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Roundup & Recap: With Stars in Support, Boxer Hits Fiorina on Abortion

Surrounded by Hollywood actresses and other members of California’s congressional delegation, Barbara Boxer took aim at her opponent Carly Fiorina’s stand on abortion, calling her positions “extreme.”

“Make no mistake about it, a woman’s right to choose is on the ballot in California,” said Boxer, surrounded at an event at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with pro-choice activists including Amy Brenneman, Maria Bello and Alfre Woodard.

The event was an effort to further define the differences between Boxer and Fiorina, now locked in a tight Senate race.

One Republican activist told Politico that Boxer’s “single greatest skill is running against pro-life opponents. She’s really good at it. Matt Fong [her GOP nominee in 1998] didn’t even know he was pro-life until Barbara Boxer got through with him.”

Fiorina is pro-life, but she has said that Boxer’s efforts at highlighting the issue is an effort to distract voters’ attention away from the economy and jobs.

The Rally Gets Bigger: The New York Times reports that specific plans have yet to be announced for the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert rallies on Oct. 30. But the interest is growing: almost 300,000 people have so far signed up to attend. Satellite rallies have been planned in 40 locations nationally and six foreign countries. (A Los Angeles version of the rally is in the works).

Arianna Huffington, meanwhile, finds it outrageous that some media outlets are barring their employees from attending the rallies.
She writes, “We’ve known for a while that if we’re going to pull ourselves out of the various messes we’re in, the answers are not going to come from Washington. And now we know they are not going to come from the major media either. They’ll be on the sidelines, just as they were as the fringe ideas and extreme rhetoric that have taken over our political conversation became more and more unhinged.”

Scions on the Shortlist: The Washington Post’s Reliable Source notes the presence of the offspring on famous political figures on the short-list for this year’s documentary Oscar. Rory Kennedy, daughter of Robert Kennedy is the producer of “Killing in the Name,” and Maria Cuomo Cole, daughter of Mario, produced “Living for 32,” about a survivor of the Virginia Tech massacre. Also on the list is the docu, “One Thousand Pictures: RFK’s Last Journey.” 

Beck and Call: Glenn Beck made an on-air appeal for radio listeners to donate to the Chamber of Commerce, and response was so great that it crashed its servers today. Beck himself chipped in $10,000.

Palin’s Plan: TLC has released the trailer for the upcoming “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” As she enjoys the great outdoors, Palin says, “I’d rather be doing this than in some stuffy old political office. I’d rather be out here being free.”

Weekend Itinerary: Former President Bill Clinton is in Los Angeles on Friday for a fund raiser at the Beverly Hilton for the California Democratic Party followed by a UCLA rally with Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom…Barbara Boxer raises money on Sunday at the Malibu home of Ron and Kelly Meyer, with Jackson Browne providing an acoustic performance.

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