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By Mark Finkelstein | April 11, 2016 | 12:09 PM EDT

The words of the day at Morning Joe today were "rigged, rigged, rigged, rigged." The reference was to the delegate selection process in both parties and the FBI investigation/Justice Department decision-making process regarding Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information on her private server.

While the panel discussed problems in the Republican process, the most glaring example given of a rigged system was the situation in Wyoming, where over the weekend Bernie Sanders scored a double-digit win among actual voters over Hillary Clinton . . . but came away with fewer delegates. As to the email scandal, clips were played from President Obama's Fox News interview with Chris Wallace, in which the president claimed that he did not communicate with the Attorney General or FBI Director. But as an agitated Joe Scarborough pointed out, by going on TV and declaring that Hillary hadn't compromised national security, he communicated loudly with both, rigging the system by letting the world know he had concluded there was no security breach.

By Tim Graham | April 11, 2016 | 11:54 AM EDT

In a sympathetic interview by Isaac Chotiner at, Rachel Maddow gushed all over Chris Matthews, about how he’s this “kinetic guy who’s very different than everyone elseo n TV, but that apparently is the Kryptonite for interviewing Trump.” He was “born to interview Donald Trump.”

A more cynical person might read this as corporate cheerleading with a bit of rivalry thrown in since, Maddow says Matthews is so “kinetic” he “interrrupts himself,” and says he beats Trump because he has “the same bluster.”

By Kyle Drennen | April 11, 2016 | 11:15 AM EDT

In a softball exchange with Anita Hill on Monday to promote the new HBO film commemorating her sexual harassment claims against Clarence Thomas, co-host Savannah Guthrie touted the law professor as a “reluctant witness” during the 1991 hearings that attempted to sink the nomination of the future Supreme Court justice.

By Mairead McArdle | April 11, 2016 | 10:27 AM EDT

The Atlantic dismissed all moral charges against pornography as largely irrelevant but admitted that it poses a public health crisis.

“Surveying the world around me, it just doesn’t seem as if the men in younger generations are more likely than their forbearers to use and abuse women,” said the Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf. “In fact, just the opposite seems to be true.”

By Erik Soderstrom | April 11, 2016 | 2:17 AM EDT

In an episode about America’s porous borders in which 18 FBI recruits successfully slip across the border undetected without any proper planning, Quantico’s writers made sure to slip in a few digs at President George W. Bush and former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

By Curtis Louder | April 11, 2016 | 12:56 AM EDT

In case you missed it (lucky you), MTV held its 25th Annual MTV Movie Awards hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Chris Ro-- I mean, Kevin Hart. This dynamic duo managed to throw down no less than 18 curse words in the opening 9 minutes of the show. Johnson and Hart were so foul-mouthed even Amy Poehler joked that she would keep her acceptance speech clean in order to get more airtime. 

By Dylan Gwinn | April 11, 2016 | 12:08 AM EDT

Very little needs to be said about Sunday night’s edition of ‘I Am Cait,” other than the fact that the ratings must be every bit as bad as reported if the producers felt the need to pull this stunt.

By Tom Blumer | April 10, 2016 | 11:55 PM EDT

On Tuesday, shortly after Governor Jerry Brown signed California's $15-an-hour minimum wage legislation, the Associated Press's Michael R. Blood and Don Thompson called the move "a victory for those struggling on the margins of the economy and the politically powerful unions that pushed it."

As seen in a NewsBusters post on March 31, it's definitely a win for union members whose wages are set at a multiple of the state's minimum wage. But it's not a "victory" for "struggling" workers who will lose their jobs or not be able to become employed at the higher rate. The AP pair would only concede that "the overall goal of helping the working poor might be lessened if some employers cut jobs or, worse, leave the state." Forget the "if" on employers cutting jobs, guys. That's because, as Jeb Graham at Investor's Business Daily reported on Friday (HT Hot Air), two states which have only raised their minimums to just over $10 have already seen seasonally adjusted job losses (bolds are mine):

By Dylan Gwinn | April 10, 2016 | 11:44 PM EDT

So quite possibly the worst idea in the history of foreign relations happened on a show modeling itself after Hillary Clinton.

By Clay Waters | April 10, 2016 | 10:01 PM EDT

The New York Times can’t get enough of a new study published in Science suggesting door-to-door canvassing can enlighten troglodyte citizens into supporting progressive policies like gay marriage, abortion (alongside Planned Parenthood), and gun control. The Times had just embraced the study in its news pages a few days before, and now contributing writer Benoit-Denizet Lewis devoted 5,000 words to the study helping liberals push their social issues.

By Brad Wilmouth | April 10, 2016 | 8:09 PM EDT

Appearing as a guest on Saturday's Smerconish show on CNN, former ABC News anchor Carole Simpson seemed taken aback that younger women -- some of whom she teaches in a college class -- are not supporting Hillary Clinton for President, unlike women in her own generation: "I don't know what's going on with women," and later, "I don't know why women don't think Hillary Clinton ought to be the first female President."

By Dylan Gwinn | April 10, 2016 | 7:56 PM EDT

Because someone using the 1st Amendment to pay tribute to God and the U.S. military, while openly advocating for a true Christian to ascend to the White House, is apparently terrifying, Deadspin lost their collective excrement mind and launched into what amounts to a hissy fit in response to Phil Robertson giving the invocation at a NASCAR race in Texas.

By Curtis Houck | April 10, 2016 | 7:54 PM EDT

On Sunday morning, the media-focused CNN show Reliable Sources spent an entire segment eagerly looking at the possibility that Kelly File host Megyn Kelly may not have her contracted renewed with Fox News and lead to her leaving the network in 2017 following Donald Trump's unnerving obsession with her during the presidential campaign.

By Tom Johnson | April 10, 2016 | 5:43 PM EDT

If judicial review means that the U.S. Supreme Court is a de facto super-legislature that can in effect supersede actual legislatures, that’s fine with Washington Monthly blogger Martin Longman. In a Wednesday post, Longman acknowledged that certain SCOTUS rulings over the past several decades have been politically motivated, but argued that those were appropriate remedies for the “deplorable and inexcusable wrongness” of conservatives on issues such as abortion.

Longman’s peg was Charles Grassley’s speech this past week criticizing recent SCOTUS decisions, such as the two in favor of Obamacare, that in Grassley’s view were based on “policy preferences” rather than on the Constitution.

By Curtis Houck | April 10, 2016 | 4:15 PM EDT

Recapping the liberal media's infatuation and uneasiness with Ted Cruz's "New York values" comment, Fox News Sunday panelist and Washington Post columnist George Will highlighted how Cruz's slogan has had nothing to do with 9/11 but instead how the city's liberal base has recently honored Soviet spies and elected a mayor who used to work for the Sandinistas.