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11:20 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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New York Times:
At Rally, Thousands — Billions?  — Respond  —  WASHINGTON —Part circus, part satire, part holiday parade, the crowds that flooded the National Mall for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” on Saturday made it a political event like no other.
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.”
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!
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 …
Examiner:
Rally to Restore Sanity - Jon Stewart's closing speech (full text)  —  Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert responded to the America's culture of punditry Saturday with their Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.  —  After three hours of musical performances, comic bits and taped video tributes …
Dave Itzkoff / The Caucus:
Live Blog: At the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Democrats Recruit Volunteers Outside Stewart-Colbert Rally
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.
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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 …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Yusuf Islam (AKA Cat Stevens) And Ozzy Osbourne Battle At ‘Sanity Rally’  —  Wow.  The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear just had a Battle of the Bands between Yusuf Islam (also known as Cat Stevens and Ozzy Osbourne.  The 'pro-sanity" part of the rally (lead by Jon Stewart) …
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.
Ed Driscoll / Pajamas Media:
Video: Riding the Peace Train
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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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Obama fires back at AIDS protesters, tells them to hassle GOP  —  President Obama deflected heckling by AIDS protesters during a Saturday rally, suggesting they take up their cause with “the other side” that's opposed to funding.  —  A group of people interrupted Obama's speech before 9,000 in Connecticut chanting “Fund Global AIDS.”
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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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Saturday Night Forecast Update: Calm Before the Storm  —  We inputted around 50 new surveys into our database tonight.  But most of them were either in less-than-critical states (two pollsters, for instance, decided to survey all three House races in Utah), or tended to confirm our existing impressions of the races.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Clinton rallies base, slams ‘fact-free’ Republican midterm campaigning  —  CANTON, Ohio — A fiery former President Bill Clinton rallied the Democratic faithful in Ohio on Saturday, where several of the party's incumbents face long odds Tuesday.  —  Clinton rallied with Gov. Ted Strickland …
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Damien Cave / New York Times:
Bill Clinton's Role in Florida Senate Race Seems to Cost Democrat Some Black Votes
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