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By Noel Sheppard | April 24, 2011 | 7:06 PM EDT

"A lot more Americans are going to learn to speak Spanish, and I think that's a fine thing."

So said Newsweek's Eleanor Clift Friday in the middle of a "McLaughlin Group" program devoted in its entirety to looking at how America is responding to a growing Hispanic population as well as an ongoing economic expansion in Latin America (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 24, 2011 | 4:18 PM EDT

There was a marvelous moment on this weekend's "Chris Matthews Show" when the host literally stuck his foot in his mouth claiming in front of four British journalists that former Prime Minister Tony Blair "was much closer emotionally and politically to Bill Clinton" than George W. Bush.

Guest's Andrew Sullivan of the Daily Beast and Gillian Tett of the Financial Times both immediately shook their heads as the BBC's Katty Kay and Matt Frei said "No" and "Wrong" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 24, 2011 | 12:06 PM EDT

ABC devoted its entire "This Week" on Easter Sunday to "God and Government," and not surprisingly the question of President Obama's faith prominently entered the discussion.

When it did, Cokie Roberts said, "The bad part about this is that it's acceptable to say that he's a Muslim because the same people won't say, 'I don't like him cause he's black'" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 24, 2011 | 10:21 AM EDT

“For those of you who are confused [about global warming], you’re forgiven. It’s my fault.”

So hysterically said retired Minneapolis anchorman Don Shelby during a speech at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, Tuesday:

By Tim Graham | April 24, 2011 | 7:38 AM EDT

On Thursday, BBC News featured a Nick Higham interview with the best-selling American novelist Jodi Picoult. Her latest book, Sing You Home, is a tract for gay marriage and gay parenting. Entertainment Weekly oozed that it "deftly personalizes the political, delivering a larger message of tolerance that's difficult to fault." In other words, it deftly attacks conservative Christians for intolerance. Picoult told Higham of the BBC that "You are far more progressive than we are, unfortunately, in America."

In her book, Picoult's main character becomes a lesbian after he marriage breaks down over infertility, and she wants to give her embryos to her lover: "The problem is that Zoe’s ex-husband Max has joined a very right-wing evangelical church in America, one that has a very strong anti-gay platform, and since the embryos are biologically half-his, she needs his consent to do it, and he says ‘Over my dead body.’" Picoult insists that "most Christians" are liberals and only "people on the fringes" that insist on what the Bible says:

By Jack Coleman | April 23, 2011 | 9:16 PM EDT

Something tells me that future Huffington Post coverage of Rachel Maddow will be a tad less adulatory.

In a remark on her MSNBC show last night that has to be heard to be believed, Maddow mocked the influential liberal website for ... not being liberal. Seriously, Maddow really said this.

By Noel Sheppard | April 23, 2011 | 7:16 PM EDT

As NewsBusters reported Thursday, the liberal website Wonkette has lost a significant number of advertisers following its disgraceful article about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's handicapped son Trig.

The Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan, who for years has claimed like so many Trig Truthers that Bristol Palin is the child's real mother, expressed disappointment Saturday that companies pulled their ads as a result of this piece:

By Tom Blumer | April 23, 2011 | 7:00 PM EDT

In its infamous June 2005 Kelo vs. New London ruling, a Supreme Court majority allowed the city of New London to seize the properties of holdout homeowners in that city's Fort Trumbull area for the "public purpose" of economic development, not a "public use" as the Constitution's Fifth Amendment requires.

It has been eleven years since the litigation began, six years since the court's ruling, and almost five years since the final settlement between the City and final holdouts the Cristofaro family and Susette Kelo, whose former home now stands elsewhere as a de facto monument to the perils of overbearing government. The land involved is still vacant, and nothing of substance has since happened. In late 2009, Pfizer, the economic linchpin which supposedly drove the city's need to remake the area, announced that it was pulling out of New London.

After several false starts, the city is working with a new developer. As of February of last year, this developer wanted to put rental townhouses in an area where century-old, largely owner-occupied homes once stood.

Early Friday, the New London Day's Kathleen Edgecomb reported a new twist. Wait until you see what the developer wants before going forward.

By Tim Graham | April 23, 2011 | 6:40 PM EDT

National Public Radio is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. In 1971, it began at the height of "anti-war" fervor against the U.S. government and its immoral war-mongering. That flavor remains at NPR to this day. Last Sunday, NPR anchor Noah Adams reminded listeners of the Bay of Pigs invasion, and naturally, the theme was anti-communist paranoia:

NOAH ADAMS: Today, April 17th, marks exactly 50 years since one of the biggest disasters in American foreign policy: the Bay of Pigs Invasion of 1961.

JIM RASENBERGER (Author, "The Brilliant Disaster"): You know, I think the thing that you have to keep in mind when you ask yourself how did this ever happen is the extraordinary fear of communism in the United States in the late '50s and early '60s.

By Noel Sheppard | April 23, 2011 | 5:02 PM EDT

Media members better get their facts straight when reporting about Donald Trump or they just might end up biting off more than they can chew.

On Friday, while CNN's Eliot Spitzer was doing a report contradicting Trump's claims about his net worth, the real estate mogul called into the studio to set the record straight (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 23, 2011 | 3:42 PM EDT

Can you imagine liberal media members in 2007 or 2008 blaming George W. Bush's sagging poll numbers on the public's dismal view of the Democrat Congress?

On Friday, the Huffington Post's Howard Fineman actually told MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell "the fact the Republicans and Congress are so poorly regarded, that the whole system is so poorly regarded, drags everybody down, including the president" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 23, 2011 | 12:38 PM EDT

A left-leaning guest on MSNBC's "Hardball" got into quite a heated debate with Chris Matthews Friday when she tried to point out some classic liberal hypocrisy.

In a segment dealing with Florida's Koran-burning Pastor's desire to protest a mosque in Dearborn, Michigan, progressive Muslim author Irshad Manji supported Terry Jones's first amendment rights marvelously pointing out, "We liberals are so good at calling out right-wing ideologues when they operate on fear. Why the double standard here?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | April 23, 2011 | 10:43 AM EDT

For discussion and debate about politics, the economy, sports, and whatever else tickles your fancy.

Possible talking point: "Would You Accept Clinton Tax Rates If Combined With Gingrich Spending Levels?"

By Noel Sheppard | April 23, 2011 | 10:10 AM EDT

Out of the mouths of babes...

On Friday's "Inside Washington," during a discussion about American foreign policy in the Middle East and Africa, PBS's Mark Shields actually said, "The most urgent priority that we have is to find jobs somehow, not simply for Americans, which is an urgent priority, but for young Egyptians" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | April 23, 2011 | 8:01 AM EDT

Via Instapundit and his link to the blog American Power, we're offered another moment in liberal 'civility." At the liberal blog Crooked Timber, Henry Farrell of George Washington University declared a Charles Krauthammer Day to remember his 2003 pronouncements on WMD in Iraq:

Perhaps the problem is that we have never fixed on exactly how to celebrate Charles Krauthammer Day. Easter, Christmas, Hannukah, Festivus etc all have their associated and time-honored rituals, but Krauthammer day has none. Combining suggestions from George W. Bush and Hugh Hector Munro, one possibility might be an Exploding Easter Egg Hunt. But then, this would perhaps prove simultaneously too dangerous to be very attractive to participants, and not dangerous enough to really mark the occasion properly. Better suggestions invited in comments.