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This is Why You Should Never Release 1.5 Million Balloons At Once

Navy lab makes gasoline from seawater, as low as $3 per gallon

U.S. Corporations hold $2.1 trillion of untaxed profits overseas, says study

Here's 1 Unexpectedly Awesome Reason To Be Proud Of Your Home State

Limbaugh slams Colbert: "CBS has just declared war on the Heartland of America."

Open Carry Texas brings armed children to Arts festival where they were previously banned

GOP Tries to Breathe Life into Rotting Corpse of Conservatism and Fails

How White People React to Losing their Majority Status in America

Man Arrested In Kansas Jewish Community Center Murders Identified As former KKK Grand Dragon

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Stephen Colbert to succeed David Letterman as CBS "Late Show" host!

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Good news for late night viewers, Stephen Colbert is infiltrating CBS as the late night replacement for retiring David Letterman! The less good news: No more Colbert Report on Comedy Central.

He'll start next year.

Via USA Today:

Colbert, whose current contract expires at year end, signed a five-year deal to host the show, which will begin when Letterman decides to step down, probably sometime next summer.

"Simply being a guest on David Letterman's show has been a highlight of my career," Colbert said in a statement. "I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead. I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."

That's gold, network TV land, gold!

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Sunday Talkers - Unemployment No Longer A Problem

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That's the amount of coverage the four largest Sunday talkers ("Fox News Sunday," ABC’s "This Week," NBC’s "Meet The Press," and CBS’ "Face The Nation")  gave to the crisis of the long term unemployment extension that ran out right after Christmas. From that , you can only draw one conclusion: unemployment is no longer a problem.

Who's going to break this joyous news to the 1.3  million unemployed who've had their benefits cut? Or the additional 3 million family members of this socio-economic formerly depressed group? Certainly not the public service shows whose responsibility it is to report and examine such pressing issues.

Last Sunday I took these chat fests to task over their not mentioning anything about the West Virginia water poisoning. This week they've gone to, as a member of Chris Christie's inner circle, David Waldman reported, "radio silence."

Fortunately, I was able to grab a screen shot of the CNN talker just before camera's began to roll. That's Candy Crowley on the right.

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To the defense of the talk shows, they did have a lot to cover. And certainly who can argue that the future of 4.5 million Americans potentially starving, living without heat or shelter could possibly be as important as Chris Christie possibly blocking the George Washington Bridge, Obama's allowing us to be spied on, Edward Snowden being accused by right wingers of working for the Russians, and Robert Gates' new book where he confesses to being a borderline alcoholic having to knock back a stiff one every night to deal with the pressures of his job?

Priorities are important. But where does the well-being of fellow Americans rate? Certainly on Sunday public service qualifying shows who have a responsibility by law to provide public service information, the plight of the long-term unemployment barrier is quite insignificant.

Or maybe the truth is that it's these shows that are not significant. You could make that argument easily based on what they fail to report, more than what they do cover.

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Video- CBS's Bob Schieffer to GOP Rep.: Is Iran Deal ‘Diversionary Tactic’ for Obama Admin?

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Got those RNC talking points right up there in the teleprompter eh Bob? Via.

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Read this if you think "60 Minutes" Benghazi Exec. Producer should be dismissed

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If you think the "60 Minutes" Benghazi executive producer should leave or get the boot, please go here to sign a petition.

Excerpts from the petition page:

Jeff Fager must step down immediately because of his role in the 60 Minutes Benghazi debacle. If he doesn't step down voluntarily, he must be dismissed.

Why is this important?

The CBS news program 60 Minutes recently produced and aired a critically flawed and wildly inaccurate "news" segment on the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya that killed four people including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

Jeff Fager, the Chairman of CBS News and the Executive Producer of 60 Minutes, made a decision to broadcast this factually flawed "news" report based solely on the potential monetary benefits provided by sensationalist ratings and book sales. [...]

After stonewalling for days, 60 Minutes finally offered an insufficient apology for its factually incorrect report on Sunday, November 10. However, the so-called apology didn't give a full account of what went wrong, what would be done to make sure it doesn't happen again, or how those responsible would be held accountable...

For more information: http://mediamatters.org/blog/2013/11/08/from-proud-to-pulled-a-timeline-of-60-minutes-b/196801

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Video- The Daily Show: 60 Minutes- Meh Culpa

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CBS Reporting Gets This One Right -- Frees Innocent Man From 10 Years In Jail

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In the wake of all the heat CBS news is taking for it's blunder on 60 Minutes over a piece on Benghazi, it's nice to see a good story about good news reporting coming from a formerly reliable news source.

HuffPo:

One man could be walking free very soon after an appeals court overturned his murder conviction on Tuesday, and his freedom may have journalism to thank.

For nearly ten years, CBS correspondent Erin Moriarty has been following the case of Ryan Ferguson, the Missouri man charged for the murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt in 2001. Moriarty and her "48 Hours" team covered the case and sat through Ferguson's trial -- they were the first national media outlet to cover the case at that time.

Kudos to Moriarty who did some real journalistic investigations, picked away at the loose threads and because of this, an innocent man who's been incarcerated for ten years, will be going back into the real world. She didn't stop with just one investigative piece. She hammered away and now look at the results. Maybe 60 Minutes might take a page from her journalistic integrity handbook.

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