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6:55 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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Washington Wire:
Early Count Shows 26.3 Million Watch Obama Ad on Three Networks
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
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: The Swamp, Wonkette and TIME.com
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.
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.
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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John Dickerson / Slate:
The McCain campaign is unusually upbeat.  Does it have reason to be?  —  With only five days left until Election Day, John McCain's campaign aides seem happier than they have been in a while.  For the last few days, the campaign has been increasingly buoyed by what it says has been improvement …
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
McCain: 'When I'm President, we're not gonna let' Exxon reap record profits.»  —  Today, ExxonMobil shattered records by reporting a $14.83 billion profit, just in the third quarter.  Campaigning in Ohio, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) declared that when he's President, “we're not gonna let that happen.”
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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 …
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.
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 …
Jason Horowitz / New York Observer:
Erica Jong Tells Italians Obama Loss ‘Will Spark the Second American Civil War.  Blood Will Run in the Streets’  —  It seems that the final days of the presidential campaign have made Erica Jong and her friends more than a little anxious.  —  A few days ago, Jong, the author and self-described feminist …
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 …
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: Say Anything and The Corner
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.
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
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Recruiting Volunteers For Arizona; “Real Chance”  —  An Arizonan forwarded this e-mail to Barack Obama's supporters in Arizona:
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
Krooney / TIME.com:
Pennsylvania Hope for McCain  —  Republican must-win state poll from NBC/Mason Dixon:  —  Obama 47, McCain 43, Undecided 9
Mere Rhetoric:
PICS AND VIDEO FROM THE LA TIMES “FREE THE TAPE” PROTEST (UPDATED: 2ND VIDEO, 25 PIC GALLERY ADDED)  —  This is why we're losing.  We don't know how to throw a protest.  A potentially explosive national issue with questions about judgment that are at the center of a Presidential election.
Michael Barone / US News:
Election Prediction: Democrats Won't Get a Filibuster-Proof Senate  —  If, as seems likely but not quite certain, Barack Obama is elected next Tuesday, a key question for public policymaking will be how many Democrats are elected to the Senate.  Currently, there are 51 Democrats there …
Discussion: Salon
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Dave Kopel / National Review:
Gunning for Victory  —  In a very tough election climate for Republicans, the good news is that the gun issue is increasingly non-partisan.  We can see this every day in the Senate, where Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is friendlier towards the Second Amendment …
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 …
Atrios / Eschaton:
In Which Michael Goldfarb Has A Bad Day  —  Though Sanchez shouldn't have internalized the premise of Khalidi being anti-Semitic.  Just because the McCain campaign says something doesn't make it so.
 
 
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Associated Press:
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Mark Silva / Chicago Tribune:
McCain rips L.A. Times on Obama video
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Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Obama on Supreme Court, right to privacy
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
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iowahawk:
As a Conservative, I Must Say I Do Quite Like the Cut of this Obama Fellow's Jib
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Still No Palin Medical Records: Why?
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Ari / Firedoglake:
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 Earlier Items: 
Eugene Jarecki / The Huffington Post:
The Straight Talk Train Wreck
Discussion: MyDD
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Florida, Florida, Florida! (In Honor of Tim Russert)
Discussion: Guardian and Minnesota Independent
TheInDecider / Comedy Central:
Stephen Colbert Endorses Barack Obama
Discussion: Washington Wire
John Hood / The Corner:
A Joke And What It Reveals  —  Speaking in front of a huge audience …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and protein wisdom