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7:20 LOSING ON HIS RELIGION? Slate probes new poll from Gallup finding nearly one in five say they would not vote for a Mormon who is otherwise qualified to be president. This 18 percent is just one percent higher than in 1967 when Mitt Romney’s dad briefly ran for president. But the “good news” for Romney: “voters can only hold his faith against him if they know about it and, at least currently, that’s not the case for the 43 percent of Americans. (Thirty-three percent said they didn’t know the presumptive GOP candidate’s religion, while the other 10 percent was split among those who misidentified him as a Protestant, Catholic or ‘other.’)”
4:35 KOS AND EFFECT Markos Moulitsas, the Daily Kos founder and still publisher, just sent out a funding appeall for Elizabeth Warren, noting a new mailer from her Senate-race opponent, Scott Brown, citing Daily Kos backing for her as a reason to get scared (it also IDed Van Jones as another evil backer). Moulitsas writes of Brown: “It may have taken him a while, but he is finally realizing that progressives like Elizabeth Warren because we want senators who belong to the people, not to Wall Street and teabagger dupes.”
3:05 DUKE IN THE HOOD Charles Barron, a former Black Panther running for the House in New York, has been called “the David Duke of New York” for his (I guess) strong statements against Israel and some whites. Naturally, someone asked Duke—the former congressman from Louisiana and now Grand Dragon of the KKK—if he, therefore, backed Barron. He responded with this video backing Barron for his anti-Zionist stand despite his alleged “anti-white” views. He even throws in a clip from the new Tarantino movie from the “Zionist” Harvey Weinstein. Plenty of references to the “Zio-media” and the “Zio-bankers.”