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David Brock Accuses the NYT of Being Conservative

By on 9.10.15 | 2:54PM

Hillary Clinton may be undergoing a software upgrade to make her "nicer" and more "media-friendly," but that doesn't mean her surrogates are taking a softer and more subtle approach to her campaign priorities. 

David Brock, head of Media Matters and, more recently, dogged Marco Rubio investigator hell bent on documenting every last specious purchase Rubio made on his middle class salary, is concerned that a high-visibility media outlet has been too tough on his BFF, sweet Hillary. This outlet, which Brock believes to be nothing more than a propaganda arm of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, has been doing little more than parroting Republican talking points to curry favor with its heavily right-leaning readership, he says. The New York Times, David Brock says, must be stopped.

Yes, you read that right. That well-known conservative propaganda outlet the New York Times.

Jindal Trying to Trump Trump?

By on 9.10.15 | 2:18PM

Bobby Jindal, moving slow but dreaming fast,  knocked Donald Trump today by saying, "Donald, thanks for the show.  Almost as funny as Don Rickles."

Don Rickles made a career out of insulting people in a humorous way on stage.  Jindal is trying to diminish Trump's stature by saying his campaign is characterized by insults and is more performance art than serious politics.

In a way, then, Jindal is trying to channel Rickles himself, using an on-stage putdown as a way of looking good at Trump's expense.  Well, to paraphrase Senator Bentsen, "Governor Jindal, I know Don Rickles, and you ain't no Don Rickles..."

Jindal Tears Into Trump After Spate of Bizarre Insults

By on 9.10.15 | 1:15PM

Bobby Jindal is not going to take Donald Trump sitting down. 

The Louisiana Governor tore into Trump in a press conference today, calling the celebrity Presidential candidate a "carnival act" and an "unstable narcissist," and comparing Trump to Kim Kardashian (though, oddly, he left out any mention of Kardashian's husband, Kanye West, of whom Trump is a declared fan). The pushback comes as Trump has dominated the news cycle over the last 24 hours for a spate of bizarre comments, first about Carly Fiorina's looks (to Rolling Stone) and then about Ben Carson's track record as a neurosurgeon. 

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal tore into Republican presidential rival Donald Trump Thursday, calling him an “unstable narcissist” and warning that he would ruin the GOP’s chance of winning the general election of he wins the Republican nomination.

“We can 'make America great again,'” Jindal said, cribbing Trump’s campaign slogan. “But we will not do that by putting an unserious and unstable narcissist in the White House.”

Intelligence Analysts Blow Whistle on Altered ISIS Assessments

By on 9.10.15 | 1:02PM

Ever wonder why the Administration insisted that ISIS was nothing more than a "JV" team, even though they were running roughsod over most of the Middle East, hacking Christians to death by the thousands and destroying World Heritage sites with impunity? 

According to about fifty US intelligence experts working at US Central Command, much of the intelligence on ISIS in Syria and elsewhere was altered by senior intelligence officials to match the Obama Administration's underwhelming threat assessments. Even though much of the intelligence pointed to a very sophisticated, very aggressive ISIS force, these individuals believe that many reports were deemed "overly negative" because they didn't fit with administration's rosier public view of things. 

More than 50 intelligence analysts working out of the U.S. military's Central Command have formally complained that their reports on ISIS and al Qaeda’s branch in Syria were being inappropriately altered by senior officials, The Daily Beast has learned.

Let’s See Trump Say That to Fiorina’s Face

By on 9.10.15 | 12:19PM

Donald Trump was on the defensive for comments he made about Carly Fiorina’s physical appearance in a profile of him in Rolling Stone.

Trump said of Fiorina, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next President?”

In a conversation with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Trump said, “I’m not talking about looks. I’m talking about persona.” This notwithstanding the fact that he made two specific references to Fiorina’s face.

House Mulling Impeachment of EPA Administrator

By on 9.10.15 | 10:43AM

Rep. Paul A. Gosar, (R-Az.) is leading an effort in the U.S. House of Representatives to impeach Gina McCarthy, the scandal-plagued administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for providing false and misleading testimony before several House panels that oversee environmental policy. Jurisdiction for the impeachment by the House comes from the Constitution of the U.S., and is based on the allegation of the commission of “high crimes and misdemeanors against the U.S.”

Ya Gotta Have Heart

By on 9.10.15 | 10:20AM

I’m sure many TAS readers got a laugh, as I did, out of the faux tears Mz Hillary shed on a recent TV interview. Expect more of this nonsense now that the Clinton campaign is scheduling more spontaneity into her campaign events. Her handlers have urged her to show more heart, even in the face of the overwhelming evidence that she lacks one.

It all reminds one of the quote from the late, great campaign consultant, George Burns, to wit: “Sincerity — if you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”

Morning Spectacle: Non-Conformists

By on 9.10.15 | 4:15AM

Can you believe it's already Thursday? 

In Our Sights

Hillary Clinton may be looking to show more "heart" on her campaign in order to connect better with "everyday Americans," but her campaign won't be mentioning "everyday Americans" anytime soon. Because the staff thought it sounded too much like Wal-Mart's plebian slogan, the campaign is dropping "everyday Americans" from all of their literature.

The man who practically invented viral anti-virus software, John McAfee, announced yesterday that he's running for President on the "Cyber Party" ticket, which he made up. McAfee is most famous for creating McAfee Anti-Virus, which is probably still on your PC despite being deleted sometime in the mid-1990s, and a short stint he spent as a fugitive from the law after being accused for murder.

Tom Brady is a Big Donald Trump Fan

By on 9.9.15 | 3:37PM

Since Tom Brady is now allowed to stock his locker, after a judge rolled back his "Deflategate" suspension, it only makes sense that he would immediately add a "Make American Great Again" Donald Trump hat to his post-game lineup. 

According to a follow-up interview Brady did on a Boston radio program, Donald Trump and Tom Brady are actually quite friendly, having met in 2002 when Brady was a "celebrity judge" for the Miss USA pageant, alongside other early-2000s celebrities like Willa Ford and Jermaine Jackson. While Brady wouldn't confirm to the show that he'd vote for The Donald, he did say that Trump has "done amazing things."

For his part, Donald Trump Tweeted some support for Brady after his Deflategate punishment was tosssed out, and told TMZ that "Tom Brady is the greatest."

Hillary Clinton Posts ‘Four Sentences’ Defense of Email Use, Pledges Transparency

By on 9.9.15 | 3:26PM

Hillary Clinton is desperately trying to rid herself of this email scandal that's been dogging her for weeks, collapsing her campaign. After all, in order to fully launch "Hillary 2.0," the kinder, gentler, more transparent software update she's been pledging, she has to leave all her problems behind her.

The most effective approach would probably be the simplest one: apologize, turn over the emails and allow authorities to comb through them, taking responsibility for whatever problems might arise, and then allowing the media to provide you with enough favorable coverage to ride out the drama without serving any time. But Hillary Clinton will always be a Clinton, and so cannot resist covering her own pantsuited behind with a host of excuses — the only things that are truly transparent about her response.

Late last night on Facebook, Hillary Clinton posted this defense of her email use: