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FTC offers $50K prize for stopping telemarketers; candidates trade barbs for jokes; and the Chamber of Commerce’s chamber of secrets (read-this roundup)

The Federal Trade Commission wants to give you 50-grand. (Jon Elswick/AP)

Calling on the public — The Federal Trade Commission has long battled illegal telemarketers, and in its quest to stop the annoying calls, it’s offering up a $50,000 prize to the person with the brightest idea. “The winner of our challenge will become a national hero,” an official declared.

Joke break — The presidential campaign seriously lightened up Thursday night, with both candidates yukking it up at the Alfred E. Smith dinner in New York (Romney on white tie dress code: “It’s nice to finally relax and wear what Ann and I wear around the house”), and President Obama’s appearance on “The Daily Show” (he joked that he’s had to put a stop to Vice President Biden showing up at meetings in a wet bathing suit).

Chamber of secrets — Which companies are responsible for the massive war chest over at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce isn't always clear.

All in the ’stache — Who’s David Axelrod’s celebrity look-alike? The Reliable Source posits a few suggestions, including “Meathead” (Rob Reiner) from “All in the Family.” Ouch.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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