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White House: Help Us Jon Stewart

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Jody Avirgan back with a guest post while Azi is out for a bit, interning as a gaffer on Sarah Palin's Alaska.

Politico caught this moment from the White House press briefing this morning. Robert Gibbs suggests that Jon Stewart can help pressure the public - and, presumably, the Republican hold-outs - to support the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (aka the 9/11 first responders bill).

I think he has put the awareness around this legislation. He's put that awareness into what you guys cover each day, and I think that's good. I hope he can convince two Republicans to support taking care of those that took care of so many on that awful day in our history.

If you haven't seen it, below is one of the several segments the Daily Show has devoted to the bill. Wonder if it'll work.

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If you're curious about the ayes and nays, here'sthe breakdown of the last vote on H.R. 847.