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If National Public Radio political editor Domenico Montanaro is wondering why he's getting the cold shoulder at work these days, this might explain it.

Montanaro was one of four journalists to appear on the NPR Politics podcast for a weekly roundup segment on Feb. 8 when the subject of the  Jan. 20-22 government shutdown came up, a showdown prompted by bitter divisions in Congress over the immigration policy known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).


Alec Baldwin is back again on Saturday Night Live, depicting an ignorant and buffoonish Donald Trump to the besotted hosts of Fox & Friends in last night's opening skit.

"Mr. President, can I say, your speech was maybe the best speech in the history of this country!" gushed SNL's Heidi Gardner as Fox's Ainsley Earhardt, referring to the State of the Union address. Baldwin's Trump quickly agreed, boasting that "a lot of folks" including Paul Ryan said "it was better than Martin Luther King's 'I Dream of Jeannie' speech."


Yeah, good luck with that. The perpetual outrage machine that is the left's pathological loathing for President Trump keeps reaching new lows in absurdity, albeit only on an hourly basis. Plenty of liberals have labeled Trump's tweet slamming Democrat Senator and potential 2020 opponent Kirsten Gillibrand as "sexual harassment." But liberal radio host Thom Hartmann went beyond that and described it -- I'm not making this up -- as grounds for impeachment.


In May 2010, a determined but hapless jihadist tried and failed to set off a bomb on a busy Saturday night in Times Square. Looking back at that botched terrorist attack in the heart of midtown Manhattan, two things stand out -- the magnitude of the explosion had it been detonated, and Rachel Maddow's hand-wringing for the alleged Miranda rights of the suspected bomber.

I say "alleged" because there is a public safety exception to Miranda that was invoked by the FBI, just in case the accused was part of a wider plot and might be compelled to spill his guts and thereby prevent the slaughter of innocent people, instead of being promptly told upon his arrest that he could clam up and hide behind a lawyer.


"This is what democracy looks like!," liberals are so fond of proclaiming, especially while stomping their feet amid a braying mob of like-minded malcontents. They are decidedly less enamored of democracy when the votes don't go their way.


Remember back when liberals used to fake an earnest affinity for the people who made up the base of their party? Those same people now fit the profile of mass murderers as far as Rachel Maddow is concerned. Hosting her MSNBC show last night from Las Vegas in the wake of the staggering atrocity there Sunday evening, Maddow at one point focused on the suspected gunman's age, 64, which she described as atypical.


What a shock it truly wasn't that one of the most warped recent examples of Trump Derangement Syndrome would be heard on a cable show hosted by Al Sharpton. Former Chicago Bulls player Craig Hodges, author of "Long Shot: The Struggles and Triumphs of an NBA Freedom Fighter," appeared on Sharpton's PoliticsNation yesterday to talk about President Trump's criticism of NFL athletes for kneeling during the national anthem to protest perceived racial injustices.


Kennedy apologists in media were surely shocked by what they witnessed on 60 Minutes this past Sunday -- acknowledgement of an episode in the life of Robert F. Kennedy that many liberals would prefer to keep hidden. In the wake of President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, the weekly CBS news magazine dusted off a 2014 interview with Comey from one year after he was appointed.


Leave it to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow to beclown herself right out of the gate last night in describing President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

In her eagerness to convey the alleged earth-shaking significance of Comey's dismissal, Maddow's initial commentary overlapped with live footage of Comey's jet about to leave Los Angeles. Compelling cable it was not.


Awww, that Daily Show reunion was going so well until breaking news had to intervene. More accurately, it wasn't the breaking news that President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey was so deliciously awkward -- it was the wildly enthusiastic reaction to that news from Late Show host Stephen Colbert's audience.


Try though she may -- nay, fight though she persistently fights -- Senator Elizabeth Warren has a branding problem.

Granted, she's doing her darndest to change that. The title of her new book, for example -- "This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class." Not the more succinct "This is Our Fight" or, tighter still, "This Fight." Operative word here -- fight. As in, "Fighting the Fight That's Ours to Fight: One Feisty, Fiery Senator Punches Away for America's Embattled Middle Class."


Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, Samuel Johnson famously observed. And the courts become a desperate refuge for liberals after they lose an election, political observers inevitably witness. Practically as soon as "controversial" Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski was introduced on Sunday's 60 Minutes by reporter Lesley Stahl, you could see her pitch coming.


In the spirit of giving credit where credit is due, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow has again done her part to make the phrase "pulling a Maddow" an enduring addition to the lexicon.

As I'm sure you recall, Maddow last month wildly overhyped her "exclusive" report -- actually obtained by another journalist -- about Trump's "tax returns," when in reality all she had was Trump's 2005 1040 federal tax return that revealed he paid $38 million in federal taxes that year for $150 million in income. The pushback against Maddow, even from the left, was swift and brutal.


Don't hold your breath waiting for MSNBC's Rachel Maddow to trumpet her next scoop, assuming the next time it's actually hers and not someone else's. In the wake of Maddow's is that all there is? report about Donald Trump's 2005 tax return that revealed the not at all shocking news that Trump was actually quite wealthy, at least as of a decade ago, and also paid tens of millions in federal income taxes, the backlash from both sides of the divide has been furious.


More than a quarter-century since the demise of the Soviet Union, liberals in American media are still providing useful cover for their favorite failed socialist utopia, just as they did during the Cold War. Latest example comes from MSNBC's Rachel Maddow last night in one of her tedious, guest-free monologues, this one on the eye-glazing subject of Russian money-laundering and alleged collusion between the Russian government and Trump campaign, six months and counting into this particular conspiracy theory and not a smoking gun yet but I digress.


For many Americans, the British vote to leave the European Union last June was pretty arcane stuff that didn't much matter until it was replicated on this side of the pond months later when Donald Trump was elected president.

Right after the vote, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, always at the ready to sound the alarm regardless of whether it's needed, dubbed the Brexit vote a "global crisis". Instead of actually becoming one, Brexit quickly slipped below the radar at MSNBC and elsewhere, its not so gaping void filled with growing interest in the American presidential campaign.


In a promo she does for the MSNBC channel on SiriusXM, Rachel Maddow claims she delivers the news "without fear or favor" -- but she sure provides useful cover to guests if they share her liberal politics. Such was the case Tuesday night when one of Maddow's guests was former CIA analyst Edward Price, who just quit the agency in a highly public way, accompanied by an op-ed in the Washington Post that laid out the alleged rationale for his departure.


On the plus side, Rachel Maddow isn't teaching history to impressionable youth in high school or college. But it's hardly preferable that she spouts her dubious versions of it from a cable platform at MSNBC. In the wake of President Trump's freewheeling press conference in which he excoriated the media for its persistent bias, Maddow harkened back to a simpler time she considers so much better -- the media's allegedly aggressive coverage of the Kennedy administration.


After he was elected to the Senate from Minnesota in truly dubious fashion, former Saturday Night Live comedian and Air America Radio host Al Franken spent the next several years keeping his head down in Congress while making few appearances on cable. This was the start of Franken's earnest effort to appear a statesman and put the clown act behind him.

Then in November, Donald Trump was elected president and the ongoing left-wing meltdown began in earnest. One of the noticeable changes brought by Trump's victory is that the previously camera-shy Franken, at least as of 2008, was once again the life of the party.


Jon Tester is not a well-known politician who makes frequent appearances on cable news. But what the Montana Democrat lacks in familiarity he compensates by pulling off the most important liberal duty of all -- he shows that he cares. Really, really cares.