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  • Texan's truck has possibly the most racist decal ever [makes "front page" news]

    10/17/2014 4:17:47 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 17, 2014 | Kolten Parker
    This Texan takes bumper stickers to a whole new level. A photo of a truck with Texas tags that features on the tailgate one the most racist decals, complete with a real (and fresh) banana, that targets President Barack Obama was posted to Reddit on Thursday. "Does this Socialist a** make my truck look too big," the decal, which appears to be professionally done, reads. It also includes photo of Obama dressed in Somalian garb from a 2006 meeting in the country. The image was taken in the East Texas town of Tyler at the intersection of Loop 323 and...
  • Horrifying: Citizen Journalist Exposing Mexican Cartels Captured, Tortured and Killed

    10/16/2014 4:15:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Mexico is the most dangerous place in the world for journalists to operate, beating out Iraq, Afghanistan and other dangerous parts of the world according to the International Press Institute.Earlier this week citizen journalist Maria Del Rosario was kidnapped, tortured and killed. She had been working anonymously in the border town of Reynosa, Mexico to expose cartel activity. Thursday morning her social media account was taken over by her killers who announced her death and sent tweets warning other citizen journalists to back off on cartel reporting. Ildefonso Ortiz has the story:  Social media postings on Thursday morning mourned the...
  • A Bowla Ebola Idiocy

    10/15/2014 5:51:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Monday, The Daily Mail reported that NBC's chief medical correspondent, Nancy Snyderman, had a hankering for a bowl of soup from Peasant Grill in Hopewell Boro, New Jersey. So she hopped in her car with one of her crewmembers and headed over to the Grill. When she got to the restaurant, she had her crewmember run inside, grab the soup, and run back out. There was only one problem: Both Snyderman and her crewmember were under mandatory quarantine for 21 days. That quarantine was a result of their journey to Liberia to cover the Ebola outbreak, a journey during...
  • ( Dan ) Rather says the business of journalism is 'evolving'

    10/08/2014 9:38:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Oct. 7 2014 | Jasen Lee
    Rather characterized the current state of journalism using the term interregnum — “the old order is gone, but the new order is not yet in place.” The major concern for the future of journalism, he said, is how it will be financed in a way that provides the audience with quality, integrity-driven content in the years to come. ... Rather also noted that the measure of journalism and those who cover it is the level and quality of service provided to the public. Commercial enterprises that report the news hold the public trust, he explained, and doing so with integrity...
  • How Walmart is showing that Obamacare is working

    10/08/2014 3:22:21 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 8, 2014 | By Paul Waldman
    Walmart announced today that as of the beginning of next year it will be dropping health insurance for 30,000 employees who work less than 30 hours per week. So why is this a good thing? It may involve some hassle for individual employees, as they’ll have to go to the exchange to figure out what plan to get. But most of those Walmart workers will likely come out ahead. Someone who’s earning $9 an hour working 30 hours a week at a Walmart would be making $13,500 a year. Depending on what their spouse makes and what state they’re in,...
  • CNN Reporter Stands in Front of Dallas Middle School, Tells Children Not to Worry About Ebola

    10/04/2014 1:16:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | October 2, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)In a segment that aired on “CNN Newsroom” on Thursday, network correspondent Gary Tuchman surveyed members of a north Dallas community near where Eric Duncan, the first diagnosed U.S. Ebola patient, was prior to that diagnosis. In the report, Tuchman visited Dallas’ Sam Tasby Middle School, one of the four schools of the five children of Duncan’s girlfriend, who he was visiting at the time and polled students of their concerns with coming in contact of the Ebola virus. However, in one interaction Tuchman offered his own assurances to those schoolchildren they had no reason to worry. Partial transcript as...
  • 8 Ways the Obama Administration Restricts Access to Information, According to the Associated Press

    10/03/2014 4:47:03 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 10-3-14 | Kate Scanlon
    The Associated Press’ Washington bureau chief is the latest journalist to criticize the Obama administration for failing to live up to its promise of transparency. “Bush was not fantastic,” Sally Buzbee recently told a meeting of journalists. “The [Obama] administration is significantly worse than previous administrations.” Buzbee detailed eight ways the Obama administration is restricting access to information at a joint meeting of the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Associated Press Photo Managers. Her comments were highlighted on the AP’s Definitive Source blog. 1) Journalists Can’t See the Fight Against Islamic Militants: Buzbee...
  • Fired Man Beheads Co-Worker in Attack at Oklahoma Food Plant, Police Say

    09/26/2014 3:21:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 26, 2014 | by RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    A 30-year-old man attacked two co-workers at a food processing company in Oklahoma on Thursday afternoon, killing and beheading one of them, before he was shot and wounded by a company executive, the police said Friday. A law enforcement official said that the F.B.I. had not found any connection between the man and ISIS or other groups. “It’s not a typical workplace response, and given the current environment it is very alarming and is something we are closely looking into,” said one of the officials. Law enforcement officials said Mr. Nolen was a recent convert to Islam. A Facebook page...
  • Wrong Turn on Syria: No Convincing Plan

    09/24/2014 2:44:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 23, 2014 | By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
    President Obama has put America at the center of a widening war by expanding into Syria airstrikes against the Islamic State, the Sunni extremist group known as ISIS and ISIL. He has done this without allowing the public debate that needs to take place before this nation enters another costly and potentially lengthy conflict in the Middle East. He says he has justification for taking military action against the Islamic State and Khorasan, another militant group. There isn’t a full picture — because Mr. Obama has not provided one — of how this bombing campaign will degrade the extremist groups...
  • Syria air strikes: Reaction from small town America

    09/23/2014 4:24:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | September 23, 2014 | By Anthony Zurcher
    At the Main Event Bar and Grill in Yuma, Colorado, on Tuesday morning, locals took their usual tables to eat breakfast and talk, as country music played over the speakers. The crowd was a mix of farmers, ranchers and retirees, many of whom have spent their whole lives in the tiny town (population 3,500) on the plains in the eastern part of the state. "Either just let them wipe themselves out or drop a bomb on them and have it all over with," says a man in a Marine Corps hat upon entering the restaurant. "Just nuke 'em. Get it...
  • Obama Met Privately With Top Journalists Before ISIS War Speech

    09/14/2014 5:13:58 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | September 13, 2014 | by Michael Calderone
    President Barack Obama met with over a dozen prominent columnists and magazine writers Wednesday afternoon before calling for an escalation of the war against the Islamic State, or ISIS, in a primetime address that same night. The group, which met in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in an off-the-record session, included New York Times columnists David Brooks, Tom Friedman and Frank Bruni and editorial writer Carol Giacomo; The Washington Post's David Ignatius, Eugene Robinson and Ruth Marcus; The New Yorker's Dexter Filkins and George Packer; The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg and Peter Beinart; The New Republic's Julia Ioffe; Columbia...
  • NBC says ‘Morning Joe’ host Scarborough’s role expanding

    09/05/2014 7:44:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | September 5, 2014
    NBC News says “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough will be a senior political analyst for the network with regular roles on “Meet the Press” and the “Today” show. Generally, over the past year, NBC News has sought to distance itself from MSNBC, where a politically liberal viewpoint dominates. NBC said Friday that Scarborough will be a regular contributor to round-table discussions on “Meet the Press." Scarborough will offer analysis on other NBC News broadcasts and work as part of the network’s election team.
  • AP, LA Times and USA Today All Avoid Naming Obama in Stories on Libya

    09/04/2014 4:18:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | September 4, 2014 | By Tom Blumer
    The establishment press is working mightily to shield President Barack Obama from blame for, or even association with, decisions he has made and actions he has taken — unilaterally and with dubious constitutional authority in many instances. One particularly egregious example is Libya. When Obama decided on his own to engage in "kinetic miliitary action" to topple Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the press was thrilled. Now, as will be seen after the jump, three stories from major establishment press outlets don't even contain Obama's name, or any direct reference to him. The press, in completely polar opposite treatment from that...
  • President Obama needs to focus on how the United States can meet global challenges

    08/29/2014 7:15:03 PM PDT · by NCjim · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 29, 2014
    PRESIDENT OBAMA’S acknowledgment that “we don’t have a strategy yet” in Syria understandably attracted the most attention after his perplexing meeting with reporters Thursday. But his restatement of the obvious was not the most dismaying aspect of his remarks. The president’s goal, to the extent he had one, seemed to be to tamp down all the assessments of gathering dangers that his own team had been issuing over the previous days. This argument with his own administration is alarming on three levels. The first has to do with simple competence.
  • Deafening Silence on Obama IRS Scandal Developments

    08/28/2014 4:07:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | August 28, 2014 | By Ken Oliver-Méndez
    The nation’s top television news broadcasts - in both English and Spanish - have been entirely mum on the latest revelations related to alleged obstruction of justice and politically-directed abuse of power at the Obama administration’s Internal Revenue Service. Whether at ABC, CBS and NBC, or Univision, Telemundo and Mundo Fox, these networks to date have essentially censored the admission by a U.S. Justice Department official –revealed by government watchdog group Judicial Watch – that allegedly lost e-mails of Obama IRS official Lois Lerner are in fact accessible, through the federal government’s computer back-up system. As Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton...
  • Prospect of Another DC Shutdown Looms Over Immigration Showdown

    08/28/2014 3:25:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 28 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 28, 2014 | By ARLETTE SAENZ
    The prospect of another economically and politically crippling government shutdown looms over President Obama’s talk of taking executive action on immigration next month and Republican threats to thwart him by blocking certain funding measures. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, told the Des Moines Register “all bets are off” for passing a continuing resolution if President Obama decides to take executive action on immigration. “If the president wields his pen and commits that unconstitutional act to legalize millions, I think that becomes something that is nearly political nuclear,” King said. “I think the public would be mobilized and galvanized and that changes...
  • What was the original definition of objective journalism? Where did it originate from?

    08/23/2014 10:26:56 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    Back in 1990, Richard Streckfuss, an Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln wrote a paper titled "Objectivity in Journalism", in which he makes finding the answer to this question remarkably easy. Before the phrase "Objective Journalism" was born, science and news gathering were fused together in thought by Walter Lippmann, the Father of Modern Journalism. Realistically speaking, this one single thing is what earns Lippmann that title. Lippmann's ideal of the objective journalist can be found here, in his book titled "Liberty and the News", on page 82: With this increase of prestige must go a professional...
  • I will not be returning to Ferguson ("Appalled" by his fellow journalists)

    08/23/2014 12:44:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Ryan L. Schuessler blog ^ | August 21, 2014 | Ryan Schuessler
    I had been on the ground helping Al Jazeera America** cover the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., since this all started last week. After what I saw last night, I will not be returning. The behavior and number of journalists there is so appalling, that I cannot in good conscience continue to be a part of the spectacle. **A clarification edit: I am not a full-time employee of any Al Jazeera branch or network. I am a freelance journalist who contributes to several media platforms. Things I’ve seen: -Cameramen yelling at residents in public meetings for standing in way...
  • Mass Casulaties in Obama's War on War

    08/20/2014 11:22:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 20, 2014 | John Ransom
    Well now they have done it. They killed a priest. A high priest. A secular high priest. They killed a journalist I mean. “In the video released on Tuesday,” reports Asia News Channel, “an individual presumed to be [freelance journalist James] Foley - who was captured by militants in Syria in November 2012 - is seen on his knees in a desert landscape reading a statement asking his family to stop the US intervention in Iraq. A man standing next to him dressed in black with his face covered and holding a knife then says in a distinct British accent...
  • Ferguson the Latest Instance of Shackled American Journalism

    08/18/2014 4:43:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Rachel Burger
    Police in Ferguson, MO arrested two journalists for covering the protests over their fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager eight times, including in the back. Officers shoved Wesley Lowery, of the Washington Post, into a soda machine for taping them, before he was cuffed in plastic binds. An officer rammed Ryan Grim’s head against glass. The reporter for the Huffington Post wasn’t packing up his reporting gear quickly enough. Both journalists’ respective papers released statements condemning the Ferguson police, but the decline of free press reaches further than one town in Missouri. Unfortunately state suppression of the press is hardly...
  • Obama vacation beat: Saturday, August 17

    08/17/2014 7:40:44 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Martha's Vineyard Times ^ | August 17, 2014 | BY JAMIE STRINGFELLOW
    And on Saturday, there was no golf. The President and First Lady, known recently in these parts, by the White House Press Pool at least, as POTUS and FLOTUS, went to a private beach on Martha’s Vineyard’s south shore. After rinsing the sand off, the President and First Lady attended a cocktail party at the home of Broderick Johnson, and his wife Michelle Johnson. Mr. Johnson was an advisor on the President’s 2012 reelection campaign. The press pool had a lovely dinner respite at the Homeport Restaurant in Menemsha, reported MV Times staff reporter Steve Myrick, where Chef Josh Aronie...
  • Real cowboys don’t summer on Martha’s Vineyard

    08/13/2014 7:35:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | August 13, 2014 | By Margaret Carlson
    For most people, summer is a treasured time to cool your heels in a cottage by a lake or in a hammock in the backyard. It’s not so simple for politicians. For them, deciding when and where to vacation can be perilous. Repair to a beach on the East Coast and you’re an out-of-touch elitist; stay away too long and you'll be asked who’s minding the store. Take President Barack Obama. How dare he go away while he’s dropping bombs in Iraq, even though he can order them to be dropped from wherever he happens to be? He’s taking the...
  • Journalism, Science Groups Decry EPA Move to Muzzle National Science Advisers

    08/12/2014 7:58:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    INDIANAPOLIS (August 12, 2014)—Journalists and scientists are urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop banning leading national scientists from talking to media outlets and the public. The EPA is placing new restrictions on independent scientists who advise the agency, according to a memorandum from the EPA’s chief of staff. The memo instructs Science Advisory Board members to get permission before talking to the press, which inhibits their ability to speak freely to the public about important scientific issues, including air pollution, toxic chemicals and water quality. “The EPA wants to control what information the public receives about crucial issues...
  • Michael Brown remembered as a 'gentle giant' [Media Hype over St. Louis Teen?]

    08/12/2014 6:45:09 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 76 replies
    ....Brown, 18, died Saturday after a Ferguson police officer shot him multiple times outside an apartment complex. Brown was two days from starting class at Vatterott College. Close friends had been packing up and departing for schools such as Kansas State University and Arkansas Baptist University on sports scholarships. “Everyone else wanted to be a football player, a basketball player,” said Gerard Fuller, who had known Brown since second grade at Pine Lawn Elementary School. “He wanted to own his own business. He’d say, ‘Let’s make something out of nothing.’”.... “It hurt so bad to get that phone call,” Jenkins...
  • Attkinson: Journalism Has 'Gone Backwards' Since Days Of Woodward, Bernstein

    08/10/2014 2:14:07 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 57 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | August 10,2014
    On Sunday’s broadcast of ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” fill-in moderator Martha Raddatz asked how journalism has evolved since the time of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s role in the Watergate scandal that resulted in the downfall of then-President Richard Nixon. Sharyl Attkisson, formerly an investigative reporter with CBS News, where she resigned after becoming disenfranchised with the editorial direction of CBS, suggested that had the Watergate scandal happened today, Nixon might have skated if he employed the tactics President Barack Obama’s is using in handling his controversies. “I think we have gone backwards since that time where we...
  • How to Take a Picture of a Severed Head

    08/09/2014 1:42:17 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 9 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | August 8,2014 | SEBASTIAN MEYER , ALICIA P.Q. WITTMEYER
    What are major news organizations doing sending jihadi-approved photos from inside the Islamic State? Abu Mirwan -- not his real name -- has worked as a photographer in Iraq for well over a decade. He is now filing photographs for an international agency, he said in a telephone interview in early August. (He wouldn't say which one). After the IS takeover of Mosul, Mirwan, a Sunni Iraqi, reached out to an agent of the caliphate, who said he could get him permission to work again. The agent was true to his word, Mirwan said. He even shared a pleasant meal...
  • Analysis: Limited U.S. strikes in Iraq may not wor

    08/08/2014 8:05:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    USA Today | August 8, 2014 | By Jim Michaels
    LINK ONLY PER FR POSTING RULES: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/08/08/obama-iraq-isil-air-strikes-baghdad-irbil-terrorists/13783143/
  • Shattering Myths to Help the Climate

    08/02/2014 7:44:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 2, 2014 | By ROBERT H. FWANK
    Each new climate-change study seems more pessimistic than the last. This May and June, for example, were the hottest ones on record for the planet. Effective countermeasures now could actually ward off many of these threats at relatively modest cost. Yet despite a robust scientific consensus that greenhouse gas emissions are at the root of the problem, legislation to curb them has gone nowhere in Congress. In response, President Obama has proposed stricter regulations on electric utilities, which some scientists warn may be too little, too late. Why aren’t we demanding more forceful action? One reason may be the frequent...
  • 7 Ways Obama Basically Called Republicans Bums Today

    08/01/2014 4:25:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 1, 2014 | Not Attributed ...
    As if to say, "don't let the door hit you on your way out," President Obama -- on the eve of the August Congressional recess -- decided to take a big swat at Republican lawmakers today. It was clear the president was in the mood for a summer scolding. Here are seven ways the president basically called Republicans bums today: 1. 'They're Not Even Trying' 2. So Sue Me? 3. Diplomatic Delay 4. ‘A Little More Extreme' 5. They Can't Even Agree With Themselves 6. ‘Congress Is Failing' 7. Problem Solving? Not So Much
  • Budgets raided to address border crisis amid Congress' inaction

    07/31/2014 10:20:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 31, 2014 | By LISA MASCARO AND BRIAN BENNETT
    Surveillance drones that hunt drug smugglers along the Mexican border could soon be grounded. Installation of pole-top cameras and ground sensors to intercept illegal crossings might be delayed. About $44 million has already been diverted from the government's health-related accounts, including the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to pay for food, beds, clothing and medical care for the crush of unaccompanied minors who have crossed the Southwestern border. And that's just the beginning. With the expected failure of Congress to agree Thursday on emergency funds to cope with the border crisis, the Obama...
  • President’s Secret to Handling Criticism? Focus, and No TV

    07/23/2014 6:24:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 21, 2014 | By PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — President Obama had to laugh. He had just been asked how he deals with criticism, and something about the question just struck him as funny. Maybe it is because criticism is one thing he sees no shortage of these days. Addressing an audience largely made up of African-American boys and young men, Mr. Obama turned serious and gave a long, thoughtful answer about how, over the years, he has learned to focus on what is important to him and keep fixed on “the north star that steers you” no matter what others may say. “And then I just...
  • Crises Cascade and Converge, Testing Obama

    07/23/2014 6:10:17 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 22, 2014 | By PETER BAKER
    Rarely has a president been confronted with so many seemingly disparate foreign policy crises all at once — in Ukraine, Israel, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere — but making the current upheaval more complicated for Mr. Obama is the seemingly interlocking nature of them all. Developments in one area, like Ukraine, shape his views and choices in a crisis in another area, like the Middle East. “It’s a very tangled mess,” said Gary Samore, a former national security aide to Mr. Obama and now president of United Against Nuclear Iran, an advocacy group. “You name it, the world is aflame....
  • Former NYT Editor: Hillary Expects Journalists To Be '100 Percent In Her Corner,' Especially Women

    07/20/2014 9:50:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 19, 2014 | Tim Graham
    In May, Politico's reporting inside Democratic circles led them to the strange conclusion that the one thing that could sink Hillary's hopes of winning the White House was the press corps. A Clinton insider announced: “She wants to be president; she doesn’t want to run for president...The worst part of running for president for her, clearly, is dealing with the press.” In July, Politico interviewed former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who made some sense of this bizarre-sounding notion. The media has for many years defended and protected and glamorized the Clintons. But Abramson said Hillary expects the...
  • Russia Today Reporter Resigns After 'Disrespect for Facts' During MH17 Coverage

    07/18/2014 9:37:39 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 14 replies
    TownHall.com ^ | 7/18/2014 | Kara Jones
    London-based Russia Today reporter Sara Firth announced her resignation this morning in protest of the politicized coverage of yesterday’s shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Firth said the manner in which Russia Today announced the tragedy was the “straw that broke the camel’s back for me.”
  • The Border and Obama

    07/17/2014 7:34:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    TIME ^ | July 17, 2014 | By Joe Klein
    It's time to stop running away from the nation's troubles. Barack Obama should see the Catholic Charities mission in McAllen. He should also have a town meeting with the Tea Party nativists who are so angry and threatened by the rush of refugees–43,933 unaccompanied children alone since October–who began to appear from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. His job, after all, is to rise above the rancor and, well, lead. You don’t do this by making a speech to a favored audience. You do it by taking action, setting a personal example. Obama is currently wandering about the country, trying...
  • 'Reliable Sources' Interview With Josh Earnest Draws Only 62,000 Adults 25-54, 4th Lowest Ever

    07/15/2014 4:34:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    TV By The Numbers ^ | July 15, 2014 | By Amanda Kondolojy
    CNN’s Reliable Sources interview with newly appointed White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest delivered only 62,000 viewers in the adults 25-54, making it tied with 12/22/03 as the 4th lowest rated airing ever. The program also was down 28% in the adults 25-54 audience from last week’s episode, which fell on the Fourth of July weekend. Meanwhile, FNC’s MediaBuzz was #1 in both categories, more than tripling both Reliable Sources and Melissa Harris Perry in the demo. FULL TITLE: 'Reliable Sources' Interview With Josh Earnest Draws Only 62,000 in Adults 25-54, Matching Fourth Lowest Airing Ever
  • Americans of All Parties Agree: Sarah Palin Should Go Away

    07/09/2014 2:52:30 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 9, 2014 | By Eric Levenson
    Dislike of Sarah Palin’s constant media presence is a remarkably non-partisan affair, as more than half of registered voters wish she’d be quiet according to a new poll. 54 percent of people surveyed said they wished to hear less from Palin, the poll from The Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg found. That position was favored by two-thirds of Democrats, a majority of independents, and, most notably – four in 10 Republicans. That’s a sizable group of people from the party that, just a few years ago, supported her nomination for vice president. In this time of increasing political polarization, Americans can...
  • More jobs, less war, low polls: the Obama disconnect

    07/04/2014 8:34:09 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | July 3, 2014 | By Tom Cohen, CNN
    Which one of these doesn't fit? More jobs, a record stock market, wars ending and dismal poll numbers. All apply to Barack Obama's presidency as it passes the 2,000-day mark, raising questions about the viability of what used to be known as conventional political wisdom. A strengthening economy and robust stock market traditionally mean general public satisfaction with government. Bringing soldiers home from war zones has always boosted presidential popularity. Not this time with this President. Why the disconnect? A convergence of factors -- uneven economic growth, government crises both real and exaggerated, foreign policy problems, hyper-partisan Washington politics now...
  • This July 4, governing in the spirit of revenge

    07/04/2014 7:43:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 4, 2014 | by Eugene Robinson
    As we celebrate the Fourth of July, who can argue that our democracy is working the way the Founders intended? And who can deny that most of the blame for dysfunction must fall to the Republican Party? George Washington distrusted all political parties. He warned in his farewell address that, as they alternated power, parties would act in “the spirit of revenge” — rather than, presumably, in the best interests of the nation. The “disorders and miseries” that resulted, Washington feared, would inevitably threaten democracy. Whatever the motivation, Republicans have paralyzed our government in a way that would have shocked...
  • Will Obama finally get some credit for the improving economy?

    07/03/2014 1:44:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 3, 2014 | BY PAUL WALDMAN
    Today’s jobs report was a very good one: 288,000 new jobs were created in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent. So will Barack Obama get the credit? Probably not. First of all, we shouldn’t get too excited; there are still a lot of people looking for work, there are a lot who have gotten discouraged and dropped out of the labor force, and there are a lot working part time when they’d rather have full-time jobs.
  • June Jobs Report Shows US Recovery Is Accelerating

    07/03/2014 1:30:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 3, 2014 | By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer
    A surprisingly robust job market is energizing the 5-year-old U.S. recovery and driving the economy closer to full health. "This has now become a textbook jobs expansion," said Patrick O'Keefe, director of economic research at the consultancy CohnReznick. "It is both broad and accelerating." Several other signs point to the economy's brightening health. Auto sales rose at the fastest pace in eight years in June. Factory orders picked up last month. And home sales strengthened this spring after having sputtered in the middle of last year when higher mortgage rates and rising prices hurt affordability.
  • Supreme Court: Yes, (some) corporations can pray--and you'll all pay

    06/30/2014 2:18:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 30, 2014 | by Michael Hiltzik
    In its decision Monday in the Hobby Lobby case, the conservative Supreme Court majority that upheld corporations' religious objections to birth control spends an inordinate amount of time defending itself from the reasoning and wrath of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent. Justice Samuel Alito, whose name is on the decision, alludes no fewer than 24 times to the "principal dissent," which Ginsburg wrote for the four-member minority. Plainly, he felt Ginsburg's powerful intellect breathing down his neck as he tried to find a path to upholding the Hobby Lobby parties' attack on women's rights without expanding corporate "personhood" too much....
  • TODD: OBAMA HAS FAILED TO MEET EVEN 'MODEST GOALS'

    06/30/2014 11:33:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 30, 2014 | by Pam Key
    Monday on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown," host Chuck Todd discussed the complete failure of President Barack Obama's reelection goals named the "year of action" saying, "Let's face it there hasn't been much." Todd dubbed the presidents lack of accomplishments a "six-month stalemate. "The president has largely failed to meet even those modest goals wether it was raising the minimum wage signing a trade agreements, or getting an immigration reform done," he said.
  • Justices Rebuke Obama on Right of Appointment

    06/26/2014 7:52:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 26, 2014 | By ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court issued a unanimous rebuke to President Obama on Thursday, saying he had overreached in issuing recess appointments during brief breaks in the Senate’s work. Mr. Obama violated the Constitution in 2012, the justices said, by appointing officials to the National Labor Relations Board during a break in the Senate’s work when the chamber was convening every three days in short pro forma sessions in which no business was conducted. Those breaks were too short, Justice Stephen G. Breyer wrote in a majority opinion joined by the court’s four other more liberal members. At the same...
  • Congress the butt of Obama's climate science jokes

    06/25/2014 9:30:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 25, 2014 | By Annika McGinnis
    ... The president mocked those who question the science behind climate change or the urgency of addressing the problem, which has emerged as a legacy issue for his presidency and a polarizing topic in November congressional elections. "In most communities and work places, et cetera, when you talk to folks, they may not know how big a problem, they may not know exactly how it works, they may doubt that we can do something about it, but generally they don’t just say, no, I don’t believe anything scientists say," he said, to laughter. He likened evidence that human activity causes...
  • U.S. economy collapses in first quarter, but growing again

    06/25/2014 10:55:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 25, 2014 | by Lucia Mutikani
    (Reuters) - The U.S. economy contracted at a much steeper pace in the first quarter than previously estimated, turning in one of its worst-ever non-recession performances, but growth already appears to have rebounded strongly. The economy was held back by an unusually cold winter, the expiration of long-term unemployment benefits and cuts to food stamps, which curbed consumer spending. It was also weighed down by a slowdown in the pace of restocking by businesses. All these temporary factors have since faded, lifting growth early in the second quarter.
  • 3 reasons not to freak out about -2.9% GDP

    06/25/2014 6:10:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    CNN Money ^ | June 25, 2014 | By Annalyn Kurtz
    The U.S. economy shrank in the first quarter of the year, and new revisions by the Bureau of Economic Analysis show the decline was even deeper than reported. Gross domestic product contracted at a 2.9% annual. That's the weakest quarter for the U.S. economy since the first quarter of 2009, amid the Great Recession. But economists aren't too worried, for three key reasons. 1) They blame the weather. 2) It's not a final number. 3) Last, but certainly not least, other data show the economy is improving.
  • Obama’s political bogey on the golf course

    06/25/2014 5:42:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 24, 2014 | by Dana Milbank
    On June 14, Sunni rebels threatened Baghdad after seizing much of Iraq — and President Obama fearlessly played a round at the Sunnylands Golf Course in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The next day, the militants posted pictures of their mass execution of Shiite members of Iraq’s security forces — and Obama boldly teed off again, at Oracle founder Larry Ellison’s Rancho Mirage estate. Democrats probably wish, for the sake of appearance, that Obama would devote more time to ESPN and less to golf. But if the optics of manicured greens and country clubs worry Democrats, they should consider themselves lucky he...
  • Obama's Disastrous Iraq Policy: An Autopsy

    06/24/2014 12:50:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 23, 2014 | by PETER BEINART
    Yes, the Iraq War was a disaster of historic proportions. Yes, seeing its architects return to prime time to smugly slam President Obama while taking no responsibility for their own, far greater, failures is infuriating. But sooner or later, honest liberals will have to admit that Obama’s Iraq policy has been a disaster. Since Obama took office, Iraq watchers - including those within his own administration - have warned that unless the United States pushed hard for inclusive government, the country would slide back into civil war. Yet the White House has been so eager to put Iraq in America’s...
  • Questions and Answers on Lost Emails in I.R.S. Scandal

    06/23/2014 4:10:32 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 23, 2014 | By DAVID S. JOACHIM
    Q. Even if Ms. Lerner’s hard drive crashed, how could her emails have just disappeared? Weren’t they backed up? A. Apparently not, at least not permanently. Before it changed its storage policies last year, the I.R.S. backed up emails onto old-fashioned tape drives. Every six months, it would reuse those tapes, thus erasing the previous batch. Q. Oh come on. Really? Even my Gmail account archives everything. A. Many government agencies and big corporations still use older email systems that aren’t in the “cloud” the way that Gmail is. They may have tens of thousands of employees, as the I.R.S....