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11:00 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 …
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Yusuf Islam (AKA Cat Stevens) And Ozzy Osbourne Battle At ‘Sanity Rally’
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Counting the Crowd: Hard to Do for Jon Stewart's Rally
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:   Cat Stevens Appearance At Sanity Rally Rankles Right Winger
Ed Driscoll / Pajamas Media:
Video: Riding the Peace Train
Washington Post:
Rally to Restore Sanity: ‘If we amplify everything, we hear nothing’
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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The Note:
Republicans Counting on Write-In Lisa Murkowski Over Joe Miller in Alaska  —  ABC's Jonathan Karl reports: A high-level GOP source tells me that party leaders have essentially given up on Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller and are now banking on a victory by write-in candidate Lisa Murkowski …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Large advantage for GOP as election nears  —  Washington (CNN) -Two days before the midterm elections, a new national poll indicates that Republicans have a 10-point lead over the Democrats in a crucial indicator in the battle for control of Congress.
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Washington Post:
Voter unrest echoes that of 1994, poll shows
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The war recovery?  —  When the midterm election cycle began, the prevailing opinion was that Barack Obama was cleverer and more inspirational than anyone else on the scene.  As it ends, nothing appears to have changed.  —  OH, YES, I know that Democrats have fallen into a peck of trouble and may lose control of Congress.
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Matt Duss / ThinkProgress:   Broder: 'As We Accelerate Preparations For War [With Iran] …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Can the Dude Abide?  —  Barack Obama became president by brilliantly telling his own story.  To stay president, he will need to show he can understand our story.  —  At first it was exciting that Obama was the sort of brainy, cultivated Democrat who would be at home in a “West Wing” episode.
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Mike Allen's PLAYBOOK  —  SIREN: NATIONAL GOP MOVES ALASKA HOPES FROM MILLER TO MURKOWSKI — Exclusive: Michael Steele may run again, and says he would win — DNC close: new spot on MSNBC and BET — Stewart outdraws Beck  —  GAME CHANGE!  BREAKING on ABCNEWS.com - JONATHAN KARL scoops …
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The Grand Old Plot Against the Tea Party  —  ONE dirty little secret of the 2010 election is that it won't be a political tragedy for Democrats if a Tea Party icon like Sharron Angle or Joe Miller ends up in the United States Senate.  Angle, now synonymous with racist ads sliming Hispanics …
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
 
 
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