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By Mark Finkelstein | October 5, 2015 | 9:40 AM EDT

They really are coming for your guns . . . After the Charleston church shootings, President Obama praised Australia's draconian gun laws, which included a mandatory buy-back program, AKA confiscation.

On today's Morning Joe, Mika wondered "why" we couldn't institute a similar gun ban in the United States, throwing in support for a database of all gun ownership for good measure.  Joe Scarborough was actually obliged to explain to Mika that her gun ban was never going to happen because we have the Second Amendment here. That left Mika grimacing in regret [see the screengrab].

By Kyle Drennen | October 5, 2015 | 9:36 AM EDT

In an exclusive interview with Hillary Clinton on Monday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie teed up the Democratic front-runner to slam the congressional committee investigating the Benghazi terrorist attack as a partisan hit job: “You're scheduled to testify before that committee. Do you think it should be disbanded? That's what Nancy Pelosi has called for.”

By Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | October 5, 2015 | 9:12 AM EDT

A few months ago Bruce Jenner shocked the world with his infamous "Call Me Caitlyn" Vanity Fair cover and article. Now on the Keeping Up with the Kardashians episode "Vanity Unfair," we see it from the perspective of the Kardashian girls - and things aren't as rosy as they were made out to be. The family is still adjusting to Jenner's new life and find some of the quotes in the article painful.

By Erik Soderstrom | October 5, 2015 | 7:08 AM EDT

To put it mildly, Planned Parenthood is in the middle of a public relations nightmare and they only seem to be digging themselves deeper with time. I doubt Hollywood can save the ship, but that won’t stop them from portraying the nation’s leading abortion provider as a victim. Enter last night's Quantico episode, titled “America," in which the FBI Academy trainees are given an exercise where they must decipher a terrorist plot after being given a room full of clues. What do you think our brave stars uncovered? If you guessed one was radical anti-abortionist wants to burn down the Planned Parenthood clinic where her daughter received an abortion, congratulations! You’ve won a prize.

By Erik Soderstrom | October 5, 2015 | 5:35 AM EDT

In the season finale of Fear the Walking Dead, the U.S military finally decides to cut its losses and leave LA to the undead walkers. And honestly, I can't really blame them. For starters, the finale’s catastrophe is precipitated by the show’s protagonists’ own actions. In their desperate, and selfish, attempts to “save themselves” they release thousands of infected walkers from a nearby coliseum to wreak havoc on the military base and their own neighbors. 

By Tom Blumer | October 4, 2015 | 11:11 PM EDT

One of the more tiresome criticisms the establishment press still levels at New Media from time to time is that they, unlike those awful bloggers, make sure their facts are right before they go to print or post a story online.

A story published at the New York Times on Wednesday about Donald Trump's wife Melania shows what obvious rubbish that claim often is. The Old Gray Lady had to issue six corrections over two days to (one would hope) finally get it right. One of the errors was so pathetically obvious that it's hard to imagine that Guy Trebay's story was subjected at all to the scrutiny of an editor.

By Dylan Gwinn | October 4, 2015 | 11:05 PM EDT

“Madam Secretary” is sworn in as President by the guy who narrated March of the Penguins, and basically everything else that has ever been narrated over the last 15 years (Morgan Freeman). Except when this swearing in takes place, there’s the notable absence of a certain phrase that has been a staple of the Oath of Office.

By Clay Waters | October 4, 2015 | 9:35 PM EDT

New York Times columnist Frank Bruni quailed in horror at the prospect of concealed firearms being permitted in college classrooms at the University of Texas: "Guns, Campuses and Madness." Bruni, a former White House correspondent for the Times, at least found a novel angle to attack gun rights after the killings on a college campus in Oregon, by bizarrely suggesting conservatives want to infiltrate campuses with gun-toters as a way to (metaphorically?) attack liberal colleges. Bruni goes along with the infantalizing liberal concept of college students as fragile, overgrown children who require coddling from "microaggressions" and frightening thoughts about firearms.

By Tim Graham | October 4, 2015 | 9:34 PM EDT

Movie critics were mostly impressed with the new Matt Damon movie The Martian, but a few critics took the movie’s boosterism of scientific nerdiness to make a point against those alleged science-hating conservatives.

By Jack Coleman | October 4, 2015 | 9:03 PM EDT

Rush Limbaugh has stayed on top of the radio game for decades because his listeners know that tuning in to hear what he has to say, especially in the wake of significant news, is rarely a waste of time.

Limbaugh demonstrated this again on Friday when he excoriated the left's kneejerk response to mass murder at a community college in Oregon with demands for more gun control -- despite the fact the rampage occurred at that epitome of liberal lunacy known as a "gun-free zone."

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 4, 2015 | 1:39 PM EDT

On Sunday’s State of the Union, conservative commentator S.E. Cupp blasted the media for distorting Jeb Bush comments after the Oregon shooting in which the Republican presidential candidate argued that “stuff happens. There's always a crisis. And the impulse is always to do something and it's not necessarily the right thing to do.”

By Tom Johnson | October 4, 2015 | 1:18 PM EDT

Liberals and conservatives often differ over the concept of American exceptionalism, either on how to define it or whether there even is such a thing. Washington Monthly blogger Ed Kilgore recognizes a limited version of American exceptionalism, one which pretty much boils down to a mania for guns.

“America is mainly exceptional [italics in original] among advanced democratic nations not in our personal or economic liberty, but in our strange belief that letting everyone stockpile weapons is essential to the preservation of our freedom, and in the consequences of that strange belief,” wrote Kilgore in a Friday post that piggybacked on President Obama’s statement regarding the Oregon community-college shootings.

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 4, 2015 | 1:01 PM EDT

Following the horrific shooting at an Oregon community college last week, during an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday New York Times Magazine writer Mark Leibovich conveniently blamed the NRA for preventing gun control legislation from passing Congress. The liberal journalist complained that the issue of guns is “politicized because the NRA pretty much owns more than half of Congress. That is why this issue is basically immutable. You mentioned the constitution, public opinion. The other piece is the political impossibility...” 

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 4, 2015 | 11:35 AM EDT

On Sunday’s This Week, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos repeatedly hit GOP presidential frontrunner from the left over his tax plan, chastising Trump for his plan which Stephanopoulos claimed would mainly benefit the rich. Stephanopoulos demanded the Republican candidate explain why taxes should be cut at all and zeroed in on how the plan would personally benefit Trump: “Bottom line, you do accept that you're going to make out well under your tax plan?”

By Tom Blumer | October 4, 2015 | 11:11 AM EDT

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro presides over a country which is falling apart thanks to the socialist policies of his government and that of his predecessor Hugo Chavez. The Economist describes the period since Chavez took over in 1998 as that of "authoritarian misrule" characterized by "by shortages of everything from poultry to pharmaceuticals, by inflation approaching 200% and by rampant corruption and crime."

It also cites the country's "dwindling cash reserves." Given the situation, the fact that a U.S.-based PR firm has recently and eagerly taken on the task of trying to make Maduro look good should be seen as appalling. But that hasn't been the case. The apparent silence of some of this PR firm's leftist clients arguably indicates that they tacitly support obvious oppression as long as the one engaging in it is a socialist. What little press coverage there has been of this firm's association with Maduro has been neutral to mildly laudatory.