Jon Stewart Rips ‘Conservatives And Their Media Division’ (Fox News) For Exaggerating Voter Fraud


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Jon Stewart took on the issue of voter fraud tonight, an epidemic he deemed to be “bigger than ringworm and less than Bieber fever.” He noticed how many conservatives have been warning that voter fraud is a rampant problem, despite lacking much evidence to support that claim. Stewart noticed how the new voter ID laws being put in place seem to favor Republicans, with one state representative not even bothering to be subtle about which presidential candidate the voter ID laws would benefit.

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Stewart admitted he didn’t know voter fraud was such a big problem, noting that “conservatives and their media division [three guesses who] are up in arms about voter fraud.” Stewart looked at the voter ID laws being pushed by many states that are purging voter rolls and requiring photo IDs.

However, as Stewart noted, the National Republican Lawyers Association found only a few, scattered examples of voter fraud. And as for the state of Pennsylvania, Stewart marveled at how it is currently trying to defend its voter ID laws while simultaneously admitting they have no idea how effective they will be. Stewart also pointed to a state representative accidentally said in public that the new laws would help Romney win the state.

Correspondent Jessica Williams helped Stewart out by bringing up the latest regulations on voting, including where you rank on a color wheel and whether or not you get Jeff Foxworthy‘s jokes. Williams summed up the new voting laws thusly: “If you’re not going to vote for Mitt Romney, stay the fuck at home!”

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Greta Van Susteren Grills Rep. Allen West Over Ohio Military Voting Law


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On her show tonight, Greta Van Susteren brought on Congressman Allen West to explain his harsh criticism of the Obama administration filing a lawsuit to stop an Ohio law that would extend the voting period for members of the military. Van Susteren challenged West on the law, admitting she could not understand why such a law would not be expanded to all voters.

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West argued that civilians do not generally find themselves in the same kind of conditions as members of the military, and the kind of work that the military does should warrant a law extend the time period they have for sending in early votes. He noted that in the past, there have been irregularities with members of the military attempting to send their votes in early.

Van Susteren agreed with Allen West that everyone in the military should be able to vote in the three-day period provided by the law, but wondered why it would “exclude” civilians who might have special circumstances that would warrant the necessity of them voting in the same time period. She told West that she reached out to local officials in Ohio, none of whom could identify the cost of the law, so she said that argument does not stand up under scrutiny.

She pressed West once again to explain why “we wouldn’t want to include” the rest of the voters in Ohio. West argued that because the military is doing “above and beyond what everyone else is doing” they should not be asked to adhere to the same voting restrictions as the rest of the public. He added that the military is getting a “backhanded slap.”

On a more conciliatory note, West and Van Susteren agreed that rather than going on vacation, Congress should seriously address the issue of sequestration.

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Coulter Explodes At Romney Spokeswoman For Response To Priorities USA Ad: She Needs To Be Fired


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Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity strongly condemned the ad released by the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA that basically accused Mitt Romney of a steelworker’s wife dying of cancer. However, Coulter did not let the Romney campaign off the hook, and tore into Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul for her “completely idiotic response” to the ad and called for the Romney campaign to immediately fire her.

RELATED: Romney Spox: Steelworker’s Wife Would Have Had Health Care Under Romneycare

Coulter repeatedly said that the ad was “repulsive” and referred to the president as a “despicable campaigner,” but it was Saul who bore the brunt of Coulter’s rage.

“Her response was not that it was despicable, not that Bain… that Romney had left Bain five years earlier or the woman died five years after the plant closed and didn’t even get her insurance from her husband, her response was, ‘Well, if she had lived in Massachusetts with Mitt Romney’s health care plan, she would have had health insurance.’ Anyone who donates to Mitt Romney, and I mean the big donors, ought to say if Andrea Saul isn’t fired and off the campaign tomorrow, they are not giving another dime, because it is not worth fighting for this man if this is the kind of spokesman he has…

There’s no point in you doing your show, there’s no point in going to the convention and pushing for this man if he’s employing morons like this. This ad is the turning point and she has nearly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat! She should be off the campaign.”

In the next segment of the show, during a discussion of Sandra Fluke going on the campaign trail with Obama, Coulter brought up Saul again, saying Fluke was the “Andrea Saul of the Obama campaign.” Hannity noticed how angry Coulter was with Saul.

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Bill O’Reilly Confronts Professor Who Accused Him Of Engaging In ‘Right-Wing Buffoonery’


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Bill O’Reilly invited Occidental College professor Peter Dreier on his show tonight to confront the professor for writing in The Huffington Post that O’Reilly frequently engages in “right-wing buffoonery.” Dreier accused O’Reilly of criticizing Social Security, while O’Reilly grilled Dreier on the people he chose to highlight in his book on the 100 most influential figures in the history of social justice.

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O’Reilly pressed Dreier for examples of times when he displayed “right-wing buffoonery” on his show. Dreier said that O’Reilly has heavily criticized Social Security, which he pointed out used to be considered a socialist idea. O’Reilly denied he ever did, saying that Dreier was just “perpetuating propaganda” and concluded that Dreier could not produce a single example to back up his charge.

O’Reilly then turned to Dreier’s book, The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame. O’Reilly went down the list of people Dreier included in his book, among them Malcolm X, Michael Moore, and Bruce Springsteen. O’Reilly asked Dreier how he could have overlooked, for example, President Eisenhower. Dreier explained that he admired Eisenhower, and may consider putting him in the 2nd edition of his book, but said he never really spoke out until the end of his eight years in office.

O’Reilly concluded the interview by asking Dreier why the world of academia leans left. Dreier said that what is considered to be liberal today may end up being a conservative point of view 50 years from now, and once again brought up how Social Security used to be considered a controversial issue.

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Steelworker In Priorities USA Ad Was Featured In Obama Campaign Ad


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An ad released yesterday by Priorities USA, the pro-Obama Super PAC, featured a steelworker named Joe Soptic who connected Mitt Romney‘s business dealings at Bain Capital involving GST Steel to his wife’s death. The Obama campaign has not condemned the ad, and staffers Robert Gibbs and Stephanie Cutter denied knowing the specifics of Soptic’s story. However, according to POLITICO, Soptic was featured in an Obama campaign ad back in May and in a campaign conference call.

RELATED: Stephanie Cutter Fact-Checks CNN On SuperPAC Ad Blaming Mitt Romney For Death Of Steelworker’s Wife

The Obama campaign ad Soptic appeared in back in May was called “Steel,” focusing on the role of Bain Capital in the closure of GST Steel in Kansas City. Soptic was featured on an Obama campaign conference call led by Cutter when the ad was announced to reporters.

Bill Burton, a senior strategist for the Super PAC and former White House deputy secretary to President Obama, denied there was any coordination between his group and the Obama campaign, saying that they got the footage to use for the ad in February and were unaware that the Obama campaign was planning on using him in an ad as well. An aide for the Obama campaign similarly denied any coordination.

In the campaign’s ad, Soptic speaks only about the plant. In the Priorities spot, he tells the personal story he relayed during the Obama campaign conference call.

“We have no idea when Priorities shot their spot,” an Obama campaign official said. “We’re not allowed to coordinate with them – but we can tell you it wasn’t when we shot ours.”

The aide didn’t answer questions about when the Obama campaign shot its Soptic footage or explain Cutter’s televised statement.

POLITICO notes that Soptic shared the story about his wife’s death during the Obama campaign conference call with Cutter, despite Cutter’s claim this morning that she was unaware of Soptic’s story.

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President Obama Opposes Boy Scout Policy Banning Gay Members


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Months after officially coming out in favor of gay marriage, the White House affirmed today that President Obama opposes the Boy Scouts’ policy of banning openly gay individuals from joining the group. When former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about what President Obama thinks of the policy, Gibbs did not say whether or not the president approves of it, but in a statement to the Washington Blade today, the White House makes the president’s opposition to the policy unequivocal.

RELATED: Chuck Norris Accuses Obama Of Turning The Boy Scouts Gay

White House spokesman Shin Inouye sent this statement to the Blade in response to an inquiry about Obama’s position on the anti-gay policy of the Boy Scouts.

“The President believes the Boy Scouts is a valuable organization that has helped educate and build character in American boys for more than a century. He also opposes discrimination in all forms, and as such opposes this policy that discriminates on basis of sexual orientation.”

However, Inouye added that Obama would still hold the unofficial position of honorary president of the Boy Scouts despite his disagreement with the policy. When Mitt Romney‘s campaign was asked for the Republican candidate’s position on the policy last Saturday, they told reporters Romney’s position is the same as it was in 1994, when Romney said that while he supports the right of the Boy Scouts to make their own policy, “I feel that all people should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.”

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President Obama Opposes Boy Scout Policy Banning Gay Members


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Months after officially coming out in favor of gay marriage, the White House affirmed today that President Obama opposes the Boy Scouts’ policy of banning openly gay individuals from joining the group. When former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about what President Obama thinks of the policy, Gibbs did not say whether or not the president approves of it, but in a statement to the Washington Blade today, the White House makes the president’s opposition to the policy unequivocal.

RELATED: Chuck Norris Accuses Obama Of Turning The Boy Scouts Gay

White House spokesman Shin Inouye sent this statement to the Blade in response to an inquiry about Obama’s position on the anti-gay policy of the Boy Scouts.

“The President believes the Boy Scouts is a valuable organization that has helped educate and build character in American boys for more than a century. He also opposes discrimination in all forms, and as such opposes this policy that discriminates on basis of sexual orientation.”

However, Inouye added that Obama would still hold the unofficial position of honorary president of the Boy Scouts despite his disagreement with the policy. When Mitt Romney‘s campaign was asked for the Republican candidate’s position on the policy last Saturday, they told reporters Romney’s position is the same as it was in 1994, when Romney said that while he supports the right of the Boy Scouts to make their own policy, “I feel that all people should be able to participate in the Boy Scouts regardless of their sexual orientation.”

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‘Barbie Girl’ Parody From Progressive Group Mocks Mitt Romney For Tax Shelters


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Remember Obama Girl? Well, now Mitt Romney has his own version, except this one may not be so kind to the Republican candidate. A new video out from the progressive group Agenda Project Action Fund uploaded a “Barbie Girl” parody video to YouTube featuring an actor as Mitt Romney and “Miss Swiss Bank Account,” the Romney girl.

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The “Romney Girl” song features lyrics like “Life is taxless. It’s fantastic” and “Outsource nation, Bain is his creation.” The video shows both Romney and Miss Swiss indulging in unbelievably stereotypical behaviors of rich people.

The website the Agenda Project Action Fund created goes as far as to claim that Romney Girl is Harry Reid’s source for his claim that Romney has not paid taxes in ten years.

[S]he bumped into Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid while burning book his “The Good Fight” during a local sheep-shearing festival. Miss Swiss told Senator Reid about Mr. Romney’s tax avoidance “because I thought it was so funny that a Senator would actually think that rich people pay taxes! So silly!”

One thing I can’t help but wonder as I watch this video: was “Barbie Girl” really the best choice of parody song? That hasn’t been a thing since the 90s. At least the viral video out this week mocking President Obama uses a more recent song.

Watch the video below:

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Pennsylvania GOP Official Compares Obama Supporter To A ‘Mentally Retarded’ Person


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At an election night party in Pennsylvania yesterday, local Republican county chair Jim Roddey joked with an audience that he directed someone in the parking lot to a handicapped spot because he saw an Obama sticker on their car and thought they were “mentally retarded.”

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Roddey spoke to a room of Republicans who were celebrating the victory of Randy Vulakovich, a state representative who won a special election to fill the seat of a state senator who was convicted earlier this year for corruption and forgery. Roddey was celebrating Vulakovich’s overwhelming victory to the cheering crowd, and told the following joke.

“There was a disappointment tonight. I was very embarrassed. I was in this parking lot and there was a man looking for a space to park, and I found a space for him. And I felt badly — he looked like he was sort of in distress. And I said, ‘Sir, here’s a place.’ And he said, ‘That’s a handicapped space.’ I said, ‘Oh I’m so sorry, I saw that Obama sticker and I thought you were mentally retarded.”

The crowd ”hollered and clapped” in reaction to the joke.

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Jon Stewart Mocks The Man Who Harassed Chick-fil-A Employee: ‘Purpose [Was] To Be A Dick’


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On The Daily Show tonight, Jon Stewart examined the not-often crossed words of social media and the food we eat, from Chick-fil-A’s social values to a way to make Taco Bell’s food even less appetizing to someone who set a box of cereal on fire. Stewart particularly focused on Adam Smith, the man who filmed himself berating a Chick-fil-A employee, uploaded it to YouTube, and consequently got fired. Stewart suspected that Smith’s purpose in the video was to be a giant “dick.”

RELATED: Company Fires Executive Who Bullied Chick-Fil-A Employee In Youtube Video

Stewart first noticed how lots of politicians were eager to make their support of Chick-fil-A known with pictures of themselves alongside bags with the chicken chain’s food. Stewart singled out Senator Lindsey Graham, whom he referred to as “a middle-aged lesbian,” for not just his Chick-fil-A meal, but for ordering a Coke Zero, which, as Stewart pointed out, is the gayest of all Coca-Cola products.

Then Stewart turned to Smith and surmised that he thought the girl standing behind the counter was somehow in charge of company policy. He slammed Smith, mockingly saying that his purpose was “to be a dick.” Stewart also found it bizarre how Smith practically went out of his way to clarify that he is not gay, just a concerned citizen.

Stewart highlighted other examples of the delicious use of social media in the food industry. The first was an employee who urinated into a Taco Bell product, which Stewart predicted would. The employee was fired, though it turned out it was really an elaborate prank involving Mountain Dew. Stewart predicted that would quickly turn into a new prank-themed TV show. Stewart then doubled over laughing at a video of a gay marriage opponent setting a box of cereal on fire to protest General Mills’ support of gay marriage.

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Trump: Romney Should Promise To Release Tax Returns After Obama Releases College Records


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On Fox News tonight, Donald Trump reacted to the big controversy over Mitt Romney‘s tax returns and the bold claim made by Senator Harry Reid that Romney has not paid taxes in ten years. Trump suggested that Romney promise to release his tax returns when President Obama releases his college records, but got grilled by Greta Van Susteren over whether there is any point in looking at that part of the president’s past.

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Trump doubted there was a source for Reid’s remarks, and if there was, “ir’s probably not even legal.” He then advised Romney to state publicly that he will only release his tax records when Obama makes his college records public. Trump said that Obama has spent a lot of money trying to hide his records, and questioned what the president is trying to hide. He argued that most presidents have provided their college and passport records, but Obama has not.

When Van Susteren brought up the birther issue Trump had been peddling for a while, Trump said that he still not satisfied with the information provided to the public, though he claimed he’s more concerned about jobs and rising unemployment. Van Susteren pressed Trump on exactly what he expects to find in Obama’s college records. Trump said he hopes they are “100 percent okay,” but finds it odd that Obama would spent 4 million dollars hiding his records.

Van Susteren challenged Trump on that figure, citing it and Reid’s claim about Romney as examples of people being unable to provide credible information for their claims. She told Trump she was “perplexed” as to why anyone would care about the president’s college records at this point in his life.

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Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher Defends Priorities USA Anti-Romney Ad On The Young Turks


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Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher appeared on Current’s The Young Turks earlier today, and discussed the ad released by the pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA insinuating that Mitt Romney‘s business dealings resulted in the death of a steelworker’s wife. Christopher defended the fairness of the ad and pointed to Republican policy on health care, asking if “you want to live in a country where people have to almost die before they go to the hospital.”

RELATED: CNN Fact Checks Priorities USA Ad Blaming Mitt Romney For Woman’s Death

Cenk Uygur asked if this ad is fair because Romney worked in private equity, where “their job was to buy and sell these companies, then shut them down.” Christopher argued that the “heavy debt load” Bain Capital put on the plant hurt it to the point that one can fairly say Romney held some responsibility.

He said that the steelworker’s wife “would have stopped going to the doctor” because they likely could not afford it, and made a broader point about conservative attitudes towards health care.

You hear Republicans talk about it all the time, “well, you can get free health care at the emergency room.” But no, it’s not free. You go to the emergency room and they will try and collect money from you. They will take your wages, take your house. So people don’t go unless they’re about to die which is exactly what happened here. The bigger issue here is, do you want to live in a country where people have to almost die before they go to the hospital?

Uygur concluded the segment by saying the ad is completely fair because Romney and his colleagues at Bain shut down companies without caring about what happens to the employees.

So if you do that as a matter of course, that’s your business model and then you don’t give a damn that those people lose their pensions, lose their jobs, lose their health insurance, well, then you should get ads like this, because that’s exactly what you did, and this is your reckoning.

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Piers Morgan And Alan Dershowitz Get In Shouting Match With Other Panelists Over Gun Control


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Piers Morgan revisited the gun control debate on his show tonight in the wake of Sunday’s shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. He and panelist Alan Dershowitz kept making the case that the United States needs to seriously start pushing for more gun control laws, getting in heated argument with the two other panelists on the show.

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Morgan pointed to the shootings in Arizona, Colorado, and Wisconsin as a pattern of mentally disturbed individuals acquiring guns legally. Dershowitz admitted that gun control would not solve everything, but of all the possible political responses to these tragedies, gun control would have the “least negative impact on civil liberties of Americans.”

Morgan asked panelist David Kopel how gun rightss advocates could think that after two mass shootings in the United States in the span of less than a month, no action needs to be taken on gun control. Kopel urged against “lash[ing] out in persecution” against all gun owners, and said that any change in law would have to make sure there are ample protections for law-abiding citizens who want to carry guns.

strong>Dan Baum argued that in the midst of the gun debate, no one is thinking to ask gun owners for their perspective, He said that the mentality of gun owners is that they “identify very strongly” with their firearms, and they do not take kindly to individuals (Baum used Dershowitz as an example) and politicians who say they cannot be trusted with guns. Dershowitz responded by comparing gun laws to speed limits: very few people who go beyond the speed limit kill people, but they are in place to prevent such things from happening.

Morgan asked how, if serious gun control is to happen in the United States, the Second Amendment culture can be changed. Kopel claimed that the crime rate in England shot up after implementing gun control, but Morgan interrupted him to assert that his claim was “completely untrue.” And as for claims that Norway still had a mass shooting despite strict gun control laws, Morgan noted that aside from that tragic incident, Norway generally has very few gun deaths.

On the point of crime in England, Kopel made the argument that there are more burglaries in the U.K. because of its gun control laws. Morgan called that a “fatuous argument,” to which Kopel shot back that he has not seen the studies. Morgan found Kopel’s entire point to be ridiculous.

“Trying to draw some parallel between the burglary… rates in Britain because we don’t have guns, what would you suggest? We go and arm everyone in Britain to kill everyone that burgles their house? Come on!”

Dershowitz wrapped up the segment by insisting that gun control is the “single most effective way to reduce crime,” and declared that “the pervasiveness of guns in our society is destroying America.”

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Bill O’Reilly And Panel Take On Liberal Media Bias And Young Voter Support Of Obama


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Bill O’Reilly revisited the topic of liberal media bias on his show tonight, examining exactly what kind of impact such bias will have on the election. He presented theories on why not just many journalists are liberal, but why so many young people support the president. O’Reilly predicted that the influence of the pro-Obama media bias will end up with the president getting a few more percentage points in the popular vote.

RELATED: McCain To Hannity: Pro-Obama Media Bias Is Just ‘Something We Have To Accept’

O’Reilly cited studies showing that more journalists favored John Kerry than George W. Bush in 2004, that more describe themselves as more liberal then conservative, and that a higher percentage of the stories about John McCain in 2008 were negative than for Barack Obama. O’Reilly said that in this election cycle, stories that make Obama look bad have been and will be played down, while any small issue dealing with Mitt Romney will be exaggerated to the nth degree.

O’Reilly argued that as a result of the mostly pro-Obama media coverage, many undecided voters who do not pay much attention to national politics will be swayed by the coverage and vote for the president.

But why are so many journalists liberal? O’Reilly posited that it is partly do to peer pressure and the liberal academic environments they grew up and were educated in. Larry Sabato agreed with O’Reilly that there is “a lot of bias in the media,” but said he was exaggerating the impact on undecided voters. Shira Toeplitz added that many undecided voters generally tune out the media and are not paying attention.

O’Reilly countered that they still “catch snatches” of the political coverage, and a lot of it ends up favoring the Democratic side. Sabato argued that many people who don’t pay attention to politics end up not voting anyway. When pressed by O’Reilly on young voters and their support of the president, Sabato predicted youth voter turnout would drop from 2008.

O’Reilly questioned Sabato as to why so many young people support Obama when they don’t know enough about him or his policies to make an informed decision. As soon as Sabato mentioned the media, O’Reilly said, “I rest my case.” He concluded the segment by saying that while Walter Cronkite was “a raving liberal,” he “hid it” and didn’t show any political bias in his coverage, unlike many reporters today.

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When The Media Runs Out Of Things To Talk About: Romney’s Father Had Free McDonalds For Life Card


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Candidates often love telling stories on the campaign trail, but it’s only on those rare occasions that some part of a candidate’s family history turns into a news story. And it was on this day that Mitt Romney revealed to all the world that his father, George Romney, was presented with a card by McDonalds businessman Ray Kroc him free McDonalds food for life. Because what sounds more relatable to voters than an anecdote about your businessman father being presented a card for free food by another businessman?

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Perhaps all the recent national hubbub over fast food and social values inspired Romney to share it, but nonetheless Romney told the story at a campaign event today in Chicago.

“I found a little paper card, a little pink card, and it said this entitles George W. Romney to a lifetime of a hamburger, a shake and French fries at McDonald’s. It was signed by the hand of Ray Kroc. My dad had done a little training lesson or whatever for McDonald’s when there was just a handful of restaurants and I saw this thing and was like, ‘This is a gold mine, Dad! What are you doing?’ So I had it laminated. My dad, as you know, would go almost every day to a McDonald’s restaurant and get either a hamburger or a fish filet sandwich. And he would present this little card and of course the person behind the counter would look and say, ‘Well, what is that?’ They’d never seen something like that, but he said it was never turned down. They always honored it.”

This story was picked up by ABC, CNN, TIME, and The New York Times, because everyone has clearly run out of different ways to mock Harry Reid.

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President Obama: ‘I’m Not The President Of Black America’


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In an interview with Black Enterprise magazine, President Obama addressed criticisms that he hass not done enough during his first term to support black businesses. Obama explained he was more interested in promoting all business instead of singling out any particular group, saying “I’m not the president of black America. I’m the president of the United States of America.”

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Obama noted in the interview that African-American unemployment is higher than overall national unemployment, and that the black community is “hurt during recessionary times more than the population at large.” When asked about criticism that his administration has not done enough for black businesses, Obama rebutted the claim.

My general view has been consistent throughout, which is that I want all businesses to succeed. I want all Americans to have opportunity. I’m not the president of black America. I’m the president of the United States of America, but the programs that we have put in place have been directed at those folks who are least able to get financing through conventional means, who have been in the past locked out of opportunities that were available to everybody. So, I’ll put my track record up against anybody in terms of us putting in place broad-based programs that ultimately had a huge benefit for African American businesses.

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Jay Carney Denies That President Obama Told A Supporter Romney Wants Petraeus For VP


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This morning the Drudge Report ran a story saying that President Obama told a top fundraiser in private that he believes Mitt Romney will choose CIA director and former general David Petraeus as his vice presidential running mate. White House press secretary Jay Carney denied the claim to reporters today, dismissing it “with absolute confidence that such an assertion has never been uttered by the president.”

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Petraeus’ name has been thrown out in the past few months as a long-shot nominee for the number two spot on the Republican ticket. Reporters asked Carney today if Obama had ever made any such comment about Petraeus to a fundraiser this week.

“I can say with absolute confidence that such an assertion has never been uttered by the president,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters, after chuckling at the report.

“Be mindful of your sources,” Carney said.

Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner highlights an exchange Petraeus had with reporters in 2010, adamantly denying he had any ambitions to run for political office, going so far as to say, ” I’ve tried quoting the country song, ‘What Part of No Don’t You Understand?’”

Watch Carney’s dismissal below:

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Stewart Calls Out Fox News’ Judith Miller For Hypocrisy On National Security Leaks


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Jon Stewart looked at the recent national security leaks that he “highly think[s]” may be coming directly from the Obama administration, and more specifically, at the disdain one pundit has expressed with the danger of such leaks. Fox News Contributor Judith Miller strongly condemned the leaks as a threat to national security, which Stewart found as hypocritical, considering Miller’s past involvement in leaking national security information.

RELATED: Jon Stewart Rails On Republican Hypocrisy Over Bin Laden And Auto Bailouts

Stewart recapped President Obama‘s various national security successes, including the less-talked-about operation that took out Waldo. He noted that the Obama administration is being accused of leaking national security information to bolster the president in an election year. Stewart then ran footage of Miller saying just leaks “jeopardize the security of our nation.”

Of course, Stewart quickly recalled that Miller was involved in a Bush administration leak of intelligence information. He pointed out that Miller ran a story that was leaked by the Bush administration on Sadaam Hussein attempting to get his hands on nuclear weapons. Stewart marveled at how Cheney then went on Meet the Press to cite Miller’s article, which “his administration planted” in the first place. Stewart couldn’t believe that Miller was now taking a position against that sort of thing.

“And now, to bring the whole thing full circle, she’s on fucking television as the expert on why other people doing it is not good! When in reality, the move she is describing should be called ‘pulling a Miller.’”

Stewart then cued to a field piece featuring Jason Jones interviewing a former NSA agent who blew the whistle and got fired over a secret project called ThinThread.

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James Holmes’ Psychiatrist Contacted University Police Weeks Before Shooting


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ABC News is reporting that the psychiatrist who treated James Holmes, the suspected shooter in the Aurora movie theater shooting last month, reached out to police at the University of Colorado to voice her concerns about Holmes’ behavior several weeks before the shooting.

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Sources close to Dr. Lynne Fenton could not say what university police did with the information she gave them, but according to Colorado law, a psychiatrist is only able to breach doctor-patient confidentiality if they believe there is a “serious and imminent threat that their patient might cause harm to others.”

A spokeswoman for the University of Colorado did not give comment, citing a court-issued gag order on the investigation surrounding Holmes. However, the university provided a statement to ABC about university police and their involvement in threat assessment.

[T]he university said campus police officers are “frequently involved” in meetings of the university’s Behavioral Evaluation and Threat Assessment (BETA) team.

The statement went on to say that police involvement with threat assessment “could include security matters, badge access, background checks, wellness checks, criminal investigations and referrals and outreach to other law enforcement agencies.”

Watch ABC’s report below:

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Rachel Maddow: Harry Reid ‘Has Been Transformed Into A One-Man Rage Bot’


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On her show tonight, Rachel Maddow observed that in Harry Reid‘s accusation that Mitt Romney has not paid taxes in ten years exists a kind of anger that believes has been bubbling to the surface in the past few months. She noticed how the normally mild-mannered Reid has not backed down in the slightest after almost a week of making his initial claim, dubbing the senator’s fiery style “Reid Rage.”

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Maddow recalled when Reid got particularly angry at Republicans for trying to attach an abortion amendment to a flood insurance bill and how she funneled Reid’s words through writer Kent Jones to convey the anger he expressed in his Senate floor speech. However, Maddow observed that since the show made fun of Reid for not being angry enough, Reid “has been transformed into a one-man rage bot.”

She pointed to Reid’s angry response to the Olympic uniform controversy and an interview in which he referred to another individual as a “first class-rat” and a “shit-stirrer.” Maddow dubbed this “Reid rage,” then brought up Romney’s tax returns and Reid’s unverified claim that Romney has not paid taxes in ten years. Maddow noticed that Reid did not back down after being repeatedly slammed and questioned on the issue, and even said that the burden was on Romney because “he’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes.”

While Maddow found it odd that Reid was taking a “guilty until proven innocent” mentality and said he was being irresponsible, she acknowledged that no one has been able to say if his claim is true or not. She went after Politifact for calling Reid’s claim “Pants on Fire” despite having “zero evidence” to support their claim.

Watch the video below, courtesy of MSNBC:

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