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By Tom Blumer | | June 15, 2013 | 9:45 PM EDT

A GOP candidate for the Connecticut State Legislature's 53rd District about 70 miles northeast of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown won election on Tuesday, marking the first time the seat has gone to a Republican since Richard Nixon was president.

Republican Samuel Belsito defeated Democrat Anthony J. Horn by a 58.5%-41.5% margin, largely because his stances in support of citizens' Second Amendment rights and fiscal restraint were more convincing. Based on a review of Newsday's Associated Press Connecticut feed carrying stories from throughout the Nutmeg State (most June 11 and June 12 stories as of the time of this post are here and here), it appears that the AP did not run any stories on the result, and almost certainly made no attempt to discern its meaning.

By Noel Sheppard | | June 15, 2013 | 6:53 PM EDT

Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan made a statement about Friday's announcement concerning Syria definitively having used chemical weapons on its people that is guaranteed to raise eyebrows on both sides of the aisle.

Appearing on PBS's McLaughlin Group, Buchanan said, "This has Tonkin Gulf written all over it...false flag."

By Noel Sheppard | | June 15, 2013 | 5:40 PM EDT

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin had some harsh remarks for both parties Saturday while expressing high praise for Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx.).

Speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C., Palin said Congress should “put themselves on Cruz control - Ted Cruz control.”

By Noel Sheppard | | June 15, 2013 | 5:11 PM EDT

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin had some harsh words for Barack Obama Saturday.

Speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C., Palin said about growing tensions in Syria, “Until we have a commander-in-chief who knows what he’s doing…let Allah sort it out.”

By Noel Sheppard | | June 15, 2013 | 1:57 PM EDT

One of the greatest scenes in the classic comedy "Caddyshack" is when Rodney Dangerfield mocks Ted Knight for taking too much time teeing off at the first hole.

The folks at the USGA introduced a new public service announcement for this week's U.S. Open that features Arnold Palmer and Clint Eastwood somewhat replaying that marvelous scene.

By Noel Sheppard | | June 15, 2013 | 1:10 PM EDT

Jay Leno continued his humorous attacks on Barack Obama Friday.

Speaking about the LGBT Pride Month celebration at the White House, Leno joked during NBC’s Tonight Show monologue, “He promised that as long as he’s president, all Americans regardless of their sexual orientation will be spied on equally.”

By Noel Sheppard | | June 15, 2013 | 12:35 PM EDT

HBO’s Bill Maher once again made a fool of himself on national television Friday.

After making the truly absurd comment during a discussion about hydraulic fracturing, "How anyone with children defends contaminated water I’ll never know,” the Real Time host was thoroughly smacked down by economist Niall Ferguson (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By NB Staff | | June 15, 2013 | 12:31 PM EDT

For weekend discussion and comment. Starter topic: On Thursday, former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum chastized his party for being too elitist. Republicans should “talk to the folks who are worried about the next paycheck,” he told the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference.

Sounds like good advice but is Santorum the one who should give it considering his win-loss record in elections? Give us your thoughts.

By Christian Toto | | June 15, 2013 | 8:43 AM EDT

The makers of the upcoming CBS series Under the Dome figured they could add a splash of verisimilitude to their drama by dropping in audio of President Barack Obama.

The network is now having second thoughts, and CBS editors have trimmed the material from the final broadcast.

By Brent Bozell | | June 15, 2013 | 7:57 AM EDT

Egotistical musicians often exaggerate their political influence, none moreso than the nattering, narcissistic rapper Kanye West. He has compared himself in global stature to Apple founder Steve Jobs, and has titled his latest album “Yeesus.”

Rolling Stone magazine has posted part of a West song titled “I Am a God,” where West raps that Jesus is the “Most High,” but he’s a “close high.”

By Tim Graham | | June 15, 2013 | 7:15 AM EDT

In the wake of the new leaks about NSA surveillance, the Daily Kos wants the entire War on Terrorism repealed as a vast violation of American civil liberties.

Terrorism, scherrorism, says "Letsgetitdone." We lose many more Americans due to "gun violence" and the "lack of health insurance," so losing 3,000 people on 9/11 is just a smear on the national windshield:

By Randy Hall | | June 14, 2013 | 9:20 PM EDT

One of the most outspoken conservatives in the past few years has been Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska who was the GOP candidate for vice president alongside Arizona senator John McCain during the 2008 presidential election and a contributor on the Fox News Channel from Jan. 19, 2009, to Jan. 25, 2013, when she withdrew from the network staff to focus on “broadening her message of common-sense conservatism across the country.”

Less than five months later, the cable channel announced that Palin will return as a political analyst next Monday, a move that was hailed by Greta Van Susteren, host of the weeknight On the Record program, who wrote in an email to Politico.com that she is “delighted to have her back at Fox” because "it will drive her critics crazy!"

By Jack Coleman | | June 14, 2013 | 9:05 PM EDT

Don't you love it when a liberal blames George W. Bush for whatever is annoying that liberal at any given moment, followed by said liberal undercutting his argument minutes later?

If you are cursed to watch MSNBC on a regular basis you're probably familiar with one of its frequent guests, attorney Mike Papantonio, co-host of the weekend radio show "Ring of Fire" along with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Sam Seder. (Audio after the page break)

By Brad Wilmouth | | June 14, 2013 | 7:22 PM EDT

On Thursday's PoliticsNation, MSNBC host Al Sharpton complained about "shameless" Republicans trying to cut food stamp benefits and creating "a whole bunch of ugly names for people who need a little help," as he was joined by MSNBC.com Executive Editor Richard Wolffe and Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson of Georgia. The MSNBC host grumbled:

By Nathan Roush | | June 14, 2013 | 7:19 PM EDT

On Thursday afternoon, FBI director Robert Mueller was called before the House Judiciary Committee to answer questions about the bureau's association with the recent scandals that have rocked the president's second term. He testified about the FBI investigation into the IRS targeting scandal as well as about the security at Benghazi and their delay in responding to the attack. Mueller stumbled through the interview, as he did not give many straight or definitive answers. In fact, he seemed to be remarkably uninformed about key elements regarding the scandals given the fact that he was supposed to be in charge of the entire operation.

Curiously, with such a significant development in these scandals, particularly the one pertaining to the IRS targeting, all of the broadcast networks’ evening newscasts neglected the story. NBC Nightly News along with CBS Evening News and ABC World News did not deem this progression in the scandal newsworthy as it was given collective total of no air time. The only network that gave this new development any time at all was the Fox News Channel. In fact one of the channel’s staple primetime shows, Hannity, featured the story as its leading piece and had a number of guests on the show to comment about the scandal and its lack of media coverage, including the founder of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell.