein wisdom
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Webb knocks Palin
Discussion: The Swamp
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
 
 
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Greg Gordon / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Death threat, vandalism hit ACORN after McCain comments
Frank James / The Swamp:
Cindy McCain reprises ‘always proud’ line
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and TIME.com
Broward Politics:
Incendiary sign in McCain office links Obama to dictators
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Shakesville
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MCCAIN, OBAMA ASKED ABOUT INFIDELITY.... CBS News' Katie Couric continues …
Discussion: Althouse
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Dems get a loan for the final push
Discussion: Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Ace / ace.mu.nu:
“This is a bombshell. …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
AlterNet.org:
The 10 Biggest Differences Between Obama and McCain That Will Affect Your Daily Life
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Lisa Schiffren / The Corner:
The Obama Diet — Not Just Arugula
Discussion: Pawatercooler.com
The Atlantic Online:
The Politics of the Retouched Headshot
Associated Press:
Poll: Voters souring on McCain, Obama stays steady
Discussion: Hot Air and Media Blog
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Let's Get Fiscal  —  The Dow is surging!  No, it's plunging!