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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Barnicle Gossips: On Foreign Policy, ‘Nikki Haley Makes Sarah Palin Sound Like Henry Kissinger’

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Posted by    Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 11:30am 1/19/2017 at 11:30am

Mike Barnicle might not bring much to the table, but he is still capable of passing along nasty remarks by unnamed sources. On today’s Morning Joe, discussing Nikki Haley’s preparations for her confirmation hearing as UN Ambassador, Barnicle said, “I was told by somebody within the world of diplomacy and international...

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Morning Joe: Obama Like Jackie Robinson, MLK, ‘One of Great Presidents We’ve Ever Had’

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 11:30am 1/18/2017 at 11:30am

Assessing President Obama’s legacy, the panelists on today’s Morning Joe seemed in competition to outdo each other with misplaced praise.

Historian David Maraniss led off, calling Obama “the Jackie Robinson of American electoral politics.”

Next up was Joe Scarborough, who upped the ante by placing Obama in the same category as Martin...

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Mika: MSM Makes Democrats ‘Sound Great, Makes Republicans Sound Like Complete — ‘

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 10:00am 1/17/2017 at 10:00am

Mika Brzezinski is an unabashed liberal, someone who pushed Elizabeth Warren to run for president and subsequently became a Bernie Sanders fan. But she has also proved herself willing to criticize her own, be they politicians or, as this morning, fellow members of the MSM.

On today’s Morning Joe, Brzezinski first criticized...

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Scarborough: Trump Will Blow GOP Apart—W Last Republican Prez

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Posted by    Monday, January 16, 2017 at 11:30am 1/16/2017 at 11:30am

Is the party—the Republican party, that is—over? That’s what Joe Scarborough is predicting. On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough surmised that “Donald Trump, by the end, will blow apart the Republican party” and that people are “going to look at George W. Bush as the last Republican president.”

Scarborough depicted Trump as...

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Bob Woodward: ‘Russian Dossier’ on Trump a ‘Garbage Document’

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Posted by    Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 10:30am 1/15/2017 at 10:30am

When it comes to experience in evaluating the quality of leaked allegations, it’s hard to beat Bob Woodward of Watergate/Deep Throat fame.

So attention must be paid to what Woodward said on today’s Fox News Sunday about the so-called Russia dossier on Donald Trump. Woodward called it a “garbage document.” For good measure,...

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Joy Reid Guest Calls Sessions a ‘Confederate Attorney General’

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Posted by    Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 4:30pm 1/14/2017 at 4:30pm

How puerile can progressives be? Childish enough to taunt someone over his name, and even ascribe ideological views to a person based on his moniker. And here we thought liberals prided themselves on never judging people on their superficial characteristics.

On Joy Reid’s MSNBC show this morning, Reid, and guest the Rev....

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Katy Tur: Trump Tried to Pull Me Onstage To Wave Like ‘a Wife or Something’

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Posted by    Friday, January 13, 2017 at 10:00am 1/13/2017 at 10:00am

Of all the reporters with whom Donald Trump sparred during his campaign, a favorite target was NBC’s Katy Tur. Trump called Tur out by name more than once, as here and here.

So it was fascinating to hear Tur, appearing on today’s Morning Joe, report that Trump was very friendly to her...

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Scarborough on Cory Booker Grandstanding: ‘Irked’ Dem Senators Wanted ‘to Drag Him Away’

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Posted by    Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 1:00pm 1/12/2017 at 1:00pm

Cory Booker’s shameless gambit of launching his presidential bid by attacking Jeff Sessions has really gotten under this Insurrectionist’s skin. From my Quick Hit of this morning: “I reckon he earned the scorn of many of his fellow Dems for his transparent ploy.”

And so it was gratifying to get confirmation this morning...

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Mika: CNN/Buzzfeed “let their bias get in the way” in running Trump-Russia story

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 9:15am 1/11/2017 at 9:15am

Of all the Morning Joe crew, you might be surprised to learn that it was liberal Dem Mika Brzezinski who this morning took the toughest shots at CNN and Buzzfeed for publishing unverified stories containing salacious allegations regarding Donald Trump’s business dealings with, and personal behavior in, Russia.

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Valerie Jarrett exit interview: Republicans refused to do ‘What’s Good for the Country’

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Posted by    Monday, January 9, 2017 at 9:15pm 1/9/2017 at 9:15pm

You might think that the Obama administration would be gracious on its way out the door. Fuggedaboutit.

Valerie Jarrett—asked by Greta Van Susteren during her inaugural MSNBC show this evening—what was her biggest surprise during her eight years in the White House, gave a nasty, partisan response.

Said the senior adviser to President...

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Santelli Calls Out Andrea Mitchell: ‘On Election Night, I Never Saw You So Unhappy’

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Posted by    Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 11:30am 1/8/2017 at 11:30am

Rick Santelli, the CNBC analyst whose glorious rant led to the creation of the Tea Party movement, created another memorable TV moment today.

On Meet the Press, reacting to reports that the Russians were happy on Election Night because Trump won, Santelli said to Andre Mitchell: “on Election Night, I never saw...

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Joy Reid Guest: Trump ‘Pushing Nation to Constitutional Crisis of Unprecedented Magnitude’

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Posted by    Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 7:00pm 1/7/2017 at 7:00pm

Appearing on Joy Reid’s MSNBC show, intelligence and national security commentator Malcolm Nance said this morning that Donald Trump is “pushing this nation to a constitutional crisis of unprecedented magnitude.” Nance accused Trump of working “in the interest of a hostile nation and supporting, to a certain extent, a hostile...

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‘Repulsive’: Scarborough Rips Sean Hannity ‘Bromance’ with WikiLeaks’ Assange

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Posted by    Friday, January 6, 2017 at 10:00am 1/6/2017 at 10:00am

On today’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough ripped as “repulsive” Sean Hannity’s “bromance” with Julian Assange, and more generally criticized the Republican change of heart on Wikileaks.  Background on the evolution of Hannity’s views on Assange here [note: from Daily Beast.]

Scarborough noted that when Wikileaks divulged information about a CIA operation some years...

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Meredith Vieira Shoots Down Criticism of Open Carry Law

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Posted by    Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 3:00pm 1/5/2017 at 3:00pm

As soon as Yahoo’s Bianna Golodryga said she didn’t want to “turn political,” you knew that was precisely what she was about to do. But when Golodryga proceeded to criticize the Texas open-carry law this morning, you might be surprised that it was Meredith Vieira who—excuse the expression—shot her down.

Vieir...

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Kellyanne Conway Makes Mincemeat of Mike Barnicle Over Confirmation Process

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 10:00am 1/3/2017 at 10:00am

Mike Barnicle learned a lesson the hard way this morning: don’t challenge Kellyanne Conway without having all your ducks in a row. It won’t end well. On Morning Joe, the subject was the Trump plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Barnicle snidely asked Conway “now, do you or do you not...

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Princeton Prof ‘Struck’ by People Questioning Obama’s Russia Sanctions

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Posted by    Monday, January 2, 2017 at 11:30am 1/2/2017 at 11:30am

Whatever happened to those ‘Question Authority’ and ‘Dissent is the Highest Form of Patriotism’ bumper stickers that flourished on liberals’ cars during the dark days of George W.’s administration?

Now, in the waning days of a Dem presidency, a touching trust in the judgment of the president is in evidence on the...

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Former Obama Aide: Trump ‘Very Reminiscent of Cross-Burning on Your Lawn, KKK’

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Posted by    Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 2:30pm 1/1/2017 at 2:30pm

A former Obama White House adviser to President Obama, Karine Jean-Pierre, said this morning that “the thing about Donald Trump is that he is the known. He is, it is very reminiscent of cross-burning in front of your house. Of the KKK.”

Jean-Pierre made her outrageous remark in response to a question...

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