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June 23, 2013
Edward Snowden, world traveler: On Sunday, it was revealed that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden left Hong Kong and is currently in the Moscow airport, after which he is likely to globe-hop a couple more times—first to Cuba and then to Venezuela. As Snowden does not have a Russian visa, he won’t be leaving the airport anytime soon, which means he better get acquainted with the food court while he’s waiting. Meanwhile, one of the guys he offered up his information to, The Guardian journalist and commentator Glenn Greenwald, faced an embarrassing line of questions from Meet the Press host David Gregory, who actually asked Greenwald this: ”To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?” Great defense of journalism there, David. (Photo by Vincent Yu/Associated Press)

Edward Snowden, world traveler: On Sunday, it was revealed that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden left Hong Kong and is currently in the Moscow airport, after which he is likely to globe-hop a couple more times—first to Cuba and then to Venezuela. As Snowden does not have a Russian visa, he won’t be leaving the airport anytime soon, which means he better get acquainted with the food court while he’s waiting. Meanwhile, one of the guys he offered up his information to, The Guardian journalist and commentator Glenn Greenwald, faced an embarrassing line of questions from Meet the Press host David Gregory, who actually asked Greenwald this: ”To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?” Great defense of journalism there, David. (Photo by Vincent Yu/Associated Press)

12:09 // 1 year ago
January 13, 2013
nbcnews:

Powell champions Hagel as defense secretary and rips some Republicans
(Photo: Meet the Press)
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that President Barack Obama’s nominee to be defense secretary, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, was “superbly qualified” and would be a strong advocate for Americans in uniform.
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Here’s the sad part: If Powell tried to run for president today, he’d get railroaded in the primaries because he’s too moderate. His words matter in this discussion because of his time as Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but we’re not in an era where arguments favoring a moderate stance, like this one, win easy. Then again, Obama could nominate the reanimated version of Ronald Reagan as Defense Secretary and Reagan would still face an uphill battle.

nbcnews:

Powell champions Hagel as defense secretary and rips some Republicans

(Photo: Meet the Press)

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday that President Barack Obama’s nominee to be defense secretary, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, was “superbly qualified” and would be a strong advocate for Americans in uniform.

Here’s the sad part: If Powell tried to run for president today, he’d get railroaded in the primaries because he’s too moderate. His words matter in this discussion because of his time as Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but we’re not in an era where arguments favoring a moderate stance, like this one, win easy. Then again, Obama could nominate the reanimated version of Ronald Reagan as Defense Secretary and Reagan would still face an uphill battle.

(via nbcnews)

14:45 // 1 year ago
December 30, 2012

Three key things Obama said during his “Meet the Press” appearance

  • fiscal cliff “[Republicans] say that their biggest priority is making sure we deal with the deficit in a serious way, but the way they’re behaving is that their only priority is making sure that tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are protected. That seems to be their only overriding, unifying theme.”
  • sandy hook “That was the worst day of my presidency and it’s not something that I want to see repeated. … All of us have to do some soul-searching, including me as president, that we allow a situation in which 20 precious small children are getting gunned down in their classroom. This is not something that I will be putting off.”
  • second term “One of the nice things about never having another election and never having to campaign again is, I think you can rest assured, that all I care about is making sure that I leave behind an America that is stronger, more prosperous, more stable, more secure, than it was when I came into office. That will continue to drive me.” source
15:05 // 1 year ago
December 25, 2012
firthofforth:

brooklynmutt:

The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department is investigating whether any city laws were violated when NBC’s David Gregory displayed what appeared to be a 30-round gun magazine on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, a spokesman confirmed to POLITICO.

hahahahahahahaha. 

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firthofforth:

brooklynmutt:

The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department is investigating whether any city laws were violated when NBC’s David Gregory displayed what appeared to be a 30-round gun magazine on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, a spokesman confirmed to POLITICO.

hahahahahahahaha. 

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14:43 // 1 year ago
February 26, 2012
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer endorses Mitt Romney for president: Brewer, whose profile grew significantly as a result of her stances on immigration, says that she likes Mitt’s business background and says that the race will effectively be over after Super Tuesday. Arizona’s primary is Tuesday. (photo by Gage Skidmore) source Follow ShortFormBlog

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer endorses Mitt Romney for president: Brewer, whose profile grew significantly as a result of her stances on immigration, says that she likes Mitt’s business background and says that the race will effectively be over after Super Tuesday. Arizona’s primary is Tuesday. (photo by Gage Skidmore) source

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11:25 // 2 years ago
November 6, 2011

pantslessprogressive:

Happy birthday, Meet the Press! You turn 64 today and I hope you’re still celebrating birthdays way after I’m gone… or at least until I get a chance to annoy my future children and grandchildren by making them watch your program with me every Sunday morning. Take a look back at MTP’s history here.

One of the greatest franchises in news history right here — and one still as meaningful and powerful as it was 64 years ago.

12:15 // 2 years ago
June 20, 2011
McCain worried about “isolationism” in GOP circles
Old school vs. new school: “He [Reagan] would be saying: That’s not the Republican  Party of the 20th century, and now the 21st century. That is not the  Republican Party that has been willing to stand up for freedom for  people for all over the world.” Senator John McCain is right to warn of an “isolationist” streak growing within the GOP, as the default political positioning of the party is now simply the opposite of whatever President Obama supports. Therefore, as Obama continues to wage war (and enter a new foreign conflict in Libya), suddenly the “war party” of the last decade is tilting towards giving peace a chance. This strikes a violent discord with old hands in the GOP, McCain predictably among them — and will continue to cause internal strife for Republicans. source
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Old school vs. new school: “He [Reagan] would be saying: That’s not the Republican Party of the 20th century, and now the 21st century. That is not the Republican Party that has been willing to stand up for freedom for people for all over the world.” Senator John McCain is right to warn of an “isolationist” streak growing within the GOP, as the default political positioning of the party is now simply the opposite of whatever President Obama supports. Therefore, as Obama continues to wage war (and enter a new foreign conflict in Libya), suddenly the “war party” of the last decade is tilting towards giving peace a chance. This strikes a violent discord with old hands in the GOP, McCain predictably among them — and will continue to cause internal strife for Republicans. source

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17:07 // 3 years ago
January 30, 2011

The TweetDeck in the room: For their Egypt roundtable today, “Meet the Press” decided to take a cue from the CNN playbook and stick social media on a giant TV screen within plain sight. Surprisingly, Chuck Todd, Harold Ford and company weren’t completely distracted by this and had something pretty intelligent to say about Egypt. David Gregory’s intro was a weeeeeeeee bit forced, though. Next time, leave the innovative gimmicks to Jake Tapper … oh wait, he doesn’t have a show anymore. :( Carry on.

22:30 // 3 years ago
January 24, 2011

Why Eric Cantor’s “birther” answer was pretty good

swaggalikemoi said: Cantor gave a pretty good answer, clearly not the straightforward quip we’d prefer but he is a politician after all.

» We say: Agreed. Given his need to not anger his base, he answered that question to the best of his abilities. The problem with the exchange was not Eric Cantor’s answer (honestly, his initial evasion made a stronger point than his response) but David Gregory’s question. David Gregory’s asking a question that should’ve been put out to pasture a month ago. The only reason it’s still in the news is because Neil Abercrombie has actually been digging through file cabinets trying to find the thing.

1:33 // 3 years ago

On “Meet the Press,” our boy David Gregory was chattin’ up our good friend Eric Cantor, basically trying to get him to say something bad about birthers. Cantor, eventually realizing that he couldn’t weasel out of Gregory’s line of questioning, gave him a half-answer on the question. Honestly, Cantor was right the first time. Why are we talking about this still?

1:23 // 3 years ago