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Protocols in the Ukraine Deemed "Unacceptable" by PBO and NTSB

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The weekend news footage has been filled with disappointment in virtually all aspects of the recovery operation, such as it is, in the plane crash site in the Eastern Ukraine that separatist 'rebels' have apparent dominion over.

There are photos, some in the piece on Maddow's coverage of the tragedy, here, that remind us that this is indeed a human tragedy - much as the one in Lockerbie, Scotland, that a lot of us can recall, and has the need for grieving as much as the inevitable politicizing.

Would our response be more hysterical and Fvx Nation driven were more American corpses involved in this hot mess of an 'investigation'? Putin didn't want the eyes of the world on this area in this fashion -- why would he? The Australian and European families may be more persistent than the Americans even in poking at Putin for details and black boxes … they've been dealing with these conflicts in their own backyards (bullshite John McCain, we will never 'all' be any one former Soviet nation attempting to be a democracy 'now' or any time, that was such balderdash) for centuries.

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Early news pretty much consisted of UP with Steve Kornacki and a rather pompous young self-declared expert on all things Muscovite. Until David Gregory has at the situation at 9 EST on Meet the Press which I'll also run, below.

Sunday early thoughts on Ukraine from UP.

As soon as available, the opening block with Andrea Mitchell reporting on Meet the Press, then some footage of David Gregory speaking with SOS John Kerry earlier this morning.

Kerry said the circumstantial evidence is powerful, but also that we knew the imagery was accurate. "We also see a stacking up of evidence here … President Obama believees and we in there international community join in believing, that we need unfettered access."

Kerry held a firm chin. And handed David Gregory back his smirky smug 'grandiose' Cold War pronouncement right back to him with nary a hitch in his Secretarial gravitas giddy up.

"Russia needs to step up and prove it's bona fides."

Well, well. John Kerry gets tough. Ish.

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S Sudan attacks an abomination, says White House

For The Millionth Time Elizabeth Warren Says She Is Not Running For President in 2016

Obama To Right a Horrid Wrong With Clemency For Thousands of Non-Violent Drug Offenders

Rating For Meet The Press Have Melted Down And NBC Is Starting to Blame David Gregory

Family sues N.J. district over 'under God' in Pledge of Allegiance

Obama to back Japan in China islands dispute

Russia in new Ukraine attack threat

Dancer's death sparks Rio clashes

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Sunday Talkers Shame Themselves

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The only thing missing from yesterday's Sunday talk show openings was the Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton singing the duet of, "Baby It's Cold Outside." It's actually quite a good rendition. You can see it here.

But are these chatfests, Meet the Nation, Face the Nation, This Week, Fox News Sunday, etc. really doing their jobs -- providing a public service? Bringing us unfiltered news? I think not.

Yesterday they all began with a moment about the cold weather, then immediately went into full Chris Christie coverage. What everyone of these shows ignored was this:

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The emergency began Thursday following complaints to West Virginia American Water about a licorice-type odor in the tap water. The source: the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, which had leaked out of a 40,000-gallon tank at a Freedom Industries facility along the Elk River.

Here it is, Sunday, four days later, and over 300,000 West Virginians were still without clean tap water. They can't drink the contaminated water, can't bath in it, can't cook with it, can't do wash in it, and yet how much coverage did it get on the public service shows? Zilch.

But doesn't this crisis meet national standards? If a spill like this can happen in W.V. it can happen anywhere. Should we be investigating how it happened and seek out safeguards? Evidently not if the victims are in West Virginia.

The network news talkers are treating this less than a throw-away story. If mentioned at all, it's like "Entire neighborhood all paint their houses the same color of grey." What they leave out is that all of these houses were painted in lead-based paint and everyone in the neighborhood is going to die of cancer. If it's not a Republican or Democratic attack, it's not worthy of the Sunday talkers. And that's why these supposed news shows should be embarrassed and reprimanded. They owe everyone an apology for spitting on the urgent and legitimate problems of one of our fifty states. A chemical spill effecting so many IS NEWS.

Now the EPA is constantly coming under attack on Sunday GOP talkers as an example of over-regulation. Republicans use this ruse almost almost as much as the concern over voter fraud in their Red states or the damage same-sex marriage is causing their "normal" marriage. Yet when a disaster strikes, why the crickets? Why not demonstrate what the EPA does? If it wasn't for them, these innocent people, victims of a dangerous chemical spill might be glowing in the dark or have three ears by now.

What's equally startling is that there isn't even an adequate clean-up plan in force to allow such a vast sum of people to be provided with bottled water and food to get them through this crisis time. This Elk River, where the chemicals spilled, runs for hundreds of miles, reaching both the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. We're talking potentially half of our nation being affected.

To me that's news. Grumpy Chris Christie playing dumb or lying about his part or knowledge in his bridge-gate scandal is news, and should be covered, but so should the plight of the victims half of our nation. When a hurricane displaces and damages vast swaths of land, the press is all over it. But in old West Virginia, not so much.

Beltway news is noisy, to say the least. But is it urgent or more important than pressing news about half our nation facing a possible poisoning? Hardly.

Maybe next time stations come up for licensing, lets remember that Meet the Press and the other talkers are just paid political content masquerading as public service. Maybe locally qualifying shows should be produced, (improving local economies) and demanded in their place if they're being done to meet the FCC public licensing obligations.

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Video- Rep Joaquin Castro (D-TX) Slams Darrell Issa Over Benghazi Report: 'Crusaded for a Year on a Fairy Tale'

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Video- Meet The Press: David Gregory- ACA Problems "Comparable To Iraq"

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The NBC embed is confusing so if I didn't get it started in the right place the psycho babble is at 6:58.

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Have to put up this wonderful comment by Baud at BJ-

Obama lied to us about weapons of mass uninsured.

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Video- Insurance CEO Defends Obamacare: ‘We’re Not Cutting People, We’re Transitioning People’

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Oy. Via.

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The Heir, On-Air, Blows Square To The Spare With Fair Hair

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Let's get down to it. Gregory or Guthrie? They're not just two pretty faces. They are the front (wo)man for NBC's most durable public affairs program, the prestigious MEET THE PRESS.

This year the Boston Red Sox miraculously went from worst, to first. MTP threatens to do the same, but in reverse.

They have steadily been the standard bearer for decades and the erosion has been felt ever since the untimely passing of Tim Russert. From the founding days of Lawrence Spivak until now, MTP has been a gold standard in the Sunday morning punditry and political gab.

But now there's a change in the air.

The heir (a little play on words there,) David Gregory, is dragging down the ratings of the show. It's gotten to the point that the topic of his replacement is being discussed more and more as the ratings continue to soften like an over-ripened Dixie peach. He won't go willing, but he'll go if he's told to. There will be some face-saving manipulations required but NBC has had much success in covering up their failures. Just look at their recent past in prime time.

I would venture the most obvious move will be Gregory's stepping aside to become a special 2014 election consultant. And if that's not face-saving enough, he might become special NBC Presidential Campaign guru. Sadly for David G, (no, the other David G., I'm DG) Savannah Guthrie sat in this past week as host and she did an unbelievably fine job.

The Twitter was all atweet with kudos for the fair Miss Guthrie. She totally "manhandled" Rand Paul, something mush-mouthed Gregory never could do. He always stops short of probing and is more concerned with his next question and going to commercial on cue than nailing someone who's deceitful or lying. David's adequate. Savannah's great. So in case you missed it, here's Savannah Guthrie putting the screws to Rand Paul with "follow-up." Got that David G. "Follow-up."

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