With the election so near, there's so much going on. Here are some of the hot topics:
- The Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling that would have required the Ohio Secretary of State to "supply information that would have made it easier to challenge prospective voters." Ohio Republicans vowed to continue to sue for the information; Democrats believe this could disenfranchise thousands of voters (while voters can vote with provisional ballots, it's unclear whether they would be tallied).
- The Chicago Tribune has endorsed Barack Obama. This is the first Democratic presidential candidate the Tribune, a right-leaning paper, has ever endorsed. The Washington Post, LA Times, Boston Globe and El Diario have also endorsed Obama.
- Obama is outspending McCain four-to-one in advertising.
- The NY Times has a long profile of Cindy McCain, which details her prescription drug abuse, long distance marriage with McCain and miscarriages. Her lawyer is not so happy and wonders why the Times hasn't investigated Obama's youthful drug abuse and other matters. Side note: The New Yorker had a wide-ranging feature on Cindy McCain earlier.
- And though Joe the Plumber seems like yesterday's (or Thursday's) news, John McCain is blaming Obama for drawing attention to Joe Wurzelbacher, since the Democrat had gone to his house to ask for his vote. But what about all the other Joe the Plumbers out there? At any rate, the real Joe will appear on Mike Huckabee's Fox News program tonight.