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From Mr. Sharockman’s analysis: “Rice referred to the video as the source of the conflict in five different Sunday interviews, transcripts show. On Fox and ABC, she said the attacks were not preplanned but rather were related to the video protest. She never used the word ‘terror’ or any variation. She mentioned ‘extremists’ on CBS, CNN, NBC and ABC, but again connected them to the protest of the video and implied the uprisings were not planned as an act of terrorism.”

He continues: “She mentioned al-Qaida only on CBS and cautioned that she wasn’t sure they were involved. Rice’s appearances were consistent in that she repeatedly said that the federal government was investigating what happened and that ‘we’ll wait to see exactly what the investigation finally confirms.’ But when asked to offer her assessment of what happened, Rice stressed protests related to the anti-Muslim video and downplayed suggestions that the attacks were planned. PunditFact rates Roberts’ claim Mostly False.”


Researchers have long tracked political bias by analyzing the partisan content of jokes from late-night comedians. President Obama is not in the late night host category just yet, but he delivered a cavalcade of humorous fare at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday evening. Mr. Obama told a few jokes that were neutral. He poked fun at himself. But he is a Democrat after all, and here is the final count for political content: he told 15 jokes aimed at Republicans, and five jokes aimed at Democrats.

The GOP-y subjects; Mitt Romney, Sen. Rand Paul, Charles and David Koch, Fox News, the GOP itself, Rep. Eric Cantor, House Speaker John Boehner, Sen. Ted Cruz, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Pat Buchanan, Rudolph W. Guiliani, Mike Huckabee, Sean Hannity and former President George W. Bush.

And then the Democratic-y subjects: the Affordable Care Act, MSNBC, CNN, former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton.


It was breaking his pledge not to raise taxes that won former President George H.W. Bush the prestigious John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on Sunday, naturally at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.

Mr. Bush’s granddaughter, Lauren Bush Lauren accepted the award on his behalf.

“President Bush had promised Americans no new taxes during the 1988 presidential campaign and he was voted into office with that promise. But, he had also promised to serve his country, and he decided that was the promise he would keep,” said Jack Schlossberg, son of Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg,during the awards ceremony.

“The 1990 budget compromise enacted responsible and desperately needed reforms at the expense of the president’s popularity and his chances for reelection. America’s gain was President Bush’s loss, and his decision to put country above party and political prospects makes him an example of a modern profile in courage that is all too rare,” said Mr. Schlossberg.


55 percent of Americans say race relations in the U.S. are “good”; 46 percent of black respondents and 60 percent of white respondents agree.

55 percent overall say NBA action against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was “about right”; 71 percent of blacks and 52 percent of whites agree.

49 percent overall say Mr. Sterling should be forced to sell the Clippers; 71 percent of blacks and 43 percent of whites agree.

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