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By Matthew Balan | | November 21, 2012 | 4:02 PM EST

CBS News political director John Dickerson all but crossed his fingers on Wednesday's CBS This Morning as he forwarded the idea of letting the country go over the looming fiscal cliff so President Obama could gain the political advantage: "There is an argument for actually...letting this happen. The President gets even more leverage."

Dickerson explained that "if the so-called fiscal cliff happens, taxes go up for everybody; then, you have a conversation about – not about raising taxes, but about, then, cutting taxes." So, the President and Congress will look good for supposedly cutting taxes after raising them?

By Tim Graham | | November 21, 2012 | 2:35 PM EST

One of the funniest headlines of Wednesday was the Huffington Post asking "Will MSNBC Hold Obama Accountable In Second Term?" The actual headline right now is “MSNBC Battles 'Pro-Obama' Label Heading Into President's Second Term.”

HuffPost media reporter Michael Calderone raised eyebrows for quoting radical-lefty Glenn Greenwald on MSNBC insisting that If  the DNC "were to own a network and produce news programming...would look exactly like what MSNBC has become." He even made Soviet analogies:

By Tom Blumer | | November 21, 2012 | 1:35 PM EST

In his Monday evening coverage of a federal judge's refusal to grant retailer Hobby Lobby injunctive relief from ObamaCare's mandate that it "provide insurance coverage for the morning-after and week-after birth control pills," the Associated Press's Tim Talley "cleverly" recast the government's argument over what constitutes an abortion (the government says that the morning-after pill isn't an abortifacient, when it really is) into one over when "pregnancy" (instead of life) begins. The company faces fines of $1.3 million per day (not a typo) starting on January 1 if it does not comply.

Several paragraphs from Talley's writeup will illustrate the misdirection (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

By Matt Hadro | | November 21, 2012 | 1:11 PM EST

Even though Republicans kept the House, CNN was trying to bury the Tea Party on Wednesday. Anchor Carol Costello asked if the movement was dead while CNN's headline proclaimed the "end of the Tea Party movement."

"Is the Tea Party dead?" Costello ridiculously asked GOP strategist Ana Navarro. She took a shot at Fox News after Bill O'Reilly blamed some liberal media for "promoting ideology," to which Costello said "You mean like Fox?" Costello apparently believes she is non-partisan. [Video below the break. Audio here.]

By Randy Hall | | November 21, 2012 | 12:46 PM EST

Here's another sterling example of the premise that liberals have no sense of humor.

Virginia Republican Official Bob FitzSimmonds had no idea what was going to happen when he stated in a Facebook posting on Wednesday that "When Obama is 90 years old and he dies and goes to Hell, he is going to say 'This is all Bush's fault!"

By Ryan Robertson | | November 21, 2012 | 12:41 PM EST

This Thanksgiving, a record high of 42.2 million Americans will use food stamps to curtail the cost of a big meal. At a whopping expense of $72 billion to the taxpayer per year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has grown by 70 percent since 2007, an increase of over 15 million more people.

Despite acknowledging all of this, Elizabeth Flock of US News & World Report declared "More Americans will use food stamps to buy their Thanksgiving dinner this year than ever before," and implied these government handouts aren't as sufficient as they could be.

By Noel Sheppard | | November 21, 2012 | 12:22 PM EST

NBC's David Gregory on Tuesday appeared to make the case that the public really didn't need to know about former CIA Director David Petraeus's affair with biographer Paula Broadwell.

Appearing with him on NBC's Tonight Show was Lindsay Lohan who surprisingly challenged the Meet the Press host on this point (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | November 21, 2012 | 11:10 AM EST

In a piece for The New York Times “Campaign Stops” blog, liberal political writer Thomas Edsall asked  “Is Rush Limbaugh’s Country Gone?” In other words, is Rush right in his post-election analysis that America is in danger of its producers being outnumbered and outvoted by the government dependents? Did we just prove the old George Bernard Shaw aphorism that “A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on the support of Paul”?

Leftists enthusiastically answer in the affirmative. Edsall quoted Robert Borosage in a fit of glee: “In our Gilded Age of extreme inequality, with a middle class that increasingly understands the rules are rigged against them, this was the first election in what is likely to be an era of growing class warfare.”

By NB Staff | | November 21, 2012 | 11:09 AM EST

For general discussion and comment. Today's starter topic: What are you doing for Thanksgiving tomorrow?

By Noel Sheppard | | November 21, 2012 | 10:38 AM EST

Jay Leno continued his comedic assault on the White House Tuesday.

During the opening monologue of NBC's Tonight Show, the host said David Petraeus's mistress Paula Broadwell had more information about Benghazi than United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Mike Ciandella | | November 21, 2012 | 10:07 AM EST encouraging members to join workers’ protest.
By Mark Finkelstein | | November 21, 2012 | 9:52 AM EST

Hector Camacho might be in tough shape in hospital, but someone is out there bobbing and weaving like a champ.  Meet Karen Mills, President Obama's head of the Small Business Administration.

When Joe Scarborough asked her straight-up to state the cost per worker of Obamacare, Mills ducked like a pro, switched the subject, and wound up describing . . . how last year, she bought blueberry jam at a Maine farmers market as gifts for her friends! Not a joke—just a world-class non sequitur from an Obama administration that would rather talk about anything other than the cost of its big-government plans.  View the video after the jump.

By Noel Sheppard | | November 21, 2012 | 9:51 AM EST

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Community College Of Allegheny County announced last week that it will be cutting the hours of some adjunct faculty members to avoid the costs of Obamacare.

According to, the move will save the school $6 million when the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented in January 2014.

By Noel Sheppard | | November 21, 2012 | 9:13 AM EST

A picture of Mitt Romney pumping his own gas in La Jolla was a big hit on the internet Tuesday after getting posted at Reddit.

For some reason NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams decided to do a story on it Tuesday evening specifically designed to mock the former presidential candidate (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | November 21, 2012 | 8:37 AM EST

Peter Nicholas of The Wall Street Journal is playing dumb. He played it straight when When Politico’s Mike Allen asked Obama campaign manager Jim Messina “which Republican would have had the best shot at beating your boss?” and Messina said Jon Huntsman.

“We were honest about our concerns about Huntsman,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said at a Politico breakfast event Tuesday. “I think Huntsman would have been a very tough candidate.” This is like praising the last player at the end of the bench.