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Jon Stewart announces Comedy Central will stream his Oct. 30 rally in DC live AND show it live on cable. Also shows giant rally in N Korea, adding, "And half of those people were bused in by Huffington Post."

Mike Allen has excerpts from NYT Magazine piece on Obama by Peter Baker coming this Sunday.  President still claims he can work with Republicans even if they take Congress. Promises no new programs, just implementing what he’s done. Says he should have included GOP tax cuts in the stimilus. Plus: "The thing that surprised Obama most after his first 100 days: ‘The number of people who don’t pay their taxes,’ he told aides." Also, doesn’t like Camp David because he’s "an urban guy."  UPDATE: Actual piece now online.

CNN: Six more NATO troops killed in Afghanistan today. Jim Hightower on the war. 

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."

New David Horowitz ad suggests Obama abandoning, leading to possible "second Holocaust."  Plus Nazi images.

Rachel Maddow’s report on new. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” injunction.

My GRIT TV segment w/ Laura Flanders on Upton Sinclair and one of the greatest mass movement election campaigns ever — and the birth of media politics. Article on same coming up in The Nation next week!

Why the military needs to act more like NFL–and order troops off the field when they’ve had a head injury.

 Maureen Dowd on upcoming Plame / CIA leak flick "Fair Game" as good reminder of the Bush scandal — film may be flawed but shows Plame as active CIA operative when cover blown.

PAGING CHARLES DICKENS New report from Brennan Center for Justice outlines resurgence of debtors’ prisons.

LOSING THEIR RELIGION Jon Meacham & Sally Quinn publish gay-hating Tony Perkins at Wash Post—in "faith" section, no less.

PALADINO FAN? Even after all that negative publiicity about sexism from recent NYT piece, a top Tribune Co. exec sends out raunchy email to wide list, now apologizes.

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

BITS & PIECES Helen Thomas on being called anti-Semitic: ‘Baloney!’… Ann Coulter defends Carl Paladino’s anti-gay comments.  Also reveals, I AM a witch?…Wonderful crowd-sourced video history of the Johnny Cash.


If you’ve ever wondered what Jon Stewart’s first show for The Daily Show was like…here’s how it opened, when we all had more or darker hair and Clinton faced trial for Lewisnky scandal or as Jon calls it "The Final Blow."  

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
The Final Blow – Strom Thurmond
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity



One of the sexiest tunes ever, from Lucinda Williams, "Essence" (even with key word bleeped near the end).