1. (NEW YORK) -- MSNBC has suspended Mark Halperin from his role as a political analyst for the network after the Time magazine editor referred to President Obama as kind of a d--k Thursday on live television. Discussing the presidents testy Wednesday morning White House press conference and Obama's approach to the deadlocked bipartisan talks on deficit reduction, Halperin asked Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski whether the show was being broadcast on delay. Do we have the seven-second delay today? Halperin asked, referring to the technique employed by many live broadcasts that allows control room operators to censor material before it goes to air. I want to characterize how I thought the president behaved. Then, assured by each of the shows hosts and control room that yes in fact, the show was being broadcast on delay, Halperin said of the president, I thought he was kind of a d--k yesterday. KBOI News/Talk 670 - Boise, Idaho 2. One should be very clear as to on which side of the political divide Halperin resides... "In October 2004 the Drudge Report published a memo Halperin sent to ABC News staff about coverage of the U.S. presidential election directing them not to "reflexively and artificially hold both sides 'equally' accountable" and that both John Kerry and George W. Bush used "distortion" in their campaign, but that Kerry's distortions were not "central to his efforts to win." Halperin was criticized by conservatives who used the memo to reinforce long-standing complaints of media bias. Mark Halperin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 3. Something that the president said this week struck me he said its not as cool to be an Obama supporter as it was in 2008. I think hes right. I think its not as cool to be an Obama supporter now. How do you get cool back into this? Crowley pointed out that support for the president among independents has declined from 52 percent in the 2008 election to 42 percent today, and that even among staunch liberals, 89 percent of whom voted for Obama in 2008, support has dipped to 64 percent. Mona Charen: Smear reveals desperation - Spokesman.com - June 21, 2011 4. This week's Gallup and WSJ/NBC presidential polls may hearten Republicans, but not any particular GOP contender. These early campaign heat-checks show Barack Obama losing by five points to a generic Republican candidate but still outpacing any of the already-announced candidates by a comfortable margin. The likely meaning, as The Hill wrote today, suggests, again, that Obama is vulnerable due the jobless economic recovery and Republicans are hobbled by a lack of a enthusiasm for the current crop of contenders. Generic Republican Beats Obama; Named Candidates Still Lose - Yahoo! News 5. From '08... Sen. Barack Obama has a sizable lead over Sen. John McCain, polls show, but those numbers could be deceiving if the "Bradley effect" comes into play. The Bradley effect is named after former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, an African-American who ran for California governor in 1982. Exit polls showed Bradley leading by a wide margin, and the Democrat thought it would be an early election night. But Bradley and the polls were wrong. He lost to Republican George Deukmejian. Will Obama suffer from the 'Bradley effect'? - CNN The hand-writing is on the wall....Mene, Mene, Tekel u-Pharsin ...couldn't be clearer.