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FRIDAY WAKE-UP CALL

Poll finds Chuck Crist closing to 7 percent behind Rubio as Meek collapses in Florida…. Bombshell: Bill Clinton nearly got Meek to quit race last week. Meeks denies it, sort of.

Paul Krugman tells us exactly HOW bad things will be if GOP takes House. "In fact, if they get their way, we’ll get the worst of both worlds: They’ll refuse to do anything to boost the economy now, claiming to be worried about the deficit, while simultaneously increasing long-run deficits with irresponsible tax cuts—cuts they have already announced won’t have to be offset with spending cuts."

Jon Stewart’s rally schedule partly out: The Roots, Jeff Tweedy, Sheryl Crow, unfunny Father Guido, more TBA…. David Carr: More than a 1000 have asked for press credentials… As Jon said last night, nice day forecast….. David Brooks & Gail Collins debate Stewart rally… After his Obama did Daily Show, Robert Gibbs said at press briefing: "Jon Stewart is about as good an interviewer as there is in public domain right now."

Believe it or not, Rush Limbaugh is on the cover of next week’s Newsweek.

Relatives says man arrested for threatening Democratic Senator was ‘Under the Spell That Glenn Beck Cast’… Amanda Terkel on rise in right-wing election violence this month. 

Clinton & Meek "drop out" case reminds me of 1934 race when FDR sent emissary to California to try to get Democratic nominee Upton Sinclair to quit  governor’s race. Also didn’t work.   

Andy Borowitz: "In New Tape, Bin Laden ‘Furious’ That Giants Reliever Brian Wilson Has Scarier Beard."

GAWKING INDEED Controversy rages over anonymous piece at Gawker by man claiming (with aid of photos) to have had one-night-semi-stand with Christine O’Donnell three years ago. And he may have already been IDed.

CAPITAL CRIME NYT, continuing its great and long tradition, with another anti-death penalty editorial.

TAIWAN FOR THE AGES   Review the midterm election highlights, 3-D Taiwanese animation style. 

SURVEY LEAKED Pentagon finding that majority of soldiers don’t object to serving alongside gay comrades.

ON THE CAN-PAIN TRAIL  New poll shows Feingold trailing by nine in WI-Sen race... Inevitable ad in Kentucky: "The Rand Paul Stomp"…. Fun, scary, Daily Show collection of harshest attack ads this year …. Write-in looking good for Murkowski in Alaska, but fate will be tied to endless court cases .

PERRY BAD INDEED Another NYT piece on big GOP and American Crossroads money man Bob Perry.

TODAY’s LAFF

This "trailer" for a Halloween The Office movie might be funnier than last night’s TV Halloween episode.

 

 

TODAY’s MUSIC

To get you in the Halloween mood, here’s the late Warren "Excitable Boy" Zevon calling up the "Werewolves of London."