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DAYBOOK for Thursday: Maddow & Krugman vs. Gibbs, Plus Al Franken, Jon Stewart, More

WELCOME TO DAYBOOK, our daily collection of media and politics hits/misses from a wide variety of sources plus fun videos and (and at the bottom) musical picks. Return for updates all day. Keep up with fresh items via @gregmitch at  Twitter.  E-mail me at: epic1934@aol.com. To increase type size hit the middle "A" above right.

AFTERNOON UPDATES

NYT declines Obama's off-the-record lunch invitation. (A dozen reporters attended today's session.)

Arcade Fire hits #1 and plays tune -- reportedly, "Ready to Start" --  on Daily Show tonite. 

Bryan Fischer, the "Director of Issues Analysis" for the American Family Association. tells TPM that, "every single mosque is a potential terror training center or recruitment center for jihad," so therefore "you cannot claim first amendment protections if your religious organization is engaged in subversive activities."

Rep. Timothy Horrigan resigns from New Hampshire's House of Representatives due to joking remarks about Sarah Palin's death he made on Facebook.

-- THURSDAY's TOPS

That key Pat Tillman film we've mentioned previously is coming out next week.  And now via Huff Post here is his father dropping F-bomb in addressing top general. 

Tim Egan at NYT online : Senate really needs some fun -- come on Al Franken, it's no sin to still crack a joke. But as Mark Twain said: “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”

Krugman in blog post rips WH spokesman GIbbs as "unprofessional," and defends lefties who are expressing "real concerns" of people. Gibbs, don't have a cow over Maddow, he concludes. Meanwhile, Maddow last night schooled Gibbs on what is needed to earn Left respect.

Gen. Petraeus, U.S. military seek slower pace to wrap things up in Afghanistan--shocked, no? Wonder why new NBC poll shows Obama approval on Afghan down from 53% to 44% in past weeks. And top Iraqi general now says U.S. pullout there coming too soon. Much too.

Jon Stewart on John Boehner's skin color: "Like's he's getting ready to play an Indian in a '50s Western." Part of "Deductible Me" segment on GOPers somehow calling for cutting deficit and taxes:

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Huff Post asks: "Third World America?" after 30,000 show up for housing vouchers in Atlanta.

ON THE CAN-PAIN TRAIL  Arizona Republican candidate for Congress, Ben "Oh No Not Another" Quayle laid an egg, and admitted to posting comments on DirtyScottsdale.com, after he originally told POLITICO that he “was not involved in the site."

ISRAEL TO BOMB-BOMB -BOMB IRAN?  Wish fulfillment? Jeffrey Goldberg cover story in next month's Atlantic, just posted, says Israel likely to bomb Iran.

WIKILEAKING THE WORLD?  With its unadulterated-information-dissemination model, could WikiLeaks be the new media for the developing world?

GIVE MOVIE CREDITS  Who would have expected the end credits of new hit comedy flick The Other Guys to provide a biting primer on Ponzi schemes, Bernie Madoff,  TARP, imbalance of CEO  pay, and more.  Now it's been released separately on the Web.

BYTES & PIECES:   Upcoming NYT cover story on Andrew Cuomo just posted here.  ... Typical: top AP White House correspondent Jennifer Loven leaving to do P.R. .... Where did the years (and my hair) go? Doonesbury is turning 40... Federal tests so far sustain my early prediction: Toyota's "acceleration" problem mainly due to drivers hitting gas instead of brake....

-- TODAY's LAFF

If you are of the youngish persuasion, you may not "get" to what the new Conan O'Brien promo ad is paying homage. Here's just one of the original Monty Python animations by Terry Gilliam (in the news this week for directing the Arcade Fire concert for YouTube).

 

-- TODAY's MUSIC

Forty years ago this week I attended my first concert at the Fillmore East.  Country Joe opened for Procol Harum. A very early music video forerunner:

 

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