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By Jeffrey Meyer | September 14, 2014 | 2:45 PM EDT

In a similar theme to NBC’s Meet the Press, ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos used Hillary Clinton’s visit to Iowa as an opportunity to play up liberal dissatisfaction with the potential 2016 presidential candidate. 

ABC’s Jonathan Karl traveled to Indianola, Iowa to speak with retiring Democratic Senator Tom Harkin ahead of his annual Harkin Steak Fry event. During the interview, Karl asked “were some Progressives a little uneasy with Hillary Clinton? I mean, is she going to be too hawkish on foreign policy? Is she going to be too moderate on economic issues?” 

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 14, 2014 | 1:24 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton traveled to Iowa on Sunday for the annual Tom Harkin Steak Fry and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell traveled with her as the former Secretary of State continues her unofficial campaign for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president.

During an appearance on Sunday’s Meet the Press, moderator Chuck Todd introduced Mitchell by playing up how despite Hillary having “the best resume” it “may not be enough for many in a Democratic Party that is increasingly tilting to the left.”  

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 14, 2014 | 10:28 AM EDT

In the wake of Hillary Clinton’s visit to the early primary state of Iowa, the folks at CNN had some surprisingly harsh words for Democrats running for reelection in 2014.

During an appearance on Sunday’s Inside Politics, Washington Post reporter Nia Malika Henderson conceded that Democrats have no desire to campaign with the president and instead “want him out behind closed doors.” Henderson went on to admit that “he’s starting to be a drag..in terms of women, that core constituency.” 

By Tim Graham | September 14, 2014 | 8:40 AM EDT

The shamelessly partisan Washington Post wants to publicize nothing that helps Republican Ed Gillespie make up ground on Democratic Sen. Mark Warner. A story on 250,000 Virginians losing their insurance coverage because it doesn't meet Obamacare standards appeared on page B-4.

So which Gillespie story has appeared on Page 1? It came on September 3: “Va. underdog Gillespie may have his eye on next race.”

By Brent Baker | September 14, 2014 | 12:50 AM EDT

Senate candidates of a certain party are out with anti-Obama attack ads and a late night comedy show played clips of a few from “Republican” candidates.

By Tom Blumer | September 13, 2014 | 11:59 PM EDT

There is apparently no more important story or issue right now at the Politico than Ted Widmer's question about our national anthem: "Is It Time to Ditch the Star-Spangled Banner?" It is currently the lead item at the web site, complete with a huge picture of the American flag. The "beheading by ISIL of a British aid worker" and Wisconsin's court-granted ability to implement voter-ID in the fall elections are both apparently less important.

Widmer's reasons to stop using the Star-Spangled Banner come down to the fact that Francis Scott Key was a slaveowner and that the song's third verse refers to escaped American slaves who were fighting on the British side (a commenter has asserted that it really refers to Hessians and British slaves; my guess is that it's all of the above). He somehow forgets that the British didn't outlaw slavery until 1833, 19 years after the 1814 Fort McHenry battle.

By Randy Hall | September 13, 2014 | 10:25 PM EDT

HBO host Bill Maher picked on a familiar villain on Friday, blaming Fox News for ruining American politics by creating a "language barrier" that prevents a national dialogue.

Jerry Seinfeld replied: To blame it all on Fox News doesn't seem fair."

By Tom Johnson | September 13, 2014 | 3:37 PM EDT

Charles Pierce thinks the campaign against ISIS may cause a spike in the national “derangement” that started on 9/11, and Jonathan Chait sees neoconservatives making the same mistakes now as they did more than a decade ago: “The hysterical threat assessment, the simplistic conflation of mutually antagonistic strains of Islam, and the complete lack of concern for the possibility of overreach.”

By P.J. Gladnick | September 13, 2014 | 3:25 PM EDT

Ken Burns proclaims that he merely inherited being a Democrat from his family despite giving a speech proclaiming himself to be a "Yellow Dog Democrat." He also declares his PBS documentaries free of political advocacy.
 

By Mark Finkelstein | September 13, 2014 | 2:02 PM EDT

Phyllis Bennis is a defender of Iran and its nuclear ambitions, and wants Israel wiped off the map, to be replaced by a single Palestinian state. So naturally she's a Melissa Harris-Perry fave.

Appearing yet again today on Harris-Perry's MSNBC show, Bennis put her radical views on display, arguing that many US soliders aren't truly volunteers, but are "forced in by poverty and lack of other opportunities."  "That's absolutely ridiculous," responded Iraq war veteran Earl Catagnus Jr. 

By Scott Whitlock | September 13, 2014 | 12:05 PM EDT

Liberal comedienne and 9/11 truther Rosie O'Donnell insisted that her return to The View will feature more "objective" discussions. In an interview with Variety, she bashed previous co-hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. Variety writer Ramin Setoodeh relayed, "[O'Donnell] explains that the Hot Topics segment will include pre-taped newsy intros to catch viewers up on stories they might not be as familiar with." 

By Tim Graham | September 13, 2014 | 10:50 AM EDT

James Hohmann of Politico reported on a "nearly million-dollar" ad buy by Planned Parenthood against two Republican Senate challengers who are "taking heat for their strident opposition to abortion."

It's apparently not "strident" when the Democratic incumbents they're challenging get 100-percent ratings from the "pro-choice" crowd.

By Jeffrey Lord | September 13, 2014 | 10:03 AM EDT

Feminist senators and a CBS sportscaster mount a high horse against domestic violence by dismissed NFL running back Ray Rice. But did they ever care when a woman came forward to say she was raped by Bill Clinton?

Somehow, liberal politicians and media companies will excuse a white liberal politician when he is accused of a violent sexual assault. Who cares to get to the bottom of it? 

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | September 13, 2014 | 7:39 AM EDT

David Limbaugh has written a book that departs dramatically from his recent tomes on the worst excesses of the Obama presidency. “Jesus On Trial: A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel” explores his journey of faith, from believer to non-believer and back.

There is no “Obama” in the index of this book. It’s a book with an eye on the eternal, not the ephemeral. But he does report there is a problem with Christianity and the culture.

By Clay Waters | September 12, 2014 | 10:18 PM EDT

As the referendum for Scottish independence from Britain draws near, the New York Times continues to bang the drums for separatism.