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New CNN poll: 27% of all  Americans (and 41% of GOPers) believe birthday boy Obama defiinitely or probably NOT born in USA.  Only 42% say they are sure he was born here and 29% can only say "probably."….  Andy Borowitz:  Birthers deny it’s Obama’s birthday today.

See my new piece, with Robert Jay Lifton, on how President Truman re-edited the first Hollywood movie about use of the atomic bomb against Hiroshima 65 years ago this week.

Another gun massacre?  Ho-hum.   On day after man kills 8 plus self in nearby Connecticut, it’s hard to find story about it on NYT site. Sign of the Times? True elsewhere, too.

TPM:  All of the copies of "Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology" removed from circulation a public library in Burlington County, New Jersey after a member of Glenn Beck’s 9/12 Project complained about the book’s content.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are asking the nation’s billionaires to pledge to give at least half their net worth to charity, in their lifetimes or at death. 34 US billionaires have already made the pledge.


Since the WikiLeaks saga, new poll says public support for the Afghan war and Obama’s handling of the conflict has hit an all-time low.

Michael Hastings, whose article for Rolling Stone led to exit of Gen. McChrystal, argued recently that he had followed all the rules–hence he’d been approved for another embed in Afghan. But now he’s been denied that opportunity. A Pentagon spokesman did not explain and Hastings has not yet commented.

Terrific Jon Stewart bit last night on the rightwing move against the 14th Amendment and citizenship from illegal alien babies:

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Thomas Friedman: Broadway show tunes and why we need to let them build that mosque near Ground Zero following strong stand taken by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  

U.S. report seems to confirm earlier ones that suggest the remaining oil in Gulf from BP leak not that big a threat from here on on out.

If you’ve missed: People have been matching Kanye West’s tweets with old New Yorker cartoons. Very funny. Kanye dig it? He tweeted that he does.

HITTING BACK AT SHALES  ABC has some harsh words for Tom Shales after his Taliban-sympathizer attack on Christiane Amanpour.

STEPHEN vs. LAURA:  A very sly putdown of guest Laura Ingraham last night on Colbert, as Stephen mocks the writing — and racism — in Laura’s new book of Obama diary entries. And notice how she tries to talk over him, to no avail. 

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PALIN & WACKOS  David Corn: GOP congressman hits Palin, also tells of meeting Tea Partiers who floor him by peddling wacko anti-Semitic banking conspiracy...Slate captured comments deleted from Palin’s Facebook page.

MAN IN TIGHTS SAVES FAMILY  Superman saves family from foreclosure! Couple in the South was about to lose its home when they found valuable copy of first Superman comic book in their basement. Pow!

BYTES & PIECES:  Christopher Hitchens describes his cancer ordeal, in inimitiable fashion… More Colbert video, this time with Barney Frank talking about "bundling" and the Founding Fathers and sex!…. Yes, Wyclef Jean likely running for president of Haiti…. Mo Dowd chats with author Sam Wasson about why they don’t make romantic comedies like they used to in Hollywood… Big Anderson Cooper hit on Craigslist sex ads making it easier for pimps to exploit young girls, transcript here. 


If you’ve missed unearthing of Tina Fey’s first TV gig–a bank commercial spot from the 1990s. No Lemon but nice haircut. 




Most people only knew Mitch Miller, who dies this week at the age of 99, for his schlocky "SIng Along With Mitch" TV series. But before that he was the top A&R man at Columbia Records who signed Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan and made Tony Bennett a star in the early 1950s. Here’s Tony talking about how Mitch forced on him what became the very first "crossover" country hit, Hank Williams’ "Cold, Cold Heart." Then, thankfully, he sings most of it.