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  • From the Pork Barrel: The Amazing Lingua-Man

    * Barack Obama would be the lamest superhero ever. He doesn't even want the ability to speak with fish. He essentially wants the ability to speak with cabdrivers.

    * Alright, people! In this new modern age of reason, we can't afford let just anybody vote simply because they're U.S. citizens. Those freewheelin' liberal days of the Jim Crow laws are over!

    * Mitt Romney seems to be going hard for the that guy that's in every office meeting vote.

    * In case you're wondering, there's zero hard feelings between the Romney family and the Obama family. Just look at this sweet gesture from Ann and her sons.

    * Download our free iPhone and iPad app Indecision Election Companion and jump up into the the Peanut Gallery — our liveblog/instant reaction arena — to watch and respond with us as ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos keeps it light with a special discussion on the impended bankruptcy of the United States.

    Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images


    Tags: ABC, Barack Obama, Economy, Pork Barrel, Tennessee, Voter Suppression
  • Harry Reid a "Dirty Liar," Says RNC Chair Reince Priebus

    In a town full of politicians who peddle half-truths, partial-truths, quarter-truths, semi-truths, iffy-truths, eighth-truths and bald-faced lies (though, interestingly, hardly any full-truths), it's relatively rare for people to come right out and call each other on their bullshit in no uncertain terms.

    Which is why RNC chairman Reince Priebus' Sunday-morning appearance on ABC's This Week was somewhat noteworthy…

    "As far as Harry Reid is concerned, listen, I know you might want to go down that road, I'm not going to respond to a dirty liar who hasn't filed a single page of tax returns himself."

    A dirty liar! He didn't specify, but I believe that we can extrapolate that he meant of the pants-on-fire variety. And I'm not 100 percent certain, but I think he meant that as an insult.

    I've got to say, for once, I'm on Priebus' side. I think he's right. I just hope he doesn't immediately follow this up with an ad hominem mischaracterization of Reid's policies which having nothing to do with the argument and pull him down from the moral high ground…

    "[He] complains about people with money but lives in the Ritz Carlton here down the street."

    Oh well. It was nice siding with the RNC for a minute at any rate.


    Tags: ABC, Harry Reid, Mitt Romney, Reince Priebus, Senate, Taxes
  • Obama Administration in Bed with the Media, Literally

    With just around three months to go until Election Day, it's more important than ever for the Obama administration to keep the press on their side so as to hold back the torrent of bad economical news that is ever-waiting to wash destructively over the White House. There's lots of ways they can accomplish this: They can try to win them over with charm, they can offer them tips and exclusive info, or they can simply get cozy with them outside from the press room.

    Though, this seems a tad excessive

    A deputy press secretary for Barack Obama's reelection campaign married an ABC reporter over the weekend. The ABC reporter, Matthew Jaffe, "covering the 2012 presidential campaign," according to his biography on the website of ABC News…

    The deputy press secretary Jaffe married is Katie Hogan. Many members of Obama's reelection team and the press celebrated the wedding together Saturday.

    This is a mistake! The media is too young, has too much of its life ahead of it to be settling for one presidential administration now! It needs to go out and see other administrations! What we need to do is grab the media, throw it into the trunk of our car and drive it down to Mexico for one wild weekend of reporting on foreign administrations! Whattaya say?! Let's do it!

    Photo by Jeffrey Hamilton/Digital Vision/Getty Images


    Tags: ABC, Media, Obama Administration
  • From the Pork Barrel: Coincidence?

    * "Akron restaurant owner dies hours after meeting Obama," confirming rumors that almost certainly exist that President Obama is a sleeper agent for a secret international society of stealth assassins. And if not, those rumors will be arriving shortly.

    * Barack Obama cannot exist in the same with Fox News.

    * Turns out that John Philip Sousa's great-grandson is a first-class birther. Which is kind of disappointing. Until you remember that the patriotic composer was a big fan of bassoons.

    * That woman who claims to have had a 13-year affair with Herman Cain wants to fill us in on all the details. We didn't even get any money out of the deal, so why should we be burdened with this?

    * Get the Indecision Election Companion, our free app for iPhone and iPad, and then jump into the Peanut Gallery — our liveblog/instant reaction arena — and watch Bobby Jindal’s appearance on ABC’s This Week with us on Sunday July, 8 at 10a/9c. Will it be veepstakesy? Or the veepstakesiest?

    Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: ABC, Barack Obama, Birthers, Bobby Jindal, Food, Fox News, Ginger White, Herman Cain, Music, Ohio, Pork Barrel, Sex
  • Supreme Court Makes World Safe for Brief TV Nudity, for Now

    Despite speculation that the Supreme Court would rule on the fate of the Affordable Care Act this morning, the justices again chose to punt on the issue until next week. Either way, it's bad news for supporters of the law: If all death panels work as slowly as the Supreme Court, we'll never be able to kill anything.

    But the Supreme Court did make a series of important rulings on union dues, the Fair Sentencing Act and the FCC's indecency fines against television broadcasters. The latter case made its way to the Court after a 2nd Circuit ruling in favor of the networks

    The Justice Department had filed an appeal, and helpfully provided the justices with a DVD of a 2003 episode of the now-canceled "NYPD Blue" on ABC in which a naked woman was shown. The content of that program is central to the current legal dispute. ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox are all parties in the case.

    A federal appeals court last year for a second time struck down the government policies, concluding they were vague and inconsistently applied. Pending sanctions against the broadcasters were dismissed.

    So if the whole "Fast and Furious" debacle doesn't provide enough political hay for House Republicans, they can always accuse Eric Holder of peddling softcore pornography.

    Unfortunately, while the Supreme Court has the power to scrub or allow "indecent" programming from our primetime airwaves, it can't compel the media to report its decisions accurately. Contrary to many headlines, the Court did not say that the FCC policy of applying sanctions for "fleeting expletives" and brief nudity constituted a violation of the First Amendment. Instead,  Justice Kennedy ruled that because the FCC failed to give Fox or ABC fair notice prior to the broadcast that fleeting expletives and momentary nudity would be indecent, the Commission's standards as applied to these broadcasts were vague.

    In other words, the FCC can still issue fines for "indecency," as long as fair notice is given, which doesn't explain how the Jersey Shore is still on TV.

    Photo by Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Group/Getty Images


    Tags: ABC, FCC, Fox, Supreme Court, Television