Pundit Bill O'Reilly and comedian Jon Stewart will square off Saturday night at Lisner Auditorium in Washington in a mock political debate.
Billed as "The Rumble 2012," the debate will be available over the Internet through live streaming; tickets for the piece of theatrical infotainment sold out almost immediately.
On more than one occasion, O'Reilly has spoken surprisingly warmly of his rival, who as the host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" makes regular comic mincemeat out of O'Reilly's employer, Fox News. "I like Stewart," O'Reilly has said, with apparent sincerity. "I respect his opinion."
For his part, Stewart calls O'Reilly "the most reasonable voice on Fox," even though that voice has been known to rise in apoplectic fury at some of his liberal guests on "The O'Reilly Factor." (The comedian did qualify that praise, comparing O'Reilly's achievement to "being the thinnest kid at fat camp.")
In any event, the Rumble -- an hour of debate followed by 30 minutes of audience questions -- is being pitched as a conversation fueled less by partisanship than by philosophy.
WASHINGTON POST24th edition of 'Cities 97 Sampler'
This year's "Cities 97 Sampler" CD doesn't look a lot like last year's. Only a few of adult-pop station 97.1 FM's staple artists -- including Jason Mraz, Brandi Carlile and Gavin Degraw -- are featured alongside a bountiful crop of new acts on the 24th installment of the annual charity collection, details of which were announced Friday. Among the newbies are such poppy hitmakers as Foster the People and Ed Sheeran and hipper young acts that also get heavy rotation at 89.3 the Current, including the Lumineers, Of Monsters and Men, Mayer Hawthorne, Grouplove and the lone Minnesota act on this year's collection, Dessa, above.
SUDDENLY RICH: Mary and Brian Lohse have won the highest single cash payout to an individual or couple in Iowa lottery history. The couple from Bondurant claimed the $202.1 Powerball prize Thursday at lottery headquarters in Des Moines, eight days after the Sept. 26 drawing. The couple, who have three children ages 8, 11 and 15, chose the cash payout option -- $90.9 million after state and federal taxes. The first challenge Mary Lohse faced was convincing her husband they were rich. When she reached her husband at a conference in Portland, Ore., he couldn't be convinced. "I called him and he didn't believe me," she said.