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4:05 PM ET, October 30, 2008

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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.
Washington Wire:
Early Count Shows 26.3 Million Watch Obama Ad on Three Networks
Discussion: Donklephant
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.
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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.
Think Progress:
McCain forgets that Joe the Plumber isn't at his rally: ‘Where is Joe?’
Discussion: Political Radar
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.
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Bob Kerrey / NY Daily News:
How Obama can walk the post-partisan talk
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.
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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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.
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 …
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
Krooney / TIME.com:
Pennsylvania Hope for McCain  —  Republican must-win state poll from NBC/Mason Dixon:  —  Obama 47, McCain 43, Undecided 9
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Indianapolis Star:
With presidential race too close to call, ‘every vote counts’  —  Presidential hopefuls John McCain and Barack Obama are locked in a dead heat among Hoosier voters, according to a new Indianapolis Star-WTHR (Channel 13) poll.  —  More than ever, that means Indiana's 11 electoral votes …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For immediate release  —  The Federal Open Market Committee decided today to lower its target for the federal funds rate 50 basis points to 1 percent.  —  The pace of economic activity appears to have slowed markedly, owing importantly to a decline in consumer expenditures.
Wyatt Andrews / CBS News:
Reality Check: The Cost Of Obama's Pledges  —  Web Exclusive: If Victorious, Barack Obama May Find Fewer Resources Than He Needs For His Campaign Promises  —  (CBS) This story was written by CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews.  —  Without question, the Barack Obama infomercial served …
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 …
Discussion: Minnesota Independent
The Huffington Post:
GOP Mailer Uses Obama Supporter To Attack...Obama  —  The Republican Party of Wisconsin is sending out a somewhat peculiar attack-mailer targeting Barack Obama.  —  The literature accuses the Illinois Democrat of never having “led” like a president is required to do, citing a history of voting …
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
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.
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
THE LAST WORD—ALMOST  —  The Crystal Ball's Next-to-Last Projections for the 2008 Election  —  Director, U.Va. Center for Politics  —  These are our 2008 election projections as of Thursday, October 30.  We will make final adjustments and tweaks on Monday afternoon, November 3, and post them to the website.
Discussion: American Street and Raising Kaine
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
Binyamin Appelbaum / Washington Post:
Banks to Continue Paying Dividends  —  Bailout Money Is for Lending, Critics Say  —  U.S. banks getting more than $163 billion from the Treasury Department for new lending are on pace to pay more than half of that sum to their shareholders, with government permission, over the next three years.
 
 
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Florida, Florida, Florida! (In Honor of Tim Russert)
Discussion: Guardian and Minnesota Independent
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
John McCain: Not More of the Same
Discussion: Brian Beutler
James A. Barnes / National Journal Online:
Reliable Red States No Longer
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Todd Hartman / Rocky Mountain News:
Deal ensures 20,000 taken off rolls can to vote
Tom Gross / Media Blog:
First exit poll of actual American votes from Israel shows big McCain win
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Mondoweiss
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Double digit gap
Associated Press:
McCain worker reaches deal in assault hoax
Discussion: Gawker and Wonkette
 Earlier Items: 
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Anchorage rally welcomes Stevens
ABCNEWS:
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Discussion: Obama Shrugged
Nitya / Political Punch:
Kissimmee, Kate! …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and HillBuzz
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 …