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Fox News’ Brit Hume: Obama, Holder Use ‘Race’ To ‘Defend Themselves’ (VIDEO)

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“To those two men, race has been both a shield and a sword that they have used effectively to defend themselves, and to attack others,” Hume said.

Fox News contributor George Will said that liberals haven’t had any new ideas in a few decades, so they accuse people of being racist.

“Look, liberalism has a kind of Tourette’s syndrome these days. Just constantly saying the word ‘racism’ and ‘racist,’” he said. “There’s a kind of intellectual poverty now. Liberalism hasn’t had a new idea since the 1960s — except Obamacare — and the country doesn’t like it. Foreign policy is a shambles, from Russia to Iran to Syria to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And the recovery is unprecedentedly bad.”

“So, what do you do? You say, ‘Anyone who criticizes us is a racist,” Will continued.

Watch the exchange via Raw Story:

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Kos’ Sunday Talk: Duck and cover

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Without a doubt2013 has been a terriblehorribleno goodvery badyear for President Obama.You don’t need to read the polls to see it; I mean, for fuck’s sake, even Condoleezza Rice could’ve  predicted this would happen!All throughout history, attempts to change America’s social fabric have been met with fierce resistance, and Obama’s communist takeover of the health care system is no different—its (allegedbirthplace notwithstanding.Now, mark my words: Come January 1, when the apocalypse (aka Obamacare) is upon us, you liberals won’t be so gay for your socialized medicine anymore; and that’s just as well, since there won’t be any doctors left to provide it.

 

Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA); Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX); Ben Wizner (ACLU); RoundtableEugene Robinson (Washington Post), Elliott Abrams (Council on Foreign Relations), Robin Wright (Woodrow Wilson Center), George Mason University Prof. Dr. Peter Starns and Andrea Mitchell (NBC News).

Face the NationBarton Gellman (Washington Post); Legal Adviser to Edward Snowden/Kossack Jesselyn Radack; Former NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake; Former NSA/CIA Director Gen. Michael HaydenRoundtableJeffrey Kluger (TIME), James Fallows (The Atlantic), Laura Sydell (NPR) and Seth Fletcher (Scientific American).

This Week: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX);  2013 “Game Changers”.

Fox News Sunday: Former DNC Chair/Vermont Gov. Howard DeanDr. Scott Gottlieb(American Enterprise Institute); Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA);RoundtableBrit Hume (Fox News), Mara Liasson (NPR), Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) and Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT).

State of the UnionS.E. Cupp (CNN); Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile; Republican Strategist Ana NavarroNeera Tanden (Center for American Progress).

 

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature “birdmen” who soar off cliffs in wingsuits; wildlife filmmakers who use “spy-cams” to show polar bears up close; and, researchers who get in the water with man-eating Nile crocodiles (preview).

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Mike Huckabee Drags Obama Into Duck Dynasty Controversy

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Leave it to the GOP to blame the POTUS for this fiasco…

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Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said that Phil Robertson’s views of gay people and African Americans are “traditional” values that are endemic to Christianity, Judaism, Islam and suggested, during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, that President Obama subscribed to the same beliefs during the 2008 presidential campaign.

The potential 2016 presidential candidate has started an online petition in support of the Duck Dynasty patriarch, who was suspended from the popular A&E show after comparing gay relationships to bestiality and saying that black people were better off before the civil rights movement.

“I think it has come to a point in our culture where political correctness has made it so if you want to take a point of view, it is traditional. it holds to steadfast old fashioned biblical principals, that you’re supposed to just shut up and keep that to yourself,” Huckabee said. “There is a new level of bullying on the part of these militant activist groups, who if anyone says something that holds to the same position that Barack Obama held in 2008 when he was at the Saddleback Church with John McCain made it clear very clear that he opposed same sex marriage, and he said he did so because he was a Christian and because of his biblical views.” Obama embraced marriage equality in May of 2012. Watch it:

Pressed on the substance of Robertson’s comments by host Chris Wallace, Huckabee said that the remarks were probably “more appropriate for the duck woods than the pages of a major news magazine.” “I think I saw the world of the south a little differently than maybe he did,” he added.

Robertson likened homosexuality to bestiality and adultery in the now infamous GQ interview and said of African Americans living in the pre-civil rights era, “Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

 

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Evil Cheney family turns sloppy: What is this “feelings” garbage?!

Evil Cheney family turns sloppy: What is this

Dick Cheney confers with daughters, Mary, left, and Elizabeth, at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, July 31, 2000. (Credit: AP/Ed Reinke)

The Cheneys…the saga continues.

Salon

As Dick Cheney’s daughters fight over marriage equality, has this cynical family lost its refined ruthlessness?

You’d have expected more from a Cheney political operation. This family has run quite a few cynical campaigns before and enjoys winning; there’s no time to get caught up in any feelings crap. This is because they are an evil family.

When Liz Cheney, perhaps the most cynical of them all, decided to run for Wyoming’s Senate race, you’d have thought there’d be a family meeting beforehand that went like this.

Liz: Mary, I am going to denounce your same-sex marriage, to win a Republican primary.

Mary: Of course you are, Sister. That is the only way to win a Republican primary in Wyoming, where you brilliantly are pretending to live. I would consider you weak if you didn’t.

Dick: The Cheney family must not be weak.

Lynne: Destroy everything, we must.

Liz: Mwah! War!

[Whole family guzzles deer blood from flaming goblets.]

But now a totally unexpected thing and fun has emerged: Mary Cheney is publicly offended by her sister taking a stand against marriage equality.

The relationship “has deteriorated so much that the two sisters have not spoken since the summer,” the New York Times writes, ”and the quarrel threatens to get in the way of something former Vice President Dick Cheney desperately wants — a United States Senate seat for Liz.”

On Fox News Sunday yesterday, Liz Cheney described same-sex marriage as “just an area where [Mary and I] disagree.” Rather than just sitting there and taking it, as even a Cheney family in-law would be expected to, Mary’s wife, Heather Poe, wrote this up on her Facebook page:

I was watching my sister-in-law on Fox News Sunday (yes Liz, in fifteen states and the District of Columbia you are my sister-in-law) and was very disappointed to hear her say “I do believe in the traditional definition of marriage.”

Liz has been a guest in our home, has spent time and shared holidays with our children, and when Mary and I got married in 2012 – she didn’t hesitate to tell us how happy she was for us.

To have her now say she doesn’t support our right to marry is offensive to say the least

I can’t help but wonder how Liz would feel if as she moved from state to state, she discovered that her family was protected in one but not the other.

I always thought freedom meant freedom for EVERYONE.

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Chris Wallace Challenges Ted Cruz Over Obamacare Plan (VIDEO)

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Chris Wallace challenged Senator Ted Cruz over his plan to defund Obamacare on “Fox News Sunday.”

Cruz is one of the leaders behind the Republican bill that would defund health care reform in order to prevent a government shut down. The Senate is expected to eliminate the Obamacare provision from the bill, and Cruz has called for filibustering to prevent the bill from being voted on — a plan that fellow Republicans have criticized in recent days.

“I’m confused,” Wallace said on Sunday, asking Cruz, “Are you going to allow consideration of the bill… or are you going to block [the Senate] from even taking up a bill which you support?”

Cruz said that Senate Republicans could ask Harry Reid to require 60 votes in order to pass any amendments to the legislation, but said that he probably wouldn’t agree because he wants to use “brute political force” to continue Obamacare.

Wallace seemed unconvinced. “It’s Senate Rule 22…it says you say allow debate, that you can pass an amendment by a simple majority, that’s the rule,” the Fox News host argued.

Later in the interview, Wallace also asked Cruz to address criticism from his fellow Republicans and what his “end game” will be if the Senate sends the bill back to the House without the Obamacare provision.

(h/t Think Progress)

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Fox News Pundit Shuts Down Network’s Hysteria Over Benghazi: ‘It’s Gone, Baby. It’s In Your Head’

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Fox News contributor, Juan Williams

It’s about time Juan Williams stop playing a “shill” and stand up to Fox News’ pundits.

Think Progress

Fox News’ Juan Williams tersely dismissed the GOP’s year-long effort to implicate the Obama administration in a so-called “cover-up” of the attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Sep. 11, 2012, telling off a panelist who suggested that the debate over the incident was still ongoing.

During a heated discussion on Fox News Sunday, former Bush administration official Karl Rove regurgitated GOP claims that “someone constructed a lie” that the incident resulted from “a spontaneous reaction to a video no one saw” and suggested Obama refused to scramble necessary military assets to save the U.S. personnel. Conservative commentator Brit Hume agreed, adding, “the list of questions that remain unanswered to this day are what make this a legitimate topic of conversation. I’m sorry to say this is not over.”

Williams disputed these charges point by point and explained that months of Republican-led Congressional hearings had been unable to uncover any evidence of a cover up. “It’s gone, baby. It’s in your head. That’s the only place,” he added. Watch it:

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Chris Wallace Confronts Eric Cantor For Conducting Do-Nothing Congress

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Cantor was on Fox News Sunday and was asked why Congress wouldn’t pass necessary appropriations to stop the government from running out of money. Instead, Congress has been

wasting time holding its 40 Obamacare repeal vote and pursuing other highly partisan partisan measures.

“Rightly or wrongly, none of the bills you passed is going to become law,” Wallace told Cantor on Fox News Sunday. “You have only passed four of 12 appropriations bills you are supposed to pass. We face a government shut down in the fall. Is this the best time to spend your time, passing bills that won’t become law?”

Cantor responded by accusing President Obama of delivering campaign speeches and failing to consider measures the House has already voted on. But Wallace wouldn’t hear it, reminding Cantor that the GOP couldn’t advance a comprehensive Farm Bill and had to pull a transportation funding measure after moderate House Republicans balked at its deep cuts. “Why not do what the House is supposed to do?”

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Gov Rick Perry Claims No One Was Insulted By His Wendy Davis Comments

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This guy is definitely delusional…

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Governor Rick Perry explained to John Roberts, host of Fox News Sunday, that he was complimenting state Senator Wendy Davis on her life, and the only reason people took it the wrong way is because “this” (aka, allowing women to have medical rights over their bodies; aka, abortion) is a volatile issue and they wanted to avoid discussing it.

Perry said, “You know, I think this is a volatile issue that people are grasping on to anything that they can criticize and not focusing on what’s really at hand here and, uh, the taking of life after twenty weeks, is what this is about. The killing of babies that are viable outside uh their mom’s bodies after twenty weeks is what this is about. A lot of folks really don’t like to talk about that, they would like to focus on practically anything rather than to say ‘we support that process.’”

Perry then assured everyone that his goal is to make sure women get the healthcare they “deserve”.

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John Roberts, host of Fox News Sunday, explained to a very smug Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) that many people were offended by his previous comments about state Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), in which he used her personal life against her stance on the issue of choice.

Roberts pointed out that Texas House Speaker Joe Straus expressed concern that Perry should have left her personal life out of his remarks. Roberts worried that Perry’s comments would hurt him with independent women, should he decide to run for President again in 2016.

Governor Rick Perry didn’t hear that alarm bell at all. See, he was “complimenting” Wendy Davis by showing what she had accomplished when she did what Rick Perry wants all women to do.

Perry mansplained why this won’t be an issue for him, “Actually, those comments were meant to be a compliment to her for what she had accomplished in her life. You think about where she came from, what she’s accomplished. And as a matter of fact, I would think that she’s very proud of that as well. My point was that saving a life and letting that life come to its fulfillment and all the good things that happened that you never know who’s going to be considered an extraordinary individual who’s going to make that real impact and life. And that was our point that we were making, and nothing else, nothing more.” (Yes, Perry is another who refers to himself as the royal “we”.)

Roberts pressed on, “Why do you think it was seen so differently by so many people?”

Perry had an answer for that one, too. It’s not that women/people were insulted when he used Davis’ personal life against her cause in an effort to get her to be quiet, it’s that — harkening back to the women are hysterical days, “You know, I think this is a volatile issue that people are grasping on to anything that they can criticize and not focusing on what’s really at hand here and, uh, the taking of life after twenty weeks, is what this is about. The killing of babies that are viable outside uh their mom’s bodies after twenty weeks is what this is about. A lot of folks really don’t like to talk about that, they would like to focus on practically anything rather than to say ‘we support that process.’”

Well, heavens yes, it’s not as if those people who “Stand with Wendy” could have a point worth listening to about letting women and their families make their own medical decisions. And while we might say that Rick Perry wants to discuss anything but using his power as a Government official to forcibly take away what should be personal medical decisions from citizens in order to impose his religious beliefs upon taxpayers, you can see how if he accuses everyone else of “killing babies” he doesn’t have to have a real discussion let alone debate on the issue. Toss that bomb, Rick!

See, if Perry leaves important decisions up to you girls, you just mess things up. This way, Republican Rick Perry, who cares about the unborn — just not the born — is in charge of all of you ladies’ bodies.

Perry said he was a big believer in state’s rights, especially since the outcome he wanted takes so long through a Constitutional amendment. And, whoopee, “We’re going to protect life in Texas.” Amended statement should read, “We’re going to protect all non-female and unborn ‘life’ in Texas.” State Senator Wendy Davis called Perry out on his bullying of women last week.

Perry tried to get out of talking about his political future and said his job was to be focused on getting things done in Texas, “To make sure women get the healthcare they deserve” and that it’s “safe”. Always check your back when a Republican lawmaker or Governor starts talking about giving you the healthcare you “deserve” (see their “repeal and replace” lie).

A reality check for Fox and Perry: A Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research poll of Texans on the issue found that the majority do not think the Governor or the legislature should be making these choices for individuals. “Support for a woman’s ability to make decisions on abortion for herself is both broad and deep, including among Independents (76 percent) and Republicans (61 percent).”

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10 things you need to know today: June 23, 2013

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden left Hong Kong for Russia on Sunday after extradition attempts failed.

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden left Hong Kong for Russia on Sunday after extradition attempts failed.

The Week

Snowden lands in Moscow after fleeing Hong Kong, flood tolls reach record levels in Canada and India, and more

1. SNOWDEN FLEES HONG KONG
U.S. intelligence fugitive Edward Snowden has landed in Moscow after flying out of Hong Kong “on his own accord” on Sunday, from where the U.S. was seeking his extradition on charges of espionage. The former NSA contractor is reportedly expected to fly on to Cuba en route to Venezuela. Hong Kong said Washington had failed to meet the requirements for extradition.[BBCWall Street Journal]
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2. OBAMA TO UNVEIL CLIMATE-CHANGE PLAN
President Obama announced in an online video that he will unveil a national plan to combat climate change in a speech Tuesday. Obama says he’ll lay out his vision for reducing carbon pollution, preparing the U.S. for the effects of climate change and leading other nations in the global effort. White House aides have suggested the steps will include renewable energy and energy-efficient appliances and buildings. [Huffington Post]
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3. GRAHAM CONFIDENT THAT IMMIGRATION BILL WILL GET VOTES
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a chief GOP proponent of immigration reform, said on Fox News Sunday that he’s confident the Gang of Eight bill can net the 70 votes he’s been shooting for. Graham said the bill, which includes a “border surge” plan, would offer sufficient southern border security. The Senate could pass a reform package by the end of the week, but the bill could face a tall hurdle in the Republican-controlled House. [Politico]
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4. PAKISTANI GUNMEN KILL 9 TOURISTS
Gunmen burst into a small hotel in northern Pakistan early Sunday, killing nine foreign hikers. The victims were Ukrainian and Chinese, while another Chinese man managed to safely escape. The attack took place between midnight and 1 a.m., said Ali Sher, a senior police official. He said the violence occurred in Fairy Meadows in Gilgit Baltistan province. [CNN]
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5. PLANE CRASH AT OHIO AIR SHOW KILLS TWO
A biplane carrying a wing-walker (a daredevil who traverses the length of an aircraft during flight) crashed into a field during an air show in Ohio at Dayton International Airport on Saturday, killing the stunt performer and the pilot. Jane Wicker and her veteran pilot, Charles Schwenker, were performing stunts at the 39th Vectren Air Show, which will continue today. [NBC News]
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6. FLOOD TOLLS IN CANADA AND INDIA REACH HIGHEST LEVELS
While as many as 100,000 people in the Canadian province of Alberta have been forced out of their homes as torrential rain continues to cause serious flooding, flash floods, and landslides in northern India have killed at least 1,000 people in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in the past week. Both tolls are expected to rise as harsh weather persists in both regions. [New York TimesBBC]
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7. SUPERMOON ARRIVES IN EARLY-MORNING SKY
“Supermoon,” the largest and brightest moon since 1993, officially arrived at about 7 a.m. EDT Sunday morning, as the moon makes its closest swing by Earth this year (perigee). About a half hour later, the moon reached full status, making it appear 12 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a regular full moon. The effect should linger for a few nights. [NBC News, Christian Science Monitor]
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8. JON STEWART VISITS EGYPTIAN COUNTERPART
Two weeks after temporarily handing over The Daily Show desk to John Oliver, Jon Stewart paid a visit to his Egyptian counterpart Bassem Youssef, who hosts the country’s Daily Showequivalent, The Program (Al-Bernameg). Youssef and Stewart discussed Stewart’s upcoming Jordan-set film, the trouble with satire, and taxi drivers. [New York]
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9. POLICE RETURN TO HERNANDEZ’S HOME FOR SEARCH
State police officers and dogs searched the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez for more than 3½ hours on Saturday as they continued to investigate the killing of a semi-pro football player whose body was found about a mile away. Authorities are expected to execute an arrest warrant at some point for Hernandez for obstruction of justice. [ESPN]
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10. PAULA DEEN FANS RALLY BEHIND THE CHEF
Fans of Southern chef Paula Deen are lambasting her soon-to-be former employer Food Network for dropping the longtime star after her admitted use of the n-word. Angry messages piled up Saturday on the network’s Facebook page, with many Deen fans threatening to change the channel for good. Deen and her brother are being sued by a former manager of their restaurant who says she was harassed and worked in an environment rife with innuendo and racial slurs. [Washington Post]

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Some Groups Targeted By IRS May Have Violated Election Law

This certainly sounds interesting…

Think Progress

A report conducted by the Treasury Department’s Inspector General found that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) improperly targeted conservative groups applying for 501(c)(4) status and IRS officials have publicly admitted to relying on inappropriate criteria to screen out the names of organizations that included “tea party” or “patriots” for additional scrutiny. But the New York Times reported on Sunday that some of the targeted groups may have used most of their resources to engage in political activity and backed Republican candidates for office, potentially violating the terms of the “social welfare” designation.

Under the law, 501(c)(4)s cannot be “primarily engaged” in electioneering activity. Though the guidelines for acceptable levels of political activity are unclear, organizations with such designations operate under the understanding that they are prohibited from spending more than 49 percent of their funds or time on political advocacy. Several Tea Party groups that reported unfair IRS scrutiny appear to have overstepped these bounds, the paper notes:

When CVFC, a conservative veterans’ group in California, applied for tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service, its biggest expenditure that year was several thousand dollars in radio ads backing a Republican candidate for Congress.

The Wetumpka Tea Party, from Alabama, sponsored training for a get-out-the-vote initiative dedicated to the “defeat of President Barack Obama” while the I.R.S. was weighing its application.

And the head of the Ohio Liberty Coalition, whose application languished with the I.R.S. for more than two years, sent out e-mails to members about Mitt Romney campaign events and organized members to distribute Mr. Romney’s presidential campaign literature.

The IRS is separately reviewing “roughly 300 tax-exempt groups that may have engaged in improper campaign activity in past years, according to agency planning documents” and lawmakers are urging the agency to reconsider the applications of much larger groups like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS. The group told the IRS that any political ads run by the group would be “limited in amount” and “would not constitute the group’s primary purpose,” but it appears to be primarily focused on campaign activity.

As Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) explained on Fox News Sunday, while the IRS’ use of a partisan list to go after conservative groups is not justified, the law requires 501(c)(4)s to be “engaged in social welfare and not politics and campaigning.” “Crossroads was exhibit A.  They were boasting about how much money they were going to raise and beat Democrats with,” Durbin said.

 

 

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