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Rough Sketch: October 24, 2010 - October 30, 2010

What is wrong with Joe Miller?

Some journalists and bloggers have been stalking the Alaska Republican Senate nominee to see whether he's receiving military disability benefits, and, if so, for what. The court-ordered release of documents from his last workplace, the Fairbanks North Star Borough local government, only deepens the mystery. The judge had medical information...

By Dana Milbank  | October 27, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
 
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Rand Paul supporter asks for apology from woman he stomped? An apology guide

Doesn't anyone understand how apologies are supposed to work? First, Virginia Thomas calls Anita Hill to demand an apology for whatever it was that happened 20 years ago. Now Tim Profitt, the Rand Paul supporter who subdued a woman by stepping on her is saying she should apologize to...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 27, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  Petri  | Tags:  Rand Paul, Virginia Thomas, apologies  
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DiFi sees doom; Rand Paul supporter votes with his feet; Soros drops $1 million for marijuana

Millions of words have been wasted in the coverage of the midterm elections. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was able to sum up the whole situation with a single word: "bad." *** Atlas Shrugged. Rand Paul supporters go a bit further.
Lauren Valle, the young MoveOn activist attacked by Rand Paul supporters...

By Dana Milbank  | October 26, 2010; 9:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  Missing links  
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Why the Jon Stewart Rally is my generation's Woodstock

We don't go to rallies. Drag races? Men in heels. Once we were in a protest, but only because we had to walk through it to get to a Lady Gaga concert. Sign petitions? Please. March for a cause? Only if by "march" you mean "walk in a determined...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 26, 2010; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  Petri  | Tags:  Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, Stewart Rally, woodstock  
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Goodbye Pulpo Paul: a tribute to our favorite psychic octopus

"How far that little candle throws its beams. So shines a good Octopus in a naughty world." - The Merchant of Venice, Octopus Edition Before commenting seriously on the news, I want to take a moment for Paul the Octopus, the psychic cephalopod who correctly predicted the outcome of...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 26, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Tags:  Pulpo Paul, RIP  
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Missing Links: Obama shoves it and Barbara Boxer gets ribbed

Maybe Frank Caprio, the Democratic candidate for governor of Rhode Island, meant to say he would "love it" if President Obama would give him an endorsement. But, when push-it came to shove-it, there was no endorsement. Now comes the surely unrelated news that Caprio paid a visit to Republican National...

By Marisa Katz  | October 26, 2010; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
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Top 25 topical Halloween costume ideas

So you've run out of costume ideas, but want to impress your friends with your grasp of today's hot issues? Have no fear! That's why I'm here. The biggest tip I can give you is NOT to dress as a witch and say you're Christine O'Donnell. Everyone's already doing...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 25, 2010; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  Petri  | Tags:  Halloween  
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Jennifer Mee -- from hiccups to murder?

"Hiccup girl" Jennifer Mee has been charged with first-degree murder! It's the classic tragedy. Someone rises to fame and prominence for something innocent and then starts arranging for people to be killed. Like Macbeth! Or Mark Zuckerberg -- at least according to "The Social Network." Mee reportedly lured Shannon...

By Alexandra Petri  | October 25, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  Petri  | Tags:  hiccups or murder  
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Joe Miller hires the "Christian Indiana Jones"; Obama packs bag lunch; Meg Whitman wastes $139 million

Don't mess with Joe Miller. First, the Republican nominee for the Senate from Alaska caused a stir when the active-duty military bodyguards protecting him handcuffed a reporter who was trying to ask the candidate questions. Now comes word from Mother Jones that Miller has hired a consultant named Terry Moffitt...

By Dana Milbank  | October 24, 2010; 11:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments
Categories:  Missing links  | Tags:  Missing Links  
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