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9:00 PM ET, October 30, 2010

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Washington Post:
Rally to Restore Sanity: ‘If we amplify everything, we hear nothing’  —  Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, the first names in fake-news anchormen, drew throngs of exuberant supporters to Washington on Saturday for a televised and live-streamed joint rally that shut down streets, overloaded the transit system and flooded the Mall.
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Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Counting the Crowd: Hard to Do for Jon Stewart's Rally  —  How many people are on the National Mall for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert?  The final answer?  We don't know.  —  Mr. Stewart opened the rally with an allusion to the difficulties of figuring this out, proposing to the assembled crowd, “We're going to count them all.”
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The BRAD BLOG
J.P. Freire / Beltway Confidential:
“Rally to Restore Sanity” pledges to “strictly prohibit filming” at National Mall  —  Irony reaches new heights as Comedy Central is going to “strictly prohibit filming” of the Rally to Restore Sanity/March to Keep Fear Alive.  PJTV's Washington Bureau chief Richard Pollock inquired …
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Crowd estimates for Stewart-Colbert rally uncertain, but Mall was packed  —  Jon Stewart estimated a crowd of 10 million.  Stephen Colbert, Stewart's partner in Saturday's political-comedy rally tweeted his early guess of 6 billion.  —  Later in the afternoon, Colbert pondered on Twitter: “What a fantastic turnout at my rally!
Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Stewart-Colbert rally draws tens of thousands  —  In election's shadow, comedians entertain throngs at D.C. ‘sanity’ event  —  WASHINGTON — In the shadow of the Capitol and the election, comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert entertained a huge throng Saturday at a “sanity” …
Dave Itzkoff / The Caucus:
Live Blog: At the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear  —  Thousands gathered on the National Mall with the comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on Saturday for the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.  Below is the live blog of the event.  [Related Article]
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Cat Stevens Appearance At Sanity Rally Rankles Right Winger  —  Conservative bete noir Yusuf Islam (a.k.a. Cat Stevens) made a guest appearance at the Comedy Central rally today, inspiring an instant backlash from at least one right winger, a group fond of accusing the musician of sympathizing with terrorists.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Aaron Worthing / Patterico's Pontifications:
WTF?!  Islamofascist at the Rally to Restore Sanity?!  (Update: A trip Down Memory Lane with Stewart and South Park; Salman Rushdie on Yusuf Islam; Video: Yusuf Islam on Wishing He Could Burn Rushdie Alive)  —  [Guest post by Aaron Worthing; send your tips here.
Discussion: American Power and TPMDC
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Fatwa-endorsing singer featured at “Restoring Sanity” rally?  —  I tuned in to the “Restoring Sanity” rally on the National Mall today during the prep time before the NARN broadcast this afternoon, just in time to see “Peace Train” performed live — and I said to my radio partner Mitch Berg …
Ed Driscoll / Pajamas Media:
Video: Riding the Peace Train  —  Earlier today, Yusuf Islam, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, whom you may remember from such 1970s hits as “Peace Train” and “The First Cut is the Deepest” appeared at Jon Stewart's “Rally to Restore Sanity.”  Mediaite has the vide of his appearance there, and notes:
Colby Hall / Mediaite:   Yusuf Islam (AKA Cat Stevens) And Ozzy Osbourne Battle At ‘Sanity Rally’
Coordinator / ABC News' Press Room:
Breitbart's Participation in ABC News Digital Town Hall Event Draws Fire  —  The following is attributable to Andrew Morse, Executive Producer, ABC News Digital:  —  Since conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart announced on his website that he was going to be a participant …
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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Tea Party Kingmaker Becomes Power Unto Himself  —  On election night last year, South Carolina's freshman senator, Jim DeMint, convened a conference call with 4,000 supporters to declare the next battle: conservatives had to rally behind Marco Rubio, a relative unknown who was trailing …
Discussion: The Page
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Clinton rallies base, slams ‘fact-free’ Republican midterm campaigning
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Bill Clinton's Role in Florida Senate Race Seems to Cost Democrat Some Black Votes
Discussion: protein wisdom, msnbc.com and Hot Air
msnbc.com:
Yemen: Woman detained in terror bomb plot  —  More packages examined for explosives; U.S. suspects al-Qaida affiliate  —  Yemeni authorities on Saturday arrested a woman thought to be involved in sending explosive packages headed to the United States and were searching for more suspects …
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Palin's plan to stop Obama  —  Charleston, West Virginia (CNN) - Stopping the Obama agenda means electing John Raese to the Senate, Sarah Palin said Saturday.  —  At an event in West Virgnia, the former Alaska Governor and 2008 vice presidential nominee appeared with rock star and conservative activist …
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Republicans lose ground for second straight day in early voting, maintain turnout percentage edge  —  Republicans lost ground to the Democrats in the urban counties on the largest and last day of early voting Friday, surely giving Democrats hope that a surge to blunt the GOP momentum could carry over into Election Day.
Discussion: National Review, Daily Kos and POLISING
CQ-Roll Call / The Eye:
Rich Iott Won't Commit to Backing Boehner for Speaker  —  TOLEDO, Ohio — Republican Rich Iott, the controversial Congressional candidate who has drawn fire for donning a German Waffen SS uniform, refused on Saturday to say whether he would support Minority Leader John Boehner for Speaker …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and TPMDC
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The White House:
Weekly Address: President Obama Calls on GOP Leadership to Put Aside Partisan Politics and Focus on Strengthening the Economy  —  WASHINGTON - In his weekly address, President Obama called the recent comments by the GOP leadership, which put scoring political points over solving the problems facing …
Discussion: The Plum Line
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Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Working Together on the Economy
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: protein wisdom and Joanne Jacobs
 Earlier Items: 
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
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Discussion: National Review
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Private School Civility Gap
Wall Street Journal:
Swing Voters Are Flocking to GOP
Discussion: The Note, Don Surber and The Page
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
MoveOn supporter remorseful after roughing up conservative in Arizona
David Lightman / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Voter pessimism helps GOP in 4 states Obama won