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Why Viacom Will Never Be Great Again

If you've been noticing a little bit less of SpongeBob on Nickelodeon, Snooki on MTV, or Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central, it's by design: Viacom is squeezing more commercials into every hour of programming. That's the bad news. The worse news is that it's not working.

Super PACs Are Super-Fly! Music Video Explains It All

Are you a bit confused about super PACS, those new political operations that have somehow taken over the U.S. election process? Well, in the spirit of Schoolhouse Rocks, ProPublica brings you "Oh, Super PACs," a 1970s-style video that answer all your questions.

Super PACs: New Rules, But an Old Political Game

Pundits have lately focused on the growth of super PACs -- and the power of the mega-rich men who fund them -- but the current business-sponsored presidential contest isn't unusual: There's a long and rich tradition of election-buying in American history.

Colbert's Super PAC Has Raised Over $1 Million

Stephen Colbert's "super" PAC has raised a staggering $1 million. Political action committees were required to submit their financial reports to the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday. Colbert disclosed that as of Monday, his Americans for a Better Tomorrow PAC has raised more than $1.02 million.

Jon Stewart's Rally for Sanity Benefited One D.C. Incumbent

Comedy Central and Jon Stewart paid the tab to host the Rally to Restore Sanity, but they'll be measuring their gains in terms of influence, not cash. There were profits to be made from the event, though, and one of its biggest beneficiaries is one all Americans can support: The National Mall itself.

Why Jon Stewart Matters More Than Keith Olbermann

At least in part due to comments made by Jon Stewart at this weekend's Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann announced he was suspending his show's well-known "Worst Person in the World" segment indefinitely.

Park Service: No Approval Yet for Jon Stewart's Rally

The National Park Service has not yet issued a permit for the Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert's "Rally to Restore Sanity" and cannot guarantee the rally will be approved, NPS spokesman Bill Line told DailyFinance Tuesday. But barring any untoward developments, it sure looks likely.

Comics Stewart and Colbert Take On the Tea Party

Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have announced a rally designed to combat "extremism" on October 30th at the National Mall. Will it be a comedy show or a political rally? One expert is sympathetic to the call to reject extremism but doubts whether the comedic duo's act will translate from cable TV to a political rally.

Leno's Ratings Bump Isn't All Good News for NBC

Now that Jay Leno has returned to host NBC's Tonight Show, the show is climbing back to the top of late-night ratings. In March, Leno outdrew his main rival on CBS, The Late Show with David Letterman, averaging 4.9 million viewers compared with Letterman's 3.7 million viewers, according to Variety. But the top brass at NBC shouldn't feel vindicated in their decision to reinstall Leno in the 11:30 p.m. time slot quite yet.