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Talking ISIS and Ray Rice

As President Obama prepares to address the nation and the world on the increasingly volatile mess in Iraq and Syria, Newsmax host Steve Malzberg and author, former prosecutor of The Blind Sheikh and National Review columnist Andrew McCarthy discuss the latest on the ISIS terrorists. Also in this segment of The Steve Malzberg Show, Malzberg touches on the new revelation in the case of pro football running back Ray Rice, who was cut by the Baltimore Ravens and banned indefinitely from the NFL by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Crash Blame Game Begins

The blame game has begun in the aftermath of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 tragedy. Ukrainian officials are pointing the finger at Russian separatists in their country for shooting down the commercial aircraft, while Russia is adamant that it was Ukraine. Meanwhile, there is growing concern that evidence from the crash site may disappear or be tampered with, sending more allegations flying from both sides. Susan Ormiston, senior correspondent for CBC’s The National, fills us in on the latest from Ukraine.

Immigration Frustration

Conservative commentator Lou Dobbs is notorious for his aggressive approach to our increasingly massive immigration and deportation issues. Libertarian John Stossel is a bit more lenient. A few years back, while working for separate networks, Dobbs and Stossel were well-known adversaries, occasionally bashing each other live on-air. Ironically, both are colleagues at Fox News today and united in this edition of LibertyPen for a stirring debate on immigration.

Trading On-Air Barbs Live

Here’s a not-so-surprising fact for you: On-air personalities get cranky, too, even when the cameras are rolling. Amy Holmes takes a look at some of the most captivating live, on-air scuffles in this unusual edition of “The Hot List” on The Blaze Network.

Charlie Daniels Talks ‘Devil’

Will Cain, a political analyst for the The Blaze Network, goes off the beaten path for an interview with singer-songwriter Charlie Daniels in this edition of “The Cain Conversation.” The topic of discussion–Daniels’ mega-hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Says Daniels, “I did two versions of it. I did one SOB version and one son-of-a-gun version. I tell people I did a Baptist version and a Methodist version and I won’t tell them which is which.”

Poll Says Legal Weed Inevitable

A CBS poll conducted by political consultant and noted pollster Frank Luntz reveals there is a major shift in the sentiment toward legalizing marijuana. The poll showed that 54 percent said pot should be legal, up from 41 percent in 2010. And an eye-popping 75 percent feel that smoking pot will eventually become law soon. Luntz leads an animated focus group of 25 as they debate the issue on CBS This Morning.

O’Reilly Calls Media Dishonest

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, host of “The O’Reilly Factor,” says the coverage of  Malaysian Flight 370 has been embarrassing, irresponsible and dishonest. Featuring breaking news that the jetliner mystery has been solved in the “Talking Points” segment of  “The Factor,” O’Reilly said, “It was obvious from the facts that the pilots, or pilots, took the plane off course and it crashed. But the media misled you. It exploited the airliner story to manipulate viewership.” Listen in, as O’Reilly rips into the media.


Images are Solid Lead on Crash

The Chinese government released satellite images that appear to be wreckage from Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. The jumbo 777 vanished mysteriously on a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers aboard. Chinese officials discovered the images–believed to be the best solid lead on the disappearance–a day following the mishap, but declined to elaborate why they held onto to them until midweek. CNN’s Tom Foreman gives a virtual explanation of how the images could very well be missing debris from the plane.


Dirty Jobs Dude Imparts Advice

Host Raj Nair gleans some illuminating words of wisdom from TV personality Mike Rowe (“Dirty Jobs”) on this episode of Liberty Treehouse on The Blaze Network. Among his many gems, Rowe says, speaking in the third person, “The world we’re in is full of experts, hosts and people who work very hard to pretend to know more than they really do, or appear more competent than they are. I did that for a long time and Mike realized that he was constantly competing with people than were better than him in almost every way. So what Mike did, he just stopped pretending to be better or smarter than he was.”

Income Inequality A Farce

A funny thing happened on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor the other day. Libertarian and consumer reporter John Stossell and Factor host Bill O’Reilly actually agreed on another topic eminating from the Obama Administration that will surely become another fake issue: income inequality. Both believe it’s bogus. “What the liberal will never understand, the Democratic Party as well, is that some people just don’t do what is necessary to have the pie that you take out of the oven. Or even have the oven,” O’Reilly says. “They will not or cannot do it.” He was reacting to Stossel’s satirical pie-baking demonstration and the much-used cliche that the rich get the bigger slice of the pie. Says Stossel, “The reporters often say. ‘the rich got richer,’ which they did. That’s a by-product of freedom, there will be a wealth disparity. And the poor got poorer. But that’s a lie. The poor have not gotten poorer. Middle incomes have stagnated, but that leaves out a lot of the good stuff that poor and middle-income people get.”

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