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By NB Staff | | August 21, 2013 | 9:08 AM EDT

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By Noel Sheppard | | August 20, 2013 | 11:14 PM EDT

The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald made a comment on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 Tuesday that out of context might make conservatives who believe the media is corrupt chuckle.

“Journalism is not a crime and it is not terrorism” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | | August 20, 2013 | 11:08 PM EDT

Maybe because it's a UFO, we're not supposed to be able to explain it.

No, I'm not talking about unidentified flying objects at the recently acknowledged Area 51. I'm talking about an unexplained financial observation, the one made by the Associated Press's Christopher Rugaber on Monday after the release of the July Regional and State Employment and Unemployment report Monday morning. Rugaber observed that the unemployment rate rose in the majority of states and fell in a relative few, while July's national unemployment rate reported two weeks ago fell from 7.6% to 7.4%:

By Matt Vespa | | August 20, 2013 | 8:17 PM EDT

In a video featuring Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson, the TV star - in what appears to be a religious sermon - declares his pro-life stance on the issue of abortion.  When discussing the ethics of, and that there's even a debate on, the issue, he asks, "What in the world happened to us?"

"Listen, from the time you started inside your mother's womb, Thomas Jefferson had it right, you have the God-given right to life for crying out loud. You're this long (pointing to his finger). You're a week old inside your mother. They suck you out of there when you're about like that (point to finger again). You wouldn't be here tonight!

By Matthew Sheffield | | August 20, 2013 | 7:02 PM EDT

Following major electoral defeats, it has become a bit of a tradition for people on the losing side to try and figure out what went wrong and how to return back to political favor. Oftentimes, these books tend to devolve into laundry lists of issues rather than explore some of the broader themes of politics itself.

Last week, I spoke to one author who avoids those problems, I’m pleased today to offer a conversation with another one, Donald Devine, a man who has spent decades in public service in academia, in government in the Reagan Administration, and outside as a conservative commentator.

By Paul Bremmer | | August 20, 2013 | 6:18 PM EDT

MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner and her band of left-wing panelists sneered at the legislative recall effort currently underway in Colorado on Tuesday’s NOW with Alex Wagner. Serial MSNBC contributor Joy Reid even went so far as to refer to the NRA, one of the groups behind the recall, as “Neo-Confederate.”

Wagner was slamming the NRA, which seemingly everyone at MSNBC loves to do, when Reid joined the conversation and introduced the racial element into the mix: “Yeah, it’s interesting. There is a sort of Neo-Confederate thread that runs through these sort of pro-gun movements and the NRA movement.”

By Scott Whitlock | | August 20, 2013 | 6:16 PM EDT

Extreme liberal Chris Matthews may be losing his 5pm time slot, but he isn't going quietly. On Tuesday's Hardball, Matthews sneered that House Republicans who are attempting to defund Obamacare have "ideological zealotry" that "trumps" "even the most minimal loyalty to the common national interests." Yet, later in the show, the anchor bemoaned Republicans who, regarding Barack Obama, won't "speak the language we normally speak in civilized political debates."

Matthews highlighted the possibility of connecting the defunding of Obamacare to the debt ceiling. According the host, "Some on the American right are plotting the global explosion of a default on the U.S. national debt this fall." He added, "Do they really dare to sabotage the American economy and much of the world economy in order to defund a program, the Affordable Care Act that is the law of the land?" Questioning the patriotism of such conservatives, Matthews lashed out: "Is this the extreme case where ideological zealotry trumps even the most minimal loyalty to the common national interests? Where anything goes? Where the ends justify whatever means there are to be had, no matter how menacing to the country or the world?" [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

By Brad Wilmouth | | August 20, 2013 | 6:03 PM EDT

On Monday's All In show, MSNBC host Chris Hayes accused Republicans of "pandering" to an "increasingly self-lathering conservative base" in trying to defund ObamaCare, as he predicted that doing so would spell an "unmitigated disaster politically" for Republicans.

Hayes mocked Republicans as uncaring as he referred to millions of people who might be affected by ObamaCare by rhetorically asking, "Though really who cares about them?"

By Ken Shepherd | | August 20, 2013 | 5:16 PM EDT

Leave it to the Lean Forward network to weave a war-on-women theme into just about anything. Today the network's Tamron Hall and Janet Shamlian hinted sexism was in play with a new NFL ban on large bans in stadiums. The move, they complained, disproportionately affected female football fans who might set out for the big game with a large bag or purse.

Here's how NewsNation host Tamron Hall introduced her show-ending "Gut Check" segment:

By Matt Hadro | | August 20, 2013 | 4:56 PM EDT

CNN has ignored two warnings that Obamacare's privacy protection may be at risk when the state exchanges open October 1, which could leave participants open to the threat of identity theft.

An Inspector General report recently detailed how the security system was months behind schedule, and last week 13 state attorneys general wrote to HHS Secretary Sebelius warning of a possible "privacy disaster" in Obamacare. CNN has not yet reported either warning.

By Matthew Balan | | August 20, 2013 | 4:36 PM EDT

On Monday's Morning Edition on NPR, Cokie Roberts did little to hide her feelings about the Republican National Committee's recent decision to exclude NBC and CNN from hosting future debates between would-be GOP presidential candidates. Roberts asserted that "some might think it's a little bit childish."

Roberts also brushed off the impact of the RNC's move, stating that it's "not likely to play much one way or the other" with voters.

By Howard Portnoy | | August 20, 2013 | 4:22 PM EDT

No, really — it has. And it’s all Congress’s fault. (Well, not all of Congress. Just Republicans, who want to “hurt Americans.”) You can tell how serious these rabbit-killing budget cuts are when the Huffington Post writes about them under the banner “Sequestration Ushers In A Dark Age For Science In America.” Ooooh, ominous.

So, what exactly is the story? The least dramatic telling of it is at Grist, which reports that the National Institutes of Health was forced by sequestration to trim $1.7 billion from its budget. Among the projects that were deep-sixed was research on human retinal degeneration at the University of Utah medical school. The project director, ophthalmology professor Robert E. Marc, is distraught not only at having the rug pulled out from under his research but at having to kill his colony of genetically modified bunnies.

By Scott Whitlock | | August 20, 2013 | 4:21 PM EDT

Good Morning America devoted a segment on Tuesday to the "White House response" on the growing crisis in Egypt without ever mentioning Barack Obama's name. George Stephanopoulos simply informed viewers that "members of Congress continue to debate whether to cut off U.S. aid to Egypt."

Stephanopoulos later told reporter Martha Raddatz that "the United States [is] saying that for now, at least, they will not be suspending military aid to the government in Egypt." Yet, despite the ABC graphic declaring, "White House Response on Egypt Crisis," no GMA journalist in that segment actually mentioned the President who works in the "White House."

By Brad Wilmouth | | August 20, 2013 | 4:13 PM EDT

On Monday's PoliticsNation on MSNBC, host Al Sharpton again raised a distortion against FNC host Bill O'Reilly as he accused O'Reilly of applying the word "parasites" to "people in need," even though the FNC host was referring to people abusing the welfare system.

After Sharpton asserted that O'Reilly "slammed food stamp recipients as parasites," he played a clip of the FNC host. O'Reilly:

By Noel Sheppard | | August 20, 2013 | 4:06 PM EDT

Readers are strongly advised to remove all fluids, flammables, and sharp objects from their computers' proximity as the following is likely to cause uncontrollable fits of laughter! You've been warned!

In the Yale College Writing Center's guide to what's considered a "scholarly source," the New York Times and Washington Post are depicted as having developed "a national or even worldwide reputation for fairness and accuracy" (emphasis added):