Thousands of people gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on the weekend before midterm elections for the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, a production of Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Texans who wanted to make the trip to Washington for the rally but couldn't were in luck: An independently organized satellite rally in Austin attracted about 5,000 people (and quite a few dogs) to the Capitol. Attendees watched the Washington rally via live broadcast, which was punctuated by local musicians and political officials.

(Audio reporting: Ben Philpott for the Texas Tribune and KUT News. Photography: Kelly Merks for the Texas Tribune.)

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