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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Spectacle Semiotics:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen -- Spectacle semiotics
  • The long-awaited special election in Florida's swingy 13th Congressional District is tonight! Democrats are hoping to pick up the seat long held by the late GOP Rep. Bill Young, and after an intense campaign, the race between Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly is a pure tossup that truly could go either way. Join us for our liveblog at Daily Kos Elections when polls close at 7 PM ET.
  • Joe McGinnis, author of The Selling of the President and Fatal Vision, among other influential books, has died. Condolences to his family and friends.
  • Oops:
    A Caddo Parish [Louisiana] man who’s been sitting on death row for almost 30 years soon will be a free man.

    Caddo Parish prosecutors on Thursday filed a motion to vacate the first-degree murder conviction and death sentence of Glenn Ford because of undisclosed evidence indicating he was neither present nor a participant of the robbery and murder of 56-year-old jeweler and watchmaker Isadore Rozeman on Nov. 5, 1983.

  • Here's another oops, courtesy of the ever-excellent Fox News chyron team. This oops is more with the humor and less with the 30 years of a man's life stolen.
  • The Twitter Fiction Festival is about to start:
    The festival invited 27 authors, including comedian Jim Gaffigan and novelist Alexander McCall Smith, to share stories online. Stine and six others will perform on stage as their stories are tweeted and streamed online (
  • Does this surprise anyone?
    Researchers from Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Wharton School examined three entrepreneurial pitch competitions along with two controlled experiments. “[W]e find that investors prefer entrepreneurial pitches presented by male entrepreneurs compared with pitches presented by female entrepreneurs, even when the content of the pitch is the same,” they write. Good looking men were particularly persuasive, although physical appearance didn’t make a difference for women. This leads to what the researchers identify as “a profound and consistent gender gap in entrepreneurship.”
  • Oldsters need not apply.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Fernghazi! Greg Dworkin: Peter Lanza profile, drop in health care prices, latest centrism/whatever tract, Boonstra debunked, and pols overestimate conservatism. More CIA vs. Senate. Ian Reifowitz on Rs & guns, and moving Ds left.

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