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By Katie Yoder | April 15, 2015 | 2:33 PM EDT

Sen. Rand Paul’s abortion question is beginning to haunt Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz – thanks to some in the media.

During a CNN interview on April 14, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) refused to cite any acceptable restrictions on abortion – and deemed the decision to abort a 7-pound baby a “personal liberty.” The abortion question continued to follow her during a Fox interview where she couldn’t pick a “specific date and time” for when life begins. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 15, 2015 | 2:18 PM EDT

On Tuesday night, Late Show host David Letterman used his “Top 10” segment to list the “Top 10 things overheard in Hillary Clinton’s van."

By Tim Graham | April 15, 2015 | 2:02 PM EDT

Bill Maher granted an interview with the Hollywood trade paper Variety, which mostly discussed his aversion to taping his HBO show Real Time instead of doing the show live – perhaps because that decision would mock the show’s title. But the jaw-dropping part came late in the article. Maher suggested the networks are “committing journalistic treason,” and Variety’s Brian Steinberg apparently failed to follow up.

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 15, 2015 | 1:37 PM EDT

After members of the media literally chased down Hillary Clinton’s campaign van in Iowa on Tuesday afternoon, MSNBC reporter Alex Seitz-Wald appeared on All In with Chris Hayes and did his best to sympathize with her campaign’s inability to push her message without the media following her. 

By Kyle Drennen | April 15, 2015 | 12:35 PM EDT

Appearing on Wednesday's NBC Today to grade the performance of the 2016 candidates and potential candidates thus far, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd declared that Hillary Clinton was doing all she could to contain her presidential aura: "You know, the irony here is you have a whole bunch of Republicans who are trying to look presidential. She's desperately trying to not look presidential."

By Scott Whitlock | April 15, 2015 | 12:16 PM EDT

ABC and CBS on Wednesday skimped on the new revelation that Hillary Clinton was pressed two years ago about having a private e-mail server. Good Morning America allowed a scant 42 seconds to the news, first reported in the New York Times, that a congressional committee directly asked the Secretary of State. CBS This Morning did even worse, allowing a mere 14 seconds. 

By Bryan Ballas | April 15, 2015 | 11:03 AM EDT

Sen. John McCain recently raged against Obama’s Iran deal by calling Secretary John Kerry’s handling of the project "delusional."  On Monday's Morning Joe, National Journal’s Ron Fournier was visibly vexed at McCain for attacking Obama’s sacred cow and described the former Vietnam POW’s comments as "beyond the pale. Kind of reminds me of the swift-boating of John Kerry in 2004, which I thought was outrageous."
 
Oh yes. The old "swift-boating" accusation. Remember that one? No one can criticize John Kerry without being guilty of smear campaigning, not even John McCain, who was one of many POWs slandered and maligned by John Kerry’s own baseless smears before Congress in 1971.  

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 15, 2015 | 10:34 AM EDT

During an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday, ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts rushed to the defense of Hillary Clinton after the New York Times revealed that a congressional committee had asked Clinton about her use of a private e-mail account while at the State Department more than two years ago.

By Tim Graham | April 15, 2015 | 10:22 AM EDT

Yahoo national political columnist Matt Bai – a former staff writer for Newsweek and The New York Times Magazine – wants to be impressed that Gov. Chris Christie is proposing Social Security reforms as he visits New Hampshire and flirts with a presidential campaign. "Chris Christie bets on bold" is his headline.

But Bai chided Christie for failing to raise the cap on Social Security payroll taxes, which would end the fiction that taxpayers are just contributing to their own retirement through the bloated federal government. Raising taxes? Bai said it creates “speaking-in-tongues madness” on the Right:

By Curtis Houck | April 15, 2015 | 2:51 AM EDT

Hours after President Obama moved to strike Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, Tuesday’s NBC Nightly News cheered the decision by the President as “another historic step” and “another remnant of the Cold War” tumbling down. Interim anchor Lester Holt began with the announcement that “[w]e are witnessing tonight another historic step in thawing relations between the U.S. and Cuba” with “[t]he White House announcing that President Obama will remove Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.”

By Tom Blumer | April 15, 2015 | 12:19 AM EDT

Hillary Clinton's campaign rollout has been the gaffe machine that keeps on giving. One gaffe in particular was so obvious that it masked an even more ludicrous one.

On Sunday, several people, including yours truly, the Twitter curators at Twitchy, David Knowles at Bloomberg, but almost no one else in the establishment press, noticed that Mrs. Clinton's campaign announcement press release told America that "she's fought children and their families all her career." That gaffe was so glaring that a far worse one which would have led readers to believe that she has fought for them even longer than she has been alive has, from what I can tell, been completely ignored.

By Yuri Perez | April 14, 2015 | 11:16 PM EDT

So far, coverage of Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign announcement has tilted left on the top-rated Univision and Telemundo newscasts, with both networks emphasizing the perspective of pro-amnesty critics of the Florida senator.

“The truth is Latinos do not want him here,” said a Rubio protester featured on Telemundo’s national evening newscast. Both Telemundo and Univision featured the group of pro-amnesty protesters outside the Freedom Tower where Rubio made his campaign announcement, and ignored the much larger group of pro-Rubio supporters inside.

By Curtis Houck | April 14, 2015 | 11:11 PM EDT

ABC News’s senior national correspondent Cecilia Vega continued her cheerleading for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday’s World News Tonight as she gushed that Clinton is working to win over voters “one handshake, one chai at a time” (in reference to her order of a chai tea at an Iowa coffee shop).

By Tom Blumer | April 14, 2015 | 10:51 PM EDT

Today, the Census Bureau reported that retail sales in March increased by a seasonally adjusted 0.9 percent. While that was the first such positive figure in four months, it was less than the 1.1 percent increase analysts expected, and did little to calm fears that the economy contracted during the first quarter of 2015.

An unbylined report at Bloomberg News and a dispatch from Josh Boak at the Associated Press had sharply differing takes on what the result meant. Longtime readers probably won't have a difficult time guessing who had the bigger set of blinders on. 

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | April 14, 2015 | 10:50 PM EDT

In the media, Hillary's Twitter launch on April 12 was received with words like "sleek," "savvy," "trending," "electrifying," and "approachable."  She was packaged by the press exactly as she wanted it: a humble “champion of everyday Americans.”

Compare that to the Ted Cruz launch on March 23. These words framed the introduction: "scary," "dangerous," "slimy," "firebrand," "rigid," "uncompromising," "hardline," "extremist," "flamethrower."