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Iowahawk's Story is Red-Hot, But... It Ultimately Comes from Infowars

Feb 8, 2013 10:45 AM PT

I just linked this story on my blog, and a reader, @tsrblke, let me know that if you click through all the way, the "news report" the Examiner (not the Washington Examiner, but that online Examiner outfit) cites turns out to be a post at conspiracy-monger Alex Jones' Infowars.

It's a great story-- but until, say, Breitbart's Kerry Picket or Matt Boyle can confirm it, we probably ought not to treat it as true.

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Hillary Clinton Tops Obama's in Polls

Feb 8, 2013 10:12 AM PT

In response to Latest Polls Put Obama's Approval Under 50%:

So, I just finished up another panel discussion with HuffPost Live, and one of the topics covered was Hillary Clinton's high approval ratings. The panel was asked why Clinton was so popular, and most on the panel, except for me thought that it was because she was just plain "awesome." That was host's Marc Lamont Hill's exact description of Hillary.

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Return of the Job Pivot

Feb 8, 2013 10:04 AM PT

In response to Obama to "Focus" on Job Creation for 17th Time:

I wonder if Obama will explain why he didn't mention a single word of this during his vaunted Second Inaugural.  Simple question for every real reporter to ask: is job creation now a higher priority than climate change?  Or any of the other stuff on his inaugural shopping list?

Obama to "Focus" on Job Creation for 17th Time

Feb 8, 2013 10:01 AM PT

Obama has now "pivoted to jobs" more times than he's made par.  And he's golfed an awful lot, you know.  He golfs almost as much as he dusts targets when he does gun-firing-at-moving-inanimate-targets.

 Meet the new focus, same as the old focus.

President Barack Obama told House Democrats Thursday his State of the Union address will focus on job creation, education and energy independence. Speaking at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Leesburg, Va., the president repeated a theme from his 2012 re-election campaign, that "our economy succeeds and our economy grows when everybody is getting a fair shot and everybody is getting a fair shake and everybody is playing by the same rules." "Because I believe that is a growth agenda -- not just an equity agenda, not just a fairness agenda -- that is a growth agenda," he said.

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Media Bias

Righteous power

Feb 8, 2013 9:25 AM PT

In response to Nick Gillespie's brilliant insight about journalists' hypocrisy on drones:

I added a few thoughts about Gillespie's fine piece here.  (Special guest appearance by Ace, because I thought immediately of something he wrote the other day when I was reading Gillespie.)  I've always been fascinated by the intersection of left-wing politics and power worship.  It seems initially contradictory, because they talk so often of their appetite for individual "freedom," in areas they think judgmental conservative busybodies want to invade... but time and again, they fall head-over-heels for authoritarian rulers, and their domestic policy agenda is all about power and control.  

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