How many Republicans does it take to change a light bulb?
Sep16

How many Republicans does it take to change a light bulb?

They’re back with their “star” witness (as noted yesterday). Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post Fox News Aired Nearly 1,100 Benghazi Segments Across 5 Programs, Study Finds NEW YORK — Benghazi is back in the spotlight this week, as the House on Wednesday begins its select committee hearings on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks. But given that conservative media have claimed for more than two years that the Obama...

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Clueless Pundits Cluck About Domestic Violence
Sep13

Clueless Pundits Cluck About Domestic Violence

Clueless Pundits Cluck About Domestic Violence By Dick Polman If there’s any institution arguably more noxious than the National Football League, it has to be Fox News. Where else can you see clueless blowhards laugh it up about wife-beating? In case you’ve been living under a rock, that’s the video – released Monday by TMZ – where entitled pigskin jock Ray Rice cold-cocks his lady and drags her limp body...

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As Shown Again in Iraq, France Must Reject ‘Subjection’ to the United States (Le Figaro, France)
Sep12

As Shown Again in Iraq, France Must Reject ‘Subjection’ to the United States (Le Figaro, France)

After France’s rejection of the Iraq War resolution at the U.N. Security Council, has France retreated from its independent course, only to march in lock step with the United States? For Le Figaro, senior international correspondent Renaud Girard reminds readers of how prescient the non-aligned France of General Charles de Gaulle and Dominique de Villepin have proven to be, and advises French leaders that for the good of France...

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50th Anniversary of the TV Ad that Changed Politics
Sep11

50th Anniversary of the TV Ad that Changed Politics

50th Anniversary of the TV Ad that Changed Politics By Dick Polman Happy anniversary, Daisy girl! What would our politics be like today if she hadn’t burst upon the scene 50 years ago – a freckled tyke blown up in a nuclear blast, the star of America’s first gut-punch TV ad? Maybe our politics would be cleaner, but who knows. If the “Daisy ad” hadn’t smeared Barry Goldwater as a warmongering madman,...

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Chuck Todd Lifts Long-Suffering ‘Meet The Press’
Sep10

Chuck Todd Lifts Long-Suffering ‘Meet The Press’

“Meet the Press” saw a ratings jump with the debut of moderator Chuck Todd. NBC News Chuck Todd is off to a good start, but he has a long way go to reverse the fortunes of “Meet the Press.” The goateed journalist, who was NBC News’ chief White House correspondent and remains its political director,...

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Rescuing Foley and Sotloff
Sep09

Rescuing Foley and Sotloff

A real, and clever, attempt was made to find and rescue the two American captives of ISIS in Syria. It is described by Nicholas Schmidle in the New Yorker. The [FBI] agents hoped that the European former hostages could help them find these missing Americans. The agents listened as the former hostages relived their ordeals—recalling where they had been detained and how they had been treated by their captors. They both said that they...

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Islamic State Barbarism Ignites Long-Absent Muslim Soul Searching (Die Zeit, Germany)
Sep08

Islamic State Barbarism Ignites Long-Absent Muslim Soul Searching (Die Zeit, Germany)

Since September 11, a continuing concern in the West has been the perception of a lack of Muslim introspection over the use of Islam as a fulcrum for terrorism. Now, with the emergence of the Islamic State, the most bestial, immoral and nihilistic band of terrorists the modern world has ever known, such a dialogue among the Muslim intelligentsia and average people alike appears to have begun. For Germany’s Die Zeit, columnist...

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The Fall GOP Strategy Becomes Clear
Sep07

The Fall GOP Strategy Becomes Clear

“You know keepaway? One of the oldest games in humankind, where …” A very clear outline of the GOP fall strategy is beginning to take shape: Obama Goes on Meet the Press, Reality Fails to Intrude John Hinderaker* / Power Line* [* Seemingly, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries.] President Obama appeared on Meet the Press this morning with new host Chuck Todd.  The conversation focused primarily on ISIS, Iraq...

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Beware Perpetuating NATO by Fanning Flames with Russia (Le Figaro, France)
Sep07

Beware Perpetuating NATO by Fanning Flames with Russia (Le Figaro, France)

With heavy weapons crassly strewn across the NATO Summit golf course apparently ready for immediate delivery and the largest assembly of world leaders ever to appear at one time on British soil, is the NATO Alliance over-hyping the threat posed by Russia to justify its existence and mask it’s lack of a strategy to deal with the Islamic State? For France’s Le Figaro, world affairs columnist Pierre Rousselin warns that the...

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Cartoon: Beheading
Sep06

Cartoon: Beheading

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The collective trauma of James Foley and Steven Sotloff’s deaths
Sep06

The collective trauma of James Foley and Steven Sotloff’s deaths

BOSTON — I didn’t know Jim Foley. We weren’t colleagues in the field and there are no stark photos of the two of us all dusty from covering a war. In fact, I have never covered a war. But two weeks ago when a video released showing his captors beheading him, I felt, like many other… graphic via...

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Apparently There is No Limit to the Madness
Sep05

Apparently There is No Limit to the Madness

He has been called a Muslim. A Socialist. A Communist. The anti-Christ. Here we go again. Erik Rush, a frequent guest on Hannity and columnist for WorldNetDaily has pole vaulted the shark with a column entitled “Obama: The Head of the ISIS Snake”. Right Wing Watch reports on how insane the Obama Derangement Syndrome is in this “pundit”. Honestly, I just can’t bring myself to link directly to Rush’s...

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The ‘Caliphate Effect’: New Horizons for Global Jihad (Le Figaro, France)
Sep04

The ‘Caliphate Effect’: New Horizons for Global Jihad (Le Figaro, France)

Beyond the media hype, its challenge to al-Qaeda Inc, and its devilishly-effective video atrocities, what is the threat posed by the rise of the Islamic State? For Le Figaro, international editor in chief Arnaud de La Grange writes that the greatest danger posed by IS is the inspiration it provides to the lost, to the desperate, and to the angry, ‘from Fallujah to the suburbs of Europe.’ For Le Figaro, Arnaud de La Grange...

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Book Review: “Talk: A Novel” by Michael Smerconish rips the scab off talk radio
Sep04

Book Review: “Talk: A Novel” by Michael Smerconish rips the scab off talk radio

You’d think by now with its addictive impact on America, there’d be a good novel about ideological talk radio, a mega-bucks business that has enriched corporations, turned once-serious and spirited political debate into the equivalent of verbal political professional wrestling, and redefined the once-cherished concepts of consensus and compromise into dirty words among many. Some hosts have clearly undergone ideological...

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Cartoon: ISIS vs Western Modernity
Sep03

Cartoon: ISIS vs Western Modernity

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West Must Not Allow Kiev to ‘Internationalize the War’ (Die Zeit, Germany)
Sep03

West Must Not Allow Kiev to ‘Internationalize the War’ (Die Zeit, Germany)

On the eve of one of NATO’s most consequential summits since the Cold War ended, how far should the West go in defending Ukraine from Russian aggression? For Germany’s Die Welt, columnist Ludwig Greven writes that Kiev’s purpose in asserting that Russia has ‘invaded’ is to draw the U.S. and E.U. into what could be a disastrous confrontation, and that people have to face the facts: the West would not and...

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Remembering Steve Sotloff, and Too Many Others
Sep03

Remembering Steve Sotloff, and Too Many Others

I heard the news that Steve Sotloff might be dead in the same place I heard about the planes crashing into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001: in the Paris Métro. Everybody remembers where they were when that horrific event happened, but by a miserable twist of fate, I was also in the Paris...

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David Weigel Leaving Slate To Join Bloomberg
Sep03

David Weigel Leaving Slate To Join Bloomberg

Bloomberg is attempting a major increase in their political coverage. I first discounted this when I heard it is being run by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. They have frequently fallen into covering trivia over substance in politics. Halperin has done some good in describing the political freak show, but instead of dismissing it will frequently report on it as news, repeating the talking points of the right wing freak show as fact....

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Obama: Second journalist killing stiffens U.S. resolve
Sep03

Obama: Second journalist killing stiffens U.S. resolve

ESTONIA — President Barack Obama on Wednesday confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the beheading of Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist executed in two weeks by Islamic militants in response to U.S. airstrikes against its fighters in northern Iraq. “Overnight, our government determined that tragically Steven was taken from us in a horrific...

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Cartoon: Murdering the Truth
Sep02

Cartoon: Murdering the Truth

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