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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Mika on Trump: “Terrible Thing to Question Someone’s Patriotism, But…”

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 2:30pm 5/24/2017 at 2:30pm
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On today’s Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski said of President Trump: “I know it is a terrible thing to question someone’s patriotism. But you wonder what he cares about. You really do. I do.”

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Scarborough: Trump a “Jackass” who leaked info about group “that killed 20 little girls and their mothers last night”

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 2:30pm 5/23/2017 at 2:30pm
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On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough  said that President Trump “revealed himself as the jackass that leaked top secret Israeli intel,”  adding that the intel that President Trump allegedly leaked was “about somebody on the inside of a terror organization that killed 20 little girls and their mothers last night.”

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Mika: We Won’t Be Distracted by Trump Trip, Will Focus on Russia Investigations

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Posted by    Monday, May 22, 2017 at 10:00am 5/22/2017 at 10:00am
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The MSM is hating President Trump’s foreign trip. Why? Because it takes the spotlight off what they’d much rather be covering: the investigations back home into Russian involvement in the election. Yesterday, we witnessed a CNN host fretting that President Trump’s successful speech in Saudi Arabia might be “normalizing” him.

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CNN Host To Bob Schieffer: People Will Say You’re ‘Normalizing’ Trump by Praising Saudi Speech

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Posted by    Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 5:00pm 5/21/2017 at 5:00pm
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Bob Schieffer is an old-school newsman. There’s no doubt that the former Face the Nation host leans left, but he is still capable of reporting, you know, the news. That is too much for denizens of the modern MSM to tolerate.

On today’s Reliable Sources on CNN, Schieffer reported the glaringly obvious truth:...

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MSNBC Terrorism Analyst: If USA Were Third-World Nation, We’d be Watching for an Army Coup

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Posted by    Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 12:30pm 5/20/2017 at 12:30pm
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On Joy Reid’s show this morning, MSNBC terrorism analyst Malcolm Nance said that if the United States “were some third-world nation right now, we’d be watching the army to see if the tanks are getting ready to move for a coup. Or if a guy jumps on a plane and flies...

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Scarborough: Pence Should Tell Trump ‘I’m Walking’ If Set Up to ‘Lie’ Again

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Posted by    Friday, May 19, 2017 at 8:30am 5/19/2017 at 8:30am
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Joe Scarborough has painted a no-win portrait of VP Pence. On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough said that Vice-President Pence “is either a sucker and a dupe for Donald Trump . . . or he’s a liar. There is no middle ground.”

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Morning Joe: Rod Rosenstein Goes from “Fall Guy” to “Defender of the Republic”

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Posted by    Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 8:30am 5/18/2017 at 8:30am
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What a difference a day makes.

Yesterday, DC was deep in the throes of impeachment fever. Today, the collective political temperature has plummeted all because of deputy AG Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of the highly-respected Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation of possible Russian involvement in the presidential election.

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Prof Jonathan Turley: “I don’t think this makes out an obstruction case”

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:00am 5/17/2017 at 10:00am
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Joe Scarborough likes to make himself out to be a simple country lawyer. But on today’s Morning Joe, he ran afoul of a cardinal lawyering rule: never ask a witness a question to which you don’t know the answer.

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Former Obama Aide: At What Point Do We Consider Trump Admin a Threat Like ISIS?

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 5:30pm 5/16/2017 at 5:30pm
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How are Dems playing their reaction to the news that President Trump shared intelligence information with the Russians during a White House visit? Judging by the statement from former Obama special assistant Ned Price, they’ve turned it up to 11. Appearing on today’s Morning Joe, Price said:

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Tucker: Mika “Degraded and Humiliated” Herself by Outing Kellyanne

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 7:00am 5/16/2017 at 7:00am
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On his Fox News show last night, Tucker Carlson ripped Mika Brzezinski for quoting, on yesterday’s Morning Joe, unflattering things that Kellyanne Conway allegedly said about Donald Trump in private, off-the-air conversations.

Tucker cited Mika as an example of journalists who have “degraded and humiliated themselves” out of their anti-Trump “hysteria.” Tucker:...

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Scarborough: Reports from Trump’s Club—He’s Almost ‘Detached from Reality’

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Posted by    Monday, May 15, 2017 at 10:00am 5/15/2017 at 10:00am
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Earlier this month, Joe Scarborough compared President Trump to his own mother, “who has had dementia for ten years.” Joe was back on his Trump-is-crazy beat on today’s Morning Joe.

After Mika cited a Washington Post article quoting an anonymous source who wondered whether President Trump “is in the grip of some...

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Joy Reid: Texas Anti-Sanctuary Cities Law “Sounds Almost Like an Apartheid-era Law”

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Posted by    Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 1:00pm 5/14/2017 at 1:00pm
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Hey, give Joy Reid credit. At least she didn’t go full Hitler analogy . . . On her MSNBC show this morning, Reid claimed that a recently-adopted Texas immigration law sounds “almost like an apartheid-era law.”

To support her alarmist claim, Reid badly mischaracterized the law, suggesting that under it, “any person can...

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MSNBC’S Deutsch: “Beginning of the End” for “Accidental Dictator” Trump

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Posted by    Friday, May 12, 2017 at 3:00pm 5/12/2017 at 3:00pm
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Talk about your doomsday predictions . . . on today’s Morning Joe, Donny Deutsch said “I believe this is the beginning of the end” for President Trump, whom he called an “accidental dictator.”

Here’s the full Donny.

DONNY DEUTSCH: The optics I see is the guy who’s the...

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Mika Tells CNN: “Stop Putting Kellyanne on the Air—It’s Politics Porn”

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Three months ago, as we reported here, Mika Brzezinski barred Kellyanne Conway from Morning Joe, accusing Conway of propagating “fake news.”

Continuing her war on Kellyanne, Mika is now trying to keep Conway off the air on a rival network. Said Brzezinski on Morning Joe today: “note to CNN, sorry, I love CNN,...

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CNN Panelist on Comey Firing: “This is How Democracy Dies”

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How do you know that Jason Johnson was peddling hyperbole? Because after making his melodramatic statement, he insisted, “that’s not hyperbole.” On CNN this morning, Johnson—of Univision-owned The Root—speaking of the Comey firing, declared “this is how democracy dies.” He said of the current situation that it is “no longer a...

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Mika to Trump spokeswoman on Comey: “you’re actually not telling the truth right now”

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 1:00pm 5/10/2017 at 1:00pm
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On today’s Morning Joe, Mika Brezezinski didn’t hesitate to tell Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders “you’re actually not telling the truth right now” while discussing the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Mika’s jab came in response to Sanders’ assertion that everyone—including Scarborough—has come to the same conclusion: that there is no evidence...

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Brian Williams: Comey Firing “May Become Known as the Tuesday Afternoon Massacre”

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 8:00pm 5/9/2017 at 8:00pm
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MSNBC has wasted no time in drawing parallels between Watergate/Richard Nixon and President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Hosting the network’s special coverage this afternoon, Brian Williams said the firing “may become known as the Tuesday Afternoon Massacre” at the FBI.

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