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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."

By Tom Johnson | April 14, 2015 | 9:50 PM EDT

The title of a famous essay by Jonathan Swift and that of Tuesday's article by Brian Beutler each starts with “A Modest Proposal.” There are, however, many differences concerning the two pieces. One is that Swift’s was a satire, whereas Beutler’s is a fantasy. Another is that pretty much anyone who somehow took Swift’s proposal seriously would find it horrifying, while Beutler’s suggestion -- that the 2016 Democratic ticket should consist of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama -- will horrify mostly conservatives (and opponents of dynastic politics who already were upset over the prospect of a Hillary v. Jeb race).

By Ken Shepherd | April 14, 2015 | 9:23 PM EDT

There was no way that Chris Matthews was going to let the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination pass without using it as an occasion to slander the GOP as a "Jim Crow"-loving racist party unworthy of the label Party of Lincoln.

By Curtis Houck | April 14, 2015 | 9:06 PM EDT

On Tuesday night, ABC and NBC made no mention of a congressional hearing that took place earlier in the day addressing a scandal unveiled in a Department of Justice (DOJ) report that said Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in Colombia had participated in sex parties over a multi-year period funded by American taxpayers and the very drug cartels they were fighting.

By Mark Finkelstein | April 14, 2015 | 8:38 PM EDT

You're a TV show host, and your guest has just suggested he'd like to "do" something to a sitting US senator such that he doesn't even want to describe it on air. Think you might challenge him about it?

Not if you're Ed Schultz.  On this evening's Ed Show, renegade "Republican" Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell and a big supporter of President Obama's Iran deal, was complaining about Democrats who have questioned the deal.  According to Wilkerson, the problem is people who are too "enamored about the State of Israel." Singling out Chuck Schumer, Wilkerson says "you've got guys like Chuck Schumer, whom I'd like to -- I won't say what I'd like to do to Chuck."

By Matthew Balan | April 14, 2015 | 5:44 PM EDT

CNN's Chris Cuomo played defense for the Obama administration on Tuesday's New Day as he interviewed Senator Bob Corker on his proposed legislation to "give Congress a say on the Iran deal," as the anchor put it. Cuomo wondered, "How can they negotiate a deal if the Iran side of the table says – well, you really can't give me any assurances, because you have to go to your Congress after this? You know, that's a big...set of handcuffs."