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By Jack Coleman | | April 25, 2016 | 7:52 PM EDT

It was almost enough but not quite to elicit a twinge of sympathy for the 39th president of the United States.

In addition to his HBO show that airs Friday nights, comic Bill Maher posts on "Overtime" segment on YouTube that's often worth checking out, as was the case this weekend.
 

By Tom Blumer | | April 25, 2016 | 6:25 PM EDT

If what Barack Obama contended in London, England on Saturday was obviously true, I suspect that the establishment press would be broadly proclaiming it and looking back at the President's wonderful work.

What Obama is claiming — that his presidency is responsible for "saving the world economy from a Great Depression" — is nonsense, but he's clearly beginning to lobby for it to become the historical narrative. This may explain why the Associated Press, while running a story on what Obama said, has made it pretty difficult to find. But it will be there for agenda-driven hacks to locate when it becomes time to spin the history. If a Republican or conservative president made such a claim, the fact checkers would already have been out in force.

By Randy Hall | | April 25, 2016 | 6:19 PM EDT

During a session on Earth Day to commemorate the signing of the “Paris Agreement” -- in which 175 countries agreed to do more to combat climate change -- Leonardo DiCaprio, the United Nations' official messenger of peace, told the delegates: “You re the last, best hope of earth. We ask you to protect it, or all living things we cherish are history.”

“Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground, where they belong,” he also asserted on Friday. “You know that climate change is happening faster than even the most pessimistic of scientists warned us decades ago, and it's become a runaway freight train bringing with it an impending disaster for all living things.”

By Curtis Houck | | April 25, 2016 | 5:41 PM EDT

Reviewing the premiere of liberal CNN comedian W. Kamau Bell’s new show United Shades of America in Monday’s Washington Post, critic Stephanie Merry gushed over Bell’s consistent behavior as “[a] teddy bear of a guy” who’s “relentlessly easygoing” with the first episode being dedicated to hanging out with the Ku Klux Klan (since, of course, they’re supposedly “the core” of the Republican Party).

By Scott Whitlock | | April 25, 2016 | 5:32 PM EDT

According to an actual participant in Good Morning America’s town hall with Ted Cruz last week, the participants were selected based on an apparent dislike of the conservative Republican. In contrast to the fawning town hall with Hillary Clinton, Cruz faced mostly hostile, tough questions. 

By Matthew Balan | | April 25, 2016 | 4:16 PM EDT

Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia blasted Bernie Sanders supporter Rosario Dawson on Monday's CNN Newsroom for referencing Monica Lewinsky at a recent campaign event for the Vermont socialist: "I think it was stupid. The reason I think it was stupid is because there just aren't many votes in the Democratic primary for invoking the name of Monica Lewinsky." Anchor Carol Costello replied, "So why didn't Bernie Sanders just come out and say, you know what — Monica Lewinsky's name has no place in Democratic politics at this time?"

By Jorge Bonilla | | April 25, 2016 | 3:56 PM EDT

Can they pivot?

By Scott Whitlock | | April 25, 2016 | 3:39 PM EDT

Yes, you read that right. The director of the steamy 50 Shades of Grey, Sam Taylor-Johnson, has departed the Ted Kennedy film Chappaquiddick. She will be replaced by filmmaker John Curran. According in a quote on Deadline Hollywood, producer Mark Ciardi said of Jason Clarke, who will be playing Ted Kennedy: “Jason Clarke is the perfect choice to take on the complexities of this role.” 

By Tim Graham | | April 25, 2016 | 2:46 PM EDT

In a sure sign Obama is a lame duck, Sunday’s Washington Post carried a gushy article by assistant managing editor David Maraniss. The subhead was  “Obama set out to be a leader of consequence; From the Affordable Care Act to the opening of relations with Cuba, Obama will leave behind a legacy of liberal achievement.”

In a 2,863-word article that's overblown in length and historical scope, Maraniss said Obama ambitiously sought to be an ideological counter-balance to Ronald Reagan in the greatest-president category, and “It is now becoming increasingly possible to argue he has neared his goal.”

By NB Staff | | April 25, 2016 | 2:33 PM EDT

The MRC's recent study of cable news election coverage was a topic of discussion during the April 25 edition of Fox New's Happening Now. During the segment, Fox News Radio host Alan Colmes and radio host Tammy Bruce both agreed with the study that GOP candidates had received much more air time than their Democrat counterparts, but had different theories as to why the coverage was so skewed. Bruce argued that the media didn't focus on Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for fear of exposing their flaws, while Colmes countered that the lopsided coverage was merely the result of the GOP campaign being more entertaining, and the "conflict on the right."

By Daniel Garza | | April 25, 2016 | 2:02 PM EDT

Once again, Fusion, the reliably liberal English-language arm of Univision, has gone out of their way to produce media content targeting conservative personalities engaged in the political process, while entirely ignoring similar situations on the left side of the political spectrum.

By Kyle Drennen | | April 25, 2016 | 12:43 PM EDT

On Monday, all three network morning shows parroted Donald Trump’s campaign talking points by dismissing Ted Cruz and John Kasich teaming up to stop the GOP frontrunner as an act of “desperation” that came “too little, too late.” Appearing on NBC’s Today, Bloomberg Politics managing editor Mark Halperin proclaimed: “Donald Trump, to be stopped, they need to do something different....This is different, but it’s also desperate, and it’s a reflection of just how strong a position Trump is in.”

By Matt Philbin | | April 25, 2016 | 12:20 PM EDT

As Bernie and Hillary continue try to outstrip one another in the Great Pander Off of 2016, it seems like an eternity ago that there was an actual grownup in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. But it was only in October that Jim Webb gave up his run. 

By Curtis Houck | | April 25, 2016 | 12:12 PM EDT

Making his latest appearance on CBS This Morning with co-host, devout fan, and Obama friend Gayle King, Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore was serenaded on Monday by King and her fellow co-hosts as a “passionate centrist” who loves President Obama but supposedly mocks politicians on both sides. 

By Scott Whitlock | | April 25, 2016 | 12:11 PM EDT

The journalists at ABC and CBS on Monday excitedly pushed the idea that the Koch brothers will politically stay on the sideline. CBS This Morning’s Nancy Cordes even spun an interview with Charles Koch as “tentative support for Hillary Clinton. Good Morning America's Jon Karl on Sunday talked to Mr. Koch about the plans he and his billionaire brother have for 2016.