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By Tom Blumer | July 31, 2015 | 6:44 PM EDT

These economics reporters at the Associated Press have become experts at deadpan humor.

Earlier today, I noted how the wire service's Christopher Rugaber told readers, in the wake of a government report showing the lowest wage and benefit increases on record, that "the job market is not yet back to full health." No kidding, Chris. On top of that, the AP's Martin Crutsinger reacted to yesterday's tepid report on gross domestic product, which was accompanied by significant downward revisions to the past three years, by expressing "concerns that the U.S. economy has entered a period of historically slow growth." Dude, we have been living through historically slow growth for six years, ever since the recession officially ended in the middle of 2009.

By Christian Robey | July 31, 2015 | 6:04 PM EDT

Here we go again – the FEC has launched another attack on free speech.

By Brad Wilmouth | July 31, 2015 | 5:38 PM EDT

Appearing as a guest on Friday's New Day on CNN, GOP presidential candidate George Pataki -- who is known for generally supporting the legality of abortion -- charged that Planned Parenthood has shown a "callous disregard for humanity and people's sensibilities," as he responded to the undercover videos showing employees discussing the sale of body parts from aborted babies. The former New York governor called for the federal government to stop funding the abortion provider with taxpayer dollars.

By Randy Hall | July 31, 2015 | 4:55 PM EDT

An official with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign sent a lengthy missive to Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times, indicating “grave concern” over a controversial report the newspaper carried regarding the former secretary of state's private email account.

That's pretty audacious when Mrs. Clinton destroyed her own e-mail server and the State Department's getting scolded by judges over her department's slowness to respond to record requests from Hillary's tenure as Secretary of State 

By Scott Whitlock | July 31, 2015 | 4:41 PM EDT

Liberal MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday night slammed Ronald Reagan, sneering that he was the "Donald Trump of his time." O'Donnell asserted that, just like Trump and Sarah Palin, Reagan was a liar on subjects like Medicare. Comparing Reagan to Trump, O'Donnell insulted, "One of the loudest opponents of Medicare was actor Ronald Reagan, who was then the Donald Trump of his time, a celebrity with no governing experience and very forceful opinions about government." 

By Ken Shepherd | July 31, 2015 | 4:17 PM EDT

Pro-tip: When you're defending Planned Parenthood on national TV and denouncing congressional Republicans working to remove federal funding of the abortion industry's top national provider, it's probably wise NOT to dismiss the policy matter as "child's play."

By Kristine Marsh | July 31, 2015 | 4:03 PM EDT

It’s another day and that means another day for the media to make false claims about guns while mocking 2nd Amendment advocates as “crazies” and “fanatics.”

In today’s New York Times Opinion section, author and contributor Timothy Egan argues that gun-related mass shootings is on the rise and it’s due to lax laws on obtaining them. He manages to weave in slams against “the fanatics” and the “gun crazies” while doing it, of course. This IS the New York Times.

By Curtis Houck | July 31, 2015 | 3:46 PM EDT

Making her third appearance in four days on this site, CNN’s New Day co-anchor Alisyn Camerota toted the line of Planned Parenthood on Friday morning concerning their baby parts scandal in a interview with video maker David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress in which the former Fox News host parroted Planned Parenthood’s denial of any wrongdoing and promoted the so-called benefits of medical research using “fetal tissue.”

By Sarah Stites | July 31, 2015 | 3:01 PM EDT

July 31st marked The View’s 7th annual “Mutt Show.” And according to co-host Raven-Symoné, gay former boy-band star Lance Bass was the “perfect guest to have” because Bass and his “husband” have 3 dogs. 

“And they were your bridal party?” Symoné queried. (‘Wedding party’ might have been the better term, Raven, as there is no bride, but then again, weddings have historically required a bride as well...) “I was so excited that all my dogs could make it to the wedding,” Bass answered, “because my dream was to have my dogs walk down the isle.” Oh, goodness.

By Kyle Drennen | July 31, 2015 | 2:43 PM EDT

Talking to the latest Republican to enter the 2016 presidential race, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, on Fox News’s Special Report Thursday, Associated Press White House correspondent Julie Pace worried about the makeup of the GOP field: “If you look at the 17 Republican candidates right now, there's not much diversity in terms of gender and race. What does that say to the American public about diversity in the Republican Party and should that be a priority for the party to diversify?”

By Tom Johnson | July 31, 2015 | 2:29 PM EDT

David Roberts has penned a tale of two media, dealing first with how a profusion of conservative outlets has pulled the Republican party to the right -- the subject of a recent Harvard study -- then pivoting to analyze the mainstream media’s belated (and still incomplete) awakening to the GOP’s “radicalism.”

“One of the longstanding critiques of mainstream media on the left,” wrote Roberts in a Thursday article, “was that reporters in the Beltway ‘Village’ failed to grasp modern conservatism and wrote about it in such a way as to sand down and mute its extremity…[T]here are still plenty of mainstream political reporters who cling to the both-sides illusion to this day…But as the far right sends the Republican Party through an ever-more-absurd series of showdowns and tantrums, the illusion is fading.”

By P.J. Gladnick | July 31, 2015 | 2:17 PM EDT

Wow! Suddenly this week Politico reporter Mike Elk shook off his cloak of extreme lethargy and became like the Energizer Bunny. Gone was his PTSD and STSD (Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder) which he claims inhibit him from working. Despite not having done a bit of work for six months, there he was front and center at a press conference asking Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders questions.  So what was the subject of Elk's inquiry? It was about how badly treated he is at his employer Politico because they haven't approved card check in voting on whether to form a union shop.

By Andrew Miller | July 31, 2015 | 2:14 PM EDT

Anti-2nd Amendment activist group New Yorkers Against Gun Violence has come up with a new mission: to get rid of visual representations of guns in text messages. To this end, they wrote an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, and published a video meant to tug at the heartstrings, no doubt.

By Clay Waters | July 31, 2015 | 1:29 PM EDT

In the second part of her 16,000-word Harvard report on the dangerous extremes of "conservative media," New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes offered a skewed history of talk radio, seeing the dark shadow of right-wing hate hovering over its birth, and lamented that "However frustrated Republican leaders are by this piling on from the far right, they have little choice but to pay heed." And popular radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Steve Deace? Why, they're both "college dropouts." And when did Geraldo Rivera become a "conservative" radio host?

By Katie Yoder | July 31, 2015 | 1:03 PM EDT

Imagine if ABC’s news shows covered the videos exposing Planned Parenthood 15 times more than they actually did. But, to ABC executives, a taxpayer-funded abortion giant harvesting aborted baby parts doesn’t warrant the same attention as the shooting of Cecil the Lion.

Since the release of the first Center for Medical Progress video on July 14, ABC covered the story in a mere 46 seconds. In contrast, ABC spent 12 minutes and 14 seconds on the story of Cecil, a famed African lion shot by an American dentist.