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11:30 YOUR ‘DAILY SHOW’ RE-CAP Since no many have been cut off from Jon Stewart this week, here’s our review for tonight. First segment: no election coverage, but did hop from Egypt to the Kiss-Cam to McCartney abd Springsteen silenced in London(Jon did a little "Thunder Road"). Second segment, however, featured Al Madrigal trying to import some gringo-style negative ads to Mexico for their election–where they had just been banned. Candidate for president the ad attacked as "devil spider" won anyway.
Then Colbert opens with look at Nevada which now allows people to vote for "None of the Above." So he suggests Romney name "None of the Above" as his running mate–who has more charisma than Pawlenty and Portman.
9:30 ARPAIO’s PROBE GOES FULL BIRTHER Results are in, says the wacky Arizona sheriff, and they prove Obama birth certificate is fake. “Mike Zullo, the posse’s chief investigator, said numeric codes on certain parts of the birth certificate indicate that those parts weren’t filled out, yet those sections asking for the race of Obama’s father and his field of work or study were completed. Zullo said investigators previously didn’t know the meaning of codes but that the codes were explained by a 95-year-old former state worker who signed the president’s birth certificate.”
8:00 LATE ADDITIONS Fun, pathetic story of the day: conservative blogger thinks he’s spotted scandal—Senator Sherrod Brown hugging a journalist—of course, it’s his wife, Pulitizer-winning columnist Connie Schultz. She admits she has even kissed him. Exchange of notes with her here… John Sununu belatedly apologizes for harsh attack on Obama (see below)… Yes, Romney is G.W.H. Bush lite: that is, Read my lips: No new tax (returns)!
4:50 AFTERNOON UPDATES Disclose Act blocked again by GOP… Romney seizes on badly out-of-context Obama quote about businessmen and runs with it—all day… Sheldon Adelson still has not taken Sarah Silverman up on her offer of sexual gratification… Rick Perry joins Ron Paul today in calling on Romney to release more tax returns. Maybe they think they can get the GOP nod yet.
3:40 CITIZENS UNITED NOT SO BAD? NYT’s chief Sunday political writer Matt Bai has made that point before and now has a lengthy piece on it coming this Sunday in the Magazine, just posted online. His bottom line: “the accepted narrative around Citizens United is, at best, overly simplistic. And in some respects, it’s just plain wrong.” And: “the Supreme Court’s ruling really wasn’t the sort of tectonic event that Obama and his allies would have you believe it was.” Two of the biggest impacts—money can go directly for electioneering and no names need be replaced—he refers to as merely “rigamarole.”