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My new piece on CNN revealing it was target of latest James "ACORN Pimp" O’Keefe stunt: luring one of its correspondents to a "pleasure boat" and filming it all.  Well, that doesn’t really do it justice.

White House: "Stop whining" remarks aimed at negative bloggers, not cable TVers like Keith and Rachel who are just trying to keep us honest…. Good Peter Daou summary of liberal bloggers vs. Obama mainly on civil liberties issues, assassinating our own citizens etc. with update on key Rolling Stone Obama passage.

NYT Mag Sunday preview courtesy Mike Allen: Cover story on Glenn Beck, with Rogers Ailes and others growing a bit weary of his egomania: "When I mentioned Beck’s name to several Fox reporters, personalities and staff members, it reliably elicited either a sigh or an eye roll. Several Fox News journalists have complained that Beck’s antics are embarrassing Fox, that his inflammatory rhetoric makes it difficult for the network to present itself a legitimate news outlet."

Nick Kristof: Might the end of the semi-freeze on settlements help Hamas overrun Fatah on the West Bank? 

Boardwalk Empire fan? Check out true-life news, as Al Capone gets a new day in court. No reporters punched out yet.

Record number of suicides at Fort Hood this year, already easily topped last year’s mark. 

Slate:  Why liberals hated Rahm and are happy to see him go. 

My new piece on going to college with porno-emailing tea-bagging GOP nominee for governor in New York, Carl Paladino.

CHINA NOT BROKEN, BUT WE ARE "America fights, while China does business," and grows ever more powerful." Good WashPo story. (h/t Barbara Bedway)…. Good Roger Cohen column after visit to USA on sad state of economy here, why it may not get better, and crazy defenders of Bush tax cuts.

THIS WILL BUG YOU Sick of hearing about bed bugs? Now there’s a new "stink bug" threat. 

THIS WILL BUS YOU Arianna Huffington on Daily Show offers free bus trips to Jon Stewart’s “Rally To Restore Sanity” (video) How will Colbert counter?

BUSH ON FIRE President offering $350 edition of his upcoming (November 9) memoir—signed, limited edition, and in a nice box.  

JUST TEASING New video teaser for my upcoming book, here showing the first use of the screen to defeat a candidate: Irving Thalberg vs. Upton SInclair, 1934.

ON THE CAN-PAIN TRAIL Jerry Brown debates Meg Whitman in Calif…. Finally, an explanation of Christine O’Donnell’s wacky claim to have studied at Oxford.  Like, it was one course with a group that rented a hall….Newsweek wonders if Palin’s "Mama Grizzlies" will go into hibernation….

BITS & PIECES AOL to acquire Tech Crunch to boost news coverage….Poll finds: Atheists Know More About Christianity Than Christians. And other religions…. Another poll: 71 percent of GOPers back Tea Party. 


NYT columnist Ross Douthat on Colbert last night. Enough said. "Hence the beard. Very seductive."

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Tom Waits a finalist for Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. Surely he is amused. Also by fact he is competing with Bon Jovi and Chic. One of my fave Waits (I used to publish poems he sent me at Crawdaddy), even if not "rock and roll."