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By Ken Shepherd | January 27, 2015 | 8:50 PM EST

On the January 27 edition of Hardball, former DNC chairman Howard Dean issued a tepid half-apology regarding his recent ill-advised statement on Real Time with Bill Maher wherein he blasted as "angry" the moviehouse audiences that have made American Sniper a runaway hit. 

By Ken Shepherd | January 27, 2015 | 8:02 PM EST

Thanking his guest Gov. Dannel Malloy for appearing on the January 27 Hardball to discuss his handling of the much-overhyped blizzard "Winter Storm Juno," MSNBC host Chris Matthews reminded the Connecticut Democrat that he and others at the Lean Forward network had "rooted" for his reelection.

By Tim Graham | January 27, 2015 | 7:25 PM EST

As the Senate prepares for confirmation hearings for Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as Attorney General, The Washington Post spread goo across page one on Tuesday.  The headline was “In Justice nominee, a touch of ‘steel’ and ‘velvet.’”

Justice Department correspondent Sari Horwitz began and ended with her daddy, and quoted former Obama associate attorney general Tony West: “Loretta is steel wrapped in velvet, incredibly tough with a diplomatic touch.” Used cars are sold with less aggression.

By Curtis Houck | January 27, 2015 | 6:20 PM EST

On Tuesday afternoon, Brendan Bordelon of National Review Online (NRO) reported on the latest leaked email from Al Jazeera English that showed executive Carlos van Meek telling employees not to sure the terms “extremist,” “Islamist,” “militant,” and “terrorist” in their news coverage to “avoid characterizing people.”

Van Meek’s email came following a deadly shooting earlier in the day at a hotel in Libya that killed at least eight (including one American). Writing to the outlet’s New York and Washington newsrooms, van Meek felt that it was pertinent to “bring to your attention some key words that have a tendency of tripping us up” considering “[o]ne person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter.”

By Randy Hall | January 27, 2015 | 6:00 PM EST

During an interview with the Cable News Network's Fareed Zakaria in India on Tuesday, Barack Obama avoided directly addressing the severe punishment of 1,000 lashes -- 50 at a time -- received by Raif Badawi, a blogger who criticized the government of Saudi Arabia even though that nation has been a longtime ally of the U.S.

When asked by Zakaria why Saudi Arabia remains a close partner with America and the next stop on the president's international tour despite its poor civil rights record, the Democratic occupant of the White House responded:

By NB Staff | January 27, 2015 | 5:53 PM EST

You know you've got a problem when GIs would rather be peelin taters than listening to the commander-in-chief give a speech!

By Scott Whitlock | January 27, 2015 | 4:29 PM EST

MSNBC on Tuesday showcased the northeast's dangerous blizzard conditions by sending journalist Rehema Ellis out on the roads to report while driving, often taking her hands off the wheel.

By Kyle Drennen | January 27, 2015 | 3:12 PM EST

Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday, Huffington Post reporter Sam Stein worried that the Clinton political machine would be unable to compete with funding from Charles and David Koch during the 2016 presidential campaign: "I mean, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton will be scratching lotto tickets, I think, for the next week just trying to catch up with the $889 million that the Koch brothers are going to put in here."

By Jeffrey Meyer | January 27, 2015 | 1:54 PM EST

On Monday night, Nicolle Wallace, former Communications Director for President George W. Bush and senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign, appeared on CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman and proved once and for all that she loves to criticize Sarah Palin. During her discussion with the liberal comic, Wallace mocked Palin’s intelligence and insisted that she “gave a speech this weekend in Iowa where again on full display were all the gaps in her knowledge and that’s what became obvious not just to the public but to us, and that was sort of chilling.” 

By Kristine Marsh | January 27, 2015 | 1:53 PM EST

The religious fundamentalists are coming! The religious fundamentalists are coming! Daily Beast writer Dean Obeidallah frantically warns, in his Jan. 27 piece “Bobby Jindal Wants to Fistfight Your God." Obeidallah clearly imagines himself some kind of Paul Revere warning America of the impending doom at the hands of ISIS-like Christians and the rest of the media is locking step in his mission to expose Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s “hate.” So what did Jindal do to earn so much condemnation? Well he was caught leading a prayer rally in Baton Rouge over the weekend, in an event hosted by the American Family Association (“AFA”.) Truly deplorable stuff. 

That’s because the AFA is a hate group and Jindal should know better than speaking for such a radical group. He might as well be speaking at a pro-ISIS rally, according to Obeidallah. 

By Tim Graham | January 27, 2015 | 1:19 PM EST

Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner reports “A new Ipsos/Reuters poll throws cold water on the racially-charged #OscarsSoWhite trend and other campaigns suggesting that the overly liberal Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was biased this year against blacks and other minorities in picking Oscar nominees.”

By Matthew Balan | January 27, 2015 | 1:03 PM EST

In her Tuesday item, the AP's Kimberlee Kruesi repeatedly emphasized the ideology of opponents of proposed legislation in Idaho that would "create protections for gay and lesbian people." Kruesi underlined that the state legislative committee that held the heading was "made up some of the Statehouse's most conservative lawmakers and only a handful of Democrats." However, she failed to give equivalent labels for the left-of-center proponents of the bill.

By Scott Whitlock | January 27, 2015 | 12:20 PM EST

The man who trained Navy S.E.A.L Chris Kyle appeared on Fox Business, Monday, to slam liberal filmmaker Michael Moore for his repeated attacks on the movie American Sniper and its subject, Chris Kyle.

By Tom Johnson | January 27, 2015 | 11:25 AM EST

In an article for Salon, Penn State professor Sophia McClennen claims the box-office blockbuster has “no nuance, no context and no subtlety” and that its director, Clint Eastwood, represents a dark, disturbing feature of the GOP mind-set.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | January 27, 2015 | 10:51 AM EST

Following Monday’s severe blizzard that pummeled the Northeast, on Tuesday morning, CNN’s New Day hosted liberal New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio to discuss the city’s handling of the snowstorm.  After DeBlasio briefly spoke with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, brother of New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Day co-host Alisyn Camerota greeted DeBlasio with a friendly kiss and embrace before offering DeBlasio some homemade hot chocolate.