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11:25 YOUR ‘DAILY SHOW’ RE-CAP For those blocked from watching, despite recent pact, Jon Stewart with strong opening segment on media and politicians asking that we not talk about guns after gun massacre in Colorado. Good line: "They want a waiting period for THAT." Then rips Brian Ross of ABC for horrendous error (though nothing new for him), though could have been worse–could have confused Jim Holmes with famous dead porn star John Holmes….Then on to "Gay Watch," with Boy Scouts "crackdown." But the Boy Scouts itself is "the gayest organization in America." Then Chick-fil-A’s proud anti-gay moves based on Bible. So Jon reads from The Book on various odd marriage rules. Then guest "for 400th time" as Jon says (embarrassed?) was Fareed Zakaria, on Syria.
7:50 QUOTE OF THE DAY From novelist Martin Amis, now livin’ in the USA: “I’ve had the great pleasure of watching the incredible convulsions of the Republican Party. They’ve been pathetic. And I do think it’s a reaction to having a black president—despite everything they say, it’s been killing them.” More here, including his wish the GOP had gone whole-hog and nominated ticket of Sarah the Pit Bull and Joe the Plumber.
6:50 STAT OF THE DAY That’s what Chris Cillizza of the Wash Post calls this: “American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS have spent $94 million on TV ads so far in the general election.”
6:40 CANDIDATE SITE OF THE DAY Young New Yorker running in state race named Mindy Meyer has pinkish site and, uh, special music. Folks have had fun with this all day, but she says she is not joking.
5:30 DOJ PROBES BAD ID We earlier cited claims about 1 million voters imperiled in Pennsylvania and now there’s a new report that the DOJ is looking into state’s effort to target minorities.
4:30 HILLARY TAKES LEAD FOR 2016! This tests the notion that it’s-never-too-early but here’s report on the first polling on the next race for the White House—naturally, in Iowa—with Hillary Clinton leading (even older by then) Joe Biden 60-18, with Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Cuomo drawing 3 percent. GOP leaders: Huckabee and Santorum.