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Legendary First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams has filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of 13 media companies, including ABC, CBS and NBC, supporting “Crude” director Joe Berlinger’s effort to stay a federal court judge’s order that he turn over some 600 hours of footage from the documentary. Chevron is seeking the footage as part of its defense in litigation that it be responsible for the contamination related to oil drilling in Ecuador.

The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), will hold an off-site hearing on the proposed Comcast-NBC Universal pact at the California Science Center in Los Angeles on Monday.

Paul McCartney, set to perform at the White House tonight, has come to the defense of President Obama and his handling of the oil spill in the Gulf. “He’s a great guy, so lay off him. He’s doing great,” McCartney says, per Politico.

Fred Thompson says (jokingly) that Scott Brown owes him for the whole “pickup truck” campaign.

Jon Stewart returns, and tackles the efforts to plug the leak, and criticism of Obama as being tone deaf to the unfolding crisis. “You made time for Marv Albert. I wouldn’t do that if I were unemployed for six months.”

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