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By Tim Graham | | August 29, 2013 | 10:32 PM EDT

On Wednesday night’s Mark Levin show, the popular conservative radio host and public-interest lawyer ripped into anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist for arguing that letting talk-radio hosts moderate Republican debates was a bad idea.

Having conservative talk radio hosts Mark Levin or Rush Limbaugh host debates would be “not useful,” Norquist told The Hill newspaper. Talk radio hosts, he said, are primarily entertainers who would draw attention away from the candidates themselves. “This is a conservative leader who has nothing but contempt for you,” Levin told his audience.

By Noel Sheppard | | August 29, 2013 | 7:08 PM EDT

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer had some harsh words for the White House Thursday.

Commenting on Fox News’s Special Report about the British government’s decision to not take part in a military action against Syria, Krauthammer said, “It is a complete humiliation for the Obama administration.”

By Ken Shepherd | | August 29, 2013 | 7:05 PM EDT

"The Obama administration has refused to send gas masks and other chemical-weapons protection gear to Syrian opposition groups, despite numerous requests dating back more than a year and until the reported chemical-weapons attack that struck the Damascus suburbs August 21," Josh Rogin of The Daily Beast reported earlier today. What's more, it wasn't for lack of supply, as there are numerous gas masks lying about in the region in storage, surplus from the late Iraq War, Rogin reported.

It's completely understandable and arguably advisable to not ship weapons to Syrian opposition groups for fear of weapons falling into the wrong hands, but refusing life-saving gas masks when the Syrian government is known to have chemical weapons caches is quite another. It remains to be seen how much the Big Three networks and newspaper outlets pick up on this thread, but we'll be watching. Below is a critical excerpt from his post (emphasis mine):

By Matthew Sheffield | | August 29, 2013 | 6:48 PM EDT

In remarks that are sure to dismay the race-baiting crew at MSNBC, President Obama admitted in an interview yesterday that he does not think that his conservative critics are racially motivated.

Obama made those remarks in a very flattering discussion with PBS NewsHour hosts Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff after he gave an address commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

By Noel Sheppard | | August 29, 2013 | 6:34 PM EDT

Sometimes you have to wonder if anyone at MSNBC is actually watching what is being said on the network.

On Thursday’s Ed Show, host Ed Schultz actually said, “Thanks to Republican policies, and I don't care if [Detroit's] been under Democratic rule or not, it's Republican policies that have come down from the state and the country that have put this city in a bad position” (video follows with commentary):

By Jack Coleman | | August 29, 2013 | 5:45 PM EDT

Anyone planning a competition to cite the single most insanely stupid purported reason that President Obama may bomb Syria, I already have your winner.

His name is Mike Papantonio, attorney (first flag goes up) and radio show co-host with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (second flag) who often fills in on Ed Schultz's radio program (trifecta!). (Audio after the jump)

By Mike Ciandella | | August 29, 2013 | 5:30 PM EDT

According to a new analysis by CoreBrand, Capital One is one of the top ten least respected companies in America. CoreBrand’s findings were published by Wall Street 24/7 and the well-known bank Capital One ranked number eight on the list.

According to CoreBrand, Capital One Financial Corp. was the first company to run afoul of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a distinction it earned when it was discovered to be misleading customers into paying for unnecessary services. CoreBrand CEO Jim Gregory admitted the credit card company has “very entertaining” advertising. Many of those commercials feature liberal loudmouth Alec Baldwin.

By Ashley Ciandella | | August 29, 2013 | 5:22 PM EDT

NBC's 'Camp' explores its own shortcomings

By Matthew Balan | | August 29, 2013 | 5:17 PM EDT

On Thursday's CBS This Morning, Jeff Pegues spotlighted the lack of GOP speakers at the 50th anniversary commemoration of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech: "Noticeably absent from this event, the GOP...the two most senior Republicans in the House...were invited to speak but declined." However, Pegues failed to mention that the event organizers didn't make much of an effort to get Republican Tim Scott, the only current black U.S. senator, to speak.

The correspondent also zeroed in on former President Bill Clinton's dubious claim during his speech at the commemoration – that "a great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon." [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]

By Ken Shepherd | | August 29, 2013 | 5:02 PM EDT

"Things are looking pretty bleak in the world of abortion care" with "[a] wave of states" having been "disturbingly successful at shutting down abortion providers by passing medically unnecessary restrictions on clinics," abortion rights absolutist and Daily Beast contributor Amanda Marcotte lamented at the open of her August 29 Women in the World blog post.

But alas, there's a bright ray of hope in the womb-like darkness, Marcotte found in her post tagged as a "call to arms" piece (see screen capture below page break; WARNING disturbing image attached at bottom of the post): deep blue states like California working to liberalize abortion laws:

By Noel Sheppard | | August 29, 2013 | 4:59 PM EDT

David Letterman took a comedic swipe at George W. Bush and Barack Obama Wednesday.

Talking about what appears to be a looming American strike on Syria, the CBS Late Show host said, “It's going to be kind of an enjoyable switch for Obama. Now he can start a war that the next president will be stuck with” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Kyle Drennen | | August 29, 2013 | 4:45 PM EDT

On Thursday's MSNBC Daily Rundown, host Chuck Todd laid blame for Republicans not speaking at Wednesday's anniversary of the 1963 march on Washington on the GOP, rather than event organizers: "...the Bushes couldn't go, there were health reasons why neither President Bush could go and speak. Other Republicans leaders were invited to speak and they politely declined. In hindsight, do you wish there had been Republicans that had agreed to speak?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Republican strategist John Feehery pointed out that the only African American in the United States Senate was not invited to speak: "I find it completely shocking that Tim Scott [R-SC] was not invited." Todd still faulted Republicans: "But why didn't Boehner and Cantor say, you know....they could have, by going, they probably could have said, 'By the way, we want you to invite Tim Scott,' and I don't thing the King family says no."

By Ashley Ciandella | | August 29, 2013 | 4:40 PM EDT

Summertime series promotes Gay Marriage, but bashes marriage in general.

By Paul Bremmer | | August 29, 2013 | 4:10 PM EDT

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski vehemently criticized Miley Cyrus’s lewd display during Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” at the MTV Video Music Awards, but Brzezinski herself has blurred the lines between morning show anchor and social activist. On today’s Morning Joe, broadcast from a Ford assembly line near Detroit, the co-host openly declared her support for the nationwide fast food workers’ strike that was planned for today, even threatening to join the protesting workers.

Brzezinski introduced the story about halfway through the show, and she just couldn’t manage to hide her opinion: “Thousands of workers are set to stage walkouts in 35 cities around the country, including Detroit. As part of a push to get chains such as McDonald's, Taco Bell and Wendy's to increase their pay, as they should.

By Noel Sheppard | | August 29, 2013 | 3:39 PM EDT

Numerous commentators have noted that Wednesday's celebration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington seemed like a Democratic campaign rally.

Adding to the criticism was Fox News's Howard Kurtz writing Thursday, "[A]t times it seemed to be a production of MSNBC":