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Politico editor visits Wisconsin, finds last four polls all show Sen. Russ Feingold  trailing…. NYT starts to peel back layers on some of the anonymous money flowing to outside groups on right.

When is this considered an epidemic? Oklahoma teen commits suicide after "homophobic" meeting.

Peter Beinart: "Obama’s War With the Pentagon."

George Soros shocker: He’s "sitting out" this election cycle, claiming there’s nothing he can do to stop GOP "avalanche." 

My appearance below on GRIT TV today talking about my book "The Campaign of the Century: Upton SInclair’s Race for Governor of California and the Birth of Media Politics." Dirtiest campaign ever, and one of the most influential.

Yes, this is one of the greatest corrections ever in print or online: "This blog post originally stated that one in three black men who have sex with me is HIV positive. In fact, the statistic applies to black men who have sex with men."

Helen Thomas on being called anti-Semitic: ‘Baloney!’ … Ann Coulter defends Carl Paladino’s anti-gay comments.  Also reveals, I AM a witch? 

Outrage:  Jon Meacham & Sally Quinn publish gay-hating Tony Perkins at Wash Post--in "faith" section, no less.

TOO MUCH CONDI BAD FOR YOU?    Warning: Condi Rice planning to strike tall New York buildings with…book promo. Will be on O’Reilly tonight, Daily Show tomorrow, much more. And it’s not The Pet Goat. Remember:  Bush memoir coming in three weeks.

RELIGIOUS RIGHT RIGHT?  Andy Borowitz: Sarah Palin’s Evolution into Christine O’Donnell Proves Darwin Wrong.

AIDING "SPICOLI" DEMOCRATS  Facebook co-founders make big donations to pro-marijuana measure.

WHAT’s UP, DOC? I highly recommend Charles Ferguson’s acclaimed new documentary, Inside Job, on the financial meltdown and who caused it and why. Narrated by Matt Damon, it hits hard  the bankers, their cronies, and non-regulators, plus Bush and Clinton and, in a strong finish, Obama for appointing some of those who caused the tragic mess—and failing to prosecute or control bonuses.

THE DAILY SHOWS Jon Stewart pokes fun at MSNBC’s "Lean Forward" ad campaign:…Eric Cantor visits Jon tonight…  CNN sticking with Parker-Spitzer—but got rid of newspapers on the table….

ON THE CAN-PAIN TRAIL GOP Senate candidate Ken Buck tells alleged rape victim why he won’t take her case Ari Berman & Karen Finney: Can Dems Regain Grassroots Support? GRIT TV segment…. Tea Pary’s religious roots exposed

BOTCHED RESCUE? British aid worker Linda Norgrove may have been killed by US special forces in botched resue attempt.

BITS & PIECES  More from WSJ on threats to Web priavy: Latest on "scrapers"…. Bob Herbert:  Mississippi Injustice—"So Utterly Inhumane"…  Report: Huf Post spending $250,000 for buses to take people to Jon Stewart rally—and 11,000 have signed up already.


Last week we brought you the now-classic "Glenn Beck Meets Donald Duck" mash-up which drew a strong response from Glenn himself. He called it some of greatest "propadanda" against him ever but also darkly suggested (with tongue in cheeck?) that such mash-ups may be funded by the federal government. Now someone has done a video of that response—and Mickey Mouse’s reaction. 



One of my all-time favorites, Arcade Fire’s "Internvention," cut to Eisenstein’s Potemkin.