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Mayor Daley suddenly announces he’s not running for re-election in Chicago.  Liberal bloggers immediately clamor for Rahm Emanual to run — to get him out of the White House.   Other wags suggest Blago.   Election is in February. 

Good piece on Rep. John Hall’s tough re-election fight (the former Orleans star  wrote for me at Crawdaddy back in the day).  See my upcoming piece on him here. 

Name for new Kathleen Parker-Eliot Spitzer show on CNN announced:  Yes, it’s Parker Spitzer.

Mike Calderone:   How will media cover Iraq in end-of-combat era — and will they even acknowledge it’s not the end of combat? 

We’re sure you are not shocked re: Marty Peretz’s latest bout of anti-Muslim bigotry.

Cover of new Bob Woodward book on Obama out. Well, glad it’s on wars, not general "first year in office" tome. 

My new piece, an interview with author Lawrence Wright about his HBO film airing tonight — al-Qaeda, 9/11, and U.S. torture. 

Gen. Petraeus compares American religious right to Taliban in discussing Koran burnings.


Bob Herbert:  On Labor Day, Obama finally found his voice: "Mr. Obama linked the nation’s desperate need for jobs to the sorry state of the national infrastructure in a tone that conveyed both passion and empathy, and left me wondering, ‘Where has this guy been for the past year and a half?’”

George Soros donating $100 million to Human Rights Watch, his (and its) biggest donation ever and just about biggest gift by anyone this year to anything. 

Tea Party movement: Favorable 36% / Unfavorable 40% / Never heard of 10%  in CNN/ORC poll.

Robert Greenwald’s video promoting "Restoring Truthiness" rally led by Stephen Colbert next month at the Lincoln Memorial — well, you can sign the petition for it and if they build it, maybe he will come.


NOAH’s ARC:   Swell multi-media presentation by TIm Noah on how to cut inequality in USA…. From The Atlantic:  10 ways to cut unemployment in half.  

GOP TAKEOVER COMING?   Repub consultants urge candidates to only attack Dems, don’t talk about issues at all or try to pretend expertise.  New Wash Post poll finds Obama’s "disapproval’ rating over 50% for first time…. Stu Rothenberg, a leading election forecster just swung another 20 seats to GOP, giving them takeover in November. ….Wash Post’s brand new interactive feature on every House race here.

THE FRAT PACK   New New Yorker profiles the infamous resting place for once and future disgraced politicians, the C Street House,  in D.C. as "The Frat House for Jesus."

JUST TEASING   Watch brief teaser for my upcoming book on Upton Sinclair’s incredibly influential (and wild) leftwing race for governor of California in 1934, which inspired the invention of the modern political campaign–and Hollywood’s first all-out entry into politics. 

BITS & PIECES:   Peter Orszag’s first of regular columns in NYT appears today,on  the budget deficit– he wants the Bush tax cuts retained for three more years, then aboliished for good….. Glenn Greenwald on his upcoming book, plus two new hard-hitting  books on the American right…  ProPublica:  Anthrax War — the Malaysian Connection.


Babelgum imagines the 10th season of Mad Men — in the 1970s.  Peggy becomes CEO.   Fonzi about to jump a shark.   Don Draper has lung cancer and finally tells the world he is a woman born into a man’s body.  And more.



One of my favorite Woody Guthrie songs, for the new Depression/Recession — and the illegal alien debate —  "Do-Re-Mi."   From John Mellencamp and that Guthrie/Leadbelly tribute project a few years back.