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Morning Notes

By Aaron Kraut

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 8:30am  ET

Last Day to Register For Nov. 6 General Election — Today is the final day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election, which besides the Presidential race includes a number of referendums that will make the ballot “the longest ballot in 20 years in Montgomery County,” according to the Public Information Office. [Montgomery County]

Leggett Speaks Out Against Controversial Metro Ads — A Federal judge on Oct. 5 ordered Metro to display a controversial ad reading: “In Any War Between the Civilized Man and the Savage, Support the Civilized Man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.” Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) yesterday weighed in, describing the ad, from The American Freedom Defense Initiative, as hate speech.

“I support Israel. I support its right to defend itself. I support peace in the region among all the sons of Abraham. Simplistic and provocative jingoism furthers neither of those goals,” Leggett said in a statement. “Just because one can express extreme views under the freedom of expression we all hold dear does not mean one should.”

Writers on the Row Photo Gallery — Photos of the authors featured at this year’s Writers on the Row at Bethesda Row, including Michael Wilbon, Rosie Pope and Richard Belzer. [Guest of a Guest] [h/t @BethesdaRow]

Belzer Unimpressed With Bethesda — Speaking of Belzer, the comedian and actor known for his role as Det. John Munch in series such as “Homicide: Life on the Street,” and “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit,” was reportedly not that impressed with Bethesda during his Writers on the Row appearance on Saturday.

“Here we are in Bethesda, Maryland,” Belzer said, according to the Washington Post’s Reliable Source blog. “What is Bethesda known for, beyond the hospital? Is that it?” [Washington Post]