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By Tom Blumer | September 13, 2014 | 11:59 PM EDT

There is apparently no more important story or issue right now at the Politico than Ted Widmer's question about our national anthem: "Is It Time to Ditch the Star-Spangled Banner?" It is currently the lead item at the web site, complete with a huge picture of the American flag. The "beheading by ISIL of a British aid worker" and Wisconsin's court-granted ability to implement voter-ID in the fall elections are both apparently less important.

Widmer's reasons to stop using the Star-Spangled Banner come down to the fact that Francis Scott Key was a slaveowner and that the song's third verse refers to escaped American slaves who were fighting on the British side (a commenter has asserted that it really refers to Hessians and British slaves; my guess is that it's all of the above). He somehow forgets that the British didn't outlaw slavery until 1833, 19 years after the 1814 Fort McHenry battle.

By Randy Hall | September 13, 2014 | 10:25 PM EDT

HBO host Bill Maher picked on a familiar villain on Friday, blaming Fox News for ruining American politics by creating a "language barrier" that prevents a national dialogue.

Jerry Seinfeld replied: To blame it all on Fox News doesn't seem fair."

By Tom Johnson | September 13, 2014 | 3:37 PM EDT

Charles Pierce thinks the campaign against ISIS may cause a spike in the national “derangement” that started on 9/11, and Jonathan Chait sees neoconservatives making the same mistakes now as they did more than a decade ago: “The hysterical threat assessment, the simplistic conflation of mutually antagonistic strains of Islam, and the complete lack of concern for the possibility of overreach.”

By P.J. Gladnick | September 13, 2014 | 3:25 PM EDT

Ken Burns proclaims that he merely inherited being a Democrat from his family despite giving a speech proclaiming himself to be a "Yellow Dog Democrat." He also declares his PBS documentaries free of political advocacy.
 

By Mark Finkelstein | September 13, 2014 | 2:02 PM EDT

Phyllis Bennis is a defender of Iran and its nuclear ambitions, and wants Israel wiped off the map, to be replaced by a single Palestinian state. So naturally she's a Melissa Harris-Perry fave.

Appearing yet again today on Harris-Perry's MSNBC show, Bennis put her radical views on display, arguing that many US soliders aren't truly volunteers, but are "forced in by poverty and lack of other opportunities."  "That's absolutely ridiculous," responded Iraq war veteran Earl Catagnus Jr. 

By Scott Whitlock | September 13, 2014 | 12:05 PM EDT

Liberal comedienne and 9/11 truther Rosie O'Donnell insisted that her return to The View will feature more "objective" discussions. In an interview with Variety, she bashed previous co-hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. Variety writer Ramin Setoodeh relayed, "[O'Donnell] explains that the Hot Topics segment will include pre-taped newsy intros to catch viewers up on stories they might not be as familiar with." 

By Tim Graham | September 13, 2014 | 10:50 AM EDT

James Hohmann of Politico reported on a "nearly million-dollar" ad buy by Planned Parenthood against two Republican Senate challengers who are "taking heat for their strident opposition to abortion."

It's apparently not "strident" when the Democratic incumbents they're challenging get 100-percent ratings from the "pro-choice" crowd.

By Jeffrey Lord | September 13, 2014 | 10:03 AM EDT

Feminist senators and a CBS sportscaster mount a high horse against domestic violence by dismissed NFL running back Ray Rice. But did they ever care when a woman came forward to say she was raped by Bill Clinton?

Somehow, liberal politicians and media companies will excuse a white liberal politician when he is accused of a violent sexual assault. Who cares to get to the bottom of it? 

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | September 13, 2014 | 7:39 AM EDT

David Limbaugh has written a book that departs dramatically from his recent tomes on the worst excesses of the Obama presidency. “Jesus On Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel” explores his journey of faith, from believer to non-believer and back.

There is no “Obama” in the index of this book. It’s a book with an eye on the eternal, not the ephemeral. But he does report there is a problem with Christianity and the culture.

By Clay Waters | September 12, 2014 | 10:18 PM EDT

As the referendum for Scottish independence from Britain draws near, the New York Times continues to bang the drums for separatism.

By Randy Hall | September 12, 2014 | 8:35 PM EDT

On Friday, the editorial board of The New York Times warned that allowing the president to escalate military action against ISIS -- the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – without Congressional approval would set “a dangerous precedent” in a move the board also called “unjustifiable.”

Meanwhile, "The cowardice in Congress, never to be underestimated, is outrageous."

By Geoffrey Dickens | September 12, 2014 | 7:05 PM EDT

On the September 9 Charlie Rose show Bill Maher pronounced that Barack Obama “will be treated in history very kindly” because future generations will realize “he’s dealing obviously with things that no other president had to ever deal with.”  

When Rose asked Maher if he meant the bad economy and ISIS Maher agreed and then added that because Obama is black his political opponents “hate him in a way they never hated before.” 

By Matthew Balan | September 12, 2014 | 6:04 PM EDT

Far-left Amanda Marcotte launched her own war on women in a Thursday article for the Alternet website. Specifically, she targeted nine conservative women who, in her view, "have made a career out of opposing women's struggle for social, political and economic equality." Marcotte asserted that the nine "argue for continuing social systems that perpetuate women's inequality, male dominance, and even violence against women." The radical feminist's list of women "working tirelessly to screw over other women" included NewsBusters contributor Jill Stanek, author Christina Hoff Sommers, pro-life activist Lila Rose, and longtime conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly.

By P.J. Gladnick | September 12, 2014 | 5:14 PM EDT

Salon publishes article  chock full of historical inaccuracies including photo that implies George Wallace was a Republican.

By Curtis Houck | September 12, 2014 | 3:59 PM EDT

Thursday night’s edition of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir included a report from ABC News correspondent Clayton Sandell on the growing problem in Colorado with law enforcement encountering motorists that are driving while high on marijuana in the time since the state legalized its recreational use after voters approved it in 2012. However, at the end of his report, Sandell pointed out that, in a piece that otherwise spotlighted the dangers of marijuana, “different studies disagree on whether stoned drivers are actually causing more crashes.”