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Morning Mika Scores a One-on-One with President Obama

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"Just because something is stable two or four years ago, doesn't mean that it's stable right now," responded President Barack Obama to a visibly awed Morning Mika in her first interview with the Commander in Chief, broadcast on MSNBC Monday morning.

It had to fight the World Cup advancement, that didn't go over well, but nonetheless it was that moment every pundit or journalist hopes for - the one-on-one with the sitting president. Particularly on the possible eve of military involvement again in Persia. Have a gander.

Mika and Joe Schmoe Scarborough have visited the White House, grilled most of Obama's various teams and certainly 'discuss' the president's every thought, in pernicious detail, daily. With nearly extreme prejudice at times … morning MSNBC has a Right Wing tinge until well after elevenses, progressives know that. So it truly was fascinating to see which questions they would choose to take into a one-on-one.

Even a slight fatigue of Mika and her family involvement in our morning media, shouldn't fully detract from the intimate revelations she did tease from Obama, Brzezinski has actual reporter cred, and it comes through when she remembers to stand firmly on that foundation.

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The president spoke of the responsibility of Iraq itself, and Al-Maliki's government (an elected democracy) in their own future. He beat back the Fvx Nation drumbeat that not acting in Syria was the mistake of the century:

"These societies are going through these enormous transformations, there was a long period after WW2 ... there's a long and difficult transition to a different society in the Middle East. ... We're going to have to deal with some of the worst impulses there." {paraphrasey}

Scarborough couldn't keep his mouth shut past 6:15 a.m., particularly re PBO's sensible declaration that the U.S. is done playing Whack-A-Mole in the Iraq-Syria morass. He tossed it to Bloomberg's Al Hunt to see if he could verify his own opinion that President Obama has no feck. Hunt didn't completely comply, voicing the common sense idea that no matter how many troops we might have left behind, Malaki's regime would not have held together.

Bobby Ghosh, managing editor at Quartz, gave those criticisms the 'unfair' label they deserve. Pundit-Twit Mark Halperin had to jump in and override, hubris swallowed him whole years ago, and they bumped the rest of Mika's Obama footage to the 7:00 block. [When they amped up the 'Iraq Under Siege' campaign.]

Draw your own conclusions, but there are conclusions to draw - media has taken on a huge role in how we start our days, and what tone the overall cable buzz sets.

As Laffy so often says, 'our voices matter'. So hold the famed 'librul media up to the same standards the GOP.Teabangelicals do … they think David Gregory plays for our team, so are clearly delusional.

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Bill Kristol Loses His War-Mongering Conservative Mind on Morning Joe

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Best Tuesday a.m. thing in the world: Bill Kristol and Nick Kristof at the same table with Scarborough shouting about boots on the ground in Iraq, and Richard Engel swooping in live from Baghdad to shut them the eff up.

Again, I know I need a Morning Joe et al Twelve Step program, but you won't believe what that Roundtable of Fools was up to this morning. Bill Kristol denies that there is war fatigue in the country. At a near shout.

It was BushCo meets Joe Schmoe with all sorts of pundits in the mix, and the recently ballsy John Heilemann once again saved their media bacon in terms of asking the hard questions. Like a reporter. Or a journalist. Perhaps a keen blogger. Or even a curious citizen with a conscience.

Bill Kristol loves to be in the spotlight. Today he was needled right into what serves as a full-on Hissy Fit for the uber-manicured urbane face of conservative war-mongering intellect.

And thank dog John Heilemann had to take the wheel. (I think when Joe Schmoe runs for office MSNBC is going to drop the ubiquitous Game Change boys into his Throne.)

Heilemann: "This is American blood you are talking about!!" Enjoy.

How great was that??! Isn't that what you'd say to that idiot Bill Kristol if you had a turn? "If we are going to put American blood on the line, there ought to be support in the country for it ... there is war weariness in this country whether you believe there is or not!" - Mr. Heilemann

Who knew Heilemann had it in him? I didn't see it coming. He's just got to be a progressive at heart, that cat. Or has had to work with that twit RWNJ Halperin far too long.

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Mika sat meekly and let it swirl. Schmoe, once again, looked bewildered at the actual interviewing taking place around and above him, then told Kristol to bring more spice the next time he swung by in that annoying Southern country lawyer drawl.

Joe's foreign policy is as well thought out as Mittens. A few egoist-filled congressional committees and being skewered Live by Zbig aka Mika's Dad do not a an expert make.

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#Failed Romney Has the Gall to Micro-Criticize PBO and HRC on Meet the 'Press'

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David Gregory's flagrant (and annoying) conservative tendencies aside, Meet the 'Press' still procures the good ancient media 'gets'. Today they brought old Mittens Romney in to share with us just how Iraq and Syria ought to be handled. And Why President Obama has lacked feck. (Why are they so feck-obsessed anyhoo??)

And to get an early Regressive Rag in on Hillary.

Paul Wolfolowitz and David Ignatius were there to fawn vapidly and collude. For an actual conversation about that important topic I'd head over to Fareed Zakaria, his Public Square is more reality based. [Great first block. Link here.]

You will need Dramamine, Zofran or if you are really well-stocked, Xanax for this one. Buckle up.

Mitt Richety-Rich-Rich Romney, whose greatest foreign policy-related success was getting a few international skiers housed adequately and down a few big hills during the Utah Olympics … went off on President Barack Obama's foreign policy like he actually had teeth.

Or an audience.

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As If we would give that man the time of day on anything global, during his failed presidential candidacy alone, he outed the entire British intelligence agency in the kind of gaffe that W was famed for - even James Bond fans knew better. Jackarse.

Video below. To give you a wee Sunday amuse bouche:

"The United States of America has long had the capacity to shape events, but what you've seen from this administration is repeated underestimation of our adversaries. Whether that's Al Queda, Assad or ISIS itself …" {paraphrasey but I continue to refuse to turn my digital recorder on for Mitt The Twit Romney. Live right above Massachusetts, seen enough of that smug 1% mug}.

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You can retch now. [Apologies.]

Hillary was in Mittens' sights next. Naturally. She is 'clueless', has a poor record as Secretary of State and is going to be unable to gain the White House over the Star Lineup of Conservatives, also too. I'm sure she's crying in her high-end organic granola and Almond Milk this morning over that cur Romney's slurs.

Hillary Clinton's balls are pure titanium compared to whatever equipage that empty suit Romney has tucked behind his Magic Underwear. And she appears to have spare cases of feck. Praise Jeebus. 

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'Cuz we aren't sadists here at the Political Carnival, please accept this vintage Jon Stewart clip of Romney Gaffing Away in the UK as a compensatory 'My Bad'.

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NO, Crazy John McCain, we did NOT have 'the conflict won' in Iraq

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Bomb Bomb McCain made headlines on Morning Joe, and ole' Joe wasn't even phoning it in to comment. Morning Mika, David Gregory, John Heilemann and Sam Stein were all at bat.

Huffington's Stein even tried to nail down what Crazy John McCain de-lusion-ally [Lewis Black voice if you have one] thinks it means 'to have it won'.

Morning Mika had Round One. She wanted to know how much more the American people could be expected to spend on Iraq. John Heilemann (clearly sitting in for the meltdown-prone Schmoe Joe Scarborough as he virtually led the parade) and couldn't get McCain to commit to a firm 'air strike' fantasy call … but he did get The Quote. (H/t to David Garber for the you tubes linkage.)

What is the definition of victory? Stein asked. Unfortunately he preceded it by saying he was confused about McCain's position. I rather enjoyed @FineTweeter Glenn Moye's take.

He condescendingly patronized Sam Stein, completely pouncing on and abusing 'confused'. And refused to answer the question. "I'm sorry about your confusion .. but the facts were …" Props to Sam Stein, who came back with "I should have known that saying I'm confused could be used against me." And for letting McCain draw out more and more naval rope to knot and hang himself with. Twitter was all East Coastey atwitter. (Props to pal B Double.)

Hence, McCain fired the Bazooka. On record he has called for summarily "The totality of President Obama's National Security Team" … and by the top o' the next hour Mika had Big Daddy Zbig on the phone with a Brzezinski rebuttal. He urged a more measured neo-con response. Quelle surpreeze.

Always important to remember, however, that McCain could be on the Cantor path actually certified and led away attached to a Thorazine drip any day now. Oh, let that day be today!

Image courtesy @acehanna54, Mel Neuhaus

Image courtesy @acehanna54, Mel Neuhaus

For some facty-reality stuff, here's the incredible Richard Engel reporting on what is actually happening in Iraq. No matter what McCain is losing his feeble mind about.

Which is a get out the vote reminder if we've ever heard, November is but a heartbeat away.

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Overnight: Iraqi Police Flee Mosul Attack by Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Group

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From the video page:

'Questions rise after US trained Iraqi police flee for lives in Mosul'

This is a very serious development which I am not seeing covered by US news media unless I've missed it.

From a Facebook post by Michael Moore:

So today, Mosul fell. Mosul is the second largest city in Iraq. The Iraqi government we "installed", has now lost Fallujah, Ramadi, Mosul and other large swaths of the country we invaded at the cost of thousands of American lives, tens of thousands of Iraqi lives and a couple trillion dollars. (What could your school district do with a trillion dollars?).

More information from the BBC

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