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MSNBC President Wants ´Investigation´
Into Fox News´´Impossible´ Ratings Gain

Hollywood Reporter, by Paul Bond

Original Article

Posted By:Desert Fox, 10/12/2013 12:23:40 AM

Megyn Kelly blew out Rachel Maddow in the key demo on Tuesday after losing to her the night before. "I have never seen it in all my years of cable," says Phil Griffin.Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, says there's something fishy about Tuesday's ratings for the Fox News Channel, which were up significantly from a day earlier when Fox News debuted its new schedule. And he wants an investigation."Monday we had a really good day in the key demographic. On the night that Fox News debuted their three shows, we either tied or beat them in those hours," Griffin said at a briefing, according to TVNewser

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Reply 1 - Posted by: PChristopher, 10/12/2013 12:32:02 AM     (No. 9561702)

File this under the heading: Who the hell does Griffin think he is? He must be one of those types who, as a kid, got a self-esteem award for coming in last.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pros7767, 10/12/2013 12:34:18 AM     (No. 9561704)

Fox´s rating gains represent the majority of Americans who have had enough of the MSM misrepresenting the facts. Very simple.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: grady, 10/12/2013 12:35:00 AM     (No. 9561705)

The investigation will reveal that a woman
being a woman telling the truth will always win over a woman acting like a man telling a lie.
It´s simple formula.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: losgatos, 10/12/2013 12:36:23 AM     (No. 9561706)

If Maddow EVER beat Kelly in the ratings it does need to be investigated. What a sore loser!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 10/12/2013 12:38:00 AM     (No. 9561708)

Sore loser.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: SaguaroJack, 10/12/2013 12:39:29 AM     (No. 9561712)

Since they put her in prime time, a whole lotta folks got a good look at Megyn Kelly and liked what they saw. Then they liked what they heard. If they switched over to Lips, they immediately saw how ugly she is - especially compared to Megyn - and switched right back. Prolly didn´t even stay long enough to decide that Lips was an idiot.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 10/12/2013 12:45:13 AM     (No. 9561715)

Deleted by Taste police.Use of disgusting language can get poster banned.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: miceal, 10/12/2013 12:46:35 AM     (No. 9561718)

OK...I want to be fair. Megan Kelly is in my small world ..a dolt. She´s cute, but still a dolt. However, Rachel Maddow is the
South end of a North bound horse.... One for Fox News..NOTHING for whatever Rachel Maddow represents...


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Reply 9 - Posted by: smcchk, 10/12/2013 1:08:19 AM     (No. 9561726)

It´s not fair! I can hear the whining from MSNBC all the way to my house.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: MickTurn, 10/12/2013 1:12:52 AM     (No. 9561728)

I´ll give you an investigation. Bend over and smile! Dr. Proctologist is IN THE HOUSE!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: disasterman, 10/12/2013 1:19:10 AM     (No. 9561734)

The investigation should be centered on how MSNBC ever had ratings that were even close to fifty percent of what Fox draws.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Bison65, 10/12/2013 1:45:40 AM     (No. 9561740)

This sounds like an investigation the Holder justice department could get excited about. Obviously, there is a voter suppression element here.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: jkcinsalem, 10/12/2013 1:48:41 AM     (No. 9561742)

What a doofus. It´s called ´word of mouth´ advertising.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: LanieLou, 10/12/2013 2:01:16 AM     (No. 9561747)

Hmmmm... Let´s see; Megyn Kelly isn´t afraid to ask the tough questions & has real, hard journalistic reporting. Maddow makes silly metaphors out of cardboard animals, representing the GOP. Hmmm....

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bob913, 10/12/2013 2:16:06 AM     (No. 9561749)

Think how much higher the ratings would be if they got rid of the liberals at Fox.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Leonardo, 10/12/2013 2:19:01 AM     (No. 9561750)

Just In:

Ratings Investigation results:

" FOX Beats MSNBC Losers/ Whiners "

It was reported that MSNBC president Griffin stated,
"I guess there are some voting results that even we can´t ´fix´ . Perhaps we´ll insist that more dead viewers be polled next time."

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Kerryman, 10/12/2013 2:47:59 AM     (No. 9561759)

The viewers of Monday Night Football were watching Megyn Tuesday.

Semper Fi

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Boomerak, 10/12/2013 2:52:09 AM     (No. 9561762)

The catalyst for MSNBC´s problems can easily be found in a mirror. I hope they take a look. Reality can be a very revealing thing.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Tianne, 10/12/2013 3:01:09 AM     (No. 9561763)

Phil Griffin – typical liberal/progressive – can’t believe that everyone isn’t enthralled with his enlightenment.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: pineledger, 10/12/2013 3:42:07 AM     (No. 9561771)

Infant.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 10/12/2013 5:32:01 AM     (No. 9561789)

I suggest he replace all the programming with black and white classic movies to increase viewership. Oh, darn, there is already a channel that does that. Well, maybe just show rugby and Australian style football. Anything
but what they now show will increase ratings.
All the prison stories they show after their prime time is a real turn-off.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Trigger2, 10/12/2013 5:45:26 AM     (No. 9561797)

Even a cartoon could beat out Rachel Maddow. Sounds like sour grapes to me.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Rinktum, 10/12/2013 8:49:46 AM     (No. 9561985)

Ratings aren´t the problem for MSNBC, it´s the BIAS! Fix that problem, and the ratings may improve.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: wtm, 10/12/2013 8:53:15 AM     (No. 9561990)

#17 hit it on the head......Monday night football !! It was viewers 25-54 demographic, and that´s where they are were on Monday night. Then Tuesday they watched Megyn, and the rest of the week !!!

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Red Jeep, 10/12/2013 8:58:55 AM     (No. 9561999)

Let´s tell the truth. Kelly´s show beat Maddow´s show MONDAY night in TOTAL viewers. 2 mill to 1 mill, Maddow only beat Kelly in viewers 25-54 by 10,000 viewers.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: M2, 10/12/2013 9:21:16 AM     (No. 9562034)

Thin-skinned, aren´t they?

One reason Fox is gaining is their new "bing.com/pulse" feature: where if you have a smartphone or computer and want to critique the pundits as they do their nightly 6:40 round table, you have real-time voting every 3 seconds on what each person like Juan Williams, or Dr. K or Steve Hayes is saying. The voting, divided into gender and Party politics, registers on Fox´s screen AND on your smartphone in real-time.

At the end of the program, Brett Baier tells the audience how many votes were cast, whose comments had the lowest and highest rating. It´s a great new feature.

Plus, Megyn Kelly isn´t exactly chopped liver, Lucianne´s right about that.

Add to that a really fair approach to the news and some engaging personalities, and you have high ratings.

(That said, The Five show that preceeds Bret´s program is abyssmal, but hey, that´s just me.)

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Reply 27 - Posted by: RoseOfTexas, 10/12/2013 9:26:22 AM     (No. 9562044)

I´d choose her over Maddow too, but I watched her interview with Ted Cruz Monday night & "good natured" would not be the way I´d describe her. I was mostly paying attention to my senator, but the few times I glanced at her she had a sour expression on her face. Her opening question to him was "How does it feel to be the most hated man in America?" Maybe that was just her being playful but it didn´t come off that way to me.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: chicodon, 10/12/2013 9:32:14 AM     (No. 9562055)

Can Griffin be so dense? On one side we have vivacious and witty Megyn. On the other we have Rachel Madcow. Even Griffin would watch Megyn.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: nightvision, 10/12/2013 9:32:54 AM     (No. 9562056)

I read a comment on another blog that said Madcow´s numbers were up on Monday night due to some announcement they´d been hyping, to the effect that she was going to reveal some ´bombshell´ news.
Of course it was BS. There was no such announcement.

Go, Megyn! We´ve been a fan forever.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Deedo, 10/12/2013 9:35:00 AM     (No. 9562059)

MSNBC cannot win in the open market, so they seek somehow to legislate a victory. That´s what the left does with the courts or sympathetic bureaucrats at EPA/DOJ/DOE/DOE.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: tech10171968, 10/12/2013 9:56:19 AM     (No. 9562091)

Hey, they don´t call her Rachel "MadCow" for nothing...

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Reply 32 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 10/12/2013 10:03:52 AM     (No. 9562104)

Its unfair that Fox News has more viewers than MSNBC. /S

The Obama gang must step in!!!

After a certain number of viewers turn on Fox News, any furthers viewers should be forced over to MSNBC.

Its only fair. /S

Seriously, this is what MSNBC would like. Its a good thing the technology does not exist.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: michellewsc2, 10/12/2013 10:06:53 AM     (No. 9562106)

What an incredibly stupid move on MSNBC´s part -- you just advertised how bad your rating were then sounding like sour-grapes. The literal stupidity of MSM is boundless

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Reply 34 - Posted by: UNCDoc, 10/12/2013 10:08:57 AM     (No. 9562109)

Typical lib. Can´t win popular support, so go looking for some corrupt judge to "fix things."

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Reply 35 - Posted by: save America, 10/12/2013 10:14:23 AM     (No. 9562116)

15,I´m with you.Had to turn it off last night.Some snarky thing named Sally Cohn was quite emetic.I do not want to hear these nit wits.They have all the other stations.If I want to hear them I know where to go and make myself sick.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 10/12/2013 10:19:50 AM     (No. 9562129)

The investigation will further reveal that an aging crone of a woman who is married to a governmental official will always have a following, but not one among them with two brain cells to rub together will believe a word out of her botoxed mouth.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 10/12/2013 10:42:26 AM     (No. 9562156)

Phil, why did you fire Keith Olbermann? He was your personal friend and ratings machine (in his own mind).

Any network that would hire Al Sharpton - convicted riot-monger, tax-dodger, and accessory to murder, or Alec Baldwin - serial nutcase, and overall know-nothing, needs to seriously analyze their business strategy. However, when the majority of your operating funds come from the DNC and liberal lefties, I guess you don´t have to care.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Fat Elvis, 10/12/2013 11:00:57 AM     (No. 9562190)

Bunch of losers. It´s no coincidence that Fox News has such good looking and smart women. Who does MSNBC have? They are left wing hacks and they´re a joke. They have no integrity and no credibility as a news organization. Say what you will about Fox, they are number 1 for many reasons. And Megyn Kelly is one of them.
Deal with it.
On another subject, my profile was deleted by the Huffington Post, apparnty because they don´t like conservative libertarians posting in their comments section.
Spineless wimps.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: a man over thirty, 10/12/2013 11:12:10 AM     (No. 9562200)

Any investigation undertaken should also examine whether Phil Griffin is an idiot or just a poor loser.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: EQKimball, 10/12/2013 11:18:11 AM     (No. 9562207)

"Cute?" What an insult. The former Albany law review editor-in-chief and partner at one of the nation´s most prestigious law firms (Jones Day) has among the quickest minds on television. Or anywhere else. And she is drop-dead beautiful. The most complete package I have ever seen. Ratings? This is just the beginning.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: fembot, 10/12/2013 11:21:41 AM     (No. 9562212)

Rush´s Undeniable Fact of Life #35, I think it was...

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Reply 42 - Posted by: JoniTx, 10/12/2013 11:22:08 AM     (No. 9562215)

Pleasantly surprised to see so many Anti-MSNBC/democrat comments after the article. Perhaps the tide is turning?

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Old Army Vet, 10/12/2013 11:27:34 AM     (No. 9562225)

I don´t understand the problem. Look at the lineup on Fox, better yet, listen to the line up. Fox reports the news no matter what party it hurts. That´s called reporting the news. Msnbc and their ilk report on whatever hurts Zippy´s opponents, republicans, conservatives, tea party people or anyone that disagrees with their left wing agenda.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 10/12/2013 11:30:24 AM     (No. 9562229)

Fox News President Wants ´Investigation´
Into MSNBC Masquerading as a News Organization

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Reply 45 - Posted by: lonestarm3, 10/12/2013 11:42:26 AM     (No. 9562244)

The contrast between Megan Kelly and Rachel Maddow is the clearest manifestation two old ideas.

First Kelly illustrates the idea of "beautiful inside and out" or if you prefer, she possesses both an outer and an inner beauty.

Maddow clearly the concept that "ugly goes clear to the bone."

Actual physical beauty matters less, but is a nice perk on FOX. One thing that stands out is that despite the left´s snarky label, "FOX foxes," virtually all that channel´s female "talking heads" have an impressive educational and professional resume.

The MSNBC lineup (male and female) is impressive in its own right for having been involved in, possibly causing, the demise of Air America, The Daily Show and several others. May MSNBC be so blessed.




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Reply 46 - Posted by: Cedar, 10/12/2013 11:43:12 AM     (No. 9562246)

All the liberal dogs are showing their jealousy.

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Butch59, 10/12/2013 12:08:21 PM     (No. 9562276)

I guess I´m not qualified to remark about the difference of Maddow and Kelly. I´ve never watched Maddow. In fact, I don´t watch MSNBC at all. I even have it programed off on my TV so I don´t accidently stumble on it.

And if Griffin wants an investigation, maybe someone should start and investigate wether or not he actually has a brain.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: owl, 10/12/2013 12:10:47 PM     (No. 9562284)

One sentence by #2. Nuff said. But you gotta laugh. Any bets that even Dingy is tuning in Megyn ?!. There have been those funny/ true photo pages of conservative vs. liberal women. The optics speak for themselves.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: dthorny, 10/12/2013 12:13:49 PM     (No. 9562292)

You must watch MSLSD´s lousy propaganda over a show that offers both sides of an issue? Maybe, MSLSD will actually offer a conservative viewpoint some day and they may get 100 viewers.

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Me?Opinionated?Nah!, 10/12/2013 12:20:03 PM     (No. 9562297)

Fox News Channel and Fox [If you don’t get it, DEMAND IT!] Business Network are both staffed by well-educated, highly accomplished, professional broadcasters. MSNBC is staffed by a cluster of cockamamie, idealistic, change-the-world wannabes. The contrast is palpable.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: Franz, 10/12/2013 1:07:22 PM     (No. 9562359)

As frothing at the mouth Liberal/Progressive/Socialist as MSNBC is, it is no wonder their ratings are in the toilet.

FOX is to MSNBC what balanced is to biased.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: AutumnJoy, 10/12/2013 1:15:28 PM     (No. 9562364)

They just cannot stand that an exquisitely beautiful, smart lawyer with three children, an unabashedly real heterosxual, could possibly be real?

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Reply 53 - Posted by: ncgrammie4, 10/12/2013 1:27:27 PM     (No. 9562371)

Ms Maddcow is a product of the generation of no winners and losers. She has been taught that everyone should win or they will get a trophy anyway. Everyone but Fox News that is.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: sherlock1, 10/12/2013 1:31:01 PM     (No. 9562374)

MSNBC just wants to be sure they are first in line at the tattle-tale window when Obama sets up his "Ministry of Truth", and hoping to get a special friends box seat for viewing the fun in Room 101.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: Time4AR2, 10/12/2013 1:45:52 PM     (No. 9562394)

Investigate what makes joe scarborough worth 99,000 dollars per week, why doncha, Mr. MSNBC President?

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Reply 56 - Posted by: AutumnJoy, 10/12/2013 2:11:54 PM     (No. 9562411)

As a woman, the Sally Cohns and Rachel Maddows and Ellen Degeneris´ of world creep me out beyond belief. That young people view these obvious abberations as acceptable, even likeable, (courtesy of liberal TV Masterminds) makes me despair even more for this nation. We may have reached the point of no return and in that case I only hope for Divine Intervention.

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Reply 57 - Posted by: Nan, 10/12/2013 2:43:08 PM     (No. 9562443)

Guess no one at MSNC is smart enough to realize that the reason so many watch FOX is for the content of the shows.

MSNBC people are brown shirts for Obama and his Marxist agenda.

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Reply 58 - Posted by: Namma, 10/12/2013 2:49:03 PM     (No. 9562449)

wow..what a cry baby...


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Reply 59 - Posted by: Udanja99, 10/12/2013 3:04:40 PM     (No. 9562468)

Um, Phil, are you familiar with that famous river in Egypt?

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Reply 60 - Posted by: zzzghy, 10/12/2013 3:12:54 PM     (No. 9562476)

I don´t watch Maddow´s show because there´s nothing there for me that I haven´t heard time and again, but I don´t find her particularly offensive, a´la revrum sharpton and the rest of the msnbc stooge list.

Regarding the ratings jive, I -- and probably everyone else around here -- had the same initial thought as poster #17. My guess is that all ratings on all networks dip a little during Monday Night Football season. phil griffin is obviously a buffoon, and his moronic, failing joke-of-a-cable-thingy proves it.

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Reply 61 - Posted by: Jebediah, 10/12/2013 4:02:26 PM     (No. 9562518)

This is just plain silly!

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Reply 62 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 10/12/2013 4:46:04 PM     (No. 9562560)

And Maddow seems like such a nice young man....

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Reply 63 - Posted by: Peaches, 10/12/2013 7:10:54 PM     (No. 9562671)

Take it like a man, Rachel.

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Reply 64 - Posted by: seminolesecure, 10/12/2013 8:12:35 PM     (No. 9562726)

Look on the bright side! MSNBC is in favor of an investigation! Could there be some actual journalism on the horizon? Ummm, nah. It´s will always be, "whatever pops off the DNC FAX machine". Sorry to get you all excited for nothing.

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Reply 65 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 10/12/2013 8:40:37 PM     (No. 9562740)

Betcha the DOJ gets 15 Lawyers right on this one. Investigate WHAT ?

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Reuters, by David Rohde and Arshad Mohammed    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:04:33 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington´s imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military could use airbases in former Soviet republics in Central Asia. And he ordered his generals to brief their U.S. counterparts on their own ill-fated 1980s occupation of Afghanistan. During Putin´s visit to President George W. Bush´s Texas ranch two

Is THIS America´s newest top-secret spy
plane? Clearest picture yet of mystery
aircraft spotted flying over Kansas just
weeks after being seen in Texas
Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jonathan O´Callaghan*    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:01:49 PM     Post Reply
A new photo of a mysterious flying object over Kansas has been revealed. It appears to be the same aircraft as one that was snapped soaring over Texas last month. The exact identify of the aircraft remains a mystery, but rumours abound that it could be a secret jet. ´The photo is grainy because it was taken with a hand-held maxed-out 400mm telephoto lens through a cloud layer and then it was severely cropped to bring it up even close,´ says Jeff Templin, who took the photo on 16 April. ´There is no way to know the altitude and no way to judge its

Bush versus Clinton 2016: would a battle
of the dynasties really be un-American?
Telegraph (U.K.), by Matt Lewis    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 6:59:00 PM     Post Reply
Could the 2016 presidential election turn into a contest between a Bush and a Clinton? Political debate in America last week revolved around whether or not Jeb Bush, Florida´s former governor who is son or brother to two former US presidents – both named George – would jump into the 2016 battle for the Republican presidential nomination. For a nation that fought a war for independence from the hereditary power of the British Crown, in the person of another fellow named George, the concept of nominating a third Bush to run for the White House against a second Clinton (the former

Kate Humble: We don´t value food
because it´s not expensive enough
Guardian (U.K.), by Lucy Siegle    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 6:55:03 PM     Post Reply
"I´m over here!" shouts Kate Humble, and she of Springwatch and Lambing Live gambols towards me, closing the gate on a field of anxious goats and their Disney-cute babies. She´s carrying a bucket. "I was just about to muck out," she announces, and I´m reminded this is a working farm in the Wye Valley and in no way a TV set. The photographer has already done his work and gone. Apparently Humble had no idea he was coming. It is hard to think of another TV person on the planet for whom an impromptu photoshoot while wearing a well-loved fleece and

Behind the cornucopia
of higher food prices
CNBC, by John W. Schoen    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 6:53:44 PM     Post Reply
Alert shoppers are accustomed to watching food prices go up and down. But a string of forces—from droughts to diseases—is raising the cost of a trip to the grocery store at a rapid clip. And it looks like it will be a while before the price pressure eases. Some of that pressure is coming from California—the source of roughly half the nation´s fruits and vegetables—where a long-running drought is forcing farmers and ranchers to cut production. After the driest year on record, large sections of farmland are expected to lay fallow this year as the Golden State copes with an ongoing water

Senator urges hearing
on Bundy ranch dispute
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 6:51:55 PM     Post Reply
Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) on Friday called for a Senate hearing into the dispute between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over cattle grazing. Heller described as "patriots" the people who came armed to Bundy’s ranch after the BLM began to seize his cattle for refusing to pay grazing fees and fines that now total more than $1 million. Heller debated the ranch standoff on a Nevada television station with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who has called the armed Bundy supporters “domestic terrorists.” "What senator Reid may call domestic terrorists, I call patriots," Heller said.

High school senior forms petition with over
ONE THOUSAND signatures against Michele
Obama speaking at their high school
graduation ´because it would overshadow
the students´ big day´
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 5:20:14 PM     Post Reply
If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend. A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate. For others, it was the notion that Obama´s speech,



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´America´s royal baby´: How Chelsea´s first
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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
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For Hillary Clinton, having her own baby grandchild to kiss on the campaign trail, could be one of the biggest boosts to her possible presidential election campaign. Although the former Secretary of State and First Lady has not said if she will run in 2016, the arrival of her first grandchild will soften her image, analysts have said. While Chelsea only revealed her pregnancy on Thursday, supporters of her mother have already started cooing over a possible baby in the White House. With the Clintons having a near-royal status in the U.S., the announcement of a new arrival due this fall has sent

Living in the New York Times World
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American Thinker, by J. Paul Masko    Original Article
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Barack Obama and the politics of lies
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Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 5:45:25 AM     Post Reply
That was quite a victory dance President Obama did Thursday while claiming Obamacare is “working” because eight million people have now supposedly signed up for the health care program. He even indulged in some less-than-subtle mockery of Republicans - and by extension the majority of Americans who have disapproved of Obamacare since before it became law. "The repeal debate is and should be over,” Obama said, taking a dig at Republicans who are “going through, you know, the stages of grief … anger and denial and all that stuff …” But a president who is viewed by most Americans as less

In a Hole, Golf Considers
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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
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GREENSBORO, Ga. — Golf holes the size of pizzas. Soccer balls on the back nine. A mulligan on every hole. These are some of the measures — some would say gimmicks — that golf courses across the country have experimented with to stop people from quitting the game. Golf has always reveled in its standards and rich tradition. But increasingly a victim of its own image and hidebound ways, golf has lost five million players in the last decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, with 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers apt to quit in the next few years. People under 35 have especially spurned the game, saying it takes too

White House asks American parents to
monitor their children for signs of terrorism

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Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
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Obama: ´For me, Easter is a story of hope,
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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
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Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
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WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

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CNN, by John Blake    Original Article
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Clintons celebrate Chelsea’s
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New York Post, by Stephanie Smith    Original Article
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The Growing Financial Disaster of Obamacare
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Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
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President Obama asserts that 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare, as though that were something to be proud of. In fact, Obamacare has always been a fiasco from a fiscal perspective–a black hole of subsidies and expanded Medicaid, with largely fictitious mechanisms in place to pay for it. As the number of subsidized participants grows, the disaster gets worse. Charles Blahous explains: Our national discussion…is missing the truly significant story here; what is unfolding before our eyes is a colossal fiscal disaster, poised to haunt legislators and taxpayers for decades to come. It is quite possible that the ACA is

Gospel story of Jesus’ resurrection a
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Washington Post, by Kimberley Winston    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/19/2014 10:46:11 PM     Post Reply
“On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is a foundational statement of Christian belief. It declares that three days after Jesus died on the cross, he was resurrected, a glimmer of the eternal life promised to believers. It’s the heart of the Easter story in seven little words. But how that statement is interpreted is the source of some of the deepest rifts in Christianity — and a stumbling block for some Christians, and more than a few skeptics. Did Jesus literally come back from the dead in a bodily resurrection, as many traditionalist


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