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President Obama is taking his campaign message to “The Daily Show,” the faux-news comedy show hosted by Jon Stewart.

White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer confirmed Tuesday that Mr. Obama is taping an appearance on Oct. 27, just days before the Nov. 2 elections. Mr. Stewart is coming to Washington for the “Rally to Restore Sanity” set for Oct. 30 on the national Mall.

The Comedy Central network star has said the rally is for people who think the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones people hear. Mr. Obama recently endorsed the event and this will be the president’s first appearance on Mr. Stewart’s program.


Chafee evokes dad’s memory

PROVIDENCE | Rhode Island’s Lincoln Chafee has released a new ad in his independent bid for governor that evokes memories of his father, a longtime and beloved U.S. senator, who he said taught him to “tell the truth and trust the people.”

John Chafee was a Republican governor in the 1960s, secretary of the Navy in the Nixon administration, and a longtime U.S. senator. He died in 1999 and his son succeeded him. Lincoln Chafee, at the time a Republican, lost re-election in 2006.

The TV ad released this week is unusual for Mr. Chafee, who doesn’t typically bring up his father during campaign appearances. It includes old black-and-white news footage of John Chafee with his young son.

In the ad, Mr. Chafee speaks directly to the camera about his father’s loss of the governor’s seat after supporting the creation of a state income tax. His opponent, Democrat Frank Licht, opposed the tax and won the race. Later, Mr. Licht reversed himself and pushed through the state’s first income tax.


Feds offer settlement with Indian farmers

A federal judge will consider a government offer to settle with American Indian farmers who say the Agriculture Department discriminated against them for decades.

The two sides met in U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan’s courtroom Tuesday afternoon to discuss a proposed deal. The government and the plaintiffs both declined to disclose the terms of the would-be settlement ahead of hearing.

The lawsuit filed in 1999 contends Indian farmers and ranchers lost about $500 million because they were denied USDA loans. The government settled a similar lawsuit filed by black farmers more than a decade ago.

American Indian farmers have said that local USDA officials tried to squeeze them out of business by denying them loans that instead went to their white neighbors.

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