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By Tom Johnson | July 10, 2015 | 4:12 PM EDT

The late NFL head coach George Allen had a favorite saying: “The future is now.” Conversely, The Week's Linker believes the Republican party’s future “will be delayed so long as [its] candidates remain beholden to voters who view politics primarily as a megaphone for broadcasting an ignorant, garbled howl of anger, fear, alienation, and resentment.”

In a Friday piece, Linker remarked that conservative activists, who tend to view events “through a fog of paranoia and conspiracy,” have gradually dragged down the party as they’ve become a larger and larger share of it. In Linker’s words, “They’ve grown and spread like a fungus (thanks to the fertilization efforts of Rush Limbaugh and Roger Ailes).” One recent consequence: the popularity among GOPers of the “vulgar blowhard” Donald Trump.

By Kyle Drennen | July 10, 2015 | 4:10 PM EDT

Hours after the Confederate flag was removed from the grounds of the South Carolina state house Friday morning, MSNBC interrupted its regular 2 p.m. ET hour programming to bring viewers “breaking news” coverage of the pole that held that flag also being removed. Correspondent Craig Melvin narrated: “We do not know precisely how long the process itself is going to take, nor do we know what’s going to happen to the flag pole itself."

By Connor Williams | July 10, 2015 | 4:07 PM EDT

On July 10, following the removal of the Confederate battle flag from Capitol grounds in South Carolina, a panel discussed the historic event on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports. Guest host Craig Melvin brought Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson to the program. He asked the author to put the removal of the flag into “historical perspective.” Wilkerson remarked that we are “witnessing today, perhaps, truly the beginning of the end of the Civil War.” 

By Andrew Miller | July 10, 2015 | 3:49 PM EDT

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Avengers director Joss Whedon surprised Comic-Con attendees at a discussion of Comedy Central’s show Another Period.

While talking about the show on July 9, Whedon praised the show saying,“It makes us laugh but it makes us think and it reminds us of the universal truth: that rich, white people are f---ing insane.”

By Clay Waters | July 10, 2015 | 2:56 PM EDT

Friday's front-page New York Times "news analysis" reveled in the alleged difficulties posed to the Republican Party by real-estate mogul and presidential hopeful Donald Trump, under fire for controversial statements about illegal immigrants from Mexico. A Times triumvirate of reporters held the party's feet to the fire and found an age/racial angle to boot ("aging, anxious white voters"), while urging the GOP to denounce Trump, as of yesterday: "Can't Fire Him: G.O.P. Frets Over What to Do With Trump."

By Curtis Houck | July 10, 2015 | 2:48 PM EDT

Aside from coverage of former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush discussing on Thursday night the 2016 race, Friday’s CBS This Morning dedicated two segments to going after the Republican Party through the lens of presidential candidate Donald Trump in ruling that he’s “causing more angst” in the GOP and “burn[ed]” down the party’s “bridge” to Hispanics voters.

By Melissa Mullins | July 10, 2015 | 2:30 PM EDT

MTV used to be known for its 24 hours of constant music videos before becoming overrun with trashy shows like 16 and Pregnant, Jersey Shore, Teen Mom and Jackass.  Now MTV is trying to get “serious” with a documentary called White People that follows five young white people around, documenting their experience as being a white person in America and “white privilege.”

Jose Antonio Vargas hosts the documentary.  Vargas won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings, and has worked for The Washington Post and The Huffington Post.  Vargas is also an illegal immigrant.

By Alatheia Larsen | July 10, 2015 | 2:29 PM EDT

Tom Steyer’s concern for the environment and almost religious devotion to promoting green energy appear to be targeting another kind of green.

Steyer, criticized for the hypocrisy of having built some of his fortune on coal, is now connected to green energy companies that might benefit from his climate change activism.

By Andrew Miller | July 10, 2015 | 2:23 PM EDT

Liberals like to pretend abortion is somehow victimless. The latest example of this comes from The Huffington Post, which just published an article with the tag line: “Abortion-related deaths continue to be extremely rare.”

The piece defies even the basic definition of what an abortion does. Every abortion procedure ends a human life. That’s the whole point of the procedure – to kill someone. Some kill the baby and either harm or kill the mother as well.

By Joseph Rossell | July 10, 2015 | 1:36 PM EDT

Being out of lockstep with climate alarmism infuriates the left, including liberal online magazine editors like Salon Deputy Editor Peter Finocchiaro.

Finocchiaro lashed out at Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, on July 10, with at least eight nasty names or adjectives including "goon," "loony," "buffoonish" and "marble-mouthed" because Gohmert had the audacity to say that Pope Francis had been taken in by global warming alarmists.

By Scott Whitlock | July 10, 2015 | 12:57 PM EDT

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Thursday spent 22 minutes covering the removal of the Confederate flag from South Carolina's state house. The liberal anchor obsessed on minor Republican opposition in the state, minimizing the overwhelming GOP support to remove the flag. Maddow vaguely insisted, "They put that flag up at the state capital in South Carolina in 1961. It hasn't been flying since the civil war. They put it up in 1961. They put it up months after a group of activists were jailed for their sit-in to try to integrate an all white lunch counter in Rock Hill, South Carolina." Who's "they?" "They" were the Democratic governor in the state and the Democratic legislature. 

By Spencer Raley | July 10, 2015 | 12:17 PM EDT

Charles Lane, an editorial writer for The Washington Post, believes that Republicans are wasting their time discussing border violence and crime caused by illegal aliens because “It’s not a real issue.” Lane appeared on a special report with Fox News’s Bret Baier, and took on the topic with a panel that included conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham, and weekly Baier panelist Charles Krauthammer.

By Kyle Drennen | July 10, 2015 | 12:16 PM EDT

During an exclusive interview with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Friday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer suggested the Republican could suffer violence for leading the effort to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol: “You have faced relentless criticism over the last four or five weeks, Governor....they've promised political retribution. Some have even promised personal retribution....are you concerned for your personal safety?”

By Curtis Houck | July 10, 2015 | 11:29 AM EDT

On the heels of the decision by Monday’s NBC Nightly News to heavily inject politics into the murder of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle allegedly by an illegal immigrant, Friday’s CBS This Morning used the issue of sanctuary cities to somehow spin it as part of the immigration debate that’s “a tough issue for Republicans.” Correspondent Jan Crawford explained that sanctuary cities “have long been controversial” even though “[t]he thinking originally was they were a way to support immigrants, get them help if they got involved with minor offenses” but with Steinle’s murder “and immigration a contentious issue on the campaign, many politicians now are demanding change.”

By Connor Williams | July 10, 2015 | 11:11 AM EDT

On the July 9 edition of The Kelly File on Fox News, Megyn Kelly slammed pro-amnesty radio host Richard Fowler for refusing to answer her questions about the death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco. Kelly repeatedly asked her guest why Obama has not commented on her death like he has about Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Freddie Gray. 

Fowler shifted the blame to Republicans, insinuating this murder would not have occurred if the Republicans had not blocked George Bush’s attempted immigration reform. After continuing to evade directly answering the question, Kelly exploded: “Stop that. Answer my question, please. I'm asking you, give an answer. You can't, because there isn't one. Marc, there's no excuse for it. He picks and chooses the victims he wants to highlight and apparently this victim wasn't deemed worthy.”