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Rally For Sanity Live Blog! Check For Updates


First Posted: 10/30/10 12:15 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:10 PM ET

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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.

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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.

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"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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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."

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

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

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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 Crowd

PHOTOS: The Funniest Rally Signs

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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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Stewart's closing speech, with a focus on the role of the media:

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