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9:50 AM ET, October 31, 2010

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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Jon Stewart Rally Attracts Estimated 215,000  —  An estimated 215,000 people attended a rally organized by Comedy Central talk show hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Saturday in Washington, according to a crowd estimate commissioned by CBS News.  —  The company AirPhotosLive.com based …
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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.
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
SERVING UP A HOT CUP OF SANITY.... Towards the very end of yesterday's “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” on the D.C. Mall, Jon Stewart thanked the massive crowd for showing up, though he acknowledged “none of us are quite sure why” they were there.  —  It was one of the oddities of the entire event …
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 …
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.”
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Yusuf Islam (AKA Cat Stevens) And Ozzy Osbourne Battle At ‘Sanity Rally’
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:   Cat Stevens Appearance At Sanity Rally Rankles Right Winger
Washington Post:
Rally to Restore Sanity: ‘If we amplify everything, we hear nothing’
Ed Driscoll / Pajamas Media:
Video: Riding the Peace Train
Dave Itzkoff / The Caucus:
Live Blog: At the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
Discussion: The Nation, Joe. My. God. and Guardian
BBC:
Bomb was designed to explode on cargo plane - UK PM  —  The printer found in Dubai had a circuit board linked to a mobile phone card  —  Prime Minister David Cameron says the device in a package sent from Yemen and found on a US-bound cargo plane was designed to go off on the aircraft.
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Mirna Sleiman / Wall Street Journal:
Dubai Police: Device Bears ‘Hallmarks’ of Al-Qaeda
Discussion: Associated Press
msnbc.com:
Yemen: Woman detained in terror bomb plot
Discussion: Hot Air and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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.”
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
CT-Gov tightens up  —  There's been a huge movement in the Connecticut Governor's race over the last month and the race is now a toss up, with Republican Tom Foley inching ahead of Democrat Dan Malloy by a 49-47 margin after trailing 50-40 in early October.  —  A look inside the numbers makes …
Washington Post:
Voter unrest echoes that of 1994, poll shows  —  Voters across the country are deeply unhappy with the performance of the Democratic Congress and as dissatisfied with how Washington works as they were in1994, when Republicans took control of both chambers, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Ultimate Hour-by-Hour, District-by-District Election Guide  —  We're gearing up for what is certain to be a very exciting and — given that there are a number of crucial races on the West Coast, particularly for the Senate — very long Election Night.  —  Among other things …
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 …
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
How Immigrants Create More Jobs  —  IN the campaign season now drawing to a close, immigration and globalization have often been described as economic threats.  The truth, however, is more complex.  —  Over all, it turns out that the continuing arrival of immigrants to American shores …
P.J. Salvatore / Big Journalism:
Anchorage CBS Affiliate Caught on Voicemail Conspiring Against Alaska's GOP Senate Candidate  —  The following voice mail message was inadvertently left on the cell phone of Joe Miller campaign spokesperson Randy DeSoto.  —  The voices are believed to be those of the news director …
 
 
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