President Obama: U.S. Military ‘Significantly Superior’ to Russia’s

During his trip to Oakdale, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, President Obama sat down for an interview with CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett. While the President used the interview to reinforce the clinical talk of “consequences” for Russia if the situation in Ukraine escalates, a little bit of smack-talk jumped out.

  • The President noted that, along with their illegal annexation of Crimea, Russia has "supported, at a minimum, non-state militias in southern and eastern Ukraine."
  • "Each time Russia takes these kinds of steps, which are designed to destabilize Ukraine and violate their sovereignty, that there are going to be consequences."

8 Million Enrollments, and President Obama Still Can’t Make Dems Campaign on Health Care

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President Obama held a surprise presser in the White House briefing room on Thursday, and in his opening remarks, announced the stunning news that Obamacare enrollments have surpassed 8 million, blowing away the 7 million target that they were never supposed to reach, and that 35 percent of those enrollments were of “young invincibles,” well above skeptics’ expectations. Why can’t the President expect Democrats to run on this monumental achievement?

Quote of the Day: Harry Reid Calls the Armed Men at the Bundy Ranch Exactly What They Are

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Get ready for the right to shriek that Reid’s the problem here.

Snowden Appears on RT, Asks Putin a Softball Question About Russian Surveillance

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On a televised question-and-answer session with Vladimir Putin on the Russian state-controlled RT network, Edward Snowden made an appearance via video and asked Putin about whether Russia engages in mass surveillance. That’s a generous explanation of what happened.

Matt Bai: Another White Guy Who Thinks Calling Republicans Out on Race is Bad Idea

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After several weeks of stepping on racial rakes, New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait finally hit the “eject” button on his crusade to get liberals to stop terrifying racists by calling them that, but just in time for Spring, former New York Times Magazine and current Yahoo! News columnist Matt Bai comes parachuting into the fray to tell Democrats not to call out Republicans on race.

Lawsuit Accuses “X-Men” Director Bryan Singer of Drugging and Raping Teenage Boy (Updated)

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As with all cases involving sexual abuse, particularly the sexual abuse of a minor, those of us commenting on it will have to choose our words carefully until the truth comes out. If it ever does.

Matt Taibbi Was Right to Blast Obama For Capitulating to Wall Street

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There is a worrying trend amongst Obama supporters – the complete inability to fault the President for anything, even when it’s obvious he screwed up. Case in point- Obama’s complete failure to regulate Wall St.

We Watched Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld Rant About Taxes So You Don’t Have To

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The far-right has launched into its April version of the War On Christmas routine, wheeling out the myopic, zombie gripe about how horrifying it is that roughly half of all Americans don’t pay federal income taxes. So of course Gutfeld jumped in forehead-first and went off on a rant about this obvious injustice during Tuesday’s edition of The Five.

Seth Rogen Smacks Down Nancy Grace, Speaks for the Entire Nation

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Nancy Grace went off on one of her usual unhinged rants on Twitter, but Seth Rogen wasn’t having any of it.

The Almighty Liberal Media, The Most Powerful Force Known To Man

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If you listen to conservatives, you’d be at a loss to describe what exactly the liberal media can’t do. According to them: The liberal media has controlled the outcome of every election, except for 2004, 2000, 1988, 1984, and 1980 when it apparently went on vacation. The liberal media has chosen every losing Republican presidential… Read More

Cenk Uygur Just Took $4-Million from a Conservative Source (but He’s Still a Better Liberal Than You)

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A group headed by former Republican presidential candidate Buddy Roemer just inked a deal to provide $4-million in seed money to The Young Turks. Roemer is anti-choice, anti-gay marriage, anti-Obamacare and pro-torture, but hey, at least he wants to get money out of politics, which is enough for Cenk to think he’s a-okay.

Pulitzer Co-Winner Glenn Greenwald Tweets Link to Hate-Site and Faked Graphic

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Greenwald tweeted a link to an extremist right-wing hate-site that’s almost entirely dedicated to trolling and smearing Charles Johnson from Little Green Footballs. The post itself, titled “It’s Only Shari’ah: Will Johnson Apologise to Geller & Spencer? Nah.,” is directly aimed at Johnson while also supporting Islamophobic wackaloon Pamela Gellar. But that’s not the worst part…

If Only the Bundy Ranch Mob Had Been Black and Playing in a Treehouse

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Over the weekend, a quick glance at Twitter might have led you to believe that the feds were trying to jack up the Brady Bunch, or that conservatives were fighting hard to defend the Bunny Ranch, but now that everyone has caught up to the story of the Bundy Ranch, the dueling narratives have become “something, something, LIBERTY” and “conservatives defend freeloader.” The buried lede here is that the peaceful end of this standoff would have been very different had the cops been responding to a mob that was smaller, less white, and unarmed.

‘World’s Toughest Job’ Interview is a Cynical Viral Marketing Trick

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You’ve probably seen the video of the ‘World’s Toughest Job’ interview by now. The message is nice enough, but what about the messenger?

How Wrong is Jenny McCarthy? Fox News and Dana Loesch Are Now Schooling Her

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Recent pro-vaccine convert and co-host of ABC’s The View Jenny McCarthy has taken a long, well-deserved beating in these pages for her dangerous campaign of misinformation about vaccines, but if you needed further proof of just how disconnected McCarthy is from reality, check out lat night’s The Kelly File. Host Megyn Kelly, who believes in Santa Claus and is certain he’s white, and conservative media icon Dana Loesch, who believes that the Second Amendment allows for private ownership of chemical and nuclear weapons, took turns scolding McCarthy for, of all things, ignoring science.

HERO: Train Engineer Kicks Selfie-Taking A**hole, Strikes Blow for All of Humanity

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Fake or not, what you’re about to see is a 10-second revenge fantasy for anybody over the age of maybe 35.

It Turns Out U.S. Airways Won’t Be Firing Anyone Over That Vagina Tweet

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U.S. Airways is doing the right thing by doing nothing.

Louisiana Bill Looks To Make The Bible The Official State Book

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The Advocate reports that Louisiana, the state where just 79% of students graduate from high school and the one which the National Center for Education Studies ranked as the second-worst in the country for public education, has decided to be proactive in changing its image as an illiterate, backwards place and recently voted for the state to have an official state book.

There Is a Military Solution to Ukraine Crisis: P90X

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On Tuesday, White house Press Secretary Jay Carney reiterated President Obama’s contention that there is no military solution to the Ukraine crisis, but did, on several occasions, leave the door open to providing Ukraine’s military with nonlethal aid.