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By Noel Sheppard | | July 4, 2013 | 12:44 PM EDT

Dontcha just love it when pompous Hollywoodans speak ill of America whilst traveling abroad on national holidays?

Take Oliver Stone for example who on the Fourth of July actually said of the United States at a film festival in the Czech Republic, "The world is in danger with our tyranny."

By Noel Sheppard | | July 4, 2013 | 12:02 PM EDT

Have you ever wondered if conspiracy theorists actually live in their own world with little contact with anything close to reality?

Take Alex Jones for example who on a recent radio broadcast actually said, "I will defeat Rush Limbaugh in the free market of ideas. People, people like this show more than his" (video follows courtesy MoFoPolitics with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | July 4, 2013 | 10:49 AM EDT

Hillary Clinton has long been rumored to be a rather vulgar conversationalist when cameras aren't rolling.

According to a Washington Post piece about Mark Leibovich's new book “This Town,” then Secretary of State Clinton once said, “[Expletive] the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.”

By Paul Bremmer | | July 4, 2013 | 10:00 AM EDT

The liberal media just can’t get enough of Texas state senator Wendy Davis, and neither can Jeff Zeleny of ABC News. Zeleny interviewed the now-famous abortion filibusterer for the ABC News/Yahoo! News Power Players blog, and the conversation was loaded with softballs and fluff. Among the softballs was Zeleny’s fascination with the pink running shoes Davis wore during her filibuster. In fact, the prominence of Davis’s footwear in the interview could be gleaned from the title of the entry: “A Walk in Wendy Davis’s Shoes: The Woman Behind the Long Filibuster.” [Watch the video and read the accompanying article here.]

It only took Zeleny two questions to reach the topic of Davis’s sneakers: “Why did you decide to wear your running shoes? Let’s take a look at those, they’ve kind of been rocketing around the Internet.” As Davis took the shoes out of her bag and placed them on the table in front of her, Zeleny muttered, “Wow,” as if he had just been shown a rare diamond.

By Mark Finkelstein | | July 4, 2013 | 9:24 AM EDT

President Obama's Egypt policy—if you can call it that—has been a feckless disaster.  He has somehow managed to score the dubious hat trick of alienating former President Mubarak's supporters in the military, the backers of ousted President Morsi, and the millions in the street whose demonstrations led the military to depose him.

So what image of President Obama does Today feature this morning in its segment on Egypt?  Why, of PBO extending a forceful fist toward a tableful of aides, including Susan Rice and Eric Holder.  Such a strong leader, that Obama!  View the photo and video after the jump.

By NB Staff | | July 4, 2013 | 4:51 AM EDT

Today is America's 237th birthday. All of us here at NB would like to wish our readers a happy Independence Day!

Please use this thread to post on the news of the day or just to observe the holiday.

By Randy Hall | | July 4, 2013 | 12:45 AM EDT

The transition from Al Gore's low-rated Current TV cable channel to Al Jazeera America will conclude on Tuesday, August 20, when the newest addition to the Qatar-based international news network will be sent into about 40 million homes in the U.S.

Ever since the purchase was made public in early January, Ehab Al Shihabi -- the channel's executive in charge -- has been attempting to hire high-profile staff members, including long-time Cable News Network reporters Ali Velshi and Soledad O'Brien, to draw viewers to the new network, even though it doesn't yet have a chief executive or chief programmer.

By Tom Blumer | | July 3, 2013 | 11:03 PM EDT

Josh Gerstein at the Politico is on the opposite of a roll today. This afternoon (noted at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), Gerstein was barely done covering how "U.S. eases away from Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi" when the military announced that Morsi had been deposed by the military, ultimately in favor of, according to the Associated Press, a temporary "government of civilian technocrats."

This evening, he's trying to position Obama as a great thinker weighing his options instead of as the guy who has been on the wrong side of freedom and democracy ever since Morsi assumed dictatorial powers in late November of last year, which should be brought up every time someone falsely claims that Morse headed a legitimate, democratically elected government (bolds are mine):

By Tom Blumer | | July 3, 2013 | 7:11 PM EDT

I suspect that a number of people are tired of the establishment press telling us how so many economic reports have "best in" or best since (specific month in) 2008 (or 2007)" figures, especially the ones that still don't reflect what anyone would consider acceptable in normal economic times. Just a few examples include housing starts, housing permits, new home sales, existing home sales, initial unemployment claim, and the unemployment rate.

That doesn't bother me too much, though the press missed quite a few "best since" figures during the Bush 43 presidency. What's intensely annoying is when "worst since" figures, which the press studiously identified during the Bush era, hit them in the face in today's economy and are downplayed or ignored. A pretty good example was today's Non Manufacturing Index from the Institute for Supply Management, which, at 52.2%, hit its lowest point since February 2010, and had two key components which were the worst in almost four years.

By Noel Sheppard | | July 3, 2013 | 6:28 PM EDT

For the second night in a row, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews made a stunning admission.

After telling his Hardball audience Tuesday that Democrats “believe in illegal immigration,” Matthews said Wednesday, “I'm surrounded by people who think he's guilty, Zimmerman. All my family, my liberal sons, my liberal wife. Everybody thinks the guy, Zimmerman’s the bad guy” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Matthew Balan | | July 3, 2013 | 5:55 PM EDT

On Wednesday's Morning Edition, NPR's Wade Goodwyn trumpeted Wendy Davis' pro-abortion filibuster in the Texas State Senate as a "tiny ray of hope" for Democrats in the Lone Star State. Goodwyn ballyhooed how "Davis took to the floor in a desperate filibuster" against a pro-life bill, which he labeled "one of the nation's most restrictive abortion bills." He later added that it was "as good a moment as Texas Democrats have had in 20 years."

The correspondent, a former leftist community organizer, also spotlighted the Battleground Texas effort, headed by former Obama campaign staffers, aimed at increasing Hispanic voter turnout in Texas. He underlined that getting higher turnout amongst this growing minority group was "the pot at the end of the Democratic rainbow – the donkey holy grail."

By Jack Coleman | | July 3, 2013 | 5:20 PM EDT

Nothing that global-warming bedwetter Thom Hartmann would like more than to see energy execs prosecuted in show trials.

In lieu of that, the left-wing radio host will gladly accept public shaming instead for those with the audacity to run such scurrilous enterprises, even if the modern world couldn't function without them. (Audio after the jump)

By Tom Blumer | | July 3, 2013 | 4:57 PM EDT

Apparently, one pathetic last-minute speech by Eqypt's Mohammed Morsi was sufficient to convince President Barack Obama, who has spent several days and untold amounts of worldwide capital defending the Muslim Brotherhood leader's staying on the job in the face of what may have been the largest pro-democracy demonstrations in human history.

The Politico frantically tried to run interference for Obama opportunistic change of heart today, running an item which was apparently called "U.S. Eases Away from Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi." The item was up so briefly that it was quickly replaced, while the headline just mentioned still remains in the browser window's title bar:

By Noel Sheppard | | July 3, 2013 | 4:46 PM EDT

Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh had some harsh words Wednesday for the media's coverage of the George Zimmerman murder trial.

As it becomes clearer and clearer the prosecution really didn't have any case, Limbaugh told his audience, "The media is totally invested in George Zimmerman being convicted as a racist 'white Hispanic'...and, as such, there's panic now. So much so, ladies and gentlemen, so much so that there is now talk and agitating for race riots" (video follows courtesy DailyRushbo with fuller transcript courtesy RushLimbaugh.com):

By Howard Portnoy | | July 3, 2013 | 4:10 PM EDT

Back in November of 2012, this observer filed a column whose title asked the question Will Obama end up repealing Obamacare himself? The seeds for repeal had been sewn by the very scope of the law: Almost no one in Congress had read all 2,700 pages, and those who had were struck by its unwieldiness. The administration’s repeated assurance that Americans would come to love the law once they got to know it was undone by Congressional Budget Office reports that the cost of health care under the law would rise.

A final nail in the coffin was the Supreme Court’s double-sided affirmation that “a tax” would be levied on consumers who chose not to buy health insurance.