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By Tom Blumer | January 31, 2015 | 9:54 AM EST

Yesterday's government report on the economy's growth, which told us that the nation's gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.6 percent during the fourth quarter, sharply underachieved analysts' expectations of an annualized 3.0 percent to 3.6 percent. The stock market clearly reacted negatively to the downside surprise. Bloomberg's take at the end of the day: "U.S. stocks fell Friday, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to its biggest monthly decline in a year, as weaker-than-forecast economic growth overshadowed a rally in energy shares sparked by a surge in the price of crude."

That didn't stop Martin Crutsinger and Josh Boak at the Associated Press from celebrating the result in late-morning and overnight reports, respectively. Meanwhile, Josh Mitchell at the Wall Street Journal delivered a more sanguine take on the situation.

By Katie Yoder | January 31, 2015 | 9:40 AM EST

For a peek at the culture of death, look no further than taxpayer-funded PBS. 

A recent PBS video report by NewsHour's Megan Thompson entitled “The Right to Die in Belgium” focused on “End Credits,” a 2013 Belgian documentary on the practice of euthanasia. In it, Thompson normalized the death of a woman known as “Eva” by using phrases like “die with dignity” and explaining that, in Belgium, “it can be part of a doctor's job to end a patient's life.”

By Jill Stanek | January 31, 2015 | 9:21 AM EST

Jill Filipovic at Cosmopolitan is protesting a pro-life group's "intimidation" mailer to abortion clinics on the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision.

On January 22, Pro-Life Action League sent a package to every abortion clinic in the U.S. Inside was a pair of plastic handcuffs, a photo of Oklahoma City abortionist Naresh Patel being arrested last month, and a note asking, "Could you be next?" 

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | January 31, 2015 | 7:41 AM EST

The Academy Awards is meant to be the world’s most prestigious honors for achievement in movies. Politics should have nothing to do with it, but increasingly that's not so. Hollywood is now regularly treading beyond “artistic excellence” and letting political overtones sway he outcome.

For months now the “diversity” crowd has wailed and gnashed its teeth over the lack of Oscar interest in Selma as if Hollywood harbors a racist underbelly. They will not accept that maybe the movie wasn't that good. Even worse, they won't accept that the studio executives at Paramount stupidly screwed up by not sending DVD screeners to all the Oscar voters.

By Tom Blumer | January 30, 2015 | 11:48 PM EST

Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who alleges he was fired from his position solely because of his Christian beliefs, has filed a religious discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

That's not news at the Associated Press's national site, and it appears that the AP has not even carried a local story about Cochran's EEOC complaint — omissions that reek of a double standard.

By Matthew Balan | January 30, 2015 | 10:08 PM EST

None of the Big Three networks' evening newscasts on Friday covered the shooting of an American citizen in eastern Saudi Arabia earlier in the day. A Friday item by Reuters reported that "a vehicle carrying two U.S. citizens came under fire in the Eastern Province district of al-Ahsa, one of the main centers of Saudi Arabia's minority Shi'ites."

By Tom Blumer | January 30, 2015 | 9:30 PM EST

Even Charles Babington at the Associated Press, for once not the completely beholden Administration's Press, seemed to be having a hard time buying what Democrats at a meeting in Philadelphia were selling. Unfortunately, he decided to let Joe Biden's direct contradiction of his party's congressional delegation's sunnyside-up stance on the economy go unreported.

In a video carried at the Weekly Standard, Biden said, "To state the obvious, the past six years have been really, really hard for this country, And they've been really tough for our party. Just ask [former DCCC chair] Steve [Israel]. They've been really tough for our party. And together we made some really, really tough decisions -- decisions that weren't at all popular, hard to explain." Despite how "really, really hard" it has all been, the party is attempting an "in your face" at those who want to claim that it has been that way because of the Obama administration's economic policies. Excerpts from Babington's AP report follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

By Matthew Balan | January 30, 2015 | 6:53 PM EST

Left-wing actress Ashley Judd likened Hillary Clinton to two Founding Fathers during a Friday interview with Larry King for online channel Ora. Judd gushed, "Obviously, I love Hillary Rodham Clinton," and hyped that Mrs. Clinton "might be the most overqualified candidate we've had since – you know, Thomas Jefferson or George Washington."

By Jack Coleman | January 30, 2015 | 6:26 PM EST

Ed Schultz is learning so much about the American Revolution from its cartoonish depiction via the History Channel's Sons of Liberty. And while he is so engaged, Schultz might want to crack open his dust-covered copy of the Constitution.

The liberal podcaster and MSNBC action hero has been on a tear, scarcely letting a waking hour pass without denouncing the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that he initially supported until sticking his finger in the wind and realizing that the overwrought leftists who comprise his audience were blowing plenty of hot air in the opposite direction.

By Jorge Bonilla | January 30, 2015 | 5:55 PM EST

The central premise of a recent New York Times article is simple enough: If only Republicans were to submit to Univision on immigration, then they may receive more favorable coverage that does not depict them to the network’s Hispanic viewership as hateful, racist, anti-immigrant monsters, and then they may have a chance to garner more of the Hispanic vote, with the blessing of the community’s self-appointed gatekeeper.

By Randy Hall | January 30, 2015 | 5:11 PM EST

During an annual retreat in Philadelphia, president Barack Obama had some unusual advice for a closed-door gathering of Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives: “Get informed,” but “not by reading the Huffington Post.”“Keep your powder a little dry,” Obama said on Thursday, the same day the liberal website posted an opinion piece entitled “A Blueprint for Middle-Class Economics,” in which the president stated:

By Kyle Drennen | January 30, 2015 | 3:01 PM EST

Even as his fellow Morning Joe co-hosts praised John McCain on Friday for denouncing Code Pink anti-war protesters who attempted to disrupt a Senate hearing as "low-life sum," MSNBC's Thomas Roberts lectured the Republican Senator for shutting down the intruders: "If people want to show up and protest, right? They should be allowed to hear their voices. And instead of calling Capitol Hill police and them calling them 'low-life scum.'"

By Curtis Houck | January 30, 2015 | 1:49 PM EST

The nation’s major broadcast networks continued their blackout on Friday morning of not covering the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Keystone XL oil pipeline with zero mentions on their morning newscasts.

Following the Senate’s passage of the bill on Thursday by a bipartisan margin of 62-to-36, the networks passed on even devoting a news brief to the topic during their Thursday evening news programs. When it came to their no coverage on Friday, plenty of other things seemed to capture their attention.

By Ken Shepherd | January 30, 2015 | 1:42 PM EST

Despite all the best efforts of the fearmongering liberal media, most Americans and indeed most American parents, are perfectly fine with kids playing youth-league or high-school football, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. What's more, the so-called millennial demographic (18-34 year-olds) is among the demographic cohorts least concerned with kids playing the sport.

By P.J. Gladnick | January 30, 2015 | 12:48 PM EST

Did you know that the future of Obamacare relies on the credibilty of former Senator Ben "Cornhusker Kickback" Nelson? Yes, the Huffington Post and other liberal media outlets seem to think that what Nelson tells us was going on in his mind at the time that Obamacare passed is crucial to the outcome of the King vs Burwell case at the Supreme Court.