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By Mark Finkelstein | September 28, 2015 | 6:48 PM EDT

Wait a second: wasn't it just this month that Hillary's handlers announced they were going to have her show a warm 'n fuzzy side, with more "heart?" So who was the genius who coached Clinton to announce that as president she would "impose much harsher restrictions" on financial institutions under Dodd-Frank?

She'll "impose much harsher restrictions?" Brr! Isn't that the Stone Cold Hillary Clinton whose image was being re-engineered?  Clinton made her "much harsher" comment in remarks aired on today's debut episode of MTP Daily in response to Chuck Todd's question as to where she differs from President Obama.

By Randy Hall | September 28, 2015 | 6:39 PM EDT

While the Democrats running for their party's nomination for the 2016 presidential election are far fewer than those on the Republican side, the Cable News Network is doing its best to add another candidate to its two-hour prime-time debate: Vice President Joe Biden.

In fact, according to an article by Mark Preston -- executive editor for CNN Politics -- Biden will be invited to participate in the first Democratic presidential primary debate at 9 p.m. on October 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada, if he declares his intention to seek his party's nomination as late as the day of the debate.

By Tom Blumer | September 28, 2015 | 5:32 PM EDT

If the establishment press was treating Hillary Clinton's private server/email and other controversies as the genuine scandals and the national security nightmares that they really are, we'd be getting daily or near-daily updates on the latest developments.

It really isn't too much to ask. After all, outlets like the Associated Press frequently capsulized the latest Watergate developments during 1973 and 1974. It is fortunate, since the AP and others traditional hard-news outlets won't do their jobs, that an Investor's Business Daily editorial presented a readily understandable Hillary scandal summary on Wednesday.

By Matthew Balan | September 28, 2015 | 5:09 PM EDT

Brian Williams and Chris Matthews couldn't resist the opportunity to harp on the lack of married and women priests in the Catholic Church, as MSNBC provided live coverage of Pope Francis's open-air Mass in Philadelphia on Sunday. Williams pointed out that one of the archbishops at the Mass is "from a family, [but] he cannot go home to one. He cannot have one, and be...of service to the Catholic Church. And it is still that thing that differentiates and separates the religion from so many others."

By Tim Graham | September 28, 2015 | 4:33 PM EDT

Some of us have shaken our head at the usual New York Times reaction to a Mark Levin best-seller. It tops their best-seller list without the Times ever reviewing it. This has held for the new book Plunder and Deceit, now at number 2 on their chart this Sunday. But it was hilarious/appalling to see the quality of tomes they’re reviewing instead. In Sunday’s Times Book Review, it was....the book Selfish by Kim Kardashian West. It’s a picture book of her own selfies.

By Scott Whitlock | September 28, 2015 | 4:10 PM EDT

A snide Time magazine chided the organization behind the Planned Parenthood sting videos, insisting that “fury often matters more than facts.” In the October 5 issue, Alex Altman profiled David Daleiden and lectured, “In the midst of a political storm, fury can often matter more than the facts. An activist with an agenda can shape policies that affect millions.” 

By Erin Aitcheson | September 28, 2015 | 3:48 PM EDT

Liberals trashing on religion goes together like Monday morning and coffee: it’s just the norm. From the momentous visit to America by Pope Francis to the recent CNN Republican debate where some candidates had the audacity to mention their personal religious convictions, faith and religion has been just too prevalent these days for some lefties.

Jeffry Taylor of Salon is one. “These are trying times for rationalist rejecters of make-believe celestial tyrants and human-authored ‘magic’ books,” he wrote on Sunday. According to Taylor, all these “religious delusions” are killing right-wingers and everyone else, and journalists are not doing their part to call out the insanity.

By Katie Yoder and Kristine Marsh | September 28, 2015 | 3:27 PM EDT

What a coincidence -- or not. The moment GOP candidate Mike Huckabee began slamming Planned Parenthood at the podium at this year’s Values Voters Summit, an NBC journalist interrupted. So loudly that some in the crowd began whistling and shouting at her to quiet down.

We know because we were there.

By Matthew Balan | September 28, 2015 | 2:56 PM EDT

CNN's Chris Cuomo painted a cynical picture of Dr. Ben Carson on Monday's New Day, as the newscast covered Jake Tapper's interview of the Republican presidential candidate from Sunday. Cuomo contended that Carson's recent stance against Muslims becoming president of the United States was a calculated move towards a supposedly extreme part of the GOP: "The problem is the candidate...seems to be pandering to a xenophobic religious minority in this country that's anti-Islam."

By Kristine Marsh | September 28, 2015 | 1:31 PM EDT

At the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. Friday, GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson slammed the media as elitists who “just don’t get it.” He explained how the media use their position of power to mislead the public by sharing a recent anecdote where a reporter took his words out of context.

By Katie Yoder | September 28, 2015 | 1:22 PM EDT

Which is “proof” that “you have to be ready for anything in politics”: a curtain falling down or Planned Parenthood activists throwing condoms? The curtain, according to the broadcast news shows.

A local ABC affiliate reported Planned Parenthood protesters threw condoms at Carly Fiorina Saturday while she spoke at an Iowa Hawkeyes tailgate party. Not one of the broadcast news shows from ABC, NBC or CBS batted an eye at the news. Instead, they gasped at another “scary moment” for Fiorina: a curtain falling down on top of her during a speech.

By Melissa Mullins | September 28, 2015 | 1:03 PM EDT

On CNN’s State of the Union, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi was asked by Jake Tapper if she had seen any of the undercover videos that showed Planned Parenthood executives casually talking about selling body parts of aborted babies.

In true Pelosi fashion, she replied that “I don’t stipulate these videos are real,” and just as President Obama hears news first from the media, Pelosi told Tapper “I’ve seen some news reports on it, but I also know that some of it is not real and you can create any reality that you want.”  

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 28, 2015 | 12:51 PM EDT

On Monday, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews swooned over President Obama’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly and called it evidence that he was a “presidential figure who's become a global leader.” The MSNBC host proclaimed that Obama’s speech shows he “is he going to be a post-presidential Nelson Mandela. He is going to be a man of the world selling democracy, claiming credit for climate change initiatives with opening to Cuba, with trade deals.” 

By Scott Whitlock | September 28, 2015 | 12:48 PM EDT

Game Change author Mark Halperin agreed with Bill Clinton’s conspiracy theory that Republicans are engaged in a “vast” plot to make the e-mail scandal a major focus of the presidential campaign at the expense of actual issues. Appearing on Morning Joe, Monday, the Bloomberg Politics managing editor responded to an interview clip of Bill Clinton. Halperin asserted, “Much of what he says is true.”

By Brad Wilmouth | September 28, 2015 | 12:24 PM EDT

On Monday's New Day on CNN, anchor Chris Cuomo complained about Republicans wanting to defund Planned Parenthood as he questioned the "urgency" of doing so "before you investigate the allegations," leading guest and former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to decry the "grotesque" revelations about the abortion provider.

During a discussion of House Speaker John Boehner's announced resignation and the impact it could have on whether there is a government shutdown as Republicans try to defund Planned Parenthood, Cuomo fretted: