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By Tom Blumer | July 14, 2015 | 7:47 PM EDT

First, the good news. The Associated Press's Martin Crutsinger didn't handle his coverage of today's release of May's "Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales" report by the Census Bureau as incompetently as he did the report on wholesale sales and inventories he filed on Friday. Visitors here may recall that the AP reporter referred to a key figure as "inventories" when it really represented "sales." As a result, the typical reader of Crutsinger's Friday AP dispatch could not have known that he was either ignorantly or deliberately covering up a serious 3.8 percent decline in year-over-year sales (6.8 percent before seasonal adjustment) — yet another in a string of such troubling monthly comparative decreases.

The bad news is that in covering the government's manufacturing-related report today, Crutsinger failed to report yet another serious year-over-year sales decline in an economy which we're supposed to believe is growing. Many readers will come away from Crutsinger's coverage and its accompanying headline believing that things are really all right. They're not.

By Connor Williams | July 14, 2015 | 5:26 PM EDT

Today on Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough and regular panelist Nicolle Wallace suggested liberals are beginning to recognize that Donald Trump “has a point” on illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. Wallace, a former Bush staffer, noted she is “a huge Trump denier. You know, I think he's a bozo. I'm from San Francisco. Right now people in San Francisco, the most liberal city in America, think Trump has a point when it comes to illegal immigration.”

By Matthew Balan | July 14, 2015 | 4:46 PM EDT

CNN's Chris Cuomo tried to shame Rick Santorum on Tuesday's New Day over his opposition to same-sex marriage. Cuomo indicated that Santorum wasn't in line with Pope Francis on LGBT issues: "Your Pope says tolerance is the message of Catholicism, when asked about gay marriage and LGBT existence within humanity. He says, 'Who am I to judge?' That doesn't work for you. You say you want an amendment that keeps marriage between a man and a woman. Why aren't you more like your pope?"

By Sarah Stites | July 14, 2015 | 4:29 PM EDT

If anyone is a media darling, it’s Michelle Obama. Less than 7 years into her husband’s presidency, Obama has boasted roughly 50 more media appearances than Laura Bush did in 8 years. 

The First Lady receives compliments on everything from her dancing to her workout regime to her graduation speeches. Yet, Mrs. Obama is probably best known for her campaign against childhood obesity. One of her programs, the annual “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge,” encourages grade-school children to submit a healthy recipe to the competition. This year, 54 winners chosen from over 1,000 entrants were invited to the White House for a kids’ “State Dinner.”

By Andrew Miller | July 14, 2015 | 4:21 PM EDT

ESPN will continue promoting liberal agenda items on Wednesday at their annual ESPY Awards.  Every year, they hand out the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to an individual or group whose accomplishments have “transcended” sports. This year’s recipient will be Bruce Jenner, who transcended reality and declared he’s a woman. Oh and he won that decathlon 40 years ago (as a man), so that’s why it’s related to sports.

By Scott Whitlock | July 14, 2015 | 4:12 PM EDT

If you're a liberal president and you've lost the women of The View, that's a bad sign. Co-hosts Rosie Perez, Nicolle Wallace and Michelle Collins alternatively mocked and questioned Barack Obama's deal with Iran over a nuclear program. Regarding inspections of nuclear sites, Perez derided, "...They say that we have 24/7 access to Iran and inspections. But they have to tip them off first. Okay? Tipping them off is like 'oh, the police are coming, hide the drugs!'" Wallace dismissed Obama's deal: "Now, if you have been to summer camp, the only way to keep the boys out of the girls bunk bed is if there is random inspections of the bunk." 

By Connor Williams | July 14, 2015 | 3:33 PM EDT

On the July 13 edition of The Kelly File, Fox personalities Megyn Kelly and Howard Kurtz hit The New York Times for leaving Ted Cruz’s new book, A Time For Truth, off their best seller list because of the paper’s suspicions about bulk purchases. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | July 14, 2015 | 3:10 PM EDT

On Tuesday, CBS This Morning sounded like members of the Obama administration during an interview with Carly Fiorina as its hosts repeatedly defended the newly agreed upon Iranian nuclear deal from criticsm. Throughout the discussion with the Republican presidential candidate, co-hosts Charlie Rose, Gayle King and fill-in host Jeff Glor offered up White House talking points in support of the Iranian deal without once expressing any skepticism surrounding the controversial deal.

By Katie Yoder | July 14, 2015 | 3:01 PM EDT

Planned Parenthood thinks it can put a price on a baby: $30 to $100 per part.

An undercover investigative video released July 14 appeared to show a Planned Parenthood executive confess that her taxpayer-funded organization sells the body parts of aborted babies by using the partial-birth abortion procedure to ensure the baby parts stay intact. Pro-life leaders challenged the abortion giant after the Center for Medical Progress, a citizen journalist group focused on medical ethics, caught the scene on camera.

By P.J. Gladnick | July 14, 2015 | 2:55 PM EDT

Oops! Maybe the  Scott Walker recall election in 2012 was not such a good idea in retrospect. Such is the conclusion of liberal Chris Cillizza writing in the Washington Post. According to Cillizza, although the attempt to recall Walker was appealing to liberals at the time, it backfired in a big way by making the Wisconsin governor well known nationally to the extent that he now has a good shot at winning the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Cillizza tells his tale of political woe due to unexpected consequences:

By Kyle Drennen | July 14, 2015 | 2:50 PM EDT

During live breaking news coverage of President Obama announcing a nuclear arms agreement with Iran Tuesday morning, all three broadcast networks labeled the deal “historic” and cheered the development as a “major victory” for the commander in chief, who made the deal a “top diplomatic priority.”

By Tom Johnson | July 14, 2015 | 2:14 PM EDT

Since Scott Walker is both a “threat to reproductive rights” and a deceitful doofus, he would be an unusually dangerous Republican presidential nominee, argued lefty pundit Marcotte in a Monday blog post for Slate.

If the race pits Walker against Hillary Clinton, the Wisconsin governor “could give her a real run for her money,” wrote Marcotte, “because Walker does a much better job than most of the Republican field at lulling low-information voters into thinking he's a moderate…[If] female and young voters…don’t realize that Walker is a scary woman-basher, they might not mobilize in the numbers Clinton needs. That's something Walker will be counting on.”

By Scott Whitlock | July 14, 2015 | 12:03 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton has "plenty of reasons to mistrust the press," that according to a Washington Post columnist. E.J.Dionne appeared on Monday's Last Word he lectured: "I think she is too cautious with the press to say the least. And, while she got plenty of reason to mistrust the press, that does not do you much good." Given the extremely friendly coverage to both Clinton and Obama, it's hard to imagine what those reasons are. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | July 14, 2015 | 11:06 AM EDT

During an appearance on Monday’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, former MSNBC host Ron Reagan Jr. argued that the 15 percent of GOP primary voters that would consider voting for Donald Trump “apparently warms to the idea of calling Mexican immigrants rapists.” The former MSNBC host played up the liberal line that Trump was “further damaging the Republican brand because he is a clown act here, and people will see that and yet, he’s attached to the Republican Party.” 

By Jorge Bonilla | July 14, 2015 | 10:35 AM EDT

Univision anchor María Elena Salinas recently appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources in order to discuss Donald Trump, immigration, and accusations of bias against conservatives. The end result is one of the more brilliant pieces of Orwellian political performance art in recent memory.