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Not long after he addressed the brutal killing of American journalist James Foley earlier this week, President Obama hit the links. It's an annual summer ritual in partisan politics to criticize the President for enjoying recreation "while the world burns," but the volume of denunciations toward Obama's round this week was particularly striking.
CNN anchor Don Lemon has been the butt of conservative jokes after he conflated semi-automatic and automatic weapons during an interview on Wednesday night. But Lemon told TPM on Thursday that he merely misspoke. And his mistake doesn't matter, anyway.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has a lot of thoughts about race in America, as he demonstrated in an interview Wednesday that touched on the protests in Ferguson, Mo., the "sin" committed by the likes of Rev. Al Sharpton and the "race card" played by the Congressional Black Caucus.
John McCain thinks it's time for Cleveland Browns quarterback and former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel to "grow up," but the Arizona senator admitted Wednesday that he had his own share of youthful indiscretions.