About: Mark Finkelstein

Mark has his B.S. from Cornell, an Ed.M. and J.D. from SUNY Buffalo, and an LL.M. from Harvard law. He practiced law in NYC, Mexico City and Paris.

After a stint in professional tennis management, he returned to Ithaca, NY where he got involved in real estate development and politics. He held senior positions in the administration of NY Gov. George Pataki, was the chairman of the local Republican party, and was a candidate for mayor.

In 2011, Mark fled the liberal haven of Ithaca and secured political refugee status in Pecan Plantation, TX. He flies small planes, enjoys golf and tennis, and as of the beginning of 2016 has a Vizsla puppy that keeps him busy. He also provides a home for a Congo African Grey parrot.

Mark blogged at NewsBusters for over ten years, and is delighted to now be at Legal Insurrection. Contact Mark at mark.finkelstein@gmail.com




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Epic Scarborough Rant Against Liberal Academia Shutting Down Conservative Students

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Posted by    Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10:00am 2/23/2017 at 10:00am

Joe Scarborough went on an epic rant this morning against liberal academia and the way it shuts down and ultimately radicalizes conservative students who grow frustrated with being stifled in the classroom.

The segment began as an effort to explain Stephen Miller’s personality, as Morning Joe cited a column by Andrew Sullivan...

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Dem Senator: “Granny” will be “dragged out of her apartment” under Trump immigration policy

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10:00am 2/22/2017 at 10:00am

Poor granny! In 2012, Dems portrayed Paul Ryan pushing her over a cliff.

The Dems have now hauled granny back up, but only for purposes of having her dragged out of her apartment by ICE agents enforcing President Trump’s new deportation guidelines.

Interviewed by Chris Cuomo on CNN this morning, Dem Senator Sheldon...

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‘Thank you, Jesus’: Morning Joe’s Chorus of Praise for McMaster Pick

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 8:30am 2/21/2017 at 8:30am

Mike Barnicle, of all people, set the tone for the opening segment of today’s Morning Joe, exclaiming “thank you, Jesus” in response to President Trump’s pick of H.R. McMaster to take over from Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser.

The segment was one belated Valentines Day bouquet of praise for McMaster, coming...

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NBC Falsely Suggests Trump Talked of ‘Terror Incident’ in Sweden

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/trump-appears-to-reference-non-existent-terror-incident-in-sweden-880631875867
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Posted by    Monday, February 20, 2017 at 10:30am 2/20/2017 at 10:30am
http://www.nbcnews.com/video/trump-appears-to-reference-non-existent-terror-incident-in-sweden-880631875867

The MSM is falsely portraying President Trump as having alleged on Saturday that a “terror” attack had occurred the night before in Sweden. Take, for example, this NBC story headlined “Donald Trump Explains Sweden Terror Comment That Baffled a Nation.” In addition to the misleading headline, the story includes a video clip...

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Carl Bernstein: Trump’s Media Attacks ‘More Treacherous’ than Nixon’s

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Posted by    Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 6:30pm 2/19/2017 at 6:30pm

Just when you thought the MSM might be running out of hyperbole about President Trump’s criticism of the media, along comes Carl Bernstein . . .

On CNN’s Reliable Sources today, Bernstein unleashed a torrent of accusations about the president.

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Rush: ‘Deep State Embeds’ by Obama/Hillary ‘Absolutely’ Behind Russia-Trump Leaks

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Posted by    Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 10:40am 2/19/2017 at 10:40am

On today’s Fox News Sunday, Rush Limbaugh said that “embeds” by former President Obama and Hillary Clinton in the “deep state”—the permanent bureaucracy—are “absolutely” behind the leaks about ties between the Russians and the Trump campaign.

Rush added that “the left, which is run by Obama and Hillary and the hierarchy of the Democrat...

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Congressional Black Caucus Member: Steve Bannon ‘a Stone-Cold Racist’

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Posted by    Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 12:19pm 2/18/2017 at 12:19pm

Congressional Black Caucus member Rep. Hakeem Jeffries has called presidential assistant Steve Bannon a “stone-cold racist.” Jeffries offered that description during an interview with Katy Tur on her MSNBC show yesterday in explaining why it would be “hard” for him to attend a meeting between President Trump and the CBC if...

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Ann Coulter: Trump’s Press Conference Performance ‘Magnificent’

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Posted by    Friday, February 17, 2017 at 4:00pm 2/17/2017 at 4:00pm

For those who’ve been subjected to the MSM’s cavalcade of criticism of President Trump’s press conference of yesterday, some welcome relief from Ann Coulter’s corner. On Sean Hannity’s radio show yesterday, chatting with witty and insightful guest host Mark Simone, the inimitable Ann offered up these observations:

  • Trump’s performance was “magnificent”—Ann could...
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Mika: Pence Won’t Give Trump Reality Check Because ‘He’s Waiting to be President’

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Posted by    Friday, February 17, 2017 at 8:30am 2/17/2017 at 8:30am

Has Mika Brzezinski been binge-watching House of Cards? The question arises because on today’s Morning Joe, she offered up a Machiavellian theory which appeared to portray Mike Pence as scheming to take over the presidency.

Joe Scarborough asked who within the White House will go to President Trump and tell him that he’s...

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Mika doesn’t want Kellyanne to appear on Morning Joe

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Posted by    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 10:00am 2/15/2017 at 10:00am

As far as Mika Brzezinski is concerned, Kellyanne Conway should not be permitted to appear on Morning Joe. Said Mika this morning: “Joe was just saying that she books herself on these shows, we know for a fact she tries to book herself on this show....

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David Gregory: Trump Foreign Policy a ‘Disaster’

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Posted by    Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 8:30am 2/14/2017 at 8:30am

Discussing the overnight resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, CNN’s David Gregory managed this morning to work in a broad swipe at the president. Gregory claimed that “the fledgling foreign policy in the Trump administration [has] been a disaster.”

Really? Gregory ignored: the widely-praised, weekend-long meetings that Trump just concluded with...

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Morning Joe Mauls Stephen Miller on Sunday Shows: ‘Horrendous’

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Posted by    Monday, February 13, 2017 at 11:30am 2/13/2017 at 11:30am

If Morning Joe had a hook, they would have yanked presidential advisor Stephen Miller off the set of the Sunday shows he appeared on yesterday. Today’s Morning Joe devoted a long segment to eviscerating his performance.

The essence of the criticism was two-fold. First, that Miller spoke too much about his personal...

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Maxine Waters: We need investigation to find evidence to impeach Trump

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Posted by    Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 1:00pm 2/12/2017 at 1:00pm

Shades of Alice in Wonderland‘s Queen: “sentence first — verdict afterwards.” On Joy Reid’s MSNBC show this morning, Dem Rep. Maxine Waters doubled down on her earlier statement that my greatest desire is to lead [President Trump] right into impeachment.”

Asked by Reid on what grounds she would impeach the president, Waters offered...

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Chris Matthews Surprisingly Skeptical on Court Ruling on Immigration Order

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Posted by    Friday, February 10, 2017 at 1:00pm 2/10/2017 at 1:00pm

Wait a second: was that Sean Hannity on Fox News? Nope, it was Chris Matthews on MSNBC last night, expressing surprising skepticism over the 9th Circuit’s decision to uphold the stay of President Trump’s executive order on immigration.Matthews made a multi-pronged attack on the ruling.

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Morning Joe Sees Shades of ‘Dangerous 20th-century autocrats’ in Trump Court Criticism

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Posted by    Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 9:12am 2/9/2017 at 9:12am

Morning Joe came down with a bad case of the vapors this morning, clutching its collective pearls [to mix metaphors] over President Trump’s comments about the court currently hearing the case on the executive order on immigration.

Jon Meacham said that Trump was “messing with the Magna Carta,” of all things! Joe...

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David Gregory: Trump Like ‘Old Man Yelling Get off His Lawn’

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Posted by    Monday, February 6, 2017 at 10:00am 2/6/2017 at 10:00am

On CNN this morning, David Gregory, speaking of President Trump’s tweeting—and specifically, those from this weekend criticizing the judge who blocked his executive order on immigration—said: “he sounds like an old man sitting on his porch yelling at somebody to get off his lawn.”

Added Gregory: “you’ve had in the first 18...

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Barbara Lee (D-CA): We’re Looking for a ‘Legal Mechanism’ to Remove Steve Bannon

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Posted by    Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 3:00pm 2/5/2017 at 3:00pm

On Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show today, Rep. Barbara Lee of California, a member of the congressional Black and Progressive caucuses, called for the removal of Steve Bannon from his position on the National Security Council, and more generally from his White House on President Trump’s staff.

Lee mentioned that the Black, Progressive,...

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