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10/30/2010 11:15 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

10/30/2010 11:22 PM EDT

Huge

CBS estimates that 215,000 people attended the Rally to Restore Sanity. That's nearly two-and-a-half times the number estimated to have shown up for Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally in August.

10/30/2010 10:10 PM EDT

CBS: Crowd Estimate On The Way

In a story about today's rally, CBS News explained that it would soon publish a "sure-to-be-controversial" crowd estimate.

In September, CBS News commissioned an estimate of Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally. They reported that roughly 87,000 people attended Beck's rally.

10/30/2010 9:49 PM EDT

'Fear Or Sanity?'

"Fear or sanity?" Arianna went into the crowd at Rally To Restore Sanity and asked attendees which sentiment most resonated with them.

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10/30/2010 9:23 PM EDT

Articulating Sanity

A handful of riders on a HuffPost Sanity Bus told us why they were drawn to the rally.

Two of the most striking quotes from two different people:
"I'm a liberal, but that doesn't mean that I don't think Republicans have good ideas. But I think that the exchange of those ideas has become so stagnated, so separated. There is no exchange."
And...
"If a democracy has to function, I think that there should be a higher level of conversation. And I think this is an attempt to say that not everybody in this conversation needs to be so hateful, so opinionated, with total disrespect to the facts."
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10/30/2010 7:24 PM EDT

Bound For Sanity

Before boarding buses outside Citi Field in New York, a few "Sanity" attendees explained why they decided to take part in the rally.

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10/30/2010 7:05 PM EDT

Austin, Texas

HuffPost reader Lynn R. sends in scenes from the rally in Austin, Tex.:

10/30/2010 7:02 PM EDT

We Have Our Reasons

Arianna asked those riding HuffPost Sanity Buses why they chose to attend Saturday's rally.

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10/30/2010 5:59 PM EDT

Scenes From 'Sanity'

What do "tens of thousands" look like? How patriotic were Colbert's wardrobe choices? Which rally signs were the best?

Check out the photo galleries of today's rally.

PHOTOS: On Stage And In The CrowdPHOTOS: The Funniest Rally Signs

10/30/2010 4:24 PM EDT

Oops!

Politico prominently featured a story about Saturday's Rally to Restore Sanity, in which the authors argue that Jon Stewart "walked a fine line between politics and humor." Just one problem. The photograph used to promote the story at the top of Politico's front page was taken from a rally of a very different sort -- Glenn Beck's August 28 "Restoring Honor" rally. Scroll down to see a screengrab from Politico's front page, as well as the AP photo from Glenn Beck's event.

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10/30/2010 3:30 PM EDT

Irrational Exuberance

From The New York Daily News:

Millionaire blogger Arianna Huffington is picking up the bus fare for more than 10,000 New Yorkers headed Saturday to Comedy Central's "Rally to Restore Sanity."

"It was a moment of irrational exuberance," Huffington joked in an interview with the Daily News, admitting she never expected so many people to take her up on the offer.

Now, about 250 buses later, Huffington, founder of the popular Huffington Post - the left-leaning news and opinion website - is believed to be forking over hundreds of thousands of dollars to drive New Yorkers to Washington and back home again.

She declined to say how much she's ponying up for the trip.

Dubbed by Huffington "the Sanity Bus," Citi Field in Flushing, Queens, is the staging ground for today's 6 a.m. departure.

Huffington also handed out free "flipcams" to 200 riders who wrote one-line sentences saying what they would do "to restore sanity" in America.

"Taking a stand for sanity is not a partisan position. It's neither right nor left. It's reasonable. We have to stop demonizing anyone we disagree with," Huffington said.

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