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What messnbc thinks of the Real Progressives at Netroots Nation

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I've been hearing more -- justified -- criticism of msnbc anchors this year, from everyone from family to online addicts comme moi, than I'm comfortable with. In no progressive world is it good to hear fewer raves and virtually all "so disappointed in" caveats on the best network we've got at hand. Maddow is there. Particularly when Fvx Nation is at the opposite helm.

It was too interesting not to have a peek at young Steve Kornacki taking UP viewers for a look at Progressives, Elizabeth Warren and Veep Joe Biden jazzing up the keynote speeches at this year's Netroots Nation 2014 in Detroit.

Sidebar: Which you should absolutely have enjoyed first with Nicole Sandler, goes without saying but here's the Youtubes linkage.

At Radio Or Not. Nicole had an epic week. Compare her look to Kornacki's and add Barney Frank in the segments to follow and you might have the progressive epiphany you've been hoping for.

And of course the natural segue would be to Hillary Cautionary Expertise. It's de rigeur. Where to begin? notsure

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Lindsey Graham Clutches His Pearls On Foreign Policy … #CuzPutin !

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Cuz ...... PUTIN. Is pretty much what Miss Lindsey clutched his pearls and sputtered for David Gregory Sunday.

It's a popular GOP All Purpose regressive stutter.

Cuz ...... PUTIN.

Los Three Amigos, Graham, McCain and the Other Guy (let's give them a running start for the day and make it a certifiably dis-self-interested Republican Lady today, Kelly Ayotte comes to mind); these are the ones we HAD to hear from on Sunday Tawk … and then again, on Monday Morning Punditry.

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For a sumup of the latter, early morning messnbc serves to update.

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Thomas Roberts (I'm going to keep on loving him unapologetically, and keep hoping he and Maddow are friends for some odd reason), current charming steward of messnbc's Way Too Early at the crack of what(?) advance show to Morning Schmoe [ my autocorrect kept putting Morning Hoe I Swear!] summed up the Lindsey Graham Sunday Pearl Clutch well.

Thomas ...

On another planet's must sees of Sunday Talkers, John Kerry found himself on the business end of a hot mic and not far enough away from the only (they allege) voice we libs have to at least give a listen to ... Mike Wallace's kid, Chris.

Kerry was caught reacting to an aide about civilian casualties in the latest Mideast skirmishes and of his desire as Secretary of State to be on gia way to the region. This was the normal human reaction to hearing that ANY CIVIIANS have died in war ANY where ... and got drenched in "We told 'yaz" from Fvx Nation until, well, ... now.

For grins and giggles, let us compare. Early-bird messsnbc ran a breaking/kind of banner about the deadliest day yet in Gaza, including two Israeli soldiers born here in America ... to Schmoe and the Wall Street Journal predicting a Ramp Up.

And the Curvy Couch of Ick on Fox and Friends went with ...

TWO AMERICANS DEAD!!! Two Americans spilled blood ... Dizzy Hasselbeck tried to capture the gravitas of Gaza and frenzy her wee base at one go.

Cuz ...... PUTIN.

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And now Mika and Joe are declaring a Deafening Silence is coming from the White House.

Cuz ...... PUTIN, and Mika's Daddy doesn't like Putin or Joe Schmoe for that matter. And where would Haass go but down to the bunker also too?

Joe Schmoe's obligatory GOP Ronald Reagan paean included, before a gratiutous dig to the legendary feckless Obama's Lack Of Feck. Are we back to the Ego Bowl again?

Heilemann pointed out that this president takes a lot of flack for not doing enough to help his party as midterms approach ... well this is about as much as he CAN contribute. This level of fundraising!

Seriously. Go Heilemann. You might have a future in the evening lineup. Keep that pseudo-reality train stopping through there on a regular basis.

'Kremlin control' in a nationalist-frenzied Russia was reported on first hand by none other than David Remnick, however, by the 7:15 mark.
Worth the few moments to get his perspective. Mind the neo-con manure.

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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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A Lot of Smart Women Swear, Tricky Dick Nixon!

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The odds were that in some of the newly released Nixonian audio trove, he'd let fly with one fine misogynistic remark to mark the occasion with.

Richard Millhouse, you did not disappoint.

Because it also includes an informative Vanity Fair segment, and a Morning Joe Schmoe segment that brings Vanity Fair to the table is always worth a peek … have a Nixon listen.

Mark Halperin was there to try to destroy the experience, but we are all used to auto-tuning Halperin out.

Talk amongst yourselves about the Christie freshness, but can I get a WTH?! On Nixon?!? Bella Abzug must have sent him into fits. From the Vanity Fair piece, linked above, an excerpt that covers Dick's incredulity about females and language.

Nixon: I mean, you’ve got to stop at a certain point. Why is it that the girls don’t swear? Because a man, when he swears, people can’t tolerate a girl who is a—

Haldeman: Girls do swear.

Nixon: Huh?

Haldeman: They do now.

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Nixon: Oh, they do now? But, nevertheless, it removes something from them. They don’t even realize it. A man drunk, and a man who swears, people will tolerate and say that’s a sign of masculinity or some other damn thing. We all do it. We all swear. But you show me a girl that swears and I’ll show you an awful unattractive person. . . . I mean, all femininity is gone. And none of the smart girls do swear, incidentally.

It was almost worse that he doubled down on the judgment at the end, there … as if he was giving the matter due process of thought, then said, "Naah - I'm Dick Nixon and I'm right" and did away with generations of intelligence in a casually arrogant sentence; man to man.

We met Pat. Something tells me she was a Nixon with a vocabulary tailored to match her voluble husband's.

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Morning Schmoe Declares Bridgegate Over, Pal Christie Redeemed!

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Again. Wish I were kidding. The early morning messnbc Ick was in full flower today.

Apparently, the monied GOP circles have leaned in on Morning Joe Schmoe Scarborough. The loveliest Love Fest with Friend O' the Program, Guv'nah Christie, had begun when the smarmy team returned, tanned and feisty, from summer break.

It was one of those blatant political pundit dances that makes your gag response engage as if you'd accidentally paused the remote on Fvx Noise when you hadn't meant to and Ann Coulter was on braying something hateful.

Joe might as well have gotten the orange cones out himself and painted a Scandal Over, Nothing To See Here, Move It Along Banner. They actually entitled this embed "Is the smoke starting to clear for Christie?" over at Morning Schmoe Land.

Laffy has been doing some excellent reporting on MSNBC's Ick Level Escalation here at The Political Carnival on the epic 'decline and fail' over at messnbc of late, and, as she points out, non-coincidentally with their takeover by big media piggy Comcast,don't miss the most recent, link here … Shape Up, MSNBC … and of course artist/satirist chum Mel Neuhaus gave us this gem of a progressive poster only last week to share.

Poster courtesy our friend Mel Neuhaus, @AceHanna54 on the Twitterz

Poster courtesy our friend Mel Neuhaus, @AceHanna54 on the Twitterz

That truck's going to get some additions, only Rachel and Lawrence seem to have their ethics firmly intact, Mel! Joe had more praise for Christie's maneuverings … even phoning it in, location wise, the arse-kissing was thorough.

So check out their Thursday Pardon of Christie, ostensibly there will be a Friday wrap tomorrow. Took two segments for Joe and Mika to get enough fluff in to truly make it obvious Smarm.


Sidebar:  how obvious is Mika getting with the Hot and Heavy Hillary Hatred? Is she that resentful that Bill didn't recognize Daddy Brzezinski, is it a female thing … so many question marks … still trying to unpack that little valise of catty disdain. By 6:30 a.m. she was outrightly bitter.

The power-tripping pair, Morning Joe and Mika, are thinking that overnight the media world is going to tilt on its axis, and the New York Times will report: "Schmoe Scarborough and the Morning Roundtable of GOP Apologists cleared Chris Christie of all scandals and clouds today - nothing to see here!" … in their Parade of Idiots series?

Talk about a media bubble of bobble-headed hubris. And they weren't done by the 7 a.m. hour, oh no … they had to discuss Christie's "ambition before wisdom" nonsense. "I do what I want to do" must be Christie's family motto. Mika had to bust in and re-litigate the 6 a.m. hour because she's a control freak. [And added some Chuck Todd for Ick Sprinkles.]


How soon will Schmoe have to eat his words, and swill them down with a big gulp of a Starbucks frozen potable?

By tomorrow would be lovely, let's hope Christie says something absurd in Iowa. That's still why the GOP flocks to Iowa, right?

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BREAKING: AP Reporting that Malaysian Air 777 Was "Shot Down" over Ukraine

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Reuters had just run this, at around 11:34 a.m. EST, when Tamron Hall broke in on her own expert on MSNBC (video below) to announce that the AP was officially reporting that it was not an unfortunate second Mayalsian Air crash … but that the 777 carrying just under 300 passengers, last mentioned as 'burning on the ground" was shot down by what is being reported as a 'Buk ground-to-air missile' on Reuters breaking crawl.

(Reuters) - A Malaysian passenger airliner with 295 people on board crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border on Thursday, the Interfax news agency cited an aviation industry source as saying.

The Interfax report said the plane came down 50 km (20 miles) short of entering Russian airspace. It "began to drop, afterwards it was found burning on the ground on Ukrainian territory," the unnamed source said.

This story was quickly amended by another breaking banner that the Buk launcher was seen by press members near the Eastern Ukraine town mentioned in the piece earlier today, Shakhtyorsk.

The plane appeared to have come down in a region of military action where Ukrainian government forces are battling pro-Russian separatists.

A separate unnamed source in the Ukrainian security apparatus, quoted by Interfax, said the plane disappeared from radar at a height of 10,000 metres after which it came down near the town of Shakhtyorsk.

Condolences to family and friends of all on board. If indeed this is a political miscalculation, it is one of tragic proportion.

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The NC GOP Mayor Takes His Medicaid Expansion Cause On the Road

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Mayor on the march!

Remember how cool and progressively impressive we found the small town Mayor Adam O'Neal (living compassionate conservative, at least he was) who was going to the mat for rural hospitals and the expansion of Medicaid to all states?

Here's the link if you need to catch up, we've been cheering him along at the Carnival for a while now - he is walking the walk, literally.

Earlier this week, fellow fan of the good mayor, Lawrence O'Donnell, scored the big interview … the end of the mayor's first -- of fifteen days-- on the road to the Capitol. He's hoofing it to Washington D.C. to talk Medicaid expansion into his state.

And hospital closings that are already handing out death sentences in his county.

Yes!! That guy, the one Rachel Maddow has been giving props to as well, the sane voice in the wilderness … after they indeed closed the rural hospital he opposed the tampering with, there was some snap(!) in his disappointment.

Sure enough, that Southern dissatisfaction turned into action, and the conservative Carolinian mayor should arrive within the beltway by the end of July. They covered 17 miles yesterday, which hikers will be impressed with - never mind pundits. Enjoy Lawrence's exclusive.

Then the punch in the gut that comes with a well-reported story. It turned personal. The closure of that rural hospital in Belhaven North Carolina had claimed a life. A 48 year-old woman, mother of three small children, was over an hour in an ambulance following a heart attack and expired in transit.

The GOP Regressive Right pinch-purses have their first trophy, if they care to display her. She won't see you try to deny any complicity, but let us hope her family, friends and the media are loud enough to make it ring clear.

It is not right. It is not just. It has nothing to do with compassion. This is not the country we would still send our sons and daughters to risk death to defend, any longer.

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The right bitched and moaned about waiting times in Socialist Canada and, even worse, the United Kingdom during early Obamacare Hysteria, remember that? Oh no, waiting lines and wait times would be inconvenient.

This woman wasn't inconvenienced. She didn't wait a little too long in the Urgent Care waiting room overflow area because there's a bad bug in the circle of small towns it serves. She died, unnecessarily, in the arms of some pitiable First Responders and local volunteer medics, likely friends or 'friends of'. Who feel like hell today.

I had my latest ambulance ride from a friend's place last Friday, and was startled at the difference in times I hadn't really had to think about in years. And because I had just written the other story about a small rural hospital that takes care of my own heart and other organs on a pretty regular basis.

Seeing that footage, with the exhausted but determined mayor having to publicly process the news that the first victim was identified, the first heroine down and will be buried by her family soon, in this heat … it was so close to home for so many of us.

That lady should be going home to her children after a stint got put in and her husband freaked out and told her to take better care of herself and her Mom held her close and thanked a God she usually doesn't believe in that her only daughter was all right because they had gotten her to the doctors in time. This time.

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Too many of us understand this tragedy. Moms Against Guns and MADD and the sensible sisterhood of mothers and aunts and grandmas who get this stuff had better align right along with this quirky mayor.

People are dying because of GOP obstructionism and budget ethics. Even Doonesbury can't do this shite justice.

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