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DAYBOOK for Friday: Hot Afternoon Updates on Media & Politics!

WELCOME to Daybook, our daily morning collection of the greatest media and politics hits/misses from a wide variety of sources.   And return for updates every afternoon,  added at top. Plus: Don't forget to keep up with fresh items, events and analysis on Twitter @MediaFixBlog. Email me at:  epic1934@aol.com.

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Rand Paul attempting to back out of Meet the Press on Sunday, insiders there say.... this morning on Good Morning America says Obama's criticism of BP is "un-American,"  and also again declines to say private businesses can't discriminate... or that gov't should set minimum wage.... Ruth Marcus of Wash Post on Paul--and Robert Bork.... pro-GOP Rasmussen finds Sestak up by 4 points on Toomey in PA.

NYT "search of archives" finds more instances of Blumenthal misstating Vietnam service...while evidence emerges that Tea Party candidate for senate in Calif was not "shot at" in Lebanon...

Hotline:  Justice Breyer testifies that he is "impressed" by Twitter, but Scalia snorts, "clueless." 

Playboy Rep. Souder offiicially quits the House.  Heading to the park? .... Palin campaigning for candidate who thinks Puerto Rico is a country.......Al Franken introduces Student Non-Discrimination Act in the Senate ....

BITS & PIECES:   Google turns home page logo into playable game of PacMan.....From Nieman Watchdog: Has Obama created a Social Security death panel?.... Bono injures back in rehearsal, undergoes surgery.  More time to write NYT column? .....Anyone else think those Sex and the City 2 TV ads in the desert only remind you of the Ishtar disaster?  .... Guy who made famous "N-word" sign gets job covering Tea Party at Wash Times....Former gossip king Lloyd Grove, one of my old  Crawdaddy writers, reviews new book on Murdoch and the WSJ....

TV TONITE:    John Fund is a panelist on Bill Maher's HBO show tonight, and here he is this morning at the WSJ complaining about media still hitting Rand Paul and the tea partiers while sucking up to the SEIU and other unions....Responding to Lena Horne's recent passing, PBS airing doc tonight, and Turner Classics showing two movies in prime time.

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Senate passes financial reform bill, with four GOP votes.  American Prospect on what's next.    Simon Johnson, despite some setbacks, sees a turning point... Ezra Klein with links to half a dozen key appraisals.  Eric Alterman sizes it up.

Yes, that's Bono showing off his dance moves for the President at the White House this week.   With Bob Geldof, he was interviewing Obama for the Toronto Globe & Mail.

Rand Paul this morning on Good Morning America says Obama's criticism of BP is "un-American,"  and also again declines to say private businesses can't discriminate....Andy Borowitz tweets that Paul is showing "a shocking disregard for freedoms that Richard Blumenthal pretended he fought to defend.".....Maddow follows up on her Wednesday night "tuning fork" moment with Rand Paul.  Read about it here and video below.

 


 

A PAUL OVER AMERICA?  TPM flashes back to resignation of Rand Paul spokesman over racist My Space page.... Just uncovered, letter Paul wrote to Kentucky paper in 2002  backing legal discrimination....  Mike Calderone at Yahoo! asks where the national media has been about all this until now, since much of this came out locally?...

WATTS THE STORY AT CANNES  My new piece on reviews of first Hollywood film on the Plame case debuting at Cannes today, with updates today.

TURNING JAPANESE?  Krugman:  Yes, "lost decade" looming but, no,  we are not looking like Greece.  More like Japan.   Whew, that's a relief.  Like the food better, anyway.

FROM THIS "OFFICE" TO YOURS   No matter where you work, possibly even at home, you may relate to the IT guy going postal as he exits The Office last night.

 BILL MAHER PREVIEW   John Fund is a panelist on Bill's HBO show tonight, and here he is this morning at the WSJ complaining about media still hitting Rand Paul and the tea partiers while sucking up to the SEIU and other unions.

FOOD ON THE MOVE:  My old colleague Michael Pollan reviews five new books in an upcoming NY Review of Books essay called "Food Movement Rising," now online.

HORNE SOLO:   Responding to Lena Horne's recent passing, PBS airing doc tonight, and Turner Classics showing two movies in prime time.  

ON THE CAN-PAIN TRAIL:    David Brooks equates Rand Paul and Bill Halter as extreme candidates, dreams about rise of moderates (like him?) ....Yes, MoveOn has been backing Halter for weeks, but now AFSCME says it will spend $1.4 million to defeat Lincoln....Steve Benen on the latest on "Chicken Lady" Sue Lowden.  You can't make this stuff up....Wash Post conservative (and former Bush speechwriter) MIchael Gerson on the dangers the Tea Party pose to the GOP....

TONY SOPRANO WACKS BECK Glenn Beck complains that he met Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) in Madison Square Garden at Cirque du Soleil this week—and the actor called him "Satan."    

 

 

WHATZA ATM?  Aren't small, red state senators supposed to be more in touch with their far fewer constituents?  Omaha World Telegram reveals that Nebraska's two senators have used ATMs a combined total of maybe five times in their lives.  

ELIOT, PHONE HOME  Yesterday we noted MSNBC rumors, now CNN expressing interest in Eliot Spitzer for Campbell Brown's  show.

BITS & PIECES:   Pro Publica: TImes Sq bomb probe now focusing on Pakistani major.....Chris Matthews told Jay Leno last night that Cheney to blame for BP leak ....South African paper publishes cartoon of Prophet Mohammad—complaining that followers lack sense of humor   NYT reviews new film John Rabe about a true-life German industriallist, kind of a Schindler's List but this time with the Rape of Nanking....Our favorite NYT online headline yesterday:  "Maradona Runs Over Cameraman, Berates Him, Announces World Cup Roster—in That Order."

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The classic "Even Stephen / Steven" debate between Colbert and Carell on Iraq, in retrospect. 

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