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By Tom Johnson | March 27, 2015 | 9:07 PM EDT

Mark Joseph Stern argues that a crucial shortcoming of John Strand’s play The Originalist is its out-of-date portrayal of Scalia as “a principled conservative, a brilliant and complex man who resists partisan classification.” Nowadays, however, Scalia’s “ideology…looks less conservative than RepublicanTwenty years ago Scalia was the unpredictable justice, the renegade who thought both flag burning and corporate campaign contributions deserved free-speech protections. Today he looks a lot more like the Fox News justice, ruling however the Obama administration wishes he wouldn’t.”

Stern also doesn’t buy that the “hard-line anti-gay” Scalia would knowingly hire a lesbian to clerk for him: “Would the same justice who unapologetically compared gay Americans to drug dealers, prostitutes, and animal abusers really be so tolerant in his personal life? Of course not. The Originalist wants us to imagine Scalia as a lovable contrarian and a warmhearted grump whose judicial opinions often lie worlds away from his real-life habits. There is simply no evidence that this portrayal is accurate.”

By Tim Graham | March 27, 2015 | 6:22 PM EDT

Ted Cruz really knows how to put liberal teeth on edge. See this Washington Post headline: “Cruz compares climate change activists to ‘flat-Earthers.’ Where to begin?”

Post reporter Philip Bump took it upon himself to try and rebut Cruz point by point, saying “there’s not much Cruz got right here.”

By Jack Coleman | March 27, 2015 | 4:18 PM EDT

It was stunning and simultaneously not surprising to learn this week of a curiously timed legal decision leading to our government releasing previously classified details of Israel's nuclear program, which the Jewish state has never publicly acknowledged.

If news of this disclosure left you furious at still another example of the Obama administration's bad-faith dealings with our only genuine ally in the Middle East, radio host Mark Levin's indignation in response is sure to resonate.

By Kyle Drennen | March 27, 2015 | 3:35 PM EDT

Despite having savaged Republicans two weeks earlier for voicing opposition to an Iran nuclear deal in an open letter to the totalitarian regime, on Friday, NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd suddenly realized such a deal would be a bad idea.

By Curtis Houck | March 27, 2015 | 3:33 PM EDT

While on Thursday’s edition of The Nightly Show on Comedy Central, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich expressed concern that the media has been covering the terrorist group ISIS too heavily and in turn has been causing the group’s ranks to swell. After being asked by host Larry Wilmore to explain why “all these westerners [are] joining ISIS,” Reich dismissed that premise by declaring that “there are not that many trying to join ISIS” considering: “Out of 600 million Europeans and Americans you’ve got, what, 400, 800 trying to join ISIS? This is not a big deal.”

By Ken Shepherd | March 27, 2015 | 2:52 PM EDT

If you thought the tired, discredited "War on Women" meme was a thing of the past, think again. MSNBC.com is doing its best to keep it alive. Witness how they gave a platform today to Ilyse Hogue of the abortion-rights absolutist group NARAL Pro-Choice America.

By P.J. Gladnick | March 27, 2015 | 2:30 PM EDT

Politico surveyed a "bipartisan group of key activists, operatives and thought leaders in New Hampshire and Iowa" to reveal "grave concerns about Cruz’s electability." A "bipartisan" group? Does this mean that Politico actually consulted Democrats to weigh in on Ted Cruz's changes in the early primaries? Yeah, there is an "unbiased" group for you. However, the really significant news from the Politico article written by James Hohmann comes deep into the story after many paragraphs of unrelenting Cruz bashing where it is revealed that "Nearly two-thirds of Iowa Republican insiders believe Cruz can win the caucuses."

By Scott Whitlock | March 27, 2015 | 1:22 PM EDT

Retired host Barbara Walters on Friday returned to The View to celebrate the show's 4000th episode. The self-congratulatory edition featured Walters bragging, "We had some very serious political discussions. We had very serious guests. We had the president."  The co-host enthused, "When Obama came on the show that was a very big deal, a sitting president on the daytime show." 

By Curtis Houck | March 27, 2015 | 12:13 PM EDT

After not covering on Thursday night a report that detailed how Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents attended sex parties paid for by Colombian drug cartels, NBC continued to show no interest in the multi-year scandal by making no mention of it during Friday’s edition of Today. While ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir also failed to cover this story on Thursday, ABC’s Good Morning America devoted a news brief on Friday morning to the issue that ran for a scant 17 seconds.

By Scott Whitlock | March 27, 2015 | 12:12 PM EDT

A day after CBS avoided using the "Democrat" label for the scandal-plagued Jesse Jackson Jr., the network on Friday made sure to identify "Republican" Aaron Shock for a story on the resignation of the Congressman. Guest co-host Vladimir Duthiers informed, "The Republican compared himself to Abraham Lincoln in his farewell speech." 

By Tim Graham | March 27, 2015 | 12:03 PM EDT

Washington Post political reporter Aaron Blake picked up on the Hillary Clinton "Super Volunteers" badgering New York Times reporter Amy Chozick about the 13 words you can't use to describe Hillary because it's coded sexism.

But Blake took a fascinating turn: he defended the "mainstream media" against the idea they attacked Hillary. These negative adjectives are used by the "conservative media" or "people who don't like Hillary Clinton." This means liberal journalists don't fit that category. 

By Jordan Ecarma | March 27, 2015 | 11:47 AM EDT

Government-funded contraception is a fine mantra, say liberals – but you’d better be careful to offer it in a way that shows you “respect women’s intelligence.”

In response to an Arkansas lawmaker’s proposition that Medicaid offer free surgically implanted contraception to single mothers of one child, Slate’s Amanda Marcotte said the program to cover intrauterine devices disrespects women in a piece headlined “Arkansas Legislator Says Single Mothers Should Get Free IUDs for the Sake of ‘Taxpayers.’”

By Kyle Drennen | March 27, 2015 | 11:01 AM EDT

Introducing a White House puff piece on Friday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer proclaimed: "Now to a young woman who might just be one of the most impressive figures in Washington. We're talking about the President's newly-appointed receptionist."
 

By Tim Graham | March 27, 2015 | 9:41 AM EDT

Jeb Bush is following in the footsteps of his father, who tried an “Annoy the Media, Vote Bush” slogan in the waning days of his last campaign. His brother George also confessed something like this when he was president. 

“I don’t read The New York Times,” Jeb Bush declared to Fox host Brian Kilmeade on the radio. 

By Mark Finkelstein | March 27, 2015 | 8:30 AM EDT

This had to be one of the more telling moments about the emptiness of Hillary Clinton's campaign.  When Mika Brzezinski asked Morning Joe panel members today to describe Hillary's message "in ten seconds or less," they burst into laughter.  "Why is that funny?" demanded Mika, surely knowing the answer: that Hillary stands for nothing much more than "it's my turn, dammit!"

But that didn't stop Anne Gearan of the Washington Post from piping up, claiming "I can answer that.  It's 'I'm on your side and they're not."  As Newsbuster Ken Shepherd has detailed, Gearan has been "ready for Hillary" for a long time. But in fairness, perhaps Gearan is on to something.  Hillary really is on your side . . . assuming you've donated a minimum of a million bucks to the Clinton Foundation.