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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
JOE?  WHERE DID YOU GO?  —  From NBC/NJ's Adam Aigner-Treworgy  —  DEFIANCE, Ohio — “Where is Joe?  Is Joe here with us today?”  —  That's the question John McCain asked roughly 6,000 people at Defiance Junior High School here this morning, But the correct answer was no — Joe the Plumber was nowhere to be found.
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Robert Arena / AMERICAblog News:
McCain stood up by Joe the Plumber  —  McCain is in Ohio today - home of Joe the Plumber, John McCain's running mate for the last two weeks.  McCain just threw a shout out to Joe, who was supposed to be there today.  Well:  —  Oops - did someone get stood up?  When Sarah Palin was in Ohio yesterday, Joe was there.
Randy Ludlow / The Columbus Dispatch:
Checks on ‘Joe’ more extensive than first acknowledged  —  Tax, welfare info also sought on McCain ally  —  A state agency has revealed that its checks of computer systems for potential information on “Joe the Plumber” were more extensive than it first acknowledged.
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Jonathan Martin / Jonathan Martin's Blogs:
Joe the Plumber shows at McCain rally
Discussion: TIME.com and Wonkette
Frank James / The Swamp:   Joe the Plumber missed at McCain rally
John Porretto / Associated Press:
Exxon Mobil posts biggest US quarterly profit ever  —  HOUSTON - Exxon Mobil Corp., the world's largest publicly traded oil company, reported income Thursday that shattered its own record for the biggest profit from operations by a U.S. corporation, earning $14.83 billion in the third quarter.
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Economist:
It's time  —  America should take a chance and make Barack Obama the next leader of the free world  —  IT IS impossible to forecast how important any presidency will be.  Back in 2000 America stood tall as the undisputed superpower, at peace with a generally admiring world.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Huffington Post Writer Stabs Lover 222 Times  —  It was inevitable that the Huffington Post would somehow end up sullied by recruiting such a massive army of unpaid contributors.  But few would have imagined something this awful: Valued HuffPo political blogger Carol Anne Burger shot herself Friday …
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Dylan Boyle / Iowa State Daily:
Pre-emptive ejection: Audience members removed at McCain rally in Cedar Falls  —  Audience members escorted out of Sen. John McCain's, R-Ariz., campaign event in Cedar Falls questioned why they were asked to leave Sunday's rally even though they were not protesting.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
John McCain: Not More of the Same  —  Barack Obama and his allies have spent the last year arguing that John McCain is just like George W. Bush.  They're wrong.  In reality, McCain's brand of great power neoconservatism, recession economics, and conflicted environmentalism makes him McDifferent
Discussion: Brian Beutler
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The Huffington Post:
GOP Mailer Uses Obama Supporter To Attack...Obama
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Sen. Bond Warns Palin Crowd That Obama Wants Judges Who Empathize With “The Gay”  —  From CBS News' Scott Conroy:  —  (CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO.) - Taking the stage as one of the pre-program speakers at a Sarah Palin rally here in Rush Limbaugh's hometown, Sen. Kit Bond, R-Missouri …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
McCain camp trying to scapegoat Palin  —  John McCain's campaign is looking for a scapegoat.  It is looking for someone to blame if McCain loses on Tuesday.  —  And it has decided on Sarah Palin.  —  In recent days, a McCain “adviser” told Dana Bash of CNN: “She is a diva.  She takes no advice from anyone.”
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Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
Obama and the Politics of Crowds  —  The masses greeting the candidate on the trail are a sign of great unease.  —  There is something odd — and dare I say novel — in American politics about the crowds that have been greeting Barack Obama on his campaign trail.
Gallup:
Gallup Daily: Obama Lead Among Likely Voters 5 to 7 Points  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Barack Obama holds a statistically significant lead over John McCain in both Gallup likely voter models, according to Oct. 27-29 Gallup Poll Daily tracking.  In the traditional model, which defines likely voters based …
Richard S. Dunham / Houston Chronicle:
Poll finds 23% of Texans think Obama is Muslim  —  WASHINGTON — A University of Texas poll to be released today shows Republican presidential candidate John McCain and GOP Sen. John Cornyn leading by comfortable margins in Texas, as expected.  But the statewide survey of 550 registered voters …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
FOX News Poll: Obama's Edge Over McCain Narrows  —  The race for the White House has tightened significantly — with Barack Obama now ahead of John McCain by three percentage points — according to a FOX News poll released Thursday.  —  FOXNews.com  —  As the candidates make their closing arguments …
David Peisner / Esquire:
Why White Supremacists Support Barack Obama  —  How do racists, anti-Semites and all-purpose hate-mongers view the possibility of America's first black president?  Not necessarily the way you think they would.  —  If recent polls are to be believed, white voters favor John McCain over Barack …
Discussion: The Corner
Krooney / TIME.com:
Pennsylvania Hope for McCain  —  Republican must-win state poll from NBC/Mason Dixon:  —  Obama 47, McCain 43, Undecided 9
Reuters:
Qaeda wants Republicans, Bush “humiliated”: Web video  —  DUBAI (Reuters) - An al Qaeda leader has called for President George W. Bush and the Republicans to be “humiliated,” without endorsing any party in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, according to a video posted on the Internet.
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Lott: GOP should ‘aggressively pursue’ Lieberman  —  Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) says Senate Republicans should pull out the stops to persuade Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) to join their ranks.  —  “They should aggressively pursue him,” Lott told The Hill …
Bob Kerrey / NY Daily News:
How Obama can walk the post-partisan talk  —  Joe Biden was right.  If elected, Barack Obama's mettle will be tested.  Not by Al Qaeda or other enemies of the United States - that possibility is actually much less likely with a President Obama - but by the Democratic Congress.  —  This election is not over.
Lynda Waddington / Iowa Independent:
Breaking: Rubashkin arrested, will appear in federal court today  —  First on the Iowa Independent: Federal prosecutors have arrested Sholom Rubashkin, former chief executive officer and vice president at Agriprocessors and son of company founder Aaron Rubashkin, on a criminal complaint …
John Hood / The Corner:
A Joke And What It Reveals  —  Speaking in front of a huge audience at downtown Raleigh rally yesterday, Barack Obama threw off a humorous line about John McCain's accusation that the Obama tax plan is redistributionist: … Ha ha.  —  Only, in this passage Obama revealed precisely …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Newshoggers.com
Marc Ambinder:
Counterevidence Watch: Obama + 3 In The Fox Poll  —  http://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/ 103008_poll.pdf  —  A Democratic reader writes: … Small variations in weighting can have proportionately large effects on the perception of a poll, t'is true.  —  But I'm no expert on this question …
ESPN:
ESPN to air Obama and McCain interviews on MNF  —  On the eve of the presidential election, with “Monday Night Football” from Washington as the backdrop, candidates Barack Obama and John McCain are planning to participate in one-on-one interviews on ESPN via satellite.
Discussion: TIME.com
James A. Barnes / National Journal Online:
Reliable Red States No Longer  —  POLL RESULTS FROM COLORADO, FLORIDA, NORTH CAROLINA, OHIO, AND VIRGINIA CONTAIN LITTLE TO CHEER MCCAIN.  —  As John McCain battles to remain competitive with Barack Obama in the closing days of the campaign, he is facing an uphill task just to hold …
Discussion: Swing State Project
Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
COLEMAN UP SIX OVER FRANKEN  —  From NBC/NJ's Carrie Dann  —  As some pundits predict thunderclouds gathering on the horizon for incumbent Senate Republicans, a new NBC poll shows that Sen. Norm Coleman may be positioned to ride out the storm.  —  The results from the poll of likely voters …
Hans Bader / OpenMarket.org:
You're Still A Racist, Obama Advisor Says  —  Even if you vote for Obama, you're still probably a racist, according to Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree, in his remarks at a recent panel discussion at my alma mater.  Ogletree, Obama's top advisor on race issues, explains that since Obama is …
Elizabeth Chuck / MSNBC:
Feds probe Countrywide's ‘V.I.P.’ program  —  The wide-ranging criminal investigation into wrongdoing at Countrywide - once the nation's largest mortgage originator - now includes serious scrutiny of a loan program that provided special mortgage deals to the well-connected and powerful, including two U.S. senators.
 
 
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