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Roundup and Recap: Waiting for Bill

Former President Bill Clinton campaigns with Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom later this week, including a Friday rally at UCLA. He’ll also be the special guest at a California Democratic Party fund-raiser at the Beverly Hilton along with Brown and Newsom, with tickets starting at $250. The night before, the DreamWorks trio of Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen are hosting an event for Brown at the Soho House in West Hollywood.

And They’re Kooky: The New York Times rounds up the witchcraft denials, Nazi re-enactment explanations and many resume backtracks that are making this the most offbeat midterm in memory. Jennifer Steinhauer writes, “Let the political scholars debate whether this is the most contentious, partisan midterm election in modern memory, as some insist. But there is widespread agreement that it is certainly among the strangest.”

To Ronnie’s Right: Clint Howard stars in a new web video for the conservative Heritage Foundation’s advocacy arm. The brother of Ron Howard, Clint doesn’t think his stances will have an impact on his career. He tells Politico’s Patrick Gavin: “I’m in a good spot because, you know what? It doesn’t really matter. The fact is, the studios aren’t banging down my door, the networks aren’t banging down my door. I work in a lot of little funky movies … so it’s not like I’m throwing everything away by stepping out of the closet.” The web vid takes aim at Obama’s tax plan. In 2008, Ron Howard made a web video in support of candidate Obama, featuring Andy Griffith and Henry Winkler.

Taking on Fiorina: Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films debuted the third web video targeted at Carly Fiorina, this one featuring interviews with former Hewlett Packard employees laid off during her tenure. Her campaign calls the vids “misleading.”

Not So Fast: The casting call for an MTV townhall with President Obama really wasn’t a casting call, says an editor at Backstage. But it’s become fodder on Fox News nonetheless.

Redford on Resources: Robert Redford writes about his opposition to California’s Prop 23 and, when it comes to fighting for stronger environmental laws, offers big credit to the Natural Resources Defense Council and its co-founder, John Adams.

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