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By Matthew Balan | October 15, 2014 | 6:56 PM EDT

On Tuesday, Turner Broadcasting, the parent company of CNN,  started the process of cancelling several of the news network's series, including the reboot of Crossfire, and began laying off hundreds of employees. Chris Ariens at the TVNewser blog reported that "as many as 300, or 8%, of CNN's workforce is being cut." Ariens later noted that "Jane Velez Mitchell's nightly HLN show has been canceled, part of deep cuts at CNN."

By NB Staff | October 15, 2014 | 6:50 PM EDT

"According to a new poll, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's approval rating has fallen to 21 percent. To put that in perspective, 22 percent approve of Justin Bieber."

 

By Ken Shepherd | October 15, 2014 | 4:00 PM EDT

The Houston Chronicle reports that the city's liberal Democratic mayor, Annise Parker, has spearheaded efforts by the city to subpoena sermons from local churches whose ministers have been critical of the city's new "equal rights" ordinance. That law requires private businesses to permit transgendered persons to use the bathroom of the gender of their self-identity as opposed to their biological sex.

By Matthew Balan | October 15, 2014 | 3:50 PM EDT

The CBS This Morning anchors stayed true to their reputation of playing softball with liberal guests, while badgering conservative/traditional ones with their Wednesday interview of Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Norah O'Donnell raised the much-hyped midterm report from the bishops' synod underway at the Vatican, and wondered, "How groundbreaking is it for the Catholic Church to raise even that question about whether the Catholic Church should welcome gay people?"

By Jack Coleman | October 15, 2014 | 3:25 PM EDT

Aww, isn't it sad when liberals turn on one another -- unless, of course, you're watching from the sidelines as a conservative, in which case, break out the popcorn!

The easily irritated Ed Schultz tore into foremost left-wing court jester Jon Stewart after Stewart committed the unpardonable offense, and only three short weeks before the midterms, of pointing out Democrats' blatant hypocrisy on big money in politics.

By Tom Blumer | October 15, 2014 | 12:36 PM EDT

Early this morning, Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post's designated fact-checker gave the left's claims that Republicans alone were responsible for alleged "cuts" to Ebola research four Pinocchios (i.e., a "whopper").

That's nice, but it hardly undoes the damage news outlets like the Associated Press have inflicted on the truth in the apparent name of ginning up resentment among low-information voters. I'll get to that, but first, here are the key passages from Kessler's critique, which essentially gets down to who's responsible for sequestration (the correct answer is that it was President Obama and the White House; bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Katie Yoder and Kristine Marsh | October 15, 2014 | 11:51 AM EDT

Here’s something the pro-abortion media won’t want to hear: the risks the pro-life movement will take to defend the defenseless, speak for the voiceless and stand up for the threatened. 

On Tuesday, Oct. 14, pro-life advocacy group Live Action hosted a news conference in front of the Washington, D.C. Planned Parenthood. The event highlighted, among other things, taxpayer funding of abortion through ObamaCare, as brought to light in a new GAO report. The prospect of having to participate in plans that cover abortion (there are five states in which all ObamaCare plans cover abortion) had pro-life leaders talking about civil disobedience. 

By P.J. Gladnick | October 15, 2014 | 11:31 AM EDT

Gary Hart is mad at the Denver Post. Not for any bias on their part. Only because he doesn't like their editorial endorsement of Cory Gardner in the senate race from Colorado. Hart makes his displeasure with this "heresy" known in a letter to the editor of the Denver Post.

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 15, 2014 | 11:12 AM EDT

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll is out and it has some sobering news for Democrats with less than three weeks to go until the midterm election. The poll found that President Obama’s approval rating has dropped to a new low of just 40 percent and the Democratic Party’s popularity is at its weakest point in the last 30 years. Despite ABC News declaring that their own poll “has Democrats sweating,” ABC’s Good Morning America gave the story a mere 17 seconds on its Wednesday morning broadcast and buried it among a flurry of news briefs

By Tianna DiMartino | October 15, 2014 | 10:11 AM EDT

Whatever you do, remember that Tea Leoni’s on-screen portrayal of the Secretary of State in “Madam Secretary”  is not modeled after Hillary Clinton. Not at all. Nope. And CBS’ controversial new drama isn’t transparent Hillary boosterism. It’s just non-political entertainment brought to you by very political Hollywood liberals.

According to OpenSecrets.org, the 13 main (recurring) cast members, writers and producers have endorsed and funded numerous political candidacies and organizations, unsurprisingly favoring the Democratic Party by the staggering ratio of 600 to 1.

By Tim Graham | October 15, 2014 | 9:32 AM EDT

Barbra Streisand has a new album out of her old hits as duets. She didn't drag out her classic Democratic Party version of "The Way We Were." But her rabid partisanship is getting the better of her on The Huffington Post, dragging out the silly canard that "Republican budget cuts" stopped an Ebola vaccine. She was pleading with women to turn out and vote for liberals, since they're so much smarter than men.

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 15, 2014 | 9:30 AM EDT

Veteran NBC News journalist Tom Brokaw appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and mocked President Obama’s so-called coalition of nations fighting ISIS. Speaking on Wednesday morning, Brokaw used air quotes when describing the list of countries helping America fight ISIS before wondering “you see that whole list of people or countries lined up as our coalition partners against ISIS. What are they giving?”

By Tim Graham | October 15, 2014 | 8:22 AM EDT

NPR talk show host Diane Rehm devoted an hour Monday to the synod on the family in the Catholic Church. Her three guests were all progressives. Rehm and fellow public-radio host Sister Maureen Fiedler (a radical leftist) both turned to mocking Republican politicians with multiple marriages, Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani.

They did not bring up the case of former congressman Joseph Kennedy, since the Kennedys are NPR's kind of Catholics.

By Mark Finkelstein | October 15, 2014 | 8:19 AM EDT

It was one thing for Joe Scarborough to make the case for Mitt Romney, arguing that these frightening times demand the kind of competence Romney offers.  

But on today's Morning Joe, it was stunning to hear a New York Dem like Donny Deutsch say something very similar. According to the ad man: "There is a psychological reason to go to Mitt Romney, and that is: wow!  We kind of made a mistake four years ago. We get to do a do-over. He was right about Syria, he was right about a lot of things."

By Tim Graham | October 15, 2014 | 6:51 AM EDT

On Tuesday morning, Catholic author George Weigel took to National Review Online to describe “The Great Catholic Cave-In That Wasn’t.” Weigel slammed a Monday article in The New York Times headlined “Vatican Signals More Tolerance Toward Gays and Remarriage” as the latest in a long series of biased articles awaiting the Catholic Church’s surrender to the liberal, modernist Times zeitgeist.

Weigel asked: Why would the Catholic Church please the papers and "emulate the pattern of the dying communities of liberal Protestantism?"