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THURSDAY's A.M. TOPS & P.M. UPDATES
Mother Jones: A photographic tally  of what America is really leaving behind in Iraq.
Huff Post with videos  made by guy who slashed Muslim cabbie -- some on PTSD, plus a "Funny or Die." MIke Bloomberg on Daily Show tonight, no doubt defending "ground zero mosque."
Bill O'Reilly attended screening  of porn classic "Devil in Miss Jones" for Boston Phoenix in 1974.
Girls will be boys: how Kinks song "Lola" describes "cross-dressing phase" of modern political economies . (h/t Barbara Bedway)
Top NYT scoop by FIlkins and Mazzetti: Top Karzai aide, accused of corruption, paid by CIA, it turns out, "underscoring deep contradictions in American policy there." And Times editorial  hits Karzai on corruption.
More on NYC Muslim cab driver stabbed  by passenger, a young film student. Statement  by victim, whose four kids were all born in USA. Odd details  on perp: former embed in Afghanistan, works w/ church group that backs controversial "mosque." Update : He kept an anti-Muslim rant diary.
Great Daily Show segment as it visits anti-mosque protest far from Ground Zero -- in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart ||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Tennessee No Evil |
Krugman at blog: Obama must fire  Alan SImpson from deficit commission. "When you have a commission dedicated to the common good, and the co-chair dismisses Social Security as a 'milk cow with 310 million tits ,' you either have to get rid of him or admit that you’re completely, um, cowed by the right wing." .... Dean Baker: SImpson is not just horrid, but ignorant .
Veteran reporter, now with NYT, Anthony Shadid tweets: "Brutal day in Baghdad yesterday. Thought fights between the Iraqi army and police were telling.." Article here  on surge in attacks. Obama to address nation from Oval Office on Iraq next Tuesday. More attacks there Monday?
Huff Post's Amanda Terkel interviews  former GOP boss Ken Mehlman, who finally came out as gay yesterday and claims there is room for gays in the party. Also, room for Islamaphobes.
Nate Silver's grim new projections  for 538.com find Dems now losing 6 or 7 Senate seats. This marks debut of his new blog for NYT. Video of him discussing Senate contests on Maddow here . ... Politico gang quotes  (anonymous) Dem saying "House majority is gone" come November. But E.J. Dionne  says Dems still have hope because of right-winging of GOP.
CHICAGO BLUES: My new article  here: On my political baptism by fire -- at 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, 42 years ago this week.
McCAIN LOSES! Or so claimed Stephen Colbert last night, meaning, you know, the good old McCain, defeated by imposter, bad new McCain.
|The Colbert Report ||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|John McCain's Victorious Defeat |
MILLER TIME IN ALASKA? Likely Alaska GOP Senate candidate  Joe "Brawny" Miller: "We haven’t heard there’s man-made global warming." .... Race over, but Daily Show comes up w/ best description of losing Arizona Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth: "a flesh-covered ventriloquist's dummy."
BUNCH OF TROUBLE FOR BECK Will Bunch, who has new book titled "Backlash," at CNN.com  on how Glenn Beck is re-writing U.S. history -- and the danger if we let him get away with it:
BITS & PIECES Time magazine's Grunwald with favorable piece  on stimulus spending.... The Koch brothers respond  to New Yorker's exposing them as major Tea Party funders .... Major Garrett exiting  Fox News, leaves White House spot open for Breitbart, Ingraham, Carlson...."Strangelove" and "Paths of Glory" on my all-time top 10 -- now Kubrick's widow  talks to The Guardian.
Time Inc. announces new magazine: "Time Magazine for Adults." Finally admits that regular Time aimed at kids. No more silly cover stories and graphics aimed at youth! Story broken by The Onion, of course.
One of the soundtrack highlights from TIm Robbins' great death penalty film Dead Man Walking was Eddie Vedder and the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan doing "Face of Love."