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8:50 THE LATE ADDITION Update: No (human sexual) response from Sheldon Adelson so far to Sarah Silverman’s offer to take care of him sexually. See video at 2:35 pm below. Rightwing site Newsbusters comments: "How far are some of Hollywood’s liberals willing to go to get Barack Obama reelected?" … Ari Berman: John McCain, cosponsor of McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform act, votes against Disclose Act and to keep Super PAC donors secret…
7:40 MITT’S HANDS TIED Will Romney slap Obama for the U.S. Olympics uniforms getting outsourced to China? Maybe not. It seems he outsourced them to Burma (leading human rights violator) in 1992 when he was running the show. Or maybe he will claim he was back at Bain then.
6:30 DID AL GREEN PROTEST? That new Romney ad that mocks the president’s rendition of “Let’s Stay Together” (see below) has suddenly been taken down, with explanation that there was copyright claim by BMG Rights. BMG is an international group of companies that manages rights to music, including licensing, royalties from that and so on, and presumably control “Let’s Stay Together.” Obama camp had no such problem when they used Romney singing another, if weaker, standard, “America the Beautfiul.”
4:30 FRONTLINE BOMBSHELL ON ADELSON PBS has just posted a lengthy probe of Sheldon Adelson’s “empire,” including his venture in Macau, by two of the top investigative journos around, Lowell Bergman and Stephen Engelberg. “Now, some of the methods Adelson used in Macau to save his company and help build a personal fortune estimated at $25 billion have come under expanding scrutiny by federal and Nevada investigators, according to people familiar with both inquiries…
“Las Vegas Sands denies any wrongdoing. But it has told investors that it is under criminal investigation for possible violations of the US anti-bribery law. Adelson declined to respond to detailed questions, including whether he was aware of the concerns about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when he directed payment of the bill from Alves’ law firm. The documents depict Adelson as a hands-on manager, overseeing details of the company’s foray into Macau, which is now the world’s gambling capital.”