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By Scott Whitlock | April 17, 2015 | 12:36 PM EDT

Rachel Maddow on Thursday earned a rare interview with Harry Reid, offering the Senate Minority Leader softball questions on the need for more women in Congress. Yet, the same woman who, in the past, has railed against "McCarthyism," failed to challenge the high profile Democrat on his baseless, guilty-until-proven-innocent smear against Mitt Romney. In 2012, with zero evidence, Reid accused the presidential candidate of not paying taxes and demanded that Romney debunk the accusation. 

By Curtis Houck | April 17, 2015 | 12:15 PM EDT

Appearing on the Thursday edition of MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, National Organization for Women (NOW) President Terry O’Neill ripped critics of Hillary Clinton from the 1990s to the present for leveling “silly” attacks on the Democratic presidential candidate as she’s looking to “bring another sea change to our politics.”

By Kyle Drennen | April 17, 2015 | 12:13 PM EDT

In a Wednesday interview with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – aired in full on Thursday morning – NBC's Today co-host Matt Lauer grilled the potential 2016 contender on the year-old Bridgegate controversy: "...we could be talking during a week where indictments could be handed down in what has now become known as Bridgegate....How much, in real terms, has Bridgegate tarnished you Governor?"

By Tim Graham | April 17, 2015 | 11:30 AM EDT

NPR Morning Edition anchor Steve Inskeep interviewed presidential candidate Marco Rubio for Tuesday’s program,and like Jake Tapper on his CNN show Tuesday, threw hardballs at Rubio for being in the wrong side of the polls on gay marriage. (Recent polls are showing about 60 percent in favor, 35 percent opposed).

But Inskeep demonstrated a liberal swagger by suggesting social conservatives no longer had a leg to stand on:

By Tim Graham | April 17, 2015 | 8:55 AM EDT

For Americans just learning of feminist comic Sarah Silverman, start with this: she’s not very smart. On Equal Pay Day, April 14, she issued an apology on Salon.com for lying in an equal-pay anecdote about a comedy club. Where were the liberal media on this embarrassing gaffe?

She claimed she was only paid ten dollars for a comedy set while her friend Todd Barry received $60. This was in a pre-recorded video, not in an off-the-cuff live interview:

By Mark Finkelstein | April 17, 2015 | 8:29 AM EDT

Howard Dean can't handle the truth.  Rather than discussing the implications of Hillary Clinton kicking off her campaign by handpicking the "everyday Americans" she spoke with at her first event in Iowa, Dean dissed the Daily Mail, the source of the story.

On today's Morning Joethe volatile former Vermont governor scoffed "it's the Daily Mail. Why would you believe this?" Why, Howard? Well, for starters, the Mail quotes one of the participants by name and at length about the vetting process he underwent prior to being ushered into Hillary's presence. And if the story were inaccurate, don't you think Hillary's minions would be screaming bloody murder and trotting the attendees to refute the claims?  Crickets, anyone?

By Bryan Ballas | April 17, 2015 | 8:04 AM EDT

Instead of leaping in celebration at the Hillary rollout on Morning Joe, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski lamented the fact she was forced to settle for a pale imitation of the left’s true savior, Senator Elizabeth Warren.  
 
Brzezinski, a devout Warren fan-girl with the shirt to prove it, took issue with Hillary Clinton’s philosophical plagiarism of her hero’s ideas, "I just feel like she's, it's a great message, but she's got to stop...sounding like she talked to Elizabeth Warren on the phone and then repeated everything Elizabeth Warren said."

By Curtis Houck | April 17, 2015 | 12:11 AM EDT

The 2015 edition of the Time’s 100 most influential people was released Thursday and, not surprisingly, featured an entry on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Also to no one’s surprise, the entry was glowing in admiration for her as Laurene Powell Jobs, tasked with profiling Clinton, glowed over how she “is one of America’s greatest modern creations.”

By Clay Waters | April 16, 2015 | 11:48 PM EDT

The New York Times' fight for the economically dubious $15 minimum wage (and its related obsession with "income inequality") boiled over onto the front page the day after nationwide protests against fast-food companies by left-wing activists. The same reporter also challenged Hillary Clinton from the left, insisting she must embrace a $15 figure or risk losing "progressive" support.

By NB Staff | April 16, 2015 | 9:58 PM EDT

"Hillary Clinton officially announced her candidacy on Twitter.  And here’s hoping Anthony Weiner will NOT be endorsing her on Instagram!" -- Jodi Miller.

By Curtis Houck | April 16, 2015 | 9:27 PM EDT

The Thursday panel of FNC’s Special Report with Bret Baier took on the late-term abortion debate between Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul and Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and included The Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes declaring that it could represent a possible “hinge point in abortion politics.”

By Ken Shepherd | April 16, 2015 | 9:15 PM EDT

Hardball host Chris Matthews htold viewers of his April 16 program what he considers the perfect punishment for Doug Hughes, the Tampa, Florida postal carrier who landed a gyrocopter on the West Lawn of the Capitol yesterday: Make him do "community service" wherein he addresses a joint session of Congress about the need for campaign finance reform.

By Jack Coleman | April 16, 2015 | 8:46 PM EDT

Ed Schultz lecturing anyone else to be less bellicose -- what a hoot!

The easily angered, perpetually irritated MSNBC host is no fan of Republicans, but one in particular drew his ire this week -- Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who kicked off his campaign for president on Monday.

By Ken Shepherd | April 16, 2015 | 8:13 PM EDT

In some ways, the gaffetastic Chris Matthews is the Joe Biden of cable news. Tonight on his Hardball program, the liberal pundit seemed to think that Blockbuster video stores are a fairly ubiquitous thing in suburban and small-town America. In point of fact, Blockbuster closed up shop entirely in January of 2014, felled by the ease and convenience of cable TV video-on-demand and video-streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

By Matthew Balan | April 16, 2015 | 6:25 PM EDT

Laurie Goodstein spotlighted that "the Vatican abruptly ended its takeover of the main leadership group of American nuns" in a Thursday article for the New York Times. Goodstein played up that the final report of the supposed "takeover" was a "far cry from three years ago, when the Vatican's doctrinal office...issued a report finding that the [nuns] had 'serious doctrinal problems.' It said the sisters were questioning church doctrine on homosexuality and the male-only priesthood, and promoting 'radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.'"