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By NB Staff | November 19, 2011 | 9:47 AM EST

For general discussion and debate about whatever the heck you want as long as it's decent. So have it.

By NB Staff | November 19, 2011 | 9:43 AM EST

After Iowa State's amazing upset of Oklahoma State, college football will be even more interesting today.

And how about those 8-1 Niners?

Or Tim Tebow just winning?

Let's talks weekend sports.

By Brent Bozell | November 19, 2011 | 7:37 AM EST

In advance of Tinseltown's parade of Christmas insensitivities - they've already unloaded the marijuana movie "A Very Harold and Kumar 3-D Christmas" - let us stipulate that it's not just seasonal. The manufacturers of pop culture thrive on offending every traditional value.

Start with Pamela Anderson, the ridiculously surgically enhanced former Playboy Playmate, home-movie porn specialist and "Baywatch" star. She's been cast to play - are you ready? - the Virgin Mary in a TV "Christmas" special in Canada.

By Tim Graham | November 19, 2011 | 7:05 AM EST

On his radio show Thursday, former CNN host Bill Press found it a little disconcerting to see the Republicans on the budget super-committee say on TV they were refusing to budge off their last offer. Then he went just a little further: Republicans are committing treason, against the Constitution, by sticking with their Grover Norquist no-tax-hike pledge.

"I think it's pretty clear to me and to you that the Republicans have dug in their heels. Their loyalty is to Grover Norquist and the American Tax Reform Association," he said, mangling the name of the group. (It's Americans for Tax Reform.) "Their loyalty is not to the American people, it's not to the Constitution of the United States. I know that's a strong statement, but I think they're guilty of treason. I think they really do care more about Grover Norquist than they do about you or me."

By Tom Blumer | November 18, 2011 | 11:27 PM EST

You can't make this up: The ever-careful Essential Global News Network known as the Associated Press actually believed that a guy who has been on a DC sports show for several football seasons impersonating Christopher Walken was actually Christopher Walken.

After excerpting several paragraphs from AP's unbylined (naturally) mea culpa (saved here at host for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes), I'll explain why this snafu really isn't particularly surprising:

By Tim Graham | November 18, 2011 | 10:34 PM EST

Newsweek loves Bill Maher -- so much that the utter incongruity of driving your $120,000 all-electric Tesla roadster to rally the “99 percent” in Los Angeles doesn’t collapse upon itself in their saccharine narrative.

Lloyd Grove began his tribute: “In many ways, Bill Maher is a testament to the enduring power of the American Dream.” This is also a ghastly clash, since Maher routinely scorns America as a nation packed with idiots.

By Tim Graham | November 18, 2011 | 9:21 PM EST

The next time you hear liberals mourning that today's conservative movement has no William F. Buckleyesque figure to banish the right-wing wackos to the fever swamps, just remember what passes for left-wing political thought at the Daily Kos. Last year, the Kosmonaut known as "Troubadour" predicted things were going to go very badly after the midterm elections: "Win or lose this election season, Republicans appear to be headed on a one-way path to organized political violence."

This has apparently been proven by police suppression of the Occupy Wall Street protests, and next the liberals should watch out for the "the internet blacklist bill" and the "the internet kill switch" if Republicans take power in 2013. Full-blown GOP dictatorship is around the corner:

By Scott Whitlock | November 18, 2011 | 6:29 PM EST

Conservative talk show host Larry Elder on Tuesday grilled Chris Matthews for his hostile treatment of conservatives and dismissed the Hardball anchor's fawning new book about John F. Kennedy. When Matthews objected to the barrage, Elder slapped down his complaints: "I'm sorry for cutting you off the way you cut your guests off!" [MP3 audio of the entire interview here.]

A wounded Matthews responded, "You want to make a point or you want to ask me questions?" Elder played a rant first highlighted by Newsbusters where Matthews frothed that the GOP wants to "get rid" of cops and cause "cruel pain." Elder wondered, "You consider yourself a journalist?" Matthews managed, "No, I'm not down the middle. I'm slightly to the left." (Slightly?)

By Jack Coleman | November 18, 2011 | 6:19 PM EST

Yearning to join the wealthiest one percent of Americans? You may already have -- and not even know it.

Hard to believe such a thing is possible but MSNBC morning anchor Thomas Roberts ran a segment Wednesday about that one percent so reviled by Occupy squatters co-opting public property for their private use around the nation. (video clip after page break)

By Ken Shepherd | November 18, 2011 | 5:46 PM EST

Marking the fifth anniversary of Washington Post's "On Faith" section with a November 17 post on the "five lessons" she's learned while serving as the online feature editor, Sally Quinn declared that she's no longer an atheist, nor an agnostic, really, because "It simply means that you don’t know" and "By that definition we are all agnostics. The pope is an agnostic."

Quinn ultimately went on to define God as whatever you think him/her/it to be:

By Scott Whitlock | November 18, 2011 | 4:55 PM EST

Newt Gingrich on Thursday hit MSNBC as, "essentially," the "Obama re-election team." The presidential candidate made his critique live at a rally that was televised on rival CNN.

A questioner wondered, "How do you intend to counter-act the bias of the media and the dirty remarks we're getting?"  She added, "I've noticed that every time a Republican runs, they get slammed in the press." Video of Gingrich's reply, which included his shot at MSNBC, can be found below.  [MP3 audio here.]

By Matthew Balan | November 18, 2011 | 4:40 PM EST

On Friday, CBS's Early Show was the only Big Three morning show to cover Energy Secretary Steven Chu's testimony before a congressional hearing on the $528 million loan to the bankrupt solar panel company Solyndra. NBC previewed the hearing on Thursday's Today show, but avoided it the following morning. ABC's GMA completely ignored it both days.

Fill-in news anchor Betty Nguyen gave a 44-second news brief during the 7 am half hour of The Early Show, noting how Secretary Chu "made no apologies for the loan of more than $500 million to Solyndra back in 2009" during the hearing. However, the CBS morning show didn't air a full report on the controversy until the top of the 8 am hour.

By Rusty Weiss | November 18, 2011 | 4:33 PM EST

Bill Randall is a candidate for Congress, running in North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District.  Mr. Randall also happens to be an African-American.  In early October, Randall had a campaign billboard vandalized with a spray-painted, vulgar phallic symbol, accompanied by the letters "KKK”. It was the kind of message that would normally launch the media into full-blown racial apoplexy. 

One small problem.  Bill Randall is a Tea Party Conservative Republican.

Despite filing a report with the Wake County Sheriff’s Department on October 9, holding a press conference regarding the incident, issuing a press release, and having a local news report linked at the Breitbart.tv website, nobody in major media outlets in Raleigh have covered the story.

By Matt Hadro | November 18, 2011 | 4:22 PM EST

During CNN's Thursday evening coverage of Occupy Wall Street, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin dismissed worries that the protesters in New York City had disrupted the afternoon commutes of city workers– but his claim was flatly contradicted by CNN's own report from the previous hour.

Toobin, who was giving his legal analysis at the top of the 7 p.m. hour, said that the First Amendment protected protesters, they were on "good ground," and that "they're not disrupting people's trains home, or car rides home."

By Clay Waters | November 18, 2011 | 4:03 PM EST

Tea Party beat reporter Kate Zernike was back on the reporting scene in a Thursday afternoon “Caucus” post, “A Tea Party ‘Hearing’ in the Senate That Wasn’t.” Zernike surely used up her monthly quota of sarcastic quote marks in this snarky post mocking the unofficial hearings (sorry, “hearings”) held by congressmen who support the Tea Party.

By contrast, Times reporter Scott Shane was quite respectful of an unofficial hearing held on June 16, 2005 by a far-left anti-war fringe aimed at impeaching President George W. Bush.