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2:55 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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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 …
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 …
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.”
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 …
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.
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) …
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” …
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 and Joe. My. God.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Democrats Recruit Volunteers Outside Stewart-Colbert 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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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
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.”
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: msnbc.com
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 …
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
 
 
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