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Friday DAYBOOK: Clarence Thomas 'Obsessed With Porn,' Fat Cats vs. Dems, Clint Eastwood on Obama, Keith Richards, More | The Nation

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Friday DAYBOOK: Clarence Thomas 'Obsessed With Porn,' Fat Cats vs. Dems, Clint Eastwood on Obama, Keith Richards, More

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

FRIDAYS I'VE GOT MONDAYS ON MY MIND 

Cholera outbreak feared in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, at least 135 dead.

Juan Williams on Good Morning America today: "I used to think the rightwing was inflexible, but if NPR represents left orthodoxy, then...."  See my wrapup here at Media Fix on reactions from left to right.... Love Juan's comment late yesterday that he had been "sent to a gulag." Good word for Fox—but "gulag" will now pay him $2 milion a year.... Here's a chart showing what a small portion of NPR's funding comes from the government .

Clint Eastwood tells Katie Couric Obama isn't governingObama cuts "It gets better" video.... Clint Eastwood tells Katie Couric Obama "isn't governing." 

Doubting Thomas: Wash Post with second piece on ex-girlfriend of Clarence Thomas backing up Anita Hill's take on him. She says, among other things, that he was, indeed, "obsessed with porn.".... Andy Borowitz: "Just downloaded the Ginni Thomas ringtone—it's her crazy voice and it rings 19 years after the call is made."

NYT front-pager: "Top Corporations Aid US Chamber of Commerce Campaign." Yes, our old friends Goldman Sachs among them. Almost 3/4s of cash has gone to fight Democrats. This suggests "that the recent allegations from President Obama and others that foreign money has ended up in the chamber’s coffers miss a larger point: The chamber has had little trouble finding American companies eager to enlist it, anonymously, to fight their political battles.

Absolute proof that NPR is totally in the tank for liberals.

It now looks like that big WikiLeaks leak on Iraq coming tomorrow.

MAHER LINE-UP Bill Maher's guests tonite on HBO: George Clooney, Rob Reiner, Jake Tapper, Nicolle Wallace & Levi "Call Me Mayor" Johnston.

FOX LOOSE Democracy Now: Former FOX News employee sues, says fired b/c he complained about "racist, sexist, and extremely offensive comments."

OBAMA WEAK IN REVIEW Roger Cohen on missed opportunities for Middle East peace: "Among the minor fiascoes of the Obama administration’s foreign policy, the rapid White House-to-wipe-out course of Middle Eastern diplomacy in recent weeks rates high." 

BIG MAC (FAIL) Dave Pogue rips Office 2011 for Mac, and new Outlook.

ONE TOKE OVER THE LINE? Polls: Pro-marijuana initiative in Calif may be going up in smoke. Once a clear favorite, not tossup. Bang the Bong Slowly?

ON THE CAN-PAIN TRAIL Nate Silver's latest election projections—still grim for Dems in House but Senate looking better. I predict:  Dems will only lose 5 seats in Senate and House will break even.... Nikki Haley's lead l in SC-Gov cut from 17 to 9 points... NYT on big GOP funder getting notice now, Bob Perry, giant American Crossroads booster.

 TODAY's LAFF

The crew from "The Office"—from The Mind of Ryan Howard—present a Halloween slasher film...here's the trailer.

 

TODAY's MUSIC

With all the attention the new Keith Richards is getting (don't miss upcoming NYT piece, now online), here's one of the most unlikely duos ever—Keith with Norah Jones at a Gram Parsons tribute concert doing "Love Hurts." Back story: Keith (it has been alleged) helped get or keep Gram on heroin.

 

 

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