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By NB Staff | September 2, 2014 | 9:36 PM EDT

President Obama’s job approval rating is at the lowest point of his presidency. And to give you an idea how unpopular Obama is, his new Secret Service codename is "Ebola."

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By Curtis Houck | September 2, 2014 | 9:05 PM EDT

After appearing on Tuesday’s CBS This Morning, CBS News political director John Dickerson joined substitute anchor Charlie Rose on Tuesday night’s CBS Evening News to discuss the upcoming midterm elections. While Dickerson told Rose that voters are citing domestic issues as what they care about most, he said that “overlaying this entire election is disappointment with the President” which “motivates Republicans and discourages Democrats.”

Along with highlighting a CBS News projection that Republicans will take the Senate by a 51-49 margin, Dickerson mentioned the latest CBS News poll which shows only 36 percent of Americans approving of President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy. Due to this low poll number for the President, he analyzed that “Democratic candidates suffer” in a landscape where “the world is in crisis and the President is getting blamed.” [MP3 audio here; Video below]

By Tim Graham | September 2, 2014 | 6:49 PM EDT

In Sunday’s Washington Post, former New York Times reporter Steven Roberts reviewed a new book by three professors called “Politics Is a Joke! How Comedians Are Remaking Political Life.”

Republican-leaning readers might be left with the strong impression that comedians now have way too much power in the political process, where the candidates have to scrape and beg before them:

By Tom Blumer | September 2, 2014 | 5:45 PM EDT

This morning, Catherine Herridge at Fox News, in the first two minutes of a video seen here, reported that "detailed and specific intelligence about the rise of ISIS was included in the PDB, or the President’s Daily Brief, for at least a year." Fox is being careful, as some of what is being reported would indicate that the time involved is "far more than a year" — possibly even "three years."

This would mean that Obama, if he actually reads the briefs he claims to devour in lieu of actually attending national security meetings as his Oval Office predecessors have, should have been fully aware of ISIS's danger at least several months before he called them the "jayvee team" in a New Yorker Magazine interview. If previous patterns hold, the fact that Fox is reporting the story will mean that the Obama-aligned establishment press will, as they have for several hours already, ignore it. The relevant portions of the transcript follow the jump (HT to a frequent tipster; bolds are mine):

By Scott Whitlock | September 2, 2014 | 4:45 PM EDT

World News Tonight anchor David Muir, who debuted in his role on Monday night, swears that under his tenure the program will focus on serious topics. ABC News in general has been drifting in a tabloid, content-free direction. But in an interview with Politico, the anchor insisted, "I think that at 6:30, we just have an even greater responsibility to laser in on what’s truly important about the headlines that have been hitting you all day long.”

Asked to differentiate himself from predecessor Diane Sawyer, Muir responded, "It’s the same music, same graphics, and, quite frankly, the same guy who has been filling in for quite some time." The host did add that he hoped to continue reporting live from various hot spots. Nightline, an ABC News show has conducted a multi-month boycott of ObamaCare news.

By Mike Ciandella | September 2, 2014 | 4:24 PM EDT

The same year that former Vice President Al Gore predicted that the Arctic sea ice could be completely gone, Arctic ice reached its highest level in two years, according to a report by the Danish Meteorological Institute

According to that report, which was cited by the Daily Mail (UK) on Aug. 30, “[t]he Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in a row.” The U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) confirmed this trend, but didn’t go into as much detail as the Danish Meteorological Institute.

By Geoffrey Dickens | September 2, 2014 | 4:17 PM EDT

Actor Eric Roberts, the much less famous brother of Julia, has found a way to get himself more attention - tweet something utterly stupid about the disgusting beheading of James Foley.

According to Roberts the real culprit behind the journalist’s killing is not ISIS but George W. Bush.

By Katie Yoder | September 2, 2014 | 3:31 PM EDT

Well this is worth a thumbs-up: the networks are choosing “baby” over “fetus” to describe one very special unborn baby this morning.

During their morning broadcast news shows, NBC and ABC featured a now-viral ultrasound of a baby in the womb giving the thumbs-up. Hosts gushed over the “incredible” and “cute” shot – and, in a surprising move, repeatedly used the word “baby.” The father, Brandon Hopkins, originally posted the picture on Reddit, where it went viral. He and his wife announced they’re expecting twins in January. Videos Below.

By Katie Yoder | September 2, 2014 | 2:14 PM EDT

In case the tampon earrings and musings on child custody hadn’t clued us in to the ongoing Whack-A-Mole game in Melissa Harris-Perry’s brain, she’s shared her fantasy of abortion entertainment by Beyoncé. 

During “The Melissa Harris-Perry Show,” the MSNBC host had an “imagining” that the screen projection during Beyoncé’s 2014 MTV Video Music Awards Show (VMAs) performance spelled out “abortion” instead of “feminist.”  On her August 30 show, Harris-Perry explained, “I do wonder if it could have been even more political, like beyond the ‘F’ word.” Video Below.

By Geoffrey Dickens | September 2, 2014 | 1:25 PM EDT

Letting a nine-year-old fire an Uzi, a firearm whose kick was clearly too much to handle for someone of that age, was a terrible decision that led to the death of an Arizona gun instructor. Responsible gun owners, like the National Review’s Charles Cooke, recognized it as an easily avoidable tragedy.

But to Geraldo Rivera that tragic accident was an excuse to go after everybody’s gun rights, even responsible citizens, as he attacked the Second Amendment as “blind and stupid.”

By Matthew Balan | September 2, 2014 | 12:45 PM EDT

On Tuesday's Morning Joe, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski felt sorry for President Obama and all the crises overseas that he is currently facing: "You look at just the President, and the incoming on foreign policy crises, I think it's possibly unprecedented, except for extreme times of war."

Moments earlier, the morning newscast played a montage of video clips looking back at all the tumultuous events from the summer. Joe Scarborough expressed his disbelief at the amount of chaos, while Brzezinski replied to the mash-up by setting up her lament for the chief executive: [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]

By Scott Whitlock | September 2, 2014 | 12:13 PM EDT

Although Phil Robertson appeared on Tuesday's Good Morning America to promote his new book, reporter Ryan Owens couldn't resist portraying the reality show personality as an anti-gay bigot. Owens reminded viewers of the Duck Dynasty star's interview with GQ where he called homosexuality a sin. Owens pressed, "Would you consider yourself a homophobe?" [See video below. MP3 audio here.] 

Robertson retorted, "I'm as much of a homophobe as Jesus was. People who are participating in homosexual behavior, they need to know that I love them." ABC has not been consistent in pressing liberal celebrities about their controversial views. GMA hosts have repeatedly hyped Rosie O'Donnell without questioning the comedienne's 9/11 conspiracy beliefs.

By Tim Graham | September 2, 2014 | 11:57 AM EDT

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday morning that publisher Katherine Weymouth was stepping down (as Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos is now the owner), and former Politico executive Frederick Ryan is taking her place.

Post technology reporter Craig Timberg implied that the important/interesting part of Ryan’s resume is his “years rising in the Reagan administration, eventually becoming a top presidential aide and key leader in the construction of his presidential library and numerous other initiatives after Reagan left office in 1989.” This, he reports, will “raise questions about the direction” of the allegedly “nonideological” Post:

By Tom Johnson | September 2, 2014 | 11:13 AM EDT

If reform-conservative pundit Reihan Salam gets his way, Mitt Romney will join Ronald Reagan on the list of Republican governors of coastal states who were elected president of the United States on their third try. In a Friday column for Slate, Salam wrote that he’s “delighted” about “speculation” that Romney “is at least considering another presidential run.”

Salam argued that if Romney does mount another campaign, he should present himself as a “populist” wonk opposed to “the outsize power of the megabanks and in favor of a more competitive and inclusive capitalism.” Such a persona, Salam surmised, would be closer to the real Mitt than the self-described “severely conservative” version of two years ago: “I tend to think that Romney’s struggles in 2012 flowed from his defensiveness and his fear of alienating Tea Party conservatives he didn’t truly understand.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 2, 2014 | 10:34 AM EDT

CBS News Political Director John Dickerson had some harsh words for Democrats as the 2014 midterm election kicks into high gear.

Appearing on CBS This Morning on Tuesday, September 2, Dickerson insisted that for the 2014 Senate races “there are three races in West Virginia, South Dakota, Montana that are gone. Those are basically going to go to the Republicans.” [See video below.]