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12:25 AM ET, October 31, 2010

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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.
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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.
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.”
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 …
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 …
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) …
Ed Driscoll / Pajamas Media:
Video: Riding the Peace Train
Aaron Worthing / Patterico's Pontifications:
WTF?!  Islamofascist at the Rally to Restore Sanity?! …
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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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.
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
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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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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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Josh Kegley / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Former Rand Paul volunteer scheduled to appear in court Nov. 18  —  The Paris man accused of stepping on a liberal activist at a U.S. Senate candidate debate in Lexington on Monday will go before a district court judge next month.  —  Timothy Mark Profitt, 53, is charged with fourth-degree assault …
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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