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By Randy Hall | December 2, 2014 | 7:48 PM EST

Now that the tumult over the decision by the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the death of black 18-year-old Michael Brown has begun to subside, the Washington Post and ABC News commissioned a poll to determine what people across the country think about the choice, and the survey resulted in some surprising numbers.

By a margin of 48 to 45 percent, this telephone poll conducted November 25-26 and 28-30 among a random national sample of 1,011 adults -- including users of both conventional and cellular phones – determined that more people approve of the grand jury's action than Barack Obama's handling of the situation.

By P.J. Gladnick | December 2, 2014 | 7:37 PM EST

Amid all the events in the wake of the release of the grand jury findings in Ferguson, a brief moment of unusual mental clarity on the part of a liberal reporter has been overlooked. It happened last Wednesday when Ferguson was being discussed on Wolf Blitzer as Ashleigh Banfield proclaimed she was "shocked" that the grand jury witnesses backed up former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson's story.

By Tom Blumer | December 2, 2014 | 6:49 PM EST

Yesterday, I received an email from the Democratic National Committee informing me that they had a "Cyber Monday surprise" just for me.

How nice. All I had to do was click on the link to After the jump, readers will see the store's apparent "best sellers," raising a quite obvious question: Does anyone think the press would ignore analogous items on sale in a GOP store?

By Jack Coleman | December 2, 2014 | 6:45 PM EST

Many liberals are skeptical of religion and outright antagonistic toward people of faith, which makes the left's penchant for elevating their version of patron saints all the more peculiar.

Latest example of leftist canonization -- Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man who was shot to death in Ferguson, Mo., in August after he robbed a convenience store, assaulted a cop, tried to wrest control of the officer's gun, and charged toward him when told to stop.

By Matthew Balan | December 2, 2014 | 5:39 PM EST

On Monday's CNN Tonight, Don Lemon refreshingly pointed out a problematic component of the Ferguson protests. Former police officer David Klinger pointed out that "all the forensic evidence indicates that it wasn't [Michael] Brown with his hands up standing still. All the evidence indicates that he was coming back at Officer Wilson." Lemon replied to his guest by wondering, "So the question is, this 'hands up' rallying cry has – is it a false narrative that people are using to fit their own agenda?"

By Tom Blumer | December 2, 2014 | 5:27 PM EST

Earlier today, according to several center-right and zero establishment press outlets thus far (based on an appropriate Google News search done just before 5 PM ET), White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that President Obama was only speaking "colloquially" when he told hecklers in an audience in Chicago last week that "I took action to change the law" in his November 20 announcement on immigration.

Video follows the jump (HT National Review):

By Kyle Drennen | December 2, 2014 | 5:10 PM EST

On her 12 p.m. ET hour MSNBC show on Tuesday, host Andrea Mitchell invited on Ferguson protester Rasheen Aldridge, whom she praised for having "made such an impact" and getting the attention of the Obama White House. Aldridge proceeded to slam the police: "I believe we really need to get down to the meat of the problem and really figure out, how we hold the police accountable for their actions?...the reports and statistics and everything is out there of how they're making their money – 20 and 40% off the back of ticketing young African-American men and women."

By Joseph Rossell | December 2, 2014 | 4:40 PM EST

Liberal politicians often get a free pass from the media when they receive millions in support from billionaire activists like Tom Steyer. But when Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, associates with pro-Israel donors and activists, liberal bloggers call this a "political nightmare."

AlterNet criticized Cruz in an article December 1 for being overly pro-Israel. Cruz was reportedly "courting" conservative billionaire Sheldon Adelson and "a wide set of pro-Israel extremists in New York City."

By NB Staff | December 2, 2014 | 4:07 PM EST

Earlier today, Media Research Center (MRC) founder and president Brent Bozell reacted to a study just released by the MRC revealing that the big three broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS, and NBC -- have covered unknown Capitol Hill staffer Elizabeth Lauten’s Facebook post – about how President Obama’s daughters looked and acted at an official event – almost twice as much as ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber’s “stupid voters” comments.

"This is beyond ridiculous. The networks rushed to cover a Hill staffer’s silly comments on Facebook, but waited more than a week to cover an ObamaCare architect’s serious admission that voters were deceived about a policy that affects every American; and they gave almost twice as much coverage to the silly story than to the serious story."

By Scott Whitlock | December 2, 2014 | 3:42 PM EST

Rosie O'Donnell is a "malcontent" and nobody on the cast and crew of The View likes her, according to the entertainment site TMZ. The report asserted, "Our sources say Rosie has been impossibly rude to members of the cast and crew, both on and off camera...The ratings are down and execs are blaming Rosie." 

By Tim Graham | December 2, 2014 | 2:38 PM EST

Back in October, NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd interviewed former Sen. Jim Webb as part of a series on potential presidential candidates. “a successful author and screenwriter and has written eight books over the years. And I do want to mention that my wife helped Jim Webb in his 2006 Senate campaign.”

Now Politico reports that Kristian Denny Todd (apparently through her firm Maverick Strategies)  is advising Webb currently.

By Kyle Drennen | December 2, 2014 | 2:33 PM EST

On Sunday and Monday, the broadcast networks seized on the personal Facebook comments of mid-level congressional staffer Elizabeth Lauten criticizing the Obama daughters – devoting over 14 minutes of national news air time to the controversy in the period of two days. However, it took those same networks several days to even notice the video comments of ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber crediting "the stupidity of the American voter" for passage of the law – providing only 8 minutes of coverage to the much larger scandal.

By P.J. Gladnick | December 2, 2014 | 2:17 PM EST

Hands Up! Don't Shoot!

It's the gesture now making the rounds based on Ferguson myth. So what happens when someone who buys into the myth, such as Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post, is challenged to back it up with facts? Well, the lame defense as you can see is the incredibly low standard that there is no evidence that his hands weren't up. Here is Robinson on Morning Joe today setting the evidence bar subterranean low:

By Jeffrey Meyer | December 2, 2014 | 2:02 PM EST

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Rachel Lauten, Communications Director for Congressman Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn.) wrote on her personal Facebook page that after seeing the Obama daughters’ bored reaction to the annual White House turkey pardon they should “try showing a little class. At least respect the part you play. Act like being in the White House matters to you.” Predictably, the liberal media had a field day with the unknown Capitol Hill staffer’s comments, and Ms. Lauten ultimately resigned from her job but that didn’t stop MSNBC host Rachel Maddow from overreacting to the supposed controversy during her Monday evening program. The MSNBC host argued that Lauten’s comments demonstrate how President Obama has “had worse attacks than any other president that has come before him for a number of reasons, including race.” 

By Tom Blumer | December 2, 2014 | 1:41 PM EST

Certain members of Congress abused their positions Monday to imply that "Hands up, don't shoot" was something Michael Brown actually said before he was killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri in August.

On Friday, the Associated Press irresponsibly gave voice to those who say that the slogan is now a "metaphor" for police brutality targeted against blacks, even though the claim that Michael Brown did or said any such thing has been completely discredited by the physical evidence and the grand jury's credible witnesses. In covering the congressional histrionics, Lucy McCalmont at the Politico, aka Pathetico (HT Seton Motley) took things to the next level.