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Olbermann: ‘Orly Taitz Limbaugh’ stands behind fabricated quote

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MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann named Rush Limbaugh “Worst Person in the World” on Monday for standing by claims the radio host made about President Barack Obama, even though the talk-radio personality knew the claims were based on a satirical Web site.

For promoting claims that had been proven false, Olbermann compared Limbaugh to Orly Taitz, the “birther” lawyer leading the charge to prove that Obama is not a US citizen.

As various news sources have reported, Limbaugh recently cited Obama’s “college thesis” to allege the president has an agenda to redistribute Americans’ wealth. But the college thesis was a spoof hosted on the satire blog Jumping in Pools.

Limbaugh cited an excerpt from Obama’s purported thesis that stated, “The Constitution allows for many things, but what it does not allow is the most revealing. The so-called Founders did not allow for economic freedom. While political freedom is supposedly a cornerstone of the document, the distribution of wealth is not even mentioned.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, Barack Obama is seriously dangerous. To say that distribution of wealth is economic freedom is insane,” Limbaugh told his audience.

“Nothing — not even the age-old maxim that if it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t — caused Limbaugh to think even for a second,” Olbermann said on MSNBC’s Countdown Monday night. “Jumping in Pools is a spoof blog, a satire Web site. It posted its spoof in August. It’s now October and nobody has reported the shattering the details.”

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Added Olbermann: “Thus Limbaugh proved he has neither honesty nor common sense.”

But what prompted Olbermann’s criticism was that Limbaugh continued to defend the fake college thesis even after he was informed it was fake.

It may have been fake but “we know he thinks it,” Limbaugh said on his radio program. “Good comedy, if it’s comedy, must contain an element of truth. … So we stand by the fabricated quote, because we know Obama thinks it anyway.”

“Back-pedaling like a bear on a unicycle,” Olbermann retorted. “The others who bit on this whopper — like the National Review, even Lou Dobbs — rushed quickly away from their embarrassment. But not Rush Limbaugh, or as he might now best be renamed, Orly Taitz.”

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“Orly Taitz Limbaugh — today’s worst person in the world,” Obermann quipped.

This video is from MSNBC’s Countdown, broadcast Oct. 26, 2009.

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Dalai Lama says President Trump has a ‘lack of moral principle’

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During an interview with the BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan, the Dalai Lama weighed in on everything from Donald Trump’s presidency to Brexit — and the Tibetan spiritual leader clearly isn’t a fan of Trump’s isolationist views.

“When he became president, he expressed, ‘America first.’ That is wrong,” the Dalai Lama told Vaidyanathan. “America, they should take the global responsibility.”

The Dalai Lama also described the U.S. president as scatterbrained, saying that his “emotions” are a “little bit too complicated.”

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Fox News mocks Beto O’Rourke’s debate performance: He looked ‘as miserable as a dog in a thunderstorm’

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Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) did his best to stand out at the first Democratic debate on Thursday night, breaking into fluent Spanish in his opening segment and competing with fellow Texan Julián Castro for the spotlight.

But the morning crew at Fox News was not impressed by his performance, lambasting him for looking "miserable."

"Neediness can be charming in a candidate to a certain degree," said political analyst Chris Stirewalt. "Especially for Castro, who couldn’t speak Spanish as well as his fellow Texan, Beto O'Rourke."

"O'Rourke, though — no matter what language he was doing, he seemed sad. He seemed unhappy. He seemed uncomfortable to be there," said Stirewalt. "He seemed like he was doing this all through a prism of real social discomfort, and I don't know what happens for him from here. He, of anybody on the stage, needed that night to get back into the second tier to show that he was doing it, and he looked as miserable as a dog in a thunderstorm."

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First Democratic debate: Elizabeth Warren persists — but Julián Castro is the star

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With two dozen candidates announced and the possibility of ousting Donald Trump in the 2020 elections on voters' brains, the anticipation for the first of many Democratic primary debates, held in Miami on Wednesday night, was at a high pitch. But that can only be matched by the cynicism of our era. It was worth wondering whether, despite all the hype, this debate could even matter?

Good news, for once: The answer is yes.

Because most voters just vote for whoever their party nominates, debates don't matter "once we get to the general," University of Wisconsin political science professor Kenneth Mayer recently told Salon in a video interview.

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