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The Ticker: Abrams, Lauer, WNT Webcast…

> Does Dan Abrams miss the bright lights of television already? The new MSNBC GM appeared on The Today Show this morning to talk about the Duke rape investigation…

> Matt Lauer “has certainly taken on his share of outspoken guests (think Tom Cruise and, more recent, Ann Coulter) without flinching,” the LA Times says. But with Britney Spears, “he was all charm and caring concern.” Page Six has more about the interview…

> An e-mailer notes that ABC’s World News Tonight webcast is now airing seven days a week on ABCNews.com. It used to air Monday through Friday, and now it’s available on the weekends too…

> In a Sunday Washington Post op-ed, Tom Brokaw discusses his UFO theory of politics…

> Today’s NYT: “If you are not active and need some inspiration, meet your new role model:” Former CBS News senior VP Marcy McGinnis

> The UrbanDictionary.com definition of roll tide: “Something that Joe Scarborough says a lot on his tv show…”

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