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A new survey in Arkansas by Public Policy Polling (D) finds Democratic Rep. Vic Snyder in a dead heat with Republican challenger Tim Griffin -- a "star" of the U.S. Attorney scandal in 2007.

The numbers: Snyder 44%, Griffin 43%, within the ±4.9% margin of error. Against the other GOP candidates, Snyder leads Army veteran and Republican activist David Meeks by 45%-42%, and is ahead of restaurateur Scott Wallace by 44%-42%.

The Republican candidates are essentially unknowns, but Snyder's job approval is only 42%, with a 46% plurality disapproval. In addition, President Obama's approval rating in the district is only 41%-52%.

A photo hanging in the law firm office of accused fraudster Scott Rothstein shows the Fort Lauderdale attorney in a full embrace with Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and features a handwritten note from Crist: "Scott --- you're amazing!"

The story of Rothstein's alleged $1 billion fraud, which TPMmuckraker has been following, was featured on the front page of the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal, illustrated by the Crist-Rothstein photo.

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Vice President Joe Biden tomorrow night will become the first sitting vice president to appear on Comedy Central's "Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

Biden, sometimes known for sticking a foot in his mouth, has appeared five other times on the show.

President Obama pitched in via satellite for a stunt on The Colbert Report earlier this year when Stephen Colbert did his show from Iraq.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is telling American seniors that it's time to cut and run from the AARP. The seniors group recently came out in support of the health care reform package passed in the House, a stance that has drawn the ire of many conservatives on Capitol Hill.

From ThinkProgress:

At a town hall meeting in Arizona on Friday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) vowed to "fight with every fiber of my body" to oppose a similar health care reform bill in the Senate. He then claimed that Medicare will actually be "cut" and reportedly urged the town hall attendees to tear up their AARP membership cards

A new ABC/Washington Post poll finds that Americans still do not like Sarah Palin, who is kicking off her Going Rogue book tour with a taped interview airing today on the Oprah Winfrey show.

The poll finds that a majority of Americans, 52% of respondents, have an unfavorable opinion of her, compared to only 43% favorable.

In addition, respondents were asked this question: "Regardless of whether or not you'd vote for her, do you think Palin is or is not qualified to serve as president?" The numbers: qualified 38%, not qualified 60%.

In addition, 53% say they would definitely not vote for her. Only 9% would definitely vote for her, and 37% would consider it (those people are likely Republicans and GOP-leaners who want to see all the options).

Add Saturday Night Live to the list of shows (along with The Daily Show and The Colbert Report) unable to resist giving Lou Dobbs' recent departure from CNN a special farewell of its own. SNL's Darrell Hammond appeared as Dobbs during this past Saturday night's Weekend Update segment, telling anchor Seth Meyers, "this summer I was given a choice: either I could stop ranting and raving about insane anti-immigration conspiracy theories or I could leave CNN. And Seth, to me that's no choice at all."

It's clear that Sarah Palin spends much of her new memoir attacking reporters and various McCain campaign aides. But, the Wall Street Journal points out, at least one person earned her praise: Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Palin says Lieberman (I-CT) offered her encouragement on the trail, especially before the vice presidential debate.

"Be yourself," Palin says he told her. "Don't let these people try to change you. Don't let them tell you what to say and how to think."

The memoir, Going Rogue, goes on sale tomorrow.

Today: Palin On Oprah Winfrey Sarah Palin's interview on the Oprah Winfrey show will be broadcast today. The interview was taped last week, and kicks off Palin's media tour for her new book, Going Rogue.

Obama's Day In China President Obama visited U.S. Consulate employees and their families in Shanghai, China, at 10:20 a.m. local time (9:20 p.m. ET last night). He met at 11 a.m. local time with Party Secretary Yu Zheng Sheng and Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng, with a working lunch at 11:30 a.m. local time. He held a town hall meeting with Chinese leaders at 12:45 p.m. local time. He departed Shanghai at 2:40 p.m., arriving in Beijing at 4:50 p.m. He arrived at the Diaoyutai State Guest House at 6:30 p.m., and was greeted by President Hu Jintao. The two held a bilateral meeting at 6:35 p.m, and had dinner at 7 p.m.

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Lou Dobbs still won't say where he'll be next year, but at least his fans will know where to find him tonight. Less than a week after leaving CNN, Dobbs will be Bill O'Reilly's guest on Fox News tonight.

From Variety:

Fox News said the interview on Monday's edition of "The O'Reilly Factor" will cover Dobbs' resignation from his longtime cable home and his views on immigration, which stirred controversy and likely hastened his exit from CNN.


A network spokesperson told the paper the appearance did not mean Dobbs was set to become the new face of Fox News. The spokesperson, from the report:

"We have not had any discussions with Lou Dobbs for Fox News or Fox Business."

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President Obama's town hall in Shanghai (held around midnight East Coast time) was a highlight of his 8-day Asia trip. He'll be holding a press conference today in Beijing and also will see the Great Wall and Forbidden City.

He makes the diplomatic visit as he's considering whether to send a surge of up to 40,000 troops to Afghanistan, and the 300 Chinese students he spoke to at the town hall were well aware of the upcoming decision. A Fudan University student asked Obama if terrorism is still the greatest security concern for the United States, adding, "How do you assess the military actions in Afghanistan, or whether it will turn into another Iraqi war?"

His answer in full after the jump.

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