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Vladimir Putin Decides Everyone is Mean, Leaves G20 Early

By on 11.17.14 | 1:08PM

Vladimir Putin went to the G20 thinking that he wasn't going to have to do much except sit in a comfortable chair with his fingers tented like a Bond villain, as other countries discussed their economic inter-relationship and possible locations for that Olympics no one wants to host that might end up in Kazakhstan. But then Chelsea Handler made it awkward.  And then Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, made it super awkward. As did David Cameron, UK Prime Minister. And despite Vladimir Putin's best efforts at soundlessly communicating his global position of being one needlessly high-tech underwater sea base away from launching a satellite to control Earth's weather, the other leaders seemed oddly unafraid.

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Braves Trade Jason Heyward to Cardinals for Shelby Miller

By on 11.17.14 | 1:05PM

With a year left on his contract, the Atlanta Braves have dealt outfielder Jason Heyward along with reliever Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals for starting pitcher Shelby Miller and minor league hurler Tyrell Jenkins.

A Georgia native, Heyward was a first round draft pick of the Braves in 2007 and made a spectacular debut in 2010 hitting a home run in his first big league at bat. He finished runner up to fellow Georgian Buster Posey in NL Rookie of the Year balloting and was named to the NL All-Star Team. That season, Heyward hit .277 with 18 HR and 72 RBI. Some compared Heyward's grace to that of Willie Mays and nicknamed him "The J-Hey Kid".

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Katie Couric Names Chelsea Clinton “Mother of the Year” After Six Weeks of Motherhood

By on 11.17.14 | 12:53PM

Sure, other mothers who are famous for no discernible reason have been slacking off in the "setting a good example" department of late. Mama June has been dating a sex offender, who is also a former boyfriend, who apparently molested one of her kids, but not the kid he fathered, one of her other kids fathered by a different sex offender. I think. It's hard to keep it straight. And Kim Kardashian photoshopped herself into our hearts and minds, causing an entire nation of people minor psychological damage.

But there are lots of mothers out there, thousands of them, in fact, who might deserve the title of "Mother of the Year." Aside from her massive optical contribution to her own mother's potential Presidential campaign, I can't really see how Chelsea Clinton, mother of six-week-old Charlotte, can grab that title without a fight.

The media love affair with the Clintons continued when Katie Couric interviewed former first-daughter Chelsea Clinton this week for Yahoo News.

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Some Belated Thoughts on Obama’s Trip to China

By on 11.17.14 | 11:10AM

Here are some belated thoughts on President Obama's trip to China last week.

Remember when Obama said it would be easier for him if he were President of China?

That stemmed from a New York Times article co-written by Mark Landler and Helene Cooper in March 2011 titled, "Obama Seeks a Course of Pragmatism in the Middle East". Judging by both the title of the article and its content, it is nearly indistinguishable from the thousands of puff pieces written in the pages of The Gray Lady about the 44th President. The opening paragraph describes Obama as "the transformative historical figure". Not a transformational historical figure mind you, but the transformational historical figure.

Yet even these puff pieces one can occasionally find kernels of revelation. In the article's concluding paragraph, Landler and Cooper ponder how President Obama will balance idealism and pragmatism when it comes to the Middle East:

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Erdogan: Muslims Discovered America in 1178

By on 11.17.14 | 10:31AM

In a televised address to an audience of Muslim leaders from Latin America in Istanbul over the weekend, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed Muslims discovered America in the 12th Century.

"Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus, Muslim sailors arrived in America from 1178," said Erdogan, "Columbus mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban coast." Erdogan went on to say that he would like to build a mosque on that site. He bases this claim on an article written in 1996 by aYoussef Mroueh. In the article, Mroueh claims that Columbus made reference to the mosque in his diary.

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Harper Tells Putin to Get Out of Ukraine; Obama Assails Abbott on Ebola Policy & Climate Change

By on 11.16.14 | 7:40PM

Let me take a moment to contrast Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Obama at the G-20 Summit in Australia. 

When Harper shook Putin's hand, he told him, "You need to get out of Ukraine." This earned Harper plaudits from the Australian media.

Meanwhile, President Obama sets his ire on the summit's host, Australian PM Tony Abbott. Obama assailed Abbott for closing Australia's border to African nations afflicted with Ebola and also criticized his efforts to combat climate change. Abbott was not intimidated and told Obama very plainly he would not commit to cutting carbon emissions or give money to the Climate Fund.

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ISIS Video Shows Beheadings of Peter Kassig & Syrian Soldiers UPDATED

By on 11.16.14 | 6:29PM

A third American hostage has been beheaded by ISIS. Aid worker and former Army Ranger Peter Kassig was beheaded in yet another gruesome online video posted by ISIS. It appears that he was executed by "Jihadi John", the same man who beheaded American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff as well as British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning. Kassig wa present during Henning's execution last month. During his captivity, Kassig converted to Islam. Fat lot of good that did him. 

The video also showed several Syrian soldiers being beheaded. 

President Obama condemned Kassig's killing "an act of evil by a terrorist group." Depite his condemnations, Obama's military strategy against ISIS has been ineffectual and has not deterred ISIS one iota. Seeking Iran's help is a fool's errand. 

I wonder how many more Americans ISIS is holding. The State Department hasn't been forthcoming with that information. But as long as ISIS is holding Americans there will be more videos. That is unless we can find a way to rescue them.

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Joe Biden Saves Obama From Impeachment, Hits Hillary

By on 11.14.14 | 6:42PM

Joe Biden is having such a great week, he might sneak out of the Executive Office Building a little early tonight and get himself some ice cream. Or maybe that frozen yogurt that you pay for by the ounce, that you can put endless toppings on.

First, Trey Gowdy probably ended all talk of impeachment eeking out of Republican corners in light of last Tuesday's election results by suggesting that, if Barack Obama were to be impeached, we'd all be stuck with President Joe Biden, and that's not something anyone wants.

Gowdy was asked on Fox News Thursday night about the possibility of impeachment, if Obama acts without Congress on immigration. 

"Have you met Joe Biden, is my response to that," Gowdy replied. "So, no. Nobody's discussing impeachment except pundits and commentators. First of all, impeachment is a punishment; it's not a remedy. Second of all, the only people who want us to talk about impeachment are the president's allies."

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Dems Deny Pregnant Iraq War Vet Proxy Vote in Leadership Elections

By on 11.14.14 | 1:34PM

The #WaronWomen is most recently about birth control and whether it should be compulsory for anyone with an incorrect voting record, but Democrats have been confident in their superiority on "women's issues" long before Sandra Fluke testified under oath to her incorrect understanding of Catholic University's policies on contraception. Whether women are having babies, not having babies, having babies at work, not having babies because of work, or not having babies and also not working, Democrats are standing behind them encouraging them to do whatever it takes to register for a government program that will assist them at doing whatever it is they do. 

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Carney: Gruber “Helped to Write Obamacare”

By on 11.13.14 | 10:33PM

As Emily tells us with much bemusement, the Obama Administration is denying that Jon "The American People Are Stupid" Gruber had any part in developing Obamacare.

The only problem is that while appearing on CNN today former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in criticizing Gruber's "hubris" described him someone who "helped to write Obamacare." 

The Obama Administration has misled the public so often they can't keep their lies straight anymore. 

It would be funny if it wasn't so stupid.

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