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11. ‘Are You Kidding Me?!’: Andy Levy Blows Up at Red Eye Host Over Ferguson - http://www.mediaite.com
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On Fox News’ Red Eye early Saturday morning, temporary Greg Gutfeld replacement Tom Shillue declared, “The Ferguson story just got real.” He was referring to the shooting of two police officers in that city this week, which he deemed a more important story than the killing of Michael Brown, which sparked outage there that has lasted for months.

“I don’t understand how you think Ferguson just got real when those assholes shot the cops,” co-host Andy Levy challenged Shillue after he’d completed his monologue. “If you didn’t think it was real before then, you should have thought it was real after the DOJ report came out.” In Levy’s words, that report proved what the protesters had been saying all along, that the “whole damn city structure was racist.”

“Why, because they gave out a bunch of traffic tickets?” Shillue responded.

“Are you kidding me?” Levy replied. “Everything in that report was utterly reprehensible,” he added, saying conservatives can’t tout the Constitution and then ignore First and Fourth Amendment violations committed disproportionately against African-Americans. “That shit was disgusting.”

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"Female World Leaders? There's No Such Thing!" -Jewish Orthodox Paper

Alright well they didn’t say those exact words, but a Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Newspaper in Israel tried to photoshop out prominent female leaders from the Charlie Hedbo march in Paris. Actually though. 

Maybe they wanted to make it look like a pride parade?

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11. Fox’s Bolling Goes After Azealia Banks; Banks Responds: ‘Go Suck a Dick’ - http://www.mediaite.com
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Since last week, Fox News’ Eric Bolling has been going after Azealia Banks over comments about what she hates about America. Here’s the full comment in question, from Banks’ recent Playboy interview:

I hate everything about this country. Like, I hate fat white Americans. All the people who are crunched into the middle of America, the real fat and meat of America, are these racist conservative white people who live on their farms. Those little teenage girls who work at Kmart and have a racist grandma—that’s really America.

In response, Bolling deemed Banks his “fool of the week” on The Five last week. Banks responded briefly on Twitter by saying Bolling just doesn’t get it.

On Friday night’s O’Reilly Factor, when Bolling guest-hosted, he ended by scolding her again. He said, “African-American entertainers like yourself who make bank on divisive race rhetoric are a far bigger problem than I am.” Here’s that video:

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Banks responded succinctly:

@ericbolling go suck a dick and die.

— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) March 28, 2015

And Bolling fired back:

RT @AZEALIABANKS: @ericbolling go suck a dick and die.// Nice….keeping it classy I see

— ericbolling (@ericbolling) March 28, 2015

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CNN Guest: Selma Director Snubbed Because She’s Not a ‘Safe Black Woman’

In response to the all-white Academy Award nominations, actor Gbenga Akinnagbe told CNN’s Brian Stelter that Hollywood, much like Washington D.C., was a closed, self-perpetuating system that resisted change, and that African Americans were best to … [Read More]

11. CBS’ Major Garrett Grills Earnest: Does Obama View Netanyahu Same as Putin? - http://www.mediaite.com
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In an attempt to tamp down concerns over his increasingly contentious relations with newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Barack Obama said this week that their disputes concern policy differences and are not “personal,” adding that they have “a very businesslike relationship.” But judging by today’s White House press briefing, it didn’t work.

CBS News’ Major Garrett pointed out to White House Press Secretary that the only other world leader with whom Obama has said he has a “businesslike” relationship is Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I’m seriously asking you if President Obama views Benjamin Netanyahu in the same light that he views Vladimir Putin,” Garrett said on Friday.

Earnest declined to “dissect” the relationship between Obama and Netanyahu, instead pointing to the president’s assertion that the relationship between the U.S. and Israel is more important that his relationship with that country’s leader. He said our “shared values” with Israel make it “our most important ally in the Middle East.”

When pressed by Garrett on his original question, Earnest would not answer directly but instead focused on the difference between America’s relations with Israel vs. Russia. When the president communications with any leader, Earnest said he is “doing so to advance the interests of the United States” and that will continue to be his “primary focus.”

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11. Peter King: I’m Getting Angry, ‘Perverse’ Calls from Ted Cruz Supporters - http://www.mediaite.com
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Republican Congressman Peter King really does not like Ted Cruz, and he has absolutely no problem speaking his mind on the subject. Just this week, after Cruz announced his presidential run, King very strongly called Cruz a “carnival barker.”

Oh, and he also said he’d “jump off that bridge” if Cruz gets the GOP nomination.

Well, while Cruz himself has chosen not to respond to King, his supporters are giving the New York Republican a piece of their minds. And King released a statement, obtained by The Washington Post, speaking out about the “vulgar, rabid and adolescent type-phone calls my office has received from Cruz supporters.”

He’s particularly disgusted with how his female staffers and interns are listening to “these perverse rantings.”

And while King didn’t blame Cruz for his supporters’ “puerile” calls, he did make this observation about them:

Frankly I can not imagine supporters of Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, or other candidates reacting so disgracefully. Clearly, Sen. Cruz has many decent and honorable supporters. At the same time though we must ask why he has such an unusual appeal to this low denominator in American politics.

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11. S.E. Cupp: Conservatives Need to ‘Get Serious’ About 2016 and Ignore Ben Carson - http://www.mediaite.com
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In her first nationally syndicated column, CNN contributor and conservative commentator S.E. Cupp urged Republicans to “get serious” about who they choose as their nominee in the 2016 presidential race. According to Cupp, there is one potential candidate who makes her question whether party’s core members “actually want to win the White House ever again”: Dr. Ben Carson.

Cupp argued that conservatives who support Carson ignore a major critique they had of then-Sen. Barack Obama when he was running for president in 2008 — that he had little relevant experience in politics.

She also went after Carson for being too mushy on guns, saying 5 million NRA members want him to “stop right there” with his claim that people in cities probably don’t need semi-automatic weapons, and based on recent comments about Israeli politics, his knowledge in that area is too “shallow.” Cupp also mentioned how the retired neurosurgeon seemed to defend Ray Rice, and compare America to Nazi Germany.

She lamented “dumb stuff” that has come from Carson, including his assertion that being gay is “absolutely” a choice.

And despite these seemingly damning aspects of a potential Carson candidacy, Cupp argues, he still ranks high in national conservative polls and is raising a lot of money. Conservatives “went wild,” she wrote, when Carson pulled a “stunt” at the national prayer breakfast and openly defied President Obama.

“But instead of using his newfound fame to, I don’t know, raise money to cure pediatric cancer or even help draft better healthcare legislation, Carson decided he might like to be the next leader of the free world,” she declared. “And why not? He is a neurosurgeon, after all.”

Carson, whose syndicated column was recently dropped because of his presidential ambitions, was also recently dismissed as a potential candidate by Rupert Murdoch, who called him a “political naif.”

“Carson’s hardly the only smart guy who thought he could solve complex social problems without really thinking hard about them,” Cupp continued, saying her fellow conservatives seem to not care that he’s neither politically experienced nor ideologically sound enough. “Is it really enough that he’s a black doctor who stuck it to the president? If so, that’s pretty sad.”

She concluded:

His popularity is particularly vexing considering we have actual contenders – good candidates with real experience who don’t think they should be president just ‘cuz. Ben Carson’s arrogance and ignorance are dangerous, and conservatives should be offended, not aroused, by his cavalier attitude toward the political problems that affect our daily lives.

So let’s get serious, guys. We’re better than this.

Read the full column HERE.

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11. SAE Fratboys Learned Racist Chant from National Leadership Cruise - http://www.mediaite.com
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The University of Oklahoma made public the result of their investigation into a racist chant sung by the members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, specifically answering the question: Where on earth did they learn a chant that referenced lynching in 2015?

Turns out, members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon learned their headline-making chant while on a national leadership cruise retreat, then brought it back to OU and taught to pledges, where it ended up on that bus and on the infamous video.

According to KOCO, OU President David Boren said that while the chant was “widely known” among the members of the fraternity, there was no evidence that the chant was formally taught by the frat.

The chant’s lyrics, which contain the n-word and referred lynching, went viral after someone secretly filmed members singing it on a bus. SAE was banned from campus and two of the men on the bus were subsequently expelled from campus.

Notably, the SAE national headquarters shut down the OU chapter after the video went viral, saying that they were “not only shocked and disappointed but disgusted by the outright display of racism displayed in the video,”

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11. Dramatic Surveillance Video Shows Moment NYC East Village Building Exploded - http://www.mediaite.com
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The New York Post obtained surveillance footage that shows the moment a sushi restaurant exploded Thursday, leading to a massive fire that engulfed and multiple buildings and resulted in the collapse of at least two.

Video shows the powerful blast erupting at Sushi Park at 121 East 7th St​., with pedestrians scrambling for cover. A few run towards the scene after a few seconds. As of now, there have been at least 25 reported injuries and no confirmed deaths, but two people have been reported missing.

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11. Anyone Wanna Buy a Presidential Assassin’s Car? - http://www.mediaite.com
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To your left is a 1955 Chevrolet BelAir station wagon with a tie in to American murder history, in that it brought Lee Harvey Oswald to Dallas where he eventually killed John F. Kennedy. You could have bought it recently!

The car, which recently was listed on eBay, belonged to one Ruth Paine, a neighbor of Marina and Lee Harvey Oswald, who drove the would-be assassin to Dallas to interview for a job at the Texas Book Depository.

Paine, surprisingly, is still alive and spoke to News8 about her car:

Ruth Paine remembers her old Chevy. She’s 82 years old, lives in Northern California now and spoke to News 8 on the telephone Thursday. Ms. Paine said she sold the BelAir to a neighbor for $500 in the late 1960s.

She said she does remember taking Lee Harvey out in it trying to teach him how to drive just a few weeks before the assassination but he couldn’t steer that BelAir very well.

Paine’s neighbors kept the vehicle in a garage but it has deteriorated over the decades and no longer runs but remains part of the historic puzzle.

Sadly, someone (the government) has already purchased the car (to remove the mind control device), so you will never be able to own the car (and prove that the Cuban Illuminati Men in Black caused the assassination). But you could have cracked one of America’s biggest mysteries for the low price of $11,211.00!

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11. Richard Engel: Obama Admin Iran Policy ‘Convoluted,’ Perhaps ‘Incoherent’ - http://www.mediaite.com
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NBC foreign correspondent Richard Engel criticized the Obama Administration’s foreign policy toward Iran on Friday, saying it seems “convoluted” and “incoherent” at best, given the fact that the U.S. seems to be contradicting itself in its support and opposition to Iran in a number of countries.

Engel explained how the U.S. is fighting both with and against Iran in Syria, which he said is “an incredibly convoluted dynamic.” He said that while the U.S. is negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program, it is supporting the fight against Iran in Yemen, where Iran-backed Houthi rebels recently forced out that country’s president and Saudi Arabia launched air strikes against them in retaliation.

“We’re fighting both with and against Iran in Syria, and fighting with Iran in Iraq,” Engel said. “There are many people who I’ve spoken to — many in the military, many policy analysts — who say that what we’re seeing here is an incoherent policy regarding not just Iran, but regarding the Middle East in general.”

Engel also said many in the military were “taken by surprise” when Saudi Arabia started bombing Yemen because they did not “consult extensively” with the U.S. military.

“Senior officials who would have been expected to know that there was going to be an operation in Yemen, they didn’t,” Engel added. “They were finding out about it almost in real time.”

-RELATED: Karl Takes on Earnest: ‘Astounding’ How W.H. Still Believes Yemen ‘Model for Counterterrorism’

He also said many people in the military and in Congress believe that Saudi Arabia didn’t tell the U.S. in advance because they don’t trust the Obama Administration anymore since they are “working to befriend Iran,” meaning they did not think the intelligence information would be “secure.”

Engel said it’s “troubling” when traditional U.S. allies in the Middle East suddenly don’t trust the U.S. to “hold on to sensitive information when it comes to Iran.”

In recent months, Engel has been notably critical of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy toward fighting ISIS, and he openly criticized the president for his characterization of the world in his State of the Union address.

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11. What’s With All the Outrage over Lena Dunham’s ‘Dog or Jewish Boyfriend’ Quiz? - http://www.mediaite.com
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Controversial memoir author, Girls creator and occasional New Yorker contributor Lena Dunham has the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) up in arms over a new “Shouts and Murmurs” piece from this past week’s magazine titled “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend? A Quiz.”

“Lena Dunham’s Jewish Boyfriend or Dog Quiz ‘Tasteless’ and Evokes Stereotypes” blares the ADL’s press blast on Friday.


“Humor is a matter of taste, and people can disagree if it is funny or not,” ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said in his humorless statement. “Some will certainly find offensive Lena Dunham’s stereotypes about cheap Jews offensive. Others will take issue with the very idea of comparing a dog and a Jewish boyfriend.” He then went on to invoke signs that read “No Jews or Dogs Allowed” and the “sinister” way that “many in the Muslim world today hatefully refer to Jews as ‘dogs.’”

What are some of the silly quiz questions that have the ADL up in arms?

8. I feel that he is judgmental about the food I serve him. When I make something from scratch, he doesn’t want to eat it, but he also rejects most store-bought dinners.

9. This is because he comes from a culture in which mothers focus every ounce of their attention on their offspring and don’t acknowledge their own need for independence as women. They are sucked dry by their children, who ultimately leave them as soon as they find suitable mates.

13. He doesn’t tip.

14. And he never brings his wallet anywhere.

The ADL doesn’t mention this one:

27. In fact, he has hair all over his body, like most males who share his background.

For the record, Dunham’s real-life boyfriend is fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff (a Jewish-American), though given the fact that the article is a piece of humor fiction, it’s unlikely all of the quiz entries apply to him — or her dog for that matter — literally. Also, her mother, artist Laurie Simmons is Jewish and the actress has said she considers herself “very culturally Jewish,” adding, “although that’s the biggest cliché for a Jewish woman to say.”

“We doubt that Ms. Dunham had any intention of evoking such comparisons,” Foxman added in his condemnation. “While we understand that humor is its own special brand of expression and always try to give leeway to comedians, we wish that she had chosen another, less insensitive way to publicly reflect on her boyfriend’s virtues and vices. We are surprised that the New Yorker chose to print it.”

The ADL’s official statement comes on the heels of criticism from other (mostly conservative) media figures:

How on earth did the New Yorker decide it was OK to publish this disgusting @lenadunham antisemitic garbage? http://t.co/B56HwIZxX1

— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) March 27, 2015

this is probably the worst thing the new yorker has ever published… shocking. http://t.co/C1WAHLESHx

— Joe Bernstein (@jbasher) March 25, 2015

Voice of a generation huh http://t.co/XXd8wWWGkJ

— JustinGreen∞ (@JGreenDC) March 27, 2015

It’s constantly amazing to me how a magazine as incredible as the New Yorker can just suck so bad at humor: http://t.co/FX9ezbzGTt

— Ben Terris (@bterris) March 27, 2015

Imagine if a conservative wrote this, comparing a Jewish boyfriend to a dog: http://t.co/ykhkeJ1pkU

— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) March 27, 2015

So @newyorker are you going to answer anyone as to why you published this racist trash by @LenaDunham? http://t.co/SkJzn5uZSs

— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) March 27, 2015

Did no New Yorker editor ponder the wisdom of literally comparing Jews to dogs? http://t.co/XsKJY7vrDM

— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) March 27, 2015

Hey @lenadunham. Now I’m not gonna date you for even more reasons: http://t.co/5wOcFRgYfN

— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) March 27, 2015

Ignorant, anti-Semitic piece in @NewYorker by @lenadunham. Dating a Jewish man does not mean you can compare them to dogs. Obviously.

— Matt Pais (@MattPais) March 27, 2015

So far, both Dunham and Antonoff have stayed silent about the backlash to the piece on social media. Earlier this year, Dunham said that “deranged neocons” had caused her to stay off of Twitter as much as possible. “I don’t care what conservative white men think about me,” she said in a subsequent interview.

If Jews aren’t allowed to make borderline offensive jokes about Jewish stereotypes anymore, really what has America come to?

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11. Bergdahl Reportedly Didn’t Trust Commanders, Tried to Walk to Nearest U.S. Outpost - http://www.mediaite.com
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Two days after Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was charged with desertion for walking off his U.S. military base in Afghanistan in 2009, CNN has reported a potential bombshell in the case. According to unnamed military sources, an Army report is expected to reveal that Bergdahl intended to “walk to the nearest U.S. military outpost to report wrongdoing, believing he could not trust his own commanders to deal with his concerns.”

The new information gives a window into Bergdahl’s potential defense for the desertion offense, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. CNN’s sources say the report, which was presented to General Mark Milley, indicated Bergdahl had “concerns about leadership issues at his base.”

“I can’t tell you if his concerns were valid, but in his mind they were,” the unnamed official told CNN.

Before Bergdahl could reach another U.S. outpost, he was captured by the Taliban and held for five years before ultimately getting released last spring in a trade for five Taliban detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay.

“He was going to walk to the nearest outpost to report what he believed was wrongdoing, poor leadership, order and discipline problems at his base, that he didn’t feel he could stay and report it at his base, perhaps not trusting the leadership there,” CNN’s Barbara Starr reported on air late Friday morning.

“I think it’s fair to say his defense attorneys may try to make the case of a much lesser charge of AWOL, absent without leave,” she added, “that he never intended to be away permanently, he never intended to join the enemy, that he was always going to come back.”

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11. WATCH LIVE: White House Press Briefing – 3/27/15 - http://www.mediaite.com
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White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest delivers the daily press briefing to reporters from the White House, beginning today at approximately 12:30 p.m. ET. Check back here at Mediaite daily, where you can watch the full live-streaming video of remarks and answers to questions from the White House Press Corps.


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11. Aaron Schock and Abe Lincoln Actually Do Have Something Very Serious in Common - http://www.mediaite.com
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Yesterday, the world wondered whether Rep. Aaron Schock was being presumptuous when he compared himself to Abraham Lincoln in his farewell speech to Congress. You know what’s funny? He’s not that far off, especially since they both came under fire for excessive mileage billing!

A recent report in ProPublica on the history of data journalism revealed that Nate Silver didn’t invent the form in 2008. In fact, American journalists have used it to nail public figures since the 18th century, and in 1848, New York Tribune editor and newly-elected Congressman Horace Greeley decided to tackle the growing issue of mileage overbilling:

The law provided for a 40-cent per-mile mileage reimbursement, and computed the distance “by the usually travelled route.” after taking his seat, Greeley got a look at the schedule listing every congressman’s mileage and was shocked by the sums. To Greeley, the disbursements were a wasteful relic of an earlier time, when travel to and from the far-flung reaches of the United States would have been a costly, bruising affair. The 40-cent mileage had been calculated decades earlier to match a pre-1816 congressman’s pay rate of $8 a day, assuming he could travel a mere 20 miles per day. However, thanks to steamships and the increasing prevalence of trains, travelers could go far faster than that.

Greeley saw it as an outrageous waste of the taxpayer’s money, and deployed his newspaper to correct that wrong. “If the route usually travelled from California to Washington is around Cape Horn — or the Members from that embryo State shall choose to think it is — they will each be entitled to charge some $12,000 Mileage per session accordingly.”

He then set one of his reporters to work calculating the most efficient distance between D.C. and the members’ home districts, and published a column listing individual members and how much mileage they attempted to reimburse. Lincoln, whose Congressional district is now part of Schock’s district was one of the worst offenders, billing Congress $677 (about $18,700 in today’s dollars).

Lincoln’s career eventually ended in disgrace, as the Pinkertons discovered that he used taxpayer funds to fly on an iron eagle owned by a telegraph company owner, and buying young street urchins tickets to a traveling minstrel show starring Katy Perry, oh wait no he didn’t.

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11. ‘Sodom & Gomorrah’: Fox’s Todd Starnes Gets in on Hannity’s Spring Break Outrage Beat - http://www.mediaite.com
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It’s spring break time again on Hannity this week, with at least one segment per night dedicated to the debauchery that hits Florida and so many other warm climates this time of year. And now, Fox News’ Todd Starnes, author of God Less America, wants in on the action.

But before Starnes makes his appearance on Hannity tonight, he recorded this commentary video for Fox Nation in which he showed some of Ainsley Earhardt’s scantily-clad party footage and shared his initial thoughts about what he saw.

“Sweet mercy, America,” Starnes said. “Panama City’s doing stuff that makes frat parties look like a Baptist church potluck dinner. This is what a country without a moral compass looks like: The Roman Empire 2.0.”

“Kids running around without any upbringing, and those who do know better are afraid to say anything, lest they offend somebody!” he continued. “The United States has given Sodom and Gomorrah a run for its money.”

More where that came from tonight at 10 p.m. ET on Hannity. Expect lots of outrage about scantily-clad spring breakers set to b-roll of scantily-clad spring breakers.

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11. The More Education Republicans Have, the More Likely They Are to Be Climate Change Skeptics - http://www.mediaite.com
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How could it be that the more educated Democrats are, the more likely they are to believe the science on manmade climate change, yet when Republicans have more education, they are more likely to be skeptics? That is the conundrum put forward by a new Gallup poll released Thursday that showed a whopping 74% of college-educatied Republicans saying they believe global warming is “generally exaggerated.”

By contrast, only 15% of college-educated Democrats said the same. For Republicans with a high school education or less, 57% believe climate change is exaggerated, while only 27% of high school-educated or less Democrats said the same.

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In Gallup’s view, “These opposing trends by party suggest that higher levels of education reinforce core partisan positions; in this case, Republicans’ strong tendency to question or deny global warming and Democrats’ inclination to affirm it. The trends also suggest that partisanship rather than education is a main lens through which Americans view global warming and its effects, particularly for those who claim allegiance to one of the two major political parties.”

But despite this sharp divide, Gallup found that both Democratic and Republican college graduates believe they understand the issue of climate change “very well,” though, obviously, with somehow differing conclusions.

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