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Focus on documentaries david.zurawik@baltsun.com

For the past couple of weeks, the Sundance Channel has been dedicating Monday nights to two of my favorite things: politics and documentaries. It has a couple of excellent films tonight.

Up first is Blog Wars which tracks the explosion of political blogs. Director James Rogan focuses on such blog giants as Markos Moulitsas (Daily Kos) and Arianna Huffington (The Huffington Post) as 2006's hotly contested midterm elections get under way. (Sundance Channel, 8 p.m.) ***

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The Third Monday in October follows with a delightful look at 11 middle-schoolers as they campaign to lead their student governments. (Sundance Channel, 9 p.m.) ***

JOSE GOES DEEP Baseball slugger and longtime steroid freak Jose Canseco is the focus of a one-hour documentary on A&E; tonight, and it is better than you might think. A&E; is, after all, the cable home of such fare as Dog The Bounty Hunter, and Canseco is generally reviled for naming athletes who dispute his claims that they are also users. The film is a chilling look at a former star athlete as he tries to give up steroids after 25 years of use. (10 p.m., A&E;) **

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LATE-NIGHT GUESTS Jessica Simpson performs on the Late Show with David Letterman. Actor Robert Wagner visits The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.


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