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By Mark Finkelstein | November 22, 2014 | 10:56 AM EST

Signing up at for Ready for Hillary today [wanting to receive their emails], I felt a bit guilty, having to pledge my support in order to do so.  But on reflection, indeed I might support Hillary . . . should the Republican ticket be Elizabeth Warren/Bernie Sanders.

But not every Dem or MSM member [but I repeat myself] is so eager to jump on the Hillary haywagon.  Take Krystal Ball. On today's Up with Steve Kornacki, MSNBC-regular and former Virginia Dem congressional candidate Ball described Jim Webb, who recently formed a presidential exploratory committee, as "authentic" and someone who "cares about issues."  Ball said that represents a "stark contrast from the very carefully packaged and branded Clinton image." Ouch.

By Tom Blumer | November 22, 2014 | 10:09 AM EST

Even if you like your Obamacare insurance plan, Health and Human Services may move you by default into a different one — often with a different network of providers. In such situations, you wouldn't get to keep your doctors and other providers unless you acted.

That's what HHS's Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service has indicated in a 300-page proposal dumped yesterday so it would get minimal media attention (a six-page summary is here). Bloomberg News is one of the few outlets which has noticed it, and is predictably spinning it as a good thing (bolds are mine throughout this post; and numbered tags are mine):

By Tim Graham | November 22, 2014 | 9:43 AM EST

The New Yorker magazine decided to bring the liberal crusade against the “Washington Redskins” name into its cover for Thanksgiving. A defender of the football tradition could easily say this could actually illustrate the white Anglo-Saxon respect for the name, what with the “Go Redskins” cheering and all.

The New Yorker explained, “Many Native Americans have said that the longstanding name of Washington’s N.F.L. franchise is repugnant and offensive to them. Bruce McCall’s cover brings attention, through satire, to what has become the subject of numerous editorials and rallies.”

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | November 22, 2014 | 7:58 AM EST

The liberal myth surrounding the hypercompetent Barack Obama faded long ago, but the liberal myth of “cultural icon” Jon Stewart is only getting stronger. Stewart’s tour of interviews for the new movie he directed, “Rosewater,” has created a parade of flatterers, sycophants, and every other synonym in the thesaurus for “obsequious.”

Roy Sekoff at The Huffington Post stands out by insisting the movie only polishes this walking statue: “In finding this format, in this form, you have become obviously a cultural icon, maybe one of the dominant figures in the political discourse.”

By Curtis Houck | November 22, 2014 | 12:29 AM EST

The evening following President Barack Obama’s announcement of his executive action on illegal immigration, major broadcast networks CBS and NBC sought to carry water for the President on Friday night as he made a trip to a Las Vegas high school to promote his move that would allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the United States.

Between two reports total from the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News, the President’s speech was hailed as having “campaign-style fervor” that featured “[a] combative President Obama, chastising congressional Republicans for inaction” on immigration.

By Tim Graham | November 21, 2014 | 10:44 PM EST

On Wednesday's Washington Journal program on C-SPAN, congressional reporter Christina Marcos of The Hill newspaper slammed the white-maleness of the House Republican leadership and underlined it reflects "these issues of diversity that the Republican Party's been having."

By Jack Coleman | November 21, 2014 | 8:44 PM EST

Hey, happen to notice all those many conservatives rushing to defend Bill Cosby from yet more accusations of sexual assault? Hmm, neither have I, come to think of it. These ephemeral figures apparently exist solely in the fervid imagination of Bill Carter, television critic of the New York Times, at least for the time being.

During a Nov. 15 interview on the NPR show "Weekend Edition," Cosby was asked about the allegations by host Scott Simon. Cosby shook his head and declined to respond. His lawyer has said the allegations are false.

By Tom Blumer | November 21, 2014 | 7:45 PM EST

At CNN on Thursday night, Anderson Cooper asked former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who is now a contributor at the network, to square President Barack Obama's Thursday night immigration announcement with past presidential statements that he didn't have the power to do what he had just done.

As seen in the video after the jump, Carney acknowledged his former boss's compete flip-flop (HT the Weekly Standard):

By Tim Graham | November 21, 2014 | 7:01 PM EST

“Ladies and gentlemen – or however you self-identify on the gender identity spectrum – please welcome lovely Glamour Woman of the Year Laverne Cox!”

That’s how lesbian actress Jodie Foster introduced transgender actress/activist (Charles) Laverne Cox at the Glamour magazine event. In the magazine, the article on Cox was titled “The Advocate.”  

By Jorge Bonilla | November 21, 2014 | 6:12 PM EST

The tone at the nation’s top Spanish-language television network was triumphant – and demanding – following President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty proclamation for upwards of 4 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States. 

By Tom Blumer | November 21, 2014 | 6:04 PM EST

Old habits die hard at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press — especially when those old habits help Dear Leader's regime look better, or less awful, than it deserves.

It's been eight days, but it's still worth a look. On November 13, the government released its Monthly Treasury Statement for October, showing that Uncle Sam ran a $122 billion deficit. In his coverage of that statement's release, the AP's Martin Crutsinger, in the wire service's monthly effort at miseducating the masses, wrote the following:

By Kyle Drennen | November 21, 2014 | 4:50 PM EST

On her 12 p.m. ET hour MSNBC show on Friday, host Andrea Mitchell asserted that President Obama's executive order blocking deportation of millions of illegal immigrants was somehow "not amnesty": "...what this is not, as the President said, this is not amnesty. People have to apply, the applications won't be taken until the spring. There's a window where Republicans could act. So it's not what people are describing, the critics."

By Kristine Marsh | November 21, 2014 | 4:00 PM EST

PETA activists are planning to protest a SeaWorld float at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year by painting their naked bodies black and white to look like orcas (“killer whales”) according to a report by Policy Mic. The animal rights group also plans to protest the theme park’s use of animals in captivity by cramming a bunch of naked, painted people into a bathtub set outside Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square. 

The stunt is supposed to protest orcas held in captivity and continue their demand that SeaWorld be excluded from the parade. PETA tried to get the park’s float banned last year as well but were similarly denied. Last year they pulled a similar stunt with a man confined in a small tank.

By Ken Shepherd | November 21, 2014 | 3:42 PM EST

“What do we want?”
“Darren Wilson!”
“How do we want him?”
“Dead!”

That's a call-and-response chant of radical, bloodthirsty protesters outside the police department in Ferguson, Mo., on Thursday, Nov. 20, as reported by freelancer Justin Glawe, writing at the Daily Beast.

By Tim Graham | November 21, 2014 | 3:18 PM EST

Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson told Glenn Beck about the latest document release forced by Judicial Watch, which demonstrates Obama's Department of Justice was working to squash Attkisson's reporting on the Obama administration.

Attkisson read from one of the documents, an October 4, 2011 e-mail from Tracy Schmaler, the top press aide for Attorney General Eric Holder, to White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz.