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By NB Staff | | September 16, 2013 | 10:56 AM EDT

Discuss the news of the day, including the DC Navy Yard shooting...

By Mark Finkelstein | | September 16, 2013 | 8:42 AM EDT

"You tell her.  No, YOU tell her!" . . . Richard Wolffe says that in 2012 an all-male group of senior Obama campaign people got together at a White Sox game and decided to fire deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter—but didn't have the "balls" to tell her.

Maybe so.  Then again, Wolffe—appearing on Morning Joe today to tout his new book on the Obama re-election campaign—also claimed that Cutter was "one of the single most effective" people in the Obama campaign?  Cutter? The nasty gaffe machine? View the video after the jump.

By Tim Graham | | September 15, 2013 | 11:12 PM EDT

Washington Post humorist Gene Weingarten has again demonstrated that he really cannot mock his hero Barack Obama. In his latest failed attempt on Sunday, he began with a throwaway line about Obama’s “Nixonian hissy fits against leakers and whistleblowers,” but his heart wasn’t in it.

Instead, he devoted the column to a crank e-mailer named Duane Steil, and how he passes along bizarre theories like Obama’s “secret gay history.” Gene knows that many anti-Obama conservatives don’t believe Obama secretly snorting cocaine and leading a secret gay life. He just dwells on who he wants to represent conservatives:

By Tom Blumer | | September 15, 2013 | 10:26 PM EDT

In a bizarre writeup which alternates between harsh criticism and a pity party about President Barack Obama's "toughness" or lack thereof in the wake of the withdrawal of Larry Summers from consideration as the next head of the Federal Reserve, Politico's Jonathan Allen unleashed a ridiculous assertion about the history of the administration's Syrian adventure: "In another debate that never came up for a vote the White House could have easily lost, Obama was led into asking Congress for approval to bomb Syria."

One wonders how the leader of the still most powerful country on earth can be "led" into anything, but especially in this case, given that it was Obama who came up with the "brilliant" idea of asking for Congressional authorization even though he said he didn't need it.

By Tom Blumer | | September 15, 2013 | 9:18 PM EDT

One thing which is almost as reliable as the sun rising in the east is the Associated Press, aka the Adminstration's Press, putting a better face on the federal government's fiscal situation than it deserves when a Democrat is in the White House. Almost as reliable is the arrival in a related report of some kind of statement about spending cuts which describes them as "deep," "steep," or some other awful adjective.

Both items were present in typical fashion in Martin Crutsinger's report Thursday afternoon following the release of the federal government's August Monthly Treasury Statement. Excerpts follow the jump.

By Noel Sheppard | | September 15, 2013 | 5:42 PM EDT

Music's Neil Young picked the wrong community to mess with.

After saying that Fort McMurray, Canada, as a result of oil production in the town, looks like Hiroshima after the 1945 nuclear attack, radio station Rock 97.9 has banned his music from its airwaves.

By Noel Sheppard | | September 15, 2013 | 4:59 PM EDT

Have you witnessed Republicans “using extortion and blackmail?”

The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward apparently has, and claimed on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that some House GOPers are using such methods to defund ObamaCare (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | September 15, 2013 | 3:54 PM EDT

Bob Schieffer interviewed Senators Bob Corker (R-Tn.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) about recent goings-on in Syria on Sunday's Face the Nation.

For some reason, only Levin was asked to grade the President on how he's handled this foreign policy matter (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Brent Baker | | September 15, 2013 | 3:24 PM EDT

Imagine a major news network anchor, in 1985, telling President Reagan that five years into his presidency rising income inequality wasn’t his fault. Ludicrous, given how the media used the term Reaganomics to denigrate his policies, policies far more successful than President Obama’s in turning around an inherited poor economy. 

Yet in a sit-down with Barack Obama for ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos compliantly excused Obama’s failure: “Do you look at that four and a half years in and say, maybe a President can’t stop this accelerating inequality?”

By Noel Sheppard | | September 15, 2013 | 3:00 PM EDT

The award for this week's best line concerning the American-Russian agreement regarding Syria goes to Washington Post columnist and former George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson.

Appearing on CBS's Face the Nation, Gerson marvelously observed, "Assad used chemical weapons and improved his job security."

By Noel Sheppard | | September 15, 2013 | 1:32 PM EDT

Most of America’s media think President Obama's 2009 bailout of General Motors and Chrysler was a huge success.

Former Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Barney Frank threw cold water on this meme on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday correctly informing viewers that the auto bailout lost money for the federal government. By contrast, we made money from George W. Bush's 2008 bank bailout (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | September 15, 2013 | 11:54 AM EDT

This is just way too delicious!

A petition has been created at the White House website to force President Obama to give the Nobel Peace Prize he was awarded in 2009 to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

By Noel Sheppard | | September 15, 2013 | 11:00 AM EDT

CNN’s Candy Crowley did her best Hillary Clinton Sunday.

During a State of the Union discussion about the American-Russian agreement concerning Syria, Crowley asked a skeptical Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), "Who cares" that "Russia got the diplomatic edge?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | September 15, 2013 | 9:18 AM EDT

Well, that’s some “Good Morning America” on a Sunday. ABC’s morning-show website carried this Sunday sermon: “Holy Water May be Harmful to Your Health, Study Finds.”

Liz Fields reported with great solemnity that "Despite its purported cleansing properties, holy water could actually be more harmful than healing, according to a new Austrian study on 'holy' springs." Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna found that holy water in the baptismal font could kill your baby:

By Tim Graham | | September 14, 2013 | 11:51 PM EDT

As weird as it sounds, the government-funded radio “objective news” operation thinks activists who cooperate with the government in stopping violence are easily defined as “rats.”

Movie reviewer Ella Taylor, who’s written reviews for the far-left Village Voice newspaper in New York, wrote an online review titled “Meet Brandon Darby, Grass-Roots Activist (And FBI Rat).” The film is called "Informant" and is based on how in 2008, Darby went to the FBI when his leftist group built Molotov cocktails to firebomb attendees at the Republican convention in Minneapolis. Wouldn’t this make him a hero? Nope: