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Folks noticed that it took two tries for Sarah Palin to come out and say Ted Stevens should resign.

It's not that there's any love lost between Palin and Stevens – they had some ties but were not close. But whereas she was always quick to publicly shame other Alaska politicians when they were in trouble, Palin has always been muted about Stevens.

Why such caution from her? Because Stevens is still powerful and could win on Tuesday. Alaska would remember if they felt like Palin was too eager to kick him while he's down.

Today's update on Joe the Plumber, Samuel J. Wurzelbacher of Holland, Ohio. He became a symbol for the McCain campaign:

He's got a book coming out in a few weeks.

He has a publicist.

He's thinking about a country album deal.

He views the Democratic ticket as a danger to the nation.

He declined to definitely say if he has a future in politics but says plumbing is always something he can fall back on.

The Tribune chronicles the top 10 phrases of the campaign that will live on (at least for awhile). Among the suggestions:

“You betcha,” used by Sarah Palin (and her imitator, Tina Fey) to convey folksiness.

“Hockey moms,” again another contribution from Palin.

“Joe the plumber.” No explanation needed.

Have you seen “…what they charge for arugula,” from Barack Obama to indicate he understood the issue of rising prices.

“Maverick” – used by the GOP ticket.

$1 billion.

That's what the two presidential candidates will spend combined in this year's election. Barack Obama will spend the vast majority of it since he did not accept taxpayer financing for his general election campaign. That figure doesn't include the money from the national parties. It isn't necessarily a surprise. In an analysis, looked at the best and worst financial decisions of the 2008 campaign. Among the best? Obama's Internet fundraising strategy.