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Rough Sketch: October 3, 2010 - October 9, 2010

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's wild pitch

Charlie Crist's first pitch leaves something to be desired. I hope he runs better than he pitches, or he'll never catch up to Marco Rubio! If the voters have this kind of aim, they'll wind up putting their ballots in his opponents' boxes -- or throwing them out the...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 8, 2010; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Five rejected applications to Obama's MTV town hall

Backstage.com offered the following listing for a town-hall meeting with President Obama. PRESIDENT OBAMA TOWN HALL, MTV MTV, BET and CMT are casting the audience for town hall meeting with President Obama. Shooting Oct. 14, 4 p.m. in Washington, D.C. Seeking--Audience Members: males & females, 18+. To apply, email townhallaudience@mtvnmix.com...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 8, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Karen Owen's powerpoint: sex and autobiography

Millions of people have read this writer's work. You can find it everywhere, being discussed in all kinds of major news outlets. And it's all over the blogosphere, generating volumes of discussion, flames, trolls, and even pieces of cogent criticism. I urge you to read it at once! You...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 7, 2010; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Palin dissed -- again; Romney emigrates from Libya

Now this is what is known as a qualified endorsement. Alaska's Republican Senate nominee, Joe Miller, who got his endorsement largely because of Sarah Palin's endorsement, isn't returning the favor. Asked by Fox News's Megyn Kelly about whether he considers Palin qualified to be president, he replied: "No, let me...

By Dana Milbank  | October 7, 2010; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Facebook announcement -- it's a boy!

Today, after much hullaballoo, Facebook announced that we can now create specific groups to share things with. That's lame. When I saw there was going to be a big Facebook announcement, I assumed that Facebook was pregnant. Or had broken up with Zuckerberg. Or had come up with a...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 6, 2010; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Replace Christine O'Donnell with Cigar Guy

"I'm not a witch. I'm nothing you've heard. I'm you. None of us are perfect, but none of us can be happy with what we see all around us. Politicians who think spending, trading favors and back-room deals are the ways to stay in office. I'll go to Washington...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 6, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Obama's presidential seal topples; Palin attacks Miller with poor punctuation; Joe the Plumber vs. puppies

The polls are dismal. The opposition is emboldened. And now the trappings of the presidency are falling down around President Obama. Midway through Obama's speech to Fortune magazine's "Most Powerful Women Summit" on Tuesday night, the presidential seal fell from its place on the lectern and landed noisily on the...

By Dana Milbank  | October 5, 2010; 9:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Woman drives 200 miles to kill internet commenter?

When I saw the headline "Woman Drives 200 Miles to Kill Internet Commenter," my first thought was: "Dang, they stole the title of my memoir." The woman in question, Breana Greathouse, drove from Kansas City, Mo., to Ottumwa, Iowa with a gun to threaten a man who had written...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 5, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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O'Donnell's Chinese secrets; DeMint's Shariah law

Manchurian candidate? The Associated Press unearthed a 2006 Senate primary debate in which the inimitable Christine O'Donnell, Delaware's GOP Senate nominee, said that China has a "plan to take over America." Quoth O'Donnell: "I wish I wasn't privy to some of the classified information that I am privy to." O'Donnell...

By Dana Milbank  | October 4, 2010; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dirty talk? New sex survey's surprising stats

At the time of the first Kinsey study on sexuality, H. L. Mencken wrote, "All that humorless document really proves is (a) that all men lie when they are asked about their adventures in amour, and (b) that pedagogues are singularly naïve and credulous creatures." Now, 60 years later,...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 4, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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