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Randi Rhodes.jpgWe have some sad news, polichicks.  Air America Radio host Randi Rhodes was mugged Sunday in New York City while walking her dog Simon.  The assailants beat her up badly and knocked out several of her teeth. 

Randi was not wearing jewelry or carrying a purse at the time of the attack, so there is speculation that Randi was not mugged, but was the victim of a "hate crime" because of her liberal views.

We polichicks, red and blue, all wish Randi a full and speedy recovery.  Hang in there, girl!

Via Elizabeth Edwards, the Edwards campaign called Rush Limbaugh a draft dodger,because he used a b.s. medical excuse to avoid serving in Vietnam. An angry Limbaugh retorted, "And I would have gotten away with it, if it wasn't for you meddling kids!" 

Uh, wait.  We might have mixed our stories up... Yes, that quote is actually from the "ghost" on Scooby Doo and not Limbaugh, as Limbaugh has not yet commented.  Well, whatever. 

When Hardball host Chris Matthews appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to plug his new book, Life's  a Campaign, Jon Stewart totally trashed his book for the entire segment.  And Matthews didn't like it (although, strangely enough, he laughed through all of the insults).

Good for ratings? Yep.  Good for book sales? Not so much.

Roll out the red carpet!  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that Jon Stewart will host the 80th Academy Awards show,  which will take place on February 24, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Jon Stewart is best known as the funny host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." He hosted the 78th Academy Awards show in 2006. 

See also:

Academy to Invite Jon Stewart Back as Oscar Host [NY Times]

Jon Stewart Will Host Academy Awards [AP]

 

FoxNews.com posted an article by demcratic strategist Susan Estrich titled The Dog Days of Politics Become Campaign Prime Time.  In the article, Estrich notes how early we are paying attention to our presidential primary candidates this cycle. She also makes (again) the case for Hillary Clinton.

Estrich published a book actually titled The Case for Hillary Clinton about two years ago, which I thought made some valid points about Clinton's viability as a candidate when I read it back then.  My colleagues, on the other hand, thought I was a nutcase for even beginning to think that Clinton had a shot. "She might have a chance in the primary... might," they said, "but even then she'll never get far in the general election." We'll see.

Susan Estrich is a Fox News commentator and (excellent) law professor at the University of Southern California Law School (I took her class on criminal law).  She attended Harvard Law School, where she was the first woman editor of the Harvard Law Review (Barack Obama was the first African American editor).  She also became the first woman to head up a presidential campaign when 1988 democratic candidate Michael Dukakis appointed her his campaign manager.

Hillary Clinton addresses whether she's "black enough" to represent African Americans as president. Donna Brazile (Democratic commentator) and Terry Jeffrey (Republican commentator) say that African Americans vote based on a candidate's position on the issues, rather than the candidate's race.  They also discuss immigration and Elizabeth Edward's role as attack dog in the Edwards campaign.  Watch it here.

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