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WHAT? YOU DIDN’T WATCH JON STEWART ON “THE DAILY SHOW?”

Claire McCaskill legitimately raped Todd Akin!,” mugged Stewart.
Shifting demographics caught Republicans off-guard with Team Obama’s campaign recruiting Chicago behavioral scientists.  They tapped into a new source of voters via a sophisticated data base packed with names of millions of undecided voters and potential supporters. That created “a portrait of shifting voter allegiances.. .The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation has forked over $30 million to Mizzou to continue funding operations of the journalism institute bearing his name. . .Key sales figures fell for McDonald’s in October for the first time since 2003.  So, the Oakbrook, IL-based firm is ramping up its advertising for Dollar Meal.  Longtime rivals, Burger King and Wendy’s, meanwhile, are launching new ad pushes, while Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread are flourishing. . .Hats off for Christopher McGraugh who has been anointed by Guv. Nixon as St. Louis associate judge filling the vacancy created by Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer. . .Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper andRobert DeNiro star in “Silver Linings Playbook,” (tonight-Nov. 18) at the Tivoli as the opener of St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF).  More than 400 films will be unspooled with 50 countries represented throughout the festival..  More than 100  filmakers including Beau Willimon, recipient of the Charles Guggenheim St. Louis Award. . .Not to be missed – “The Mikado,” which hits the boards at 8 p.m., Friday at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade. . .Dierbergs is being romanced to build a market in Glen Carbon, IL by the Moran Economic Development on behalf of the Premiere RE, Inc.  No businesses have yet been signed for the planned mall on the 328-acre site but establishments are being sought similar to those in Edwardsville.

MISSOURI’S TOMMY SOWERS CONFIRMED TO HIGH-RANKING VETERANS POSITION

Missouri native Tommy Sowers was confirmed Thursday by the United States Senate as an Assistant Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sowers, 36, returns to serving America in a military and public service role after an unsuccessful 2010 bid for Congress in southeast Missouri. A native of Rolla, Sowers’ new full title is Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. After graduating from Duke with a bachelors degree in public policy, Sowers served 11 years in the U.S. Army, leaving active duty service in 2009 at the rank of major. His Army service included twice leading Green Beret teams in Iraq and leading a combat engineers batallion in Kosovo. During his military career, Sowers earned his masters and doctoral degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He taught American government and politics courses at West Point before joining the faculty of Missouri University of Science & Technology back in his hometown of Rolla. After his congressional campaign, Sowers served as a senior advisor to the Iraw and Afghanistan Veterans of America, service Sowers said he will be able to continue in his new role at the VA. The job duties include overseeing the VA’s information outreach efforts to veterans, families and survivors, as well as relations with the Pentagon and state and local governments. Introducing Sowers recently to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill called Sowers “an extraordinary Missourian” who “understands today’s veteran.

MITT ROMNEY’S CALIFORNIA GOLD

GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney just may eclipse President Obama’s haul in Holllywood, when he drops into California this week for two fundraisers tossed by some of the state’s GOP high rollers.  Billionaire investor and philanthropistTony Pritzer, the Hyatt Hotels heir, will have a gathering at a dinner for which tickets go for $50k a couple. Charles Bartlett Johnson, the heir to the Templeton Franklin fortune, along with former Secretary of State George Schulz and ex-gov Pete Wilson are expected to attend.  Co-chairs of the northern California event include Seagate’s Steve Luczo, Meg Whitman,Cisco’s Brian Halla, Dick Boyce, Goldman Sachs’ Brad DeFoor and Romney’s one-time Bain Capital partner Vince Tobkin. . .Little Willard MO played host to a debate on Friday by Republican senatorial hopefuls. The gem of the night:  Sarah Steelman admitted that she sponsored the successful bill to permit concealed handguns the year after Missouri citizens voted against it. . .The lead editorial today in the New York Times blasts the Chamber of Commerce for its ads attacking Sen. Claire McCaskill.  (“Call McCaskill.  Tell her Missouri doesn’t need government-run health care.”)  The organization spent $33 million on elections in 2010, almost all of it backing Republicans. . .Over the past few days, more than St. Louis weather has been hot.  Ex-Cards slugger Albert Pujols has hit four homers in his last six games.  He’s had quite a slump:  through the first 30 games of the season, Pujols was hitting only .190 with just one homer. . .It’s official.  Plaintiff’s lawyers are formally trying to recover $35 million for clergy sex abuse victims which they say were fraudulently transferred from parishes by then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan on the eve the archdiocese sought bankruptcy protection. . .Next week, historian Douglas Brinkley will discuss his biography of renowned news anchor and Missourian Walter Cronkite at Maryville University thanks to the sponsorship of Left Bank Books and St. Louis Public Radio. . .Our town’s Jamala Rogers, columnist with the St. Louis American and long time activist with the Organization for Black Struggle, has been tapped for an Alston Bannerman Sabbatical Fellowship by the Center for Social Inclusion.  It comes with a $25k award and a three-month sabbatical for “renewal”.  . .Drinks are on the house courtesy of FOX 2’s Spencer Koch for the station’s 21st sweep in a row of ratings from sign-on to sign-off as market leader among adults 25-54. . .Mo. AG Chris Koster heads to Columbia, MO at the Stony Creek Inn to conduct a conference on protecting against financial fraud. He’ll be joined by O’Fallon, Mo.-based MasterCard’s leading brass. . .And, yes, that was Sammy Hagar enjoying the good life the other night at Annie Gunn’s.


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