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By Tom Johnson | May 24, 2015 | 1:36 PM EDT

Today’s conservative legislators may not be as dumb as a box of rocks or so dumb it takes them an hour and a half to watch 60 Minutes (HT: Rodney Dangerfield) but Daily Kos writer Hunter is willing to claim that they’re “the dumbest we've ever had. You have to credit the tea party Republicans for that one—they know what they want, and by golly if it can ooze its way into a suit and tie they'll vote for it.”

Unfortunately, added Hunter in a Wednesday post, many if not most Americans are unaware of this breathtaking GOP stupidity because the media have “ratchet[ed] down their own expectations [of Republicans]…The pundit class all just grits their teeth and tries their best to present all of this as the new normal.”

What set Hunter off were comments from Republican senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin that in regard to the Iran nuclear talks, he didn’t trust Iranian head of state Ali Khamenei but also was “not so sure I’m trusting President Obama.”

By Mark Finkelstein | May 24, 2015 | 11:47 AM EDT

Not the endorsement someone heading into the Republican primaries would normally want, but it's the one Rand Paul got.  On today's This Week [hosted by Jonathan Karl in the absence of Stephanopoulos], far-left Rep. Keith Ellison declared that on a variety of issues he is "proud to stand" with Rand Paul.

Roll the video and watch Bill Kristol look on beningly as Ellison praises Paul.  Let's read Bill's mind: every Ellison accolade was another chunk of GOP primary voters lost for Kristol's least-favorite Republican candidate. In the unkindest cut, Kristol claimed that it was Paul standing with Ellison, not the other way around,since Ellison and his fellow lefties were first to stake out those positions and Paul has now decided to become a "liberal Democrat" on them. Ouch!

By Tim Graham | May 24, 2015 | 8:53 AM EDT

In a competition for Dumbest Headline Ever, we might consider the Daily Beast asking, “Can We Please Get God Out of Religion?” The subheadline was “We all need a spiritual side. But not because of some make-believe afterlife. Because it makes us better in this life.”

Barrett Holmes Pitner wrote this as one of those godless “millennials” now showing up in Pew Research polls about America becoming less Christian.

By Tim Graham | May 24, 2015 | 7:40 AM EDT

Dana Loesch at TheBlaze TV interviewed Irish filmmaker Ann McElhinney, who’s working on a movie and a book about abortionist Curtis Gosnell, now in prison for killing babies after birth in his dirty Philadelphia clinic.  She met Dr. Gosnell in person.

“He has an answer for everything. He lives in his own little world. Every word that comes out of his mouth is a lie. He lies so easily,” she said.

By Brent Baker | May 24, 2015 | 12:24 AM EDT

One last fun video from the Late Show with David Letterman which ended on Wednesday night. From its last Monday night program, a clip from Vice President Biden’s commencement address the day before at Yale University. The Late Show tagged it “Joe Biden: What?” And watching it will certainly induce a “what?” – at the very least. Biden is the gift who keeps on giving.

By Tim Graham | May 23, 2015 | 10:46 PM EDT

Washington Post political correspondent Chris Cillizza spent way too much time claiming the personal political views of David Letterman were some kind of mystery. The headline was "Is David Letterman liberal? It's surprisingly hard to say." No. It's not.

Cillizza does this despite mentioning the Geoffrey Dickens Top Ten list of liberal outbursts posted at NewsBusters. Cillizza does this despite noting he donated more than $12,000 to electing Democrat Al Franken to the U.S. Senate.

By Tom Blumer | May 23, 2015 | 4:55 PM EDT

Jason Horowitz at the New York Times thinks that Hillary Clinton shouldn't bother dealing with the press.

In describing Hillary Clinton's campaign effort in Iowa, Horowitz wondered how, in "a carnival atmosphere," Hillary Clinton "gains politically from playing the freak" by deigning to take questions from the press, thus clearly suggesting that she would be better off if she didn't bother, and that he has her back if she continues on that route. But at the end of his report, Horowitz allowed Fox News's senior correspondent Ed Henry to essentially confirm something I suspected when it occurred, namely that Mrs. Clinton's condescending remarks to Henry about taking questions from the press caused her campaign to decide, likely contrary to her plans, to take some questions.

By Scott Whitlock | May 23, 2015 | 4:06 PM EDT

In a surprising change of pace, ABC on Friday actually covered an Atlanta man who defended himself with a gun to stop a carjacking. NBC's Today completely ignored the story, despite a four-hour running time. CBS This Morning allowed a scant eight seconds on the story. 

By Kyle Drennen | May 23, 2015 | 2:05 PM EDT

On Sunday’s Good Morning America, following a story about two long-lost sisters meeting each other for the first time while attending Columbia University, co-host Paula Faris wound up summarizing pro-life beliefs: “I love that the mom – she’s met one of the daughters – but she said, ‘I'm glad that I chose to give them a chance at life,’ too. Because she was a teen mom.”

By Tom Johnson | May 23, 2015 | 1:55 PM EDT

“The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.” That proverb sums up Vox editor-in-chief Ezra Klein’s Friday analysis of the policy and politics of Obamacare.

In this metaphor, the dogs are ideologues on both sides who, heedless of evidence, have been barking (and snarling and growling) at each other about the Affordable Care Act. As Klein noted, “Social scientists have [determined that] the more information partisans get, the deeper their disagreements become. When it comes to politics, people reason backward from their conclusions.” The caravan is Obamacare itself, which, Klein opined, is “nowhere near perfect” but in general is succeeding by “doing pretty much what it said it would do, at a lower cost than anyone thought.”

By P.J. Gladnick | May 23, 2015 | 12:26 PM EDT

Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking? ---Derek Zoolander. 

It sounds like a script from the "Zoolander" movie but it is the hilariously too real report from Jason Horowitz in the very appropriate Fashion & Style section of the New York Times. Horowitz, who often sounds like he wants to ride on Hillary's lap to the White House, covers what he thinks is the oh so important subject of whether Hillary Clinton can win the support of the very very fashionable. First we find out that the very fashionable Marie Claire contributing editor Audrey Gelman no longer feels like an outcast as she did in 2008 for supporting Hillary:

By Tim Graham | May 23, 2015 | 12:07 PM EDT

“Today, there’s nothing new under the sun,” intoned Ken Burns as he lamented the persistence of racial inequality in the United States in a commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis. So reported USA Today College.

Burns went on a post-Ferguson rant about racism. "The shame continues: prison populations exploding with young black men, young black men killed almost weekly by policemen, whole communities of color burdened by corrupt municipalities that resemble more the predatory company store of a supposedly bygone era than a responsible local government."

By Mark Finkelstein | May 23, 2015 | 9:56 AM EDT

Ana Marie Cox remains a committed liberal, her Christian coming out, as she described it, notwithstanding.  Even so, she had a raw truth-telling moment this morning that will not please Hillary fans.

On Steve Kornacki's MSNBC show, Cox declared that close Hillary associate and informal foreign policy adviser Sidney Blumenthal is "kind of a scumbag." A scandalized Kornacki quickly interjected "that's your characterization!" and a guest from the leftist Guardian dismissed the Hillary-Sidney connection as a campaign issue.

By Jeffrey Lord | May 23, 2015 | 8:30 AM EDT

The setting: An interview with Texas Senator Ted Cruz and KMBT-TV’s Kevin Steele in Beaumont, Texas. Steele repeatedly asked Cruz if he had a “personal animosity against gay Americans?" Cruz would have none of it.

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | May 23, 2015 | 7:37 AM EDT

There’s no classroom experience the libertine left supports more mightily than “sex education.” They have struggled to banish even a  whisper of a religious worldview from the classroom. Only the secular and “science-based” ideology is allowed.

The Daily Beast website recently celebrated a San Francisco ruling: “Hero Judge Rules Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Is Illegal.” They have also discovered a brave new model of sex education for America. It’s found in Norway. “All Hail Scandinavia,” they proclaimed. A female doctor named Line Jansrud demonstrates sex for Norwegian children aged 8 to 12.