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By Tim Graham | | December 8, 2012 | 1:39 PM EST

While  Speaker John Boehner has been sharply criticized from the right over the last week, it might not be as sharp or as personal as the leftists on the radio.

Try bile-spewing Mike Malloy, who claimed Boehner was drunk most of the time he's on Capitol Hill, and he should just "drown himself in a vat of wine" and "gurgle himself right into the great bar in the sky":

By Noel Sheppard | | December 8, 2012 | 11:13 AM EST

Robert F. Kennedy Jr said of Fox News Friday, "It's divided our country in a way that we haven't been divided probably since the Civil War."

This occurred during an online video interview with the Huffington Post (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | December 8, 2012 | 10:26 AM EST

Charlie Crist, the Obama-supporting former Republican governor of Florida announced Friday that he has officially registered as a Democrat.

He did so by tweeting the following:

By Tom Blumer | | December 8, 2012 | 9:58 AM EST

This one comes straight from the "There are none so blind as those who refuse to see" Department. On Wednesday, in an interview with talk show host Hugh Hewitt (HT Daily Caller), New York Times Cairo Bureau Chief David D. Kilpatrick characterized Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood as "not violent by nature," and as "a moderate, conservative but religious, but moderate, regular old political force." (Quick aside: There is nothing "conservative" about sharia law, persecution of Christians, and the subjugation of women, yet the press won't stop using that dishonest tag to describe radical Islamists.)

Just a few days later, in a pair of dispatches, one of which appeared in today's Times print edition, Kilpatrick reported that "the government of President Mohamed Morsi has approved legislation reimposing martial law," and that Morsi "is leaning more closely than ever on his Islamist allies in the Muslim Brotherhood." Imagine that. Excerpts from the Hewitt interview and each of Kirkpatrick's Friday reports follow the jump.

By Brent Bozell | | December 8, 2012 | 7:57 AM EST

The cabal that chooses the 15 nominees for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature has issued its 2013 selections. Why was the the top-grossing documentary of 2012 -- and the fourth most-successful documentary of all time – not on that expansive list?

Because it was “2016,” the film in which conservative author Dinesh D’Souza warns of a dark future for America if Barack Obama is re-elected. The film’s producer, Gerald Molen, who’s already won an Oscar for “Schindler’s List,” was scandalized. "The action confirms my opinion that the bias against anything from a conservative point of view is dead on arrival in Hollywood.”

By Tim Graham | | December 8, 2012 | 7:34 AM EST

Two weeks ago, we noted gay activist/sex columnist Dan savage lectured a reader, "You are not ‘a poly.’ Poly is not a sexual's not a sexual orientation. It's not something you are, it's something you do."

Oopsy. Savage was inundated by criticism, and while he didn't actually apologize or retract his view, he did confess surprise in the latest column: "sometimes I kick the proverbial hornet's nest intentionally—"bulls--t in the Bible," for instance—and sometimes I kick the hornet's nest accidentally. I honestly didn't expect the outraged response I got after I wrote that poly wasn't a sexual identity in the "sexual orientation" sense of the term." He didn't mean to upset the perverted, just the traditionalists.

By Tim Graham | | December 8, 2012 | 7:10 AM EST

AP reports “The Washington Post Co. will pay its 2013 dividends before the end of this year to try to spare investors from anticipated tax increases.” A  dividend of $9.80 per share is payable December 27 to shareholders of record instead of quarterly dividends next year.

Guess who benefits? The nation's leading billionaire advocate of tax hikes: "The Washington Post's dividend payment also stands to benefit those with a significant stake in the company, such as Warren Buffett's firm Berkshire Hathaway. Berkshire is its largest shareholder with an estimated 1.7 million shares, which means it could get a roughly $17 million dividend payment." Back on November 27, Post reporter Jia Lynn Yang was reporting that this was the kind of greedy tactic a self-dealing right-winger like Sheldon Adelson might do:

By Tom Blumer | | December 7, 2012 | 11:57 PM EST

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its latest report on food stamp program participation through September today. I received the email alerting me to the release at 5:17 p.m., so it seems reasonable to believe that USDA and the Barack Obama administration wanted the new data to get as little attention as possible (as will be seen later, it's currently getting none). If so, they have two probable reasons for wishing to minimize its impact.

The first and more obvious of the two is that the food stamp rolls increased by over 607,000 in September to 47.71 million, yet another all-time record. That's awful enough, but here's the real kicker: the participation figure for July, the last month of data available before Election Day, was revised up by over 150,000, changing that month's reported increase from 11,600 to just under 166,000. As will be seen after the jump, no other month's data was revised except August, where the changes were infinitesimal.

By Tom Johnson | | December 7, 2012 | 11:18 PM EST

In Kosland, attitudes toward conservatives range from intense but (relatively) respectful disagreement to the firm belief that those on the right are personally and politically monstrous. For example, one Kossack recently presented today's Republicans as essentially a Khmer Rouge in waiting -- "violently deranged totalitarian[s]" whose return to power would result in "genocide."

As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

By Jack Coleman | | December 7, 2012 | 8:50 PM EST

How can you tell when conservatives really annoy a liberal?

When his hyperbole exceeds even the broad parameters of absurdity embraced on the left. Case in point -- attorney and "Ring of Fire" radio show co-host Mike Papantonio's appearance on fellow libtalker Thom Hartmann's show on Wednesday. (audio clip after page break)

By Matt Vespa | | December 7, 2012 | 6:47 PM EST

The PBS NewsHour has yet to invite a strong conservative on the program to talk about the fiscal cliff.  Tuesday night they had New York Times columnist, left-wing economist, and Obama cheerleader Paul Krugman to detail his view.  Wednesday night they had moderately-conservative Sen. Bob Corker ( R-Tenn), but last night was the most interesting. PBS invited the Norquist of the left, Max Richtman, of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, who insisted we shouldn’t be in a rush to reform our entitlement spending. 

After all, when the unfunded liability of both programs is around $100 trillion dollars, what’s the big hurry? Where’s the fire? Suffice it to say, none of Richtman's claims were met with skepticism by anchor Judy Woodruff.  She continued with her interview, as if what Richtman said was fact.

By Randy Hall | | December 7, 2012 | 6:30 PM EST

Things have really come full circle for the perpetually troubled liberal magazine Newsweek, since it infamously smeared Newt Gingrich on its cover as "the Gingrich who stole Christmas." Eighteen years later, Newsweek is literally doing that to more than 50 employees it fired on Friday.

The pink-slipped staff for the Newsweek/Daily Beast Company received a letter from Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown and Chief Executive Officer Baba Shetty on Friday that can be summed up in four words: “Happy holidays. You're fired.”

By Ken Shepherd | | December 7, 2012 | 6:03 PM EST

Reuters correspondent Andrea King Collier offered readers a heavily-slanted 27-paragraph story last evening about Michigan Republican lawmakers pushing a right-to-work bill in the state legislature. King Collier quoted only one proponent of the legislation -- Gov. Rick Snyder -- who was described as a "reluctant supporter of the measure," unlike "other Republican governors who have championed curbs on unions." Snyder sounded apologetic for the legislature's action, quoted by King Collier as saying "that issue was on the table whether I wanted it to be there or not."

By contrast, King Collier quoted three critics of the legislation: a union boss, an Obama White House spokesman, and a teacher's union member who was on hand outside the state capitol in Lansing to protest the bills under consideration. 

By Noel Sheppard | | December 7, 2012 | 5:46 PM EST

Bill Maher's HBO program might be on hiatus, but that doesn't stop the Obama-supporter from making inflammatory remarks about other Americans.

At his blog Friday, Maher wrote that the President should use the current budget crisis to implement a carbon tax as a "personal f--k you to the Koch brothers":

By Amy Ridenour | | December 7, 2012 | 5:31 PM EST

Salon magazine this afternoon is asking the silly question, Why can Limbaugh speak, but not Costas?

It is Rush Limbaugh who is banned from speaking, not Bob Costas.Salon’s David Sirota has a long introduction to his argument (which you can read here) that boils down to this: