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4:45 PM ET, October 30, 2008

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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.
Frank James / The Swamp:
Joe the Plumber missed at McCain rally
Think Progress:
McCain forgets that Joe the Plumber isn't at his rally: ‘Where is Joe?’
Discussion: Political Radar
Anne / Nielsen Wire:
21.7% Of Households In Top Local TV Markets Watched Obama Infomercial  —  The combined overall household rating for Senator Barack Obama's Wednesday night infomercial, in the top 56 local television markets where Nielsen maintains electronic TV meters, was 21.7.
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Hollywoodreporter / The Live Feed:
Obama ad boosts network ratings  —  UPDATED: If Barack Obama fails to win the election, perhaps the networks should hire him to entertain viewers on Wednesday nights.  —  On average, Obama's 30-minute primetime infomercial managed to outperform the usual broadcast programming in the 8 p.m. time period.
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 …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
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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.
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.
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WILL HAS NO USE FOR MCCAIN.... It's probably fair to say …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Aaron Smith / CNNMoney.com:
Exxon Mobil: Biggest profit in U.S. history  —  Largest U.S. oil company surges past analyst estimates to post net income of $14.83 billion.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Exxon Mobil Corp. set a quarterly profit record for a U.S. company Thursday, surging past analyst estimates.
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Michelle Malkin:
Protest at the L.A. Times: Free the tape!  Updated  —  Photo credit: Omri Ceren at Mere Rhetoric  —  Scroll for updates...link to more photos and video below...  Several southern California readers send word that there will be a protest at the L.A. Times building today at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern …
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Ron Kampeas / JTA Election Central:
Khalidi and the PLO
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Krooney / TIME.com:
Pennsylvania Hope for McCain  —  Republican must-win state poll from NBC/Mason Dixon:  —  Obama 47, McCain 43, Undecided 9
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
TheInDecider / Comedy Central:
Stephen Colbert Endorses Barack Obama  —  Several prominent Republicans have announced their support for Barack Obama, which means Stephen's not getting any attention.  The media can now talk about the courage it took Stephen to cross party lines into the one that has a pretty good shot of winning.
Discussion: Washington Wire
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.
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 …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Florida, Florida, Florida!  (In Honor of Tim Russert)  —  Barack Obama can win the White House next Tuesday over John McCain without carrying Florida and its 27 votes but it has become increasingly clear that the Democratic nominee and his campaign see the Sunshine State as a critical symbolic victory given …
Discussion: Guardian and Minnesota Independent
 
 
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Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Erica Jong Tells Italians Obama Loss 'Will Spark the Second American Civil War.
Lynda Waddington / Iowa Independent:
Breaking: Rubashkin arrested, will appear in federal court today
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Hollywood Types Return Yet Again to Torture You Into Voting
Discussion: Hot Air and The Huffington Post
Eugene Jarecki / The Huffington Post:
The Straight Talk Train Wreck
Discussion: MyDD
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  The Federal Open Market Committee …
Discussion: Time and New York Times
Tom Gross / Media Blog:
First exit poll of actual American votes from Israel shows big McCain win
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Mondoweiss
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Double digit gap
Nitya / Political Punch:
Kissimmee, Kate! …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and HillBuzz
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
THE LAST WORD—ALMOST  —  The Crystal Ball's Next-to-Last Projections …
Discussion: American Street and Raising Kaine
Mark Steyn / The Corner:
The Barack Obama Lack-Of-Variety Show
Discussion: UNCoRRELATED and Right Wing News
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Real McCain  —  Anne Applebaum and Joe Klein …