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Political Notebook: Oct. 17

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Mount Shasta Herald

Number to Know

$400,000: Annual salary of the president of the United States. That number came into effect when George W. Bush assumed office (Bill Clinton signed the new salary into law in 2000). Previously it had been $200,000.

Fact Check: Debate statements: Joe the Plumber

John McCain said Joe the Plumber faced “much higher taxes” under Barack Obama’s tax plan and would pay a fine under Obama’s health care plan if he failed to provide coverage for his workers. But Ohio plumber Joe Wurzelbacher would pay higher taxes only if the business he says he wants to buy puts his income over $200,000 a year, and his small business would be exempt from Obama’s requirement to provide coverage for workers. ABC News reported the morning after the debate that Wurzelbacher admitted he won't actually make enough from his business to pay Obama's higher tax rates. ABC said his admission "would seem to indicate that he would be eligible for an Obama tax cut." -- www.factcheck.org

Quotes from the Candidates

"I screwed up." -- What Sen. John McCain told David Letterman several times during Thursday’s late-night show. McCain had canceled a visit to the show last month and became the butt of an ongoing joke of the comedian.

"For those of you who are feeling giddy or cocky and think this is all set, I just [have] two words for you: New Hampshire." -- What Sen. Barack Obama told supporters Thursday, a reference to the primary that he was expected to win but lost to Sen. Hillary Clinton.

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