Charles Barkley Backs John Kasich (for Now)
The Ohio governor has the former NBA star’s support . . . at least until Elizabeth Warren or Julian Castro jump into the race. The Hill reports:
“Right now, I like John Kasich, the governor of Ohio,” Barkley said on ESPN Radio’...
I Love the Fast and Furious Movies, and I’m Not Ashamed
I’ll just come out and say it: Furious 7 is my favorite film so far this year, and I love the series it’s a part of. If that makes me a philistine, I couldn’t care less.
Evidently, moviegoers ...
Deep in the forest
Smoke rising to the treetops
The arsonist laughs— This poem appears in the March 9, 2015, print issue of National Review.
Prominent anti-Putin Critic Arrested after Being Convicted of Fraud
Alexei Navalny, an anti-corruption activist who for years has been one of the Kremlin’s most vocal critics, was arrested today near Moscow’s Red Square for taking part in a protest unsanctioned by the government. The arrest came shortly ...
Currency Crashing? Look, a New Space Station!
Andrew, at the start of a week in which the ruble is losing over 10 percent of its value against the dollar each day, and in a year in which it’s lost over 50 percent, now seems a bizarre time for ...
Re: The Verbotenization of Christmas
Jay, your amazement at having come across carolers singing “Silent Night” on the street in Manhattan last night reminded me of an entry in the “Stuff White People Like” blog from a few years back. (For those unfamiliar with it, ...
Russian Bombers to Patrol over Gulf of Mexico
Russia yesterday announced plans for its long-range bombers to begin patrolling over the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. When making the announcement, Russian defense secretary Sergei Shoigu also said the country would also start similar patrols over the Arctic ...
Russian Spy Plane Violates Estonian Airspace, Intercepted by NATO Jets
Just days after reports of a Russian submarine being sighted in Swedish waters, Estonia today accused a Russian spy plane of violating its airspace before it was intercepted by NATO jets.
According to the BBC, the spy plane took off ...
Why California's Plastic-Bag Ban Won't Help the Environment
Yesterday, California became the first state to ban plastic grocery bags entirely. In a statement signing the ban into law, Governor Jerry Brown argued that “This bill is a step in the right direction — it reduces the torrent of plastic ...
Ukrainian President Requests Lethal Aid in Address to Congress
In his address to a joint session of Congress this morning, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko requested lethal military aid for his country’s soldiers fighting “on the front for freedom and democracy.”
After first thanking the United States for showing ...
New Wave of Shelling Threatens Ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine
A new wave of shelling and artillery fire has broken out in two key areas of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. The news has sparked fears that the ceasefire deal agreed to on Friday morning by the Ukrainian government and ...
Ukrainian PM: ‘Russian Military Boots Are on Ukrainian Ground’
Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatsenyuk accounced today that Russia had “unleashed a new war in Europe” and that “Russian boots are on Ukrainian ground.” According to BBC News, over 1,000 Russian troops (reports are unclear whether they are in official uniform) ...
Is Russia Now Invading a New Region of Ukraine?
An armored column that includes ten tanks has crossed into Ukraine from Russia, the Ukrainian military reported earlier today. According to military spokesman Andriy Lysenko, the convoy is part of a greater attempt by Russia to open up a new ...
Hitch, Paine, and Anglo-American Radicalism
It was two years ago today that Christopher Hitchens lost his battle with esophageal cancer. “Hitch,” as his friends referred to him, was many things: journalist, literary critic, outspoken atheist, and general man of letters. He wrote memorably and elegantly ...
Obama DisappointMINTS Pulled from Shelves at University of Tennessee
If you have any friends (especially liberal ones) with bad breath, you may want to consider these:
If you’re a student at the University of Tennessee, however, you’re going to have a problem getting a hold of them:
'Spam King' Indicted for Sending 27 Million Spam E-Mails on Facebook
Self-described spam king Sanford Wallace surrendered to the FBI today after being indicted on charges he broke into Facebook accounts to send 27 million spam e-mails on the social network.
Wallace, 43, was indicted in July by a San Jose, ...
Bad News for Piers Morgan
The BBC reports:
Heather Mills has alleged that a senior Mirror Group journalist admitted hacking voicemails left for her by her then-boyfriend Sir Paul McCartney.
Ms Mills told BBC Newsnight that after Sir Paul left the voicemail in 2001, the journalist ...
Martin Bashir and Psychologist Discuss Tea Party 'Psychosis' on MSNBC
In discussing the “delusions” and “psychosis” of the Tea Party with a psychologist on his show, Martin Bashir has proven yet again that he’s capable of reaching ever-new lows. To have a “serious” discussion (let alone one with an ...
Mark Halperin Returns to MSNBC
The senior political analyst for Time made his return to the airwaves on Morning Joe today. Halperin had initially been suspended indefinitely for calling President Obama a “d–k,” but returned after a month. Video:
MSNBC's Phil Griffin Needs a Ratings Reality Check
The MSNBC president made some interesting remarks at the Television Critics Association press tour:
BEVERLY HILLS – MSNBC president Phil Griffin has his sights set on Fox News. Griffin opened the network’s presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour ...
Chris Hayes to Host Weekend MSNBC Show
MSNBC announced Monday that Chris Hayes would finally be getting his own show, albeit early on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Hayes will host from 7-9 AM on Saturdays, and 8-10 AM on Sundays. As a result of the ...
PBS, known as the American television outlet for many British programs produced by the BBC and others, is looking to turn the tables by starting a digital channel in Britain.
The channel, which would be distributed via cable and ...
Norway Killer's Twitter Account Hacked
“This twitter account will be deleted soon. Forget Anders.”
That was one of the messages left on Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik’s Twitter account shortly before it was wiped clean.
Another message read: “This twitter account has been ...
Need a Break from the Debt Ceiling?
Why not watch this video of a man riding a shark from a local news report in Boston?
False Rumour of Piers Morgan's Suspesion from CNN Spreads
An established British TV journalist broke the news this afternoon that Piers Morgan had been suspended in connection with phone hackings at News of the World. The problem with the story? It wasn’t true.
Jon Snow of ...
Eugene Robinson: Obama Has the "Right" to Invoke 14th Amendment to Raise Debt Ceiling
Robinson made the remark to Melissa Harris-Perry on the Rachel Maddow Show last night. Video:
BBC Reporter Killed in Afghanistan
Insurgents have carried out a gun and bomb attack in the south Afghan town of Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan province, leaving at least 22 dead, officials say.
They said the violence included three suicide bombings followed by fighting in a market, ...
The NYT Magazine's James O'Keefe Profile
It’s surprisingly fair. You can find it here.
More on Piers Morgan and Phone Hacking
From the Telegraph today:
Mr Morgan, a former News of the World and Daily Mirror editor who is now a high-profile television presenter in the US, has spent the past week categorically denying ever printing material derived from phone hacking.
Trump to Republicans: 'Don't Fold, Don't Give Up' on Debt Ceiling
The Donald thinks that, barring a miracle-deal that would also repeal Obamacare, Republicans should keep kicking the can down the road, at least until the 2012 election. Trump thinks that if these debates are still going on a year from now, ...
Matthews Compares GOP to Apartheid-Era South African Whites
Erin Burnett Makes Her CNN Debut
Burnett talked to Wolf Blitzer about the debt ceiling while awaiting the president’s address last night. She will be anchoring the 7 P.M. hour on CNN come September. Video:
Cenk Uygur Talks to Olbermann About Leaving MSNBC
Uygur implied that the higher-ups at the network didn’t like his criticism of Washington in general, saying to Olbermann, “Are we going to be honest with our audience, [or] are we going to trade in honesty and truth and ...
Justice Dept. Prepares News Corp. Subpoenas
The Wall Street Journal reports:
The U.S. Justice Department is preparing subpoenas as part of preliminary investigations into News Corp. relating to alleged foreign bribery and alleged hacking of voicemail of Sept. 11 victims, according to a government official.
Olbermann to Allen West: 'Just Resign, Congressman!'
This coming from the guy who called Michelle Malkin a “mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick.” Video:
MSNBC's Contessa Brewer's Question to GOP Rep. Backfires
This has been quite the week for her. Two days ago she said that the attack on Rupert Murdoch in Parliament “encapsulates what the British people are feeling.” Yesterday, Brewer’s attempt to dismiss a GOP freshman congressman’s objection ...
MSNBC Anchor Rationalizes Attack on Murdoch
MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer said that the pie attack on Murdoch during his testimony to Parliament yesterday “encapsulates what the British people are feeling.” Video:
Allen West Calls Debbie Wasserman Schultz 'Vile, Unprofessional, Despicable'
Rep. Wasserman Schultz originally criticized Rep. Allen West’s support of the “Cut, Cap, and Balance” bill on the House floor when Rep. West was not present, saying that it was “unbelievable for a member from South Florida” to support ...
That the mainstream media have a liberal bias is hardly a belief limited to those on the right. Indeed, many liberals and even media personalities themselves will readily agree. But is it possible to scientifically measure media bias? Can one ...
Hugh Grant Sues London Police For Disclosure of Phone Hacking Evidence
British actor Hugh Grant, the star of the romantic comedy “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” sued London’s Metropolitan Police, two months after he said he taped a former tabloid journalist saying phone hacking was widespread.
Grant and Jemima ...
Rebekah Brooks Arrested, Scotland Yard Chief Resigns Amid Phone Hacking Scandal
The AFP reports:
The country’s top police officer resigned Sunday and Rupert Murdoch’s former aide Rebekah Brooks was arrested as the phone hacking scandal finally tore into the heart of the British establishment.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Paul Stephenson ...
Happy 15th Birthday, MSNBC!
To celebrate, MSNBC President Phil Griffin did an interview with Forbes’ Jeff Bercovici; here are two of the main highlights:
If you were to boil down what you’ve learned in the course of making MSNBC into a success story ...
Rebekah Brooks Resigns from News International
The Daily Mail reports:
Rebekah Brooks has sensationally resigned as chief executive of News International.
The decision to step down came amid deafening calls for her to quit by the likes of David Cameron, Ed Miliband and senior figures within ...
Ratings for the All-Star Game Hit Record-Low
The AP reports:
The All-Star Game in Phoenix drew a record-low rating for the second straight year.
The National League’s 5-1 win over the American League Tuesday night on Fox earned a 6.9 rating and 12 share. That’s down 8 percent ...
Was The Daily Mirror Involved in Phone Hacking Under Piers Morgan?
The successor to Larry King is facing calls from MPs in Parliament to testify concerning alleged phone hacking at the Daily Mirror, which Morgan edited through 2004 (Morgan is also a former editor of News of the World). Metro:
Mr Morgan, ...
Murdoch Considering Selling All UK Papers?
The Daily Express:
THE possibility of selling off News International altogether was under discussion yesterday as Rupert Murdoch met his inner circle.
Sources revealed that the global media mogul was locked in a series of meetings to specifically consider the ...
Tina Brown on Rupert 'Voldemort' Murdoch
The very first paragraph of Tina Brown’s take on the News of the World phone-hacking scandal makes the same weird analogy to the “Arab Spring” that Mark Steyn recently noticed in the pages of the New York Times:
News Corp. Withdraws BSkyB Bid
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has announced that it is dropping its planned bid to take full ownership of BSkyB.
The announcement came as the House of Commons was preparing to vote for a motion calling on Mr Murdoch ...
The Real Housewives of the Bible?
No, it won’t be on Bravo:
Gretchen, NeNe, Camille and LuAnn have some serious competition in the “Real Housewife” house. There’s a new, unofficial installment coming to the small screen, and it’s centered on communicating Christian values.
Yes, Western Weakness Really Is Enabling Putin
Last week, just as the EU was voting to extend its economic sanctions against Russia through the beginning of next year, the U.S. announced a major sign of its commitment to European security. But will Russian president Vladimir Putin ...
Leviathan on the Prowl in Putin’s Russia
The first shot we see in Alexander Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan is of surf crashing against desolate cliffs in northern Russia. Were it not for the rich hues of blue, it could almost be mistaken for the opening of Ingmar Bergman’...
Experts Say the Hacker Flick Blackhat Is Kinda Accurate
In a week where American Sniper dominated the box office and the critics’ attention, Michael Mann’s cyberthriller Blackhat was by and large overlooked. The film, in which a joint Chinese-American task force pursues a mysterious hacker wreaking havoc on ...
Putin Voted Russia’s Man of the Year . . .
. . . for the 15th straight year. The poll, conducted by Russia’s Public Opinion Foundation, surveyed 1,500 Russians in 43 different regions. Putin came out the clear winner, receiving 68 percent of the votes.
(To give this survey some context: Runner-up with 4 percent of ...
ISIS Wants to Sell James Foley's Body for $1 Million
BuzzFeed reports that the Islamic State is attempting to sell the remains of journalist James Foley for $1 million either to the Foley family or to the U.S. government. Foley was beheaded in August by the Islamic terrorist group:
Could Economic Troubles Doom Putin’s Plans?
As oil prices have dropped dramatically over the past month, Russia has been one of the nations hurting most. In fact, it’s possible that collapsing prices, combined with a raft of other economic problems, may be enough to force ...
Weather Channel Co-Founder: Man-Made Climate Change ‘a Myth’
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
Appearing on the Kelly File last night, Weather Channel co-founder and meteorologist John Coleman discussed an open letter he had recently authored in which he declared that “man-made global climate change is ...
Vladimir Putin has no greater friend in Hollywood than director Oliver Stone.
At a time when members of Russia’s parliament are calling for a ban on Hollywood films such as The Avengers and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, which “demonize ...
Bill de Blasio Killed Staten Island's Groundhog, and an NYC Zoo Covered It Up
In a tragic and bizarre turn of events, it has come to light that Staten Island Chuck, the groundhog accidentally dropped by New York City mayor Bill de Blasio this past February 2, died of “acute internal injuries” a week after ...
A New Khodorkovsky? Russian Billionaire Placed under House Arrest
The chairman of the conglomerate controlling one of Russia’s last remaining private oil companies has been placed under house arrest.
Vladimir Yevtushenkov, who chairs the Russian conglomerate Sistema, has been accused of money laundering by the Russian Federal Investigative ...
ISIS to Putin: ‘We Will Liberate Chechnya and the Caucasus’
The Islamic State has released a new video threatening Vladimir Putin for his support and arming of Syrian president Bashar Assad.
The video, which is believed to have been recorded at the Taqba airbase captured from Assad forces, shows Islamic ...
Russia Opens New Front in 'Stealth Invasion' of Ukraine
The New York Times reports:
NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine — Tanks, artillery and infantry have crossed from Russia into an unbreached part of eastern Ukraine in recent days, attacking Ukrainian forces and causing panic and wholesale retreat not only in this small border ...
Four Ukrainian Border Guards Killed by Russian Helicopters
Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said on Tuesday that Russian Mi-24 helicopters had attacked a border post in Luhansk region the previous day, killing four border guards.
“Yesterday, during the day, at the border post of Krasnatalovka, Russian ...
It has been two weeks since Malaysia Airlines flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, and the Russian media continue to paint a picture of the horrific crash almost completely at odds with that of their Western counterparts. Rejecting any ...
Edmund Burke v. Thomas Paine
Today’s politics, we are repeatedly told, is more polarized than ever. But the break between Right and Left didn’t happen in 2013, or 2008, or 1980. In fact, the fracture happened centuries ago, on another continent. Then, as now, the question ...
To Catch a To Catch a Predator Host, Part 2
Late in June, the National Enquirer reported that Chirs Hansen had been cheating on his wife with Kristyn Caddell, a news reporter at WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida. It turns out, however, that that wasn’t his only affair. ...
Al Gore on Countdown: We Need an 'American Spring'
Gore told Keith Olbermann that America needed a “non-violent Tahrir Square,” but of course not one “in the style of the Tea Party movement,” because that was “funded with seeded money by right-wing billionaires.” Video:
Bill Maher on the Nuances of Tea Party 'Racism'
On MSNBC’s the Ed Show last night, Maher pontificated about racism in America with guest host Professor Michael Eric Dyson, implying he was talking about the Tea Party, the GOP etc. “I understand that we live in a country ...
Huffington on Obama: Reelection Campaign 'Clearly the Highest Priority'
Not that she thinks that’s a bad thing, of course. Video:
Ed Henry on Move from CNN to Fox: 'I Like to Play for a First Place Team'
Henry was responding to a question about why he moved from CNN to Fox News on Imus in the Morning:
“I root for the Yankees and so I like to play for a first place team. Now technically the Yankees ...
NYT Columnist: Tea Partiers Can 'Put Aside Their Suicide Vests'
From Joe Nocera’s ridiculous and shameful column today:
You know what they say: Never negotiate with terrorists. It only encourages them.
These last few months, much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have ...
CBS's Norah O'Donnell to Carney: 'We Got Nothing' in Debt Deal
CBS News Chief White House correspondent Norah O’Donnell sounded noticeably upset when asking Jay Carney about the absence of any tax “revenues” (code for increases) in the debt ceiling compromise today. At one point said, “You gave them everything ...
Al Jazeera English Now Broadcasts in NYC
The New York Times reports:
Every cable news channel has its moment.
CNN had the gulf war. Fox News had the war on terror. And Al Jazeera English had the Arab Spring.
But six months after widespread protests erupted in ...
Bill Maher's Gift for Subtlety
On last Friday’s Real Time, Bill Maher was fuming over the looming debt ceiling deal which would not include tax increases. At one point he asked his panel (which consisted of Eliot Spitzer, Margaret Hoover, and FreedomWorks CEO Matt ...
Jon Stewart Talks the Debt Ceiling and That Now-Infamous Clip from The Town
All I’ll say is this; he does a great Schumer impression. Video:
Scarborough: Hill Dems Think Obama 'Not a Leader'
While discussing the debt ceiling and the president’s handling of the issue with Peggy Noonan on Morning Joe today, Joe Scarborough revealed that his co-host Mika Brzezinski had heard from many Democrats about how disappointed they were in Obama ...
Carney to Henry: 'I Know You're Creating a Thing Here for Fox'
Ed Henry, the White House correspondent for Fox News (who held the same position at CNN from 2006 up until a few weeks ago), continued to press Jay Carney for specifics on Obama’s deficit reduction plan yesterday. Carney dismissed the ...
Olbermann Calls Rep. Peter King an 'A$*&!@'
Olbermann’s remark followed an interview with Rep. Keith Ellison concerning King’s Islamic radicalization hearings yesterday. Video:
MSNBC Contributor's Anti-Gay Slur
MSNBC commentator Jimmy Williams was on Dylan Ratigan’s show yesterday discussing the debt ceiling debate. After saying that Grover Norquist was the one man “controlling the agenda of the United States right now,” Williams went on to say that “...
Rep. McCarthy Uses Clip from 'The Town' to Psych Up House GOP Colleagues
This sounds epic. The Washington Post:
The House GOP leadership team, often described as fractious, showed complete unity behind closed doors and in public Tuesday. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told Republicans he was “150 percent” behind Boehner and his ...
Gingrich Closes Tiffany's Account
I never thought I’d see the day:
Newt Gingrich has closed a revolving line of credit with luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. of between $500,000 and $1 million, according to financial disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission earlier this month.
Gawker, the popular blog based in New York, is going to court to investigate the relationship between the Fox News chairman, Roger Ailes, and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.
On Monday, the company and one of its reporters, ...
Fox News Scores Highest Ratings for Murdoch Testimony to Parliament
Isn’t it ironic? TV Newser reports:
Tuesday morning all three of the general cable news channels carried live and uninterrupted testimony of the Parliamentary hearings involving News Corp. and its CEO, Rupert Murdoch. From a little after 9:30 AM ET ...
NYT Posts $120 Million 2nd Quarter Loss
However, they’ve managed to add over 250,000 new digital/e-reader subscriptions:
The New York Times Company reported on Thursday that nearly a quarter of a million people had purchased subscriptions to The Times website, a sign that its digital strategy ...
Trump Thinks Bachmann Is 'Highly Underrated'
Speaking with Piers Morgan, Trump boasted that “everybody’s [been] asking me for support” in 2012. The Donald also told Morgan that Bachmann had paid him a visit in New York several weeks ago, and that he was “very impressed with ...
Al Sharpton's MSNBC Anchor Deal 'Imminent'
The New York Times:
After giving a nearly six-month tryout for the Internet talk show host Cenk Uygur, the cable news channel MSNBC is preparing to instead hand its 6 p.m. time slot to the Rev. Al Sharpton.
Piers Morgan Fires Back at MP Who Accused Him of Phone Hacking
MP Louise Mensch had claimed that Morgan had himself hacked phones when he was editor of the Daily Mirror, citing references in Morgan’s memoir The Insider as evidence. Mensch made the claim during the Murdoch testimony in Parliament, but ...
Howie Mandel Makes a Phone Hacking Joke to Piers Morgan on America's Got Talent
Piers Morgan sits with Mandel at the show’s judging table (and I don’t think he found it too funny). Here is the video:
Matthews and Rep. Walsh Have Testy Exchange on Hardball
Matthews and Rep. Joe Walsh were arguing about the debt-ceiling issue, and their back and forth had some real gems. The best moment? When Walsh said to Matthews, “Obama doesn’t send a thrill up my leg.” Here is the ...
News of the World Whistleblower Found Dead
The Guardian reports:
Sean Hoare, the former News of the World showbiz reporter who was the first named journalist to allege Andy Coulson was aware of phone hacking by his staff, has been found dead, the Guardian has learned.
Al Sharpton, Future MSNBC Anchor?
TV Newser reports that Sharpton may replace Cenk Uygur as host of the 6 p.m. slot (called “MSNBC Live”); Sharpton has been guest-hosting the hour for the past two weeks. Here’s a clip from last week of host Sharpton ...
Andrew Ross Sorkin Becomes New Squawk Box Co-Anchor
Andrew Ross Sorkin is the latest addition to CNBC’s morning line-up. The New York Times columnist and DealBook founder should already be familiar with the job as the new co-host of “Squawk Box,” since he’s been ...
MSNBC Anchor Compares Murdoch's News of the World Scandal to the Fall of the Berlin Wall
Charlie, did you happen to see Martin Bashir at that protest yeterday?
When asked by Chris Matthews if the News of the World scandal was Murdoch’s “Stalingrad” moment, Bashir answered, “I think it’s more like the Berlin Wall ...
E-mails Show WH Attacked, Deliberately Excluded Fox News
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has uncovered documents from the Obama Department of Treasury showing that the Obama administration, contrary to its repeated denials, attempted to exclude ...
CNN Correspondent Caught in Libyan Firefight
International correspondent Ben Wederman and his crew escaped after gunfire erupted in the middle of their reporting from the village of Qawalish. Here is the video:
Will Mila Kunis Keep Her Date with Sgt. Scott Moore?
Access Hollywood had reported that, though Kunis had initially accepted Sgt. Moore’s invitation to the Marine Corps Ball, a scheduling conflict could prevent her from attending:
However, E! Online reports that Kunis will in fact, keep her promise:
Casey Anthony to Live Under Pseudonym in Secret Location Upon Release
The Chicago Sun-Times reports:
Casey Anthony and her advisers are putting a lot of thought into her release from prison Wednesday.
A source close to the Anthony team shared this with me Monday:
† The mother of the slain Caylee reportedly ...
WSJ Debt Ceiling Editorials: A Look Back
In case you haven’t read it yet, today’s WSJ editorial defends Sen. Mitch McConnell’s complex “last-ditch” plan that would end up raising the debt-ceiling unless two-thirds of Congress thought the president’s proposed cuts weren’t large ...
Sen. Rockefeller Calls for U.S. Investigation of News Corp.
The West Virginia Democrat is concerned that 9/11 victims may have had their phones hacked, and has issued a statement:
The statement by Senator Jay Rockefeller, a White House ally and Democratic chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, ...
Lawrence O'Donnell Slams Newsweek for Palin Cover Story
O’Donnell’s not happy with the magazine for “allowing” Palin to say that she thinks she could win the 2012 election. Video: