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Lawrence O'Donnell's First Week Back Rocking His 30 Rock Desk

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Lawrence had one long taxk-crash-in-Cuba hiatus!

We've all been in cabs, foreign or domestic, that had us wondering if we'd survive to make the flight, the dinner reservation or zee occasional STAT run to Walgreens in the middle of the night ... but poor Lawrence O'Donnell actually had the serious Taxi Accident of city-dweller/tourist angst, and just barely finished his first week back on MSNBC's (more sane) evening 30 Rock line-up.

After a three month medical sabbatical. Lawrence, we missed ye well. Not that Ari Melber didn't do a Yeomen's Work.

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Do we truly realize just how much has happened in three months?!??!

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For true fun, check out Lawrence's perspective on that hiatus, and his Last Word on a week back at his anchor chair at 30 Rock [his earlier programs had been coming to us Live from NBC's Cali HQ].

He is by far one of our finer pundits. A highlight this week was his Opinion segment on 'legitimate rape', which is so worth the minutes to see or see again.

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In the wake of Hobby Lobby and the Latest Regressive Right Idjit Moves to send our culture back in time, having someone of Lawrence's calibre unpack the current Fvx Hysteria is soothing.

There is intelligent life on television, he and Maddow prove it. [And Saturday Night Live but they are in reruns for a bit longer.]

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Paul Bremer Gets Reamed A New A**hole By Erin Burnett

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Sometimes watching someone squirm makes us feel uncomfortable. But when they bring it on themselves, not so much. CNN's Erin Burnett had Iraq Warlord and Bush confident and liar-in-chief Paul Bremer on her show last night. He didn't last long. A bob, a weave and then Burnett landed blow after blow against this fraud masquerading as a man. Without any doubt, he's lucky Obama didn't prosecute him for war crimes and treason against this country. And how does he repay this generosity? He blames Obama for what he (Bremer) left behind.

If you want to see the Thrilla in Vanilla, The Battle of the B's, or The Bremer's Bash, here you go-- front row seats. Better put on some plastic clothing. Erin draws blood early. Watch the cut over Bremer's eye when Erin quickly attacks on this CNN clip:

"People, a lot of people are watching you right now and they're —they're hearing you give your ideas of what to do. And they're saying, 'but aren't you the guy who got us in this mess?'"

"Look, you're the guy who ran Iraq for George W. Bush."

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Add Hypocrite To Departing Eric Cantor's Resume

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Former House Republican leader and current pinhead Eric Cantor took umbrage today over Laura Ingraham's comment that he should have been one of the hostages traded for Sgt. Bergdahl instead of the five Gitmo detainees.

Talking Points Memo:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) on Sunday responded to a comment conservative pundit Laura Ingraham made that Cantor should have been traded to the Taliban for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

"I will say that the suggestion that I should have been traded to the Taliban for Sergeant Bergdahl really is not a serious contribution to any public policy debate, and frankly, I don't think that it reflects on the people that self-identify as Tea Partiers. I think they reject that kind of notion," Cantor said on ABC's "This Week." "And it's just not serious. And frankly it cheapens the debate."

Where was Cantor's ire when Tea Party stalwart Senator Rand Paul earlier made a similar statement only about Democrats, reported on the CNN(Certainly Not News) Network:

“Mr. President, you love to trade people. Why don’t we set up a trade? But this time, instead of five Taliban, how about five Democrats? I’m thinking John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi; couldn’t we send them to Mexico?”

The truth is, Eric Cantor, you're just a self-serving obstructionist and that's why people voted you out. It had nothing to do with Laura Ingraham nor immigration reform. It wasn't your religion and it wasn't the Tea Party. And it certainly had very little to do with the man who beat you. Your defeat was your own doing. You were greatly responsible for a do-less-than-nothing congress, and that's why your ass was booted out the door.

What you were victim of was your deaf ears to the cry for the heads of the overpriced Republicans who have turned their backs on women, minorities, immigrants, long-term unemployed, clean air advocates, environmental protectionists, health care for all, and affordable education reformers who may just decide to show up to vote this coming November. (That is if you haven't already restricted their voting rights) By November you will have been forgotten. But your legacy won't have been. You set the example that removing an asshat can be done. And we voters may elect to send a number of your asshat friends packing with you.

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Sunday Talkers

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Please read about this week's Sunday talkers on Politico.

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Fox News' The Fox Five Have An Emily Litella Moment

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NOTE: UPDATED VERSION 9:10 am Pacific. Last night, on Fox New's The Five, Eric Bolling claimed the Benghazi terrorist attack happened before Obama got Osama Bin Laden. That didn't sit right with Dana Perino, one of the other panelists and she corrected the mis-informed Mr. Bolling. But that didn't stop there. Bolling was amazed. That was news to him. According to The Raw Story:

“What, it was after?” “Yes, much after,” Dana Perino can be heard saying. “My bad,” Bolling said, “I take it back.” “But a great point, if it were true,” Perino added.

This lead Stephen Colbert to weigh in on his show regarding this gaff.

“Yes,” Colbert replied, “that’s undeniable. A great point, and a fantastic new motto: ‘Fox News: Fair and Balanced. A Great Point If It Were True.

Now, truth isn't always on the side of good reporting or story telling. And so I'll add the conversation that transpired during the commercial break which immediately followed. Eric Bolling:

Right after break, I'm going to bring up the Hillary Clinton thing where she refused to put Boko Haram on the U. S. Terrorist list back in 2012.

Dana Perino:

You have some news on that?

Eric Bolling:

News? I'll say. This isn't the first time Hillary pulled strings to keep them off a list. Back in 2012 the Rock and Roll people were actually considering inducting Boko Haram into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Imagine, one big hit and she tried to get them into those hallowed halls.

Dana Perino:

What are you talking about?

Eric Bolling:

Boko Haram... Whiter Shade of Pale... Don't you know anything? Before they were a terrorist group, they were rock and rollers. Symphonic Rock.

Dana Perino:

Eric, you're mixing up Procol Harum with Boko Haram. But another good point if it were true.

Eric Bolling:

Great. Then I'll lead off with it out of commercial.

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Sunday Talkers

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Please read about this week's Sunday talk show talkers on Politico.

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GottaLaff on Nicole Sandler: The News Has Been Cancelled - Audio

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If an event happens - say systematic torture - and no news outlet reports it, did it happen?

From the RadioOrNot website:

There is no more news. There’s infotainment and speculation and opinion and lots of made-up shit all masquerading as “news,” but make no mistake, the news has been canceled.

Today’s “news” casts on TV are anything but the objective, fact-based reports on the day’s events they used to be. A Washington Post obituary of “60 Minutes” Creator Don Hewittgets to the reason that the actual news can no longer be found on your television set:

GottaLaff is a regular contributor to the site and has been for several years.

Here's the podcast:

The News Has Been Canceled…and That’s the Way it Is

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