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By Ken Shepherd | September 10, 2014 | 11:00 PM EDT

As an MSNBC panel discussed congressional reticence with President Obama's strategy pertaining to ISIS, the Rev. Al Sharpton jumped in with a challenge to John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to call floor votes on congressional authorization for action against the terror group. 

By Tom Blumer | September 10, 2014 | 10:49 PM EDT

In quite remarkable testimony on the day before the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 Islamist terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, the Washington Free Beacon's Adam Kredo reported today that "Francis Taylor, under secretary for intelligence and analysis at DHS, told senators during a hearing that ISIL supporters are known to be plotting ways to infiltrate the United States through the (nation's southern) border."

Predictably, Taylor's statements are getting very little other press attention.

By Clay Waters | September 10, 2014 | 9:43 PM EDT

In the heated run-up to the September 18 independence vote in Scotland, where Scots will vote on whether to separate from the United Kingdom after 307 years, the New York Times has planted its flag on the liberal, pro-independence side in its coverage, with jabs at the ruling Conservative Party and some old-fashioned Margaret Thatcher-bashing thrown in.

By Connor Williams | September 10, 2014 | 9:00 PM EDT

Muslim author and religious “scholar” Reza Aslan has developed quite the reputation for making inflammatory statements about Christianity. This time, in an interview with HuffPost Live, Aslan claimed in no uncertain terms that Jesus Christ was a Marxist.

By Ken Shepherd | September 10, 2014 | 8:50 PM EDT

In the midst of his sit-down chat with MSNBC's Chris Matthews, comedian Bill Maher blasted Republicans for hyping the threat of ISIS, which he insists is not that big a deal for Americans on American soil. "I am much more afraid of ice, as in melting, than I am about ISIS." 

By Tom Blumer | September 10, 2014 | 8:45 PM EDT

"Person on the street" interviews are among the more discouraging presentations one can find on news shows these days. All too often, we see low-information people who think they're so smart show us how disturbingly ignorant they actually are.

That they are disheartening doesn't mean they aren't sometimes entertaining. Fox News's Jesse Watters had one such segment on Monday. He interviewed eight women, several of them attractively endowed by their Creator, at the beach in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Their intellectual prowess, however, was a bit lacking in certain instances, occasionally hilariously so, as Watters launched into questions about "powerful women":

By Jack Coleman | September 10, 2014 | 8:31 PM EDT

Might be time for MSNBC to tighten security at its studios. I'm not sure who was hosting “The Rachel Maddow Show” last night, but it sure as heck could not have been the cable program's namesake. The person certainly looked and sounded like Maddow, no doubt about that, but once you hear what she said, I think you'll agree there's no possible way it was Maddow.

By Mark Finkelstein | September 10, 2014 | 7:11 PM EDT

Last month, Ed Schultz argued against any "military intervention at all" in Iraq. On this evening's show, Schultz said that President Obama shouldn't rule out boots on the ground and shouldn't "outsource" fighting to forces from other countries.

By Matthew Balan | September 10, 2014 | 5:19 PM EDT

HBO's Bill Maher clashed with Charlie Rose on the veteran host's PBS show on Tuesday over the atheist's outspoken views on Islam. Maher underlined the "illiberal beliefs that are held by vast numbers of Muslim people." Rose countered with a left-wing talking point: "Vast number of Christians, too." The comedian shot back, "No, no. That's not true – not true. Vast numbers of Christians do not believe that if you leave the Christian religion, you should be killed for it."

By Sean Long | September 10, 2014 | 5:00 PM EDT

Fast food protests are all about the regular people, so long as you ignore the massive donors and organizers.

After hundreds of fast food workers in cities across the country abandoned their jobs Sept. 4, to demand raises of more than 100 percent and the right to unionize, all three broadcast networks dutifully reported on the protests, but failed to point out the union that had organized the protests.

By Kyle Drennen | September 10, 2014 | 4:41 PM EDT

Wednesday's NBC Today was the only network morning show to cover President Obama being refused tee times at several top golf courses during his Labor Day weekend trip to New York, with co-host Matt Lauer declaring: "...the President has faced some criticism recently over the time he spends playing golf....[now] more problems tied to his favorite hobby." [Listen to the audio]

Fellow co-host Willie Geist explained: "Club managers saying they didn't want to inconvenience their high-profile and dues-paying members by shutting down their courses to accommodate the President during the busy holiday weekend." Moments later, Geist seemed to fault the courses by labeling the refusals a "country club snub."

By Tom Blumer | September 10, 2014 | 4:05 PM EDT

In recent days, the State Department has tried to paint Fox News's Bill O'Reilly as a sexist monster because he characterized Jen Psaki as "out of her depth." O'Reilly's criticism has a great deal to do with how Ms. Psaki often appears to be, well, out of her depth. The other member of the non-dynamic duo then pounced. Marie Harf claimed that O'Reilly used "sexist, personally offensive language that I actually don't think (he) would ever use about a man."

O'Reilly recently defended himself quite well; that video is at the end of this post. On Tuesday, liberal Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers also weighed in. Her USA Today column asserted that O'Reilly "does not discriminate when it comes to expressing tough judgments," and that Harf's sexist accusation was "so irresponsible." Excerpts follow the jump (links are in original; bolds are mine):

By Ken Shepherd | September 10, 2014 | 3:39 PM EDT

"[U]ntil the 'bad' abortion stories are just as acceptable, pro-choice advocates have a long way to go." That's how the Daily Beast's Emily Shire concluded her September 10 post, "Wendy Davis and the 'Good Abortion' Myth," which was mildly critical of the Democratic nominee for Texas governor on the abortion issue from a leftward angle.

By Mike Ciandella | September 10, 2014 | 3:37 PM EDT

In John Oliver’s perfect world, for-profit colleges don’t exist, and the government pays off everyone’s student loans. After lambasting for-profit colleges extensively, Oliver got to the heart of his argument: the government should foot the bill for all student loans.

By P.J. Gladnick | September 10, 2014 | 2:22 PM EDT

One of the worst things you can call a liberal, especially one running for president, is a fracker. And that is exactly what Mother Jones called Hillary Clinton when it accused her of strongly supporting fracking in other countries while she was Secretary of State.