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John Robert Lewis spars – kind of – with Stephen Colbert

Just in case you missed U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ appearance last night on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report:”

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Stephen Colbert and his Mitt Romney attack ad

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Stephen Colbert carried his mock mullings over a race for president a step further Sunday. From the Associated Press:

Comedian Stephen Colbert says that just because his name won’t appear on Saturday’s ballot in South Carolina’s Republican primary doesn’t mean he couldn’t become president, or even pope, someday.

In an oftentimes awkward, meandering interview on Sunday, Colbert told ABC’s “This Week” that he established a presidential exploratory committee last week that consists of “someone who is good with explosives,” a mountain climber and a brain in a jar. He likened himself to a “one-man Louis and Clark” expedition looking for his Sacagawea.

Colbert said if his quest for presidency doesn’t work out, he would be willing to throw his weight behind one of the other candidates. He said: “All they have to do is come kiss my ring like they did Donald Trump’s.”

Colbert grew up in South Carolina.

The Super PAC established by the Comedy Central host also …

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Your morning jolt: Andy Young finds wiretap from the old days

Last night’s ABC special on recently released interviews with former First Lady Jackie Kennedy sent many local outlets to the Atlanta home of former mayor and U.N. ambassador Andrew Young.

In a 15-minute interview with WABE’s Denis O’Hayer, Young addressed the young widow’s characterization of Martin Luther King Jr. as a “terrible” man – and rumors spread by the slain president’s brother, Robert Kennedy, that the civil rights leader had joked about JFK during the president’s funeral.

Young declared the latter to be “a blatant lie:”

”Stop and reason a minute. The four little girls had been killed in a church bombing in Birmingham just a couple of months before. That was probably the biggest emotional blow we’d had in the movement.

Then before [King] recovers from that, the president’s assassinated. All I can remember him saying was, ‘If they can’t protect the president, you know our days are numbered.’ It was as though it was his assassination and not the president’s. It would …

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Your morning jolt: Newt Gingrich confirms debt of more than $1 million

Former U.S. House speaker and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will report raising $2 million in the second quarter of this year.

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich during an Independence Day parade in Clear Lake, Iowa. Daniel Acker/The New York Times

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich during an Independence Day parade in Clear Lake, Iowa. Daniel Acker/The New York Times

The problem is that he spent $3 million.

Politico.com reports this morning that Gingrich ended June with $225,000 in his treasury:

Gingrich supporters acknowledge that his debt represents a serious financial challenge, though they note that the Republican has paid down about 10 percent of $1.2 million in invoices since June 9, when most of his senior political staff resigned.

In a campaign season that has already identified federal solvency as the defining issue among GOP primary voters, Gingrich’s debt now becomes his largest obstacle to a serious candidacy. Moreover, contributors give candidates money to raise future hell – not to pay for hell already raised.

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Your morning jolt: A majority of Americans now support gay marriage, says Gallup

For the first time since Gallup began tracking the issue with its polls, a majority of Americans say same-sex marriages should be recognized, “with the same rights as traditional marriages.”

Says the polling group:

This year’s nine-point increase in support for same-sex marriage is the largest year-to-year shift yet measured over this time period. Two-thirds of Americans were opposed to legalized same-sex marriage in 1996, with 27% in favor. By 2004, support had risen to 42% and, despite some fluctuations from year to year, stayed at roughly that level through last year.

Democrats’ and independents’ support for legalized same-sex marriage increased this year by 13 and 10 points, respectively. Republicans’ views on the issue did not change from last year. Clear majorities of both Democrats and independents now support gay marriage, 69% and 59% respectively, contrasted with 28% support among Republicans….

Support for legal gay marriage decreases markedly with age, ranging from …

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On whether ‘Meet the Press’ should meet the facts

Last night, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert took up the overdue issue of whether the Washington elites who spout on Sunday news shows should have their facts checked:

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Your morning jolt: There’s nothing like a ‘Colbert Report’ grilling to start the new year

Ever since U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland flunked a pop quiz on the Ten Commandments, “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central has been uncertain ground for hard-core Republicans.

Stephen Colbert’s faux-Reilly schtick can be thoroughly baffling.

Nonetheless, last night, Erick Erickson of Redstate.com, the conservative provocateur from Macon, agreed to become Stephen Colbert’s first victim – er, guest – of 2010.

Here’s the official version:

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Much of the interview was a lesson in responsible Twittering:

Colbert: You, sir, have put me to shame. You have Twittered the following things: You said of Justice [David] Souter that he was a goat-[bleep] child molester.

(Erickson nods.)

Colbert: You said Linda Douglas, the White House health care spokesperson, was the Joseph Goebbels of health care.

Erickson: Yeah.

Colbert: And you said …

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Your morning jolt: Here a czar, there a czar

The youthful head of the Obama administration’s auto task force has abandoned that post, only days after pushing General Motors through the rapids of bankruptcy court.

The White House said Steven Rattner decided to return to private life and his family in New York City. But his brief tenure came under a cloud with an investigation of an influence peddling scandal back in New York.

Rattner, an investment banker, was unlikely to face charges in the investigation — which involves a giant state pension fund that provides retirement benefits for more than 1 million government employees.

But the resignation has caused U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston to renew his call for more scrutiny of President Barack Obama’s policy “czars” — who have been tasked with everything from saving the auto industry to climate change.

The Savannah congressman dropped new legislation on Wednesday that would require Senate confirmation such appointments. The measure is unlikely to move, given Kingston’s minority …

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An Obama-ordered haircut for Stephen Colbert

Here’s a five-minute segment of last night’s “The Colbert Report,” broadcast from one of Saddam Hussein’s old palaces in Iraq:

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Obama Orders Stephen’s Haircut – Ray Odierno

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Your morning jolt

This morning on ajc.com:

  • Bill targets council that oversees legislator’s private probation firm.
  • After 24 hours of exposure, the grocery tax hike dead.
  • Legislature passes mid-year budget with homeowners’ tax grants.
  • FBI says two DeKalb court officials took bribes, fixed cases.
  • Obama backs teacher merit pay, charter schools.
  • Georgia unemployment claims down last month, but double that of February ’08.
  • Lawyers for Saxby Chambliss fight subpoena in refinery case.
  • State starts new food-safety guidelines.
  • Elsewhere in Georgia:

  • ABC: Atlanta’s bond rating downgraded by Standard and Poors.
  • And the nation:

  • WSJ: As economy slips, new mothers cut short their maternity leave.
  • NYT: Some banks, citing federal strings, want to return stimulus aid.
  • DMN: Texas Senate sharply debates voter ID bill.
  • ABC News: White House discloses two more lobbyist waivers granted.
  • And from the tube, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert last night tackled the problems of Michael Steele, new chairman of the …

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