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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Morning Joe: Georgia Election “Unmitigated Disaster” for Dems

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 8:15am 6/21/2017 at 8:15am
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If Dems were smart, they’d watch and learn from the opening segment of today’s Morning Joe.

In his item of last night, Prof. Jacobson noted how Dems were taking the wrong lesson from the election, claiming that a close loss was a win. The message from Morning Joe was starkly different.

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Dem Strategist: Scalise Shooting “Natural Culmination” of Republican Rule

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 10:00am 6/20/2017 at 10:00am
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James Devine—the Dem strategist who tweeted #HuntRepublicanCongressmen in the hours following the shooting of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise—was a guest on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show last night. Devine’s rambling...

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Scarborough: Dem Jon Ossoff Looks Like Walk-on in “Reds” Movie (#GA06)

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Posted by    Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10:00am 6/19/2017 at 10:00am
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Jon Ossoff has some things going for him in tomorrow’s special congressional election in Georgia. He’s raised a ton more money than his Republican opponent, and the race does appear to have become a referendum on President Trump in a district Trump carried by only 1% in November.

But one thing Ossoff...

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Former NYT Editor: Republican “Rage Machine” Responsible For Current Political Climate

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Posted by    Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 12:30pm 6/18/2017 at 12:30pm
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In the wake of the Scalise shooting, Fareed Zakaria hosted a segment on his CNN show this morning devoted to addressing how Republicans and Democrats can stop their “internecine struggle” and “reconcile.” Two of the guests bought into the premise, discussing the challenges involved and possible approaches to reconciliation.

But the third guest,...

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Dem Operative on MSNBC: Kushner “Lucky he’s not in Jail . . . Guilty of a Crime”

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Posted by    Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 1:30pm 6/17/2017 at 1:30pm
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On Joy Reid’s MSNBC show this morning, Democrat operative Scott Dworkin, after saying that Jared Kushner is “lucky that he’s not in jail at the moment,” flatly claims that Kushner is “guilty of a crime.”

Dworkin said, “if I had done that when I was working for Obama,...

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Morning Joe’s Deutsch: Financial Wrongdoing with “Soviet Union” Will “Bring Down” Trump

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Posted by    Friday, June 16, 2017 at 8:30am 6/16/2017 at 8:30am
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When in the market for political prognostication, I always like to rely on the conjectures of ad men who still refer to Russia as “the Soviet Union.”

On today’s Morning Joe, Donny Deutsch labeled President Trump a “sleazy businessman,” and said that “financial wrongdoings with the Soviet Union” will “bring this...

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Mika: I’m Not Blaming Trump “Squarely” for Scalise Shooting, But . . .

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Posted by    Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 8:00am 6/15/2017 at 8:00am
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Yes, let’s all come together, hold hands, unite . . . and blame President Trump for the shooting of Steve Scalise and others yesterday. Morning Joe opened today with predictable pieties, Joe Scarborough saying, for example, that “the heated rhetoric in this country has to calm down.”

But before the show’s first...

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MSNBC Expert Blames Scalise Shooting on Gun “Over-Proliferation”

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 3:00pm 6/14/2017 at 3:00pm
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You knew the MSM would turn the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise and others into a gun-control story.

And sure enough, on MSNBC just now, terrorism expert Malcolm Nance said:

The most important thing that we need to understand from this is, this is what happens when you have an over-proliferation of guns....

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Turley: Trump Tweets on Travel Order “Like a Presidential Version of Death by Cop”

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 8:37am 6/13/2017 at 8:37am
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In the wake of the Kathy Griffin severed-head fiasco, and the Central Park play depicting the assassination of President Trump, you’d think that pundits might have the good sense to lay off metaphors invoking the violent death of the president.

But today comes law prof Jonathan Turley with yet another sanguinary simile....

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Scarborough: Trump a “Schmuck”

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Posted by    Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 8:42am 6/7/2017 at 8:42am

We get it. Joe Scarborough doesn’t approve of Donald Trump.

Two weeks ago, we noted the Morning Joe host calling the president a “jackass.”

Th...

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Morning Joe: If Trump Were a CEO, He’d Have Psychiatric Evaluation and be Removed

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Posted by    Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 10:00am 6/6/2017 at 10:00am
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Two months ago, we reported on Morning Joe going “Crazy over Trump’s Mental Health.” The show was back on that beat today, with two variations on the theme.

First, panel members were able to cite a Wall Street Journal editorial harshly criticizing President Trump for his tweeting habits, describing him as a...

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Theresa May: We Could Not Have “Predicted” or “Envisaged” Latest Terrorist Attacks

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Posted by    Monday, June 5, 2017 at 11:30am 6/5/2017 at 11:30am
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British PM Theresa May, in an address to the nation, stated that it wasn’t possible to have “predicted” or “envisaged” the latest terrorist attacks in Manchester and London.

Here’s her statement, as broadcast on CNN this morning:

We could never have predicted the tragic turn which events would take. We could never have...

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John Kerry: Trump Saying He’ll Renegotiate Paris Accord Like O.J. Saying He’ll Find ‘Real Killer’

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Posted by    Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 3:00pm 6/4/2017 at 3:00pm
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On today’s Meet the Press, John Kerry compared President Trump’s explanation of pulling out of the Paris climate accord to O.J. Simpson wanting to find the ‘real killer’ of Nicole Simpson Brown:

“When Donald Trump says to the world, well, we’re going to negotiate a better [climate] deal. I mean, you know,...

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Elizabeth Warren says not running for president, but “hold on, hold on, hold on”

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Posted by    Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 1:30pm 6/3/2017 at 1:30pm
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Put this one in your political time capsule. On her MSNBC show this morning, Joy Reid played a clip of her recently asking Elizabeth Warren if she was “going to run” for president in 2020.  Her response is interesting, to say the least.

What makes it significant is that Warren did not...

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Morning Joe: Scarborough Declares Bannon “President of United States”

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Posted by    Friday, June 2, 2017 at 10:09am 6/2/2017 at 10:09am
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The battle between global elitism and nationalism was on display on today’s Morning Joe. The panelists exposed their own elitism while Joe Scarborough declared that—at least within the Trump administration—nationalism, in the person of Steve Bannon, is winning.

Scarborough reported that his sources tell him that Bannon has been leaking about Jared...

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Morning Joe Mocks Trump Admin ‘Stooges’ Praising President

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Posted by    Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 10:00am 6/1/2017 at 10:00am
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After today’s Morning Joe played a montage various Trump administration members praising the president, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough savaged them as “robots” and “stooges” who sounded like people in countries like North Korea and Iran.

Of course, President Obama didn’t need people in his administration to praise him. He had the...

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Petty: Chris Matthews complains Jared Kushner has car and driver

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 7:25pm 5/31/2017 at 7:25pm
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Q. Is there anything—anything!—about which the MSM won’t criticize about the Trump administration? A. No, judging by the mind-bogglingly minuscule, absurd and hypocritical thing that Chris Matthews has found to carp about.

On his Hardball show of May 30th, Matthews got bent out of shape over the fact that Jared Kushner...

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