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NBC’s Jansing: Unlike Trump, Obama Decision Making ‘Very Professorial, Thoughtful, In-Depth’

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 8:30am 12/28/2016 at 8:30am

Then why did Barack Obama get so many things so wrong? That’s the question that inescapably arises in response to the claim by NBC correspondent Chris Jansing on today’s Morning Joe that Obama’s decision-making style is “very professorial, thoughtful, in-depth.”

Jansing said that Obama and Trump “could not be more different in...

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Dem on Trump: ‘To kill a hog, you have to jump down in the mud sometimes to get him’

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 9:00pm 12/27/2016 at 9:00pm

Donald Trump has not yet been inaugurated, but at least one Dem is talking—figuratively we presume—about what it would take to “kill” him.

On Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show this evening, guest host Ed Henry was questioning Dem attorney Eric Guster about Rep. Maxine Waters’ statement that she would not meet with...

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WaPo’s Richard Cohen Rips Obama’s Failure of Leadership: ‘Waved a Droopy Flag’

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 8:55am 12/27/2016 at 8:55am

Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen is no conservative, and certainly no fan of Donald Trump. The headline of a column he wrote during the campaign, after all, was “Trump’s Hitlerian disregard for the truth.”

Which makes his column of today, “Thanks to no-drama Obama, American leadership is gone,” which absolutely rips the...

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CNN Historian Accuses Trump of ‘Big-Mouthing’ Obama by Speaking Out on Policy

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Posted by    Monday, December 26, 2016 at 10:00am 12/26/2016 at 10:00am

CNN’s presidential historian Douglas Brinkley this morning accused Donald Trump of “big-mouthing” President Obama by speaking out on policy issues during the transition. Co-host Poppy Harlow had teed Brinkely up to slam Trump, worrying that Trump had flouted the “one president at a time” tradition, and fretting that by doing so...

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Trump to Mika: ‘Let It Be an Arms Race: We Will Outlast, Outmatch them All’

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Posted by    Friday, December 23, 2016 at 8:30am 12/23/2016 at 8:30am

It was the strangest of settings for some very serious breaking news. There was Mika Brzezinski, cuddled up in her flannels on Morning Joe‘s special Christmas set. In the previous segment, Joe Scarborough had grilled Sean Spicer, whom President-elect Trump yesterday named as his White House spokesman, over Trump’s tweet of...

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CNN Expert: Terror Threat ‘Modest . . . I Don’t Worry About Terrorism’

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Posted by    Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 10:00am 12/22/2016 at 10:00am

Don’t look for Phil Mudd to be joining the Trump anti-terrorism team anytime soon . . . Mudd, a CNN counterterrorism analyst, declared today that the threat of terrorism is “modest.” When it comes to young people, Mudd said that he worries about gangs and drugs: “I don’t worry about terrorism.”

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Scarborough Warns: Republicans Will Be ‘Wiped Out’ in 2018 if They Go Too Far Right

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 8:33am 12/21/2016 at 8:33am

“There, I said it. Mark it Down. Write it.” That was Joe Scarborough on today’s Morning Joe predicting that Republicans will be “wiped out” in the 2018 elections if they govern as far right as the Trump cabinet selections suggest.

Scarborough drew the analogy to the 1994, and more specifically to the...

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True, Joe, We Can’t Ban Trucks. But We Can Ban the People Who Drive Them

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 8:30am 12/20/2016 at 8:30am

In the wake of yesterday’s terror attacks, including the one in Berlin in which 12 people were killed and many more injured, Donald Trump tweeted that the civilized world must “change thinking.”

A disdainful Joe Scarborough reacted on today’s Morning Joe: “I don’t know exactly what the civilized world is going to...

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Barnicle: Obama Had ‘Great’ Presidency ‘With a Few Minor Ripples Like Syria’

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Posted by    Monday, December 19, 2016 at 8:30am 12/19/2016 at 8:30am

Shades of “other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?” . . . On today’s Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle claimed that Barack Obama had a “great, outstanding” presidency, “with a few minor ripples like Syria.”

So the death of hundreds of thousands of civilians, traceable to Obama’s abandonment of...

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CNN: ‘Experts’ Compare Trump Family to ‘Corrupt Regimes Around the World’

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Posted by    Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 10:30am 12/17/2016 at 10:30am

Relying on an “expert” who turns out to be a former Obama aide, CNN this morning compared the Trump family to “corrupt regimes around the world.”

Asked by host Christi Paul whether the presence of Trump family members in official meetings with foreign heads of state and business leaders posed an ethical...

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‘I Think You May Be Coming Undone, Kurt’: MSNBC Contributor’s Bizarre Carlson Show Appearance

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Posted by    Friday, December 16, 2016 at 9:13am 12/16/2016 at 9:13am

Regular Legal Insurrection readers will recognize the name Kurt Eichenwald. A senior writer at Newsweek [which apparently still exists], Eichenwald is a frequent guest on Joy Reid’s MSNBC show, where he can be counted on to spout virulently anti-Republican/Trump views. We’ve chronicled, as here and here, his predilection to burst into...

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Somber Morning Joe Segment Condemns Obama, UN Inaction on Aleppo

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Posted by    Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 10:00am 12/15/2016 at 10:00am

This Insurrectionist has been monitoring Morning Joe since its inception. But perhaps never in the ensuing nine years has there been a segment quite so somber as the one that led Wednesday’s show. The subject was Aleppo, the images were horrific, and the accusation laid at...

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Scarborough Mercilessly Mocks Olbermann: Delusions of Talking Nazi Tomatoes

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Posted by    Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 10:00am 12/14/2016 at 10:00am

Some feuds die hard. Joe Scarborough and Keith Olbermann have one going back to at least 2008, with another flare-up in 2012. Scarborough’s got the bigger mic now, and he wielded it on today’s Morning Joe to mercilessly mock Olbermann as someone suffering from delusions of Nazi tomatoes that talk to him.

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Scarborough Blasts Bolton as Dep SecState, Blames ‘Neo-cons, Sheldon Adelson’ For Boosting Him

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Posted by    Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 8:30am 12/13/2016 at 8:30am

“Absolute disaster”: that’s how Joe Scarborough described the prospect of John Bolton serving as Deputy Secretary of State on today’s Morning Joe.

Scarborough blamed “neo-cons” for boosting Bolton, singling out Sheldon Adelson. Said Scarborough: “he needs to tell Sheldon Adelson, sorry, I love you buddy, and I’ll play blackjack out at your...

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Morning Joe Lauds Kristof’s Lashing of Academia’s ‘Liberal Bubble’

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Posted by    Monday, December 12, 2016 at 10:20am 12/12/2016 at 10:20am

The notion that American academia is a liberal bubble and echo chamber is nothing that Legal Insurrection hasn’t documented and decried a thousand times. But it is refreshing to hear that complaint coming from the lips . . . of a leading liberal journalist.

Today’s Morning Joe devoted a segment to self-described...

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Jennifer Rubin: Trump’s nominees are “ignoramuses, billionaires and a few generals”

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Posted by    Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 1:15pm 12/11/2016 at 1:15pm

Jennifer Rubin is the Washington Post‘s “right” columnist, though many people would dispute that designation.

Rubin has made no secret of her Trump hatred, which came through today on MSNBC.

Rubin branded several of Trump’s cabinet and high level nominees “ignoramuses.”

“I wish I could say that Ben Carson is the only person who...

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Slate Columnist: Trump Will Turn America Into ‘Racist Police State’

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Posted by    Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:00am 12/10/2016 at 7:00am

Guess the Chris Hayes contingent missed the memo from President Obama about giving Trump a chance . . . The topic on Hayes’ MSNBC show last night was Trump’s thank-you tour of states that had supported him. Hayes kicked things off by making a thinly-veiled Hitler allusion, saying the Trump rallies...

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