NBC's Andrea Mitchell Jabs Obama For 'Optics' of Leadership: 'Golf Couse Not the Best Place to Be'

Even Andrea Mitchell is blasting the golfer-in-chief..

'He can do his job from wherever he is. But there are moment when even telegraphing...This is the optics of leadership and the golf course is not the best place to be'

Mitchell then hits Obama for jetting off to fundraisers after the Malaysian Airliner was shot down in Ukraine.

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Video- Brawl Erupts In Ukraine Parliament After Heated Argument Over MH17

A fight broke out between lawmakers from Ukraine's nationalist and communist parties in the country's parliament on Wednesday

The Independent reports that the brawl erupted over the call for more troops to defend the country against the growing numbers of Russian troops on the country’s eastern border.

Guy in the purple gets punched a few times


Kerry Flies Into Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion Despite FAA Flight Ban

Rules don't apply to a 'military' plane. Right.

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Just hours after Secretary of State John Kerry told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that a temporary FAA ban on U.S. flight to Tel Aviv was in the best interest of Americans, Kerry himself flew into Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport.

The FAA’s prohibition does not apply to military aircraft including the 757 Kerry is flying on. Plus, Kerry traveled to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others as part of his efforts to bring about a ceasefire to the fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, spokesperson Jen Psaki said.

“Secretary Kerry is on the ground to continue his efforts to achieve a ceasefire and bring an end to the rocket attacks that led to the FAA notice,” she wrote in a statement.

The U.S. flight ban for Ben Gurion Airport went into effect Tuesday after a rocket from Hamas struck ground about a mile from the airport. It only affects U.S. carriers and has no effect on foreign airlines, but after the U.S. announcement numerous foreign air carriers announced they would also suspend fllights into the Israeli airport.

Netanyahu spoke on the phone with Kerry Tuesday night and urged him to help call off the ban. But according to Psaki, Kerry explained that the ban was intended only to keep American safe, not to discourage anyone from traveling to Israel.


WATCH: CNN Reporter Gets into Testy Exchange With RT Anchor: 'You Are Obsessed With Clearing Russia From Culpability'

Chris Cuomo of CNN grills Russia Today's Peter LaVelle on what happened days after the downing of MH17

Cuomo begins by asking LaVelle why Vladimir Putin has not come out and condemned how the crime scene and the dignity of the dead was handled. A simple question. But the RT anchor starts immediately defending Putin and shifting the blame, saying the question was ludicrous.

It goes downhill from there. Cuomo responds by saying, 'Peter, this is not something you should be flip about.'  The Russia Today anchor makes it quite obvious that his job in this interview is to defend Putin, and nothing else.



Family Asked To Leave Southwest Flight After Tweet

Man tweets agent was 'rude,' 15 minutes later he and his 2 young daughters were pulled off the plane

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Twin Cities man is upset about the way his family was treated on a Southwest Airlines flight because of a tweet.

Duff Watson says he was asked to de-board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis with his two kids on Sunday after an agent didn’t like a tweet he wrote about her service.

Watson and the agent had a disagreement before boarding initially. “I was left, you know, very upset, very embarrassed, very humiliated,” Watson said.

He’s an “A-List” passenger, which means he gets priority boarding. But a gate agent wouldn’t let his 6-year-old and 9-year-old board with him — so they’d all have to wait to board later.

“In leaving I said, you know, ‘Real nice way to treat an A-list. I’ll be sure to tweet about it,’” he said.

And that’s just what Watson did. “Something to the effect of, ‘Wow, rudest agent in Denver. Kimberly S, gate C39, not happy @SWA,’” he said.

Soon after getting to their seats, the family of three was asked to leave the plane.

This is just crazy. The agent said she felt her safety 'was threatened' by the tweet and the family was pulled off the plane.


2 Ukrainian Military Fighter Jets Shot Down By Rebels

Pro-Russian separatists, otherwise knows as Putin's paid thugs, shoot down 2 Ukrainian military fighter jets just a few days after downing a commercial airliner. I'm sure Putin knows nothing about this one either.

KIEV, Ukraine Fighting intensified in the rebel-controlled region of Ukraine on Wednesday, with military officials reporting that two Ukrainian Su-25 fighter jets had been shot down near the village of Dmytrivka in the east.

Few details of the latest downings were available. But before news of the jets’ loss emerged, a spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council in Kiev said the military operation to suppress the insurgents was advancing in the east, with government troops having retaken two cities in the Luhansk region as they continued an aggressive push from the north and west.

Officials said rebels had blown up a road bridge, a railroad bridge and train tracks in the city of Gorlivka, and they reported continued fierce fighting along a section of the border with Russia that remains porous. Ukrainian forces are increasingly desperate to seal that border to prevent resupplies of weapons or new fighters from entering Ukraine.


Watch- Mark Levin Slams 'Clown' Jon Stewart

'He's held up as this really smart guy, he's held up as a brilliant comedian, he's not a smart guy, he's got 10 writers, he's a clown'

'The disinformation and the propaganda he was putting out in the form of jokes was outrageous, and I would just tell Mr. Stewart that it really doesn't a lot of courage to criticize Israel, to trash Israel'

Watch Levin on Fox News Hannity belt Jon Stewart for his criticism of Israel


Poll: 67% of Voters Say America More Divided Than Four Years Ago

Not a very good number for a president who was going to bring us together

Voters strongly believe the United States is a more divided nation these days, and they think both sides are to blame. Most are also ready to do something about it at the ballot box in November.

Sixty-seven percent (67%) of Likely U.S. Voters say America is a more divided nation than it was four years ago. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just seven percent (7%) think the country is less divided now, while 21% rate the level of division as about the same.

Among voters who see more division or about the same level of it, 35% believe President Obama is to blame. But 34% point the finger at Republicans in Congress instead. Twenty-three percent (23%) say they’re both to blame. Just five percent (5%) attribute the division to something else.


Jonathan Karl Blasts WH Press Secretary for Saying Obama Has a 'Very Busy Schedule'

Jon Karl to Josh Earnest: Ok, couldn't Obama have been 5 minutes later for his fundraiser out in Seattle?

ABC reporter Jonathan Karl lit into Obama spokesman Josh Earnest Tuesday over the White House’s excuse that the president was too “busy” to allow television cameras into an event honoring members of Apollo 11.

“Why the intense secrecy around this event?” Karl asked. “Why not allow television cameras into that?”

Earlier, CBS reporter Major Garrett told Earnest he had filed a formal complaint against the administration’s decision to not allow cameras into Obama’s meeting with the surviving astronauts of Apollo 11, the 1969 mission where Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon (freebeacon.com)


Poll- Kay Hagan Leads By 7 Points in North Carolina, But Only Gets 41%

17 point lead among women for Hagan over Thom Tillis

PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds Kay Hagan continuing to grow her lead over Thom Tillis as the legislative session drags on. Hagan now has 41% to 34% for Tillis and 8% for Libertarian Sean Haugh. Her lead is up from 2 points in May and 5 points in June.

The protracted legislative session with Tillis at the helm of it can't be doing him any favors. Only 19% of voters approve of the job the General Assembly is doing to 57% who disapprove, and legislative Republicans specifically have a 31/52 favorability rating. Those things are working together to help make Tillis very personally unpopular- only 24% of voters see him favorably to 47% with a negative opinion. Tillis' continued efforts to fundraise while the state budget is in limbo is creating bad optics as well- only 24% of voters think it's appropriate for him to be out there raising money right now to 50% who consider it to be inappropriate.

The news is not all rosy for Hagan. She continues to have negative approval numbers, with only 40% of voters approving of her to 50% who disapprove. And she is very much being propped up right now by the 8% Haugh is receiving, which does not seem likely to hold through until November. When Haugh voters are reallocated to who they would support if they had to pick between Hagan and Tillis, her lead drops to 42-39.


16% still undecided in this race


ABC News: Rick Perry's Controversial Border Move Comes With a 'Hefty Price Tag' - $12M

Obama asking congress for $3.7 billion for border? Yawn.

All three morning shows on Tuesday worried about Governor Rick Perry's "controversial," expensive move to send the National Guard to the Texas border. But it was ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday that offered the most annoyed commentary. GMA correspondent Jim Avila began his report by lecturing, "But the border patrol says [National Guard troops are] not needed because federal law prohibits the military from enforcing civilian laws."

Avila also highlighted that Operation Strong Safety comes "with a hefty price tag of $12 million per month." The journalist continued his critique, deriding, "The head of the border patrol telling ABC News he has other needs. It's not about detaining the child immigrants. They're giving themselves up." An irritated Avila added, "It's about where to put them and neither Governor Perry or the Guard has offered any help with that