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By Mark Finkelstein | April 13, 2015 | 8:50 AM EDT

Ronald Reagan: "My idea of American policy toward the Soviet Union is simple, and some would say simplistic. It is this: we win and they lose." Thomas Friedman on Barack Obama: "He actually knows what America looks like from the outside in. And he can actually see America even to some point from the Iranian perspective."

So whom will history record as being more effective in countering America's adversaries? The "simplistic" Ronald Reagan, or that cosmopolitan sophisticate, Barack Obama? Appearing on today's Morning Joe, Friedman apparently thought he was praising Obama, but Joe Scarborough wasn't so sure, asking "is it an admirable quality for us to have a president who can look at the world through the eyes of a regime that you and I both know has been the epicenter of terrorism since 1979?" 

By Tom Blumer | April 13, 2015 | 1:33 AM EDT

With months (really years) to prepare, the allegedly well-oiled Hillary Clinton for President machine still managed to produce a howler of a mistake in her campaign bio's debut. Since corrected, it originally stated that "she's fought children and families all her career."

This and other obvious gaffes are likely destined to go unreported by the Hillary-worshipping establishment press, while the slighest of real or imagined mistakes — up to and including supposedly taking an untimely drink of water — will become media obsessions for the next 19 months.

By Curtis Houck | April 12, 2015 | 11:33 PM EDT

In the first network newscasts since Hillary Clinton officially announced her presidential campaign, on Sunday night ABC and NBC cheered Clinton’s announcement and gushed over her campaign video as well as the traffic it received on Twitter. In addition, the networks refused to label her a liberal. “The campaign kicked off with this video sent out on social media. Twitter lighting up the announcement. Check this out. Retweeted 3 million times the first hour, trending number one across the globe.”

By Tom Blumer | April 12, 2015 | 8:41 PM EDT

A Wednesday "Good Morning America" piece gave President Barack Obama an open mic to claim that, in ABC's words, "climate change became a personal issue for him when his older daughter Malia, now 16, was rushed to the emergency room with an asthma attack when she was just a toddler."

Somehow, ABC managed to avoid another possible contributor — besides the obvious possibility that Malia developed asthma independent of external influences — namely the President's 30-year smoking habit. He is said to have quit once and for all in 2011. USA Today columnist James S. Robbins wasn't impressed with the President's "reasoning," and with good cause, as he articulated in a Thursday evening column. He even managed to get a "there's been no warming for a long time" observation past USA Today's editors (links are in original; bolds are mine):

By Jack Coleman | April 12, 2015 | 5:49 PM EDT

Chatter among the pundits on today's McLaughlin Group centered around President Obama meeting with Cuban dictator Raul Castro during the Summit of the Americas, the first time in nearly 60 years that leaders of the two countries have met in person.

Unfailingly predictable paleo-lib Eleanor Clift depicted Cuba as a magnet for foreign investors, a claim that led to a devastating retort from Tom Rogan, columnist for National Review and The Daily Telegraph.

By Tom Blumer | April 12, 2015 | 4:50 PM EDT

On Saturday, CNN hyped actress and self-appointed "lifestyle guru" Gwyneth Paltrow's participation in the "Food Stamp Challenge." This is the fundamentally dishonest campaign which has been working for at least eight years to convince Americans that benefits provided under the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are inadequate.

As usual, Paltrow has taken up the challenge to get by for a week on a drastically understated amount which does not reflect the program's real provisions. As has almost always been the case with journalists covering politicians, celebrities and others who have taken up the "challenge," CNN's Jareen Imam didn't question the correctness of the weekly amount involved:

By Tom Blumer | April 12, 2015 | 2:38 PM EDT

Imagine if a Republican or conservative U.S. president told an audience — on foreign soil, no less — that he didn't properly warn Americans about how long it would take for the economy to recover from a recession. "So-and-so Admits He Lied About the Economy" would be headlined everywhere.

At the University of the West Indies in Jamaica on Thursday, President Barack Obama essentially admitted that the he knew that the economic recovery would take far longer than advertised, but chose not to tell us. There's no other way to interpret the following answer to a student's question seen in the video following the jump. But somehow, this isn't news.

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 12, 2015 | 2:25 PM EDT

On Sunday, Bob Schieffer announced that John Dickerson, CBS News Political Director and Slate Magazine Chief Political Correspondent, will succeed him as moderator of Face the Nation when he retires this summer. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 12, 2015 | 1:31 PM EDT

Newly declared Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul sat down with CBS’s Bob Schieffer on Sunday’s Face the Nation and was asked if some in the Republican Party do not want to be inclusive. The soon-to-be retired Schieffer asked Paul: “Do you think there are some in the Republican Party who are not as interested in becoming more inclusive than you are? And I say that because after all, when the Republican Party became dominant across the south, it was right after the 1965 civil rights law was passed.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 12, 2015 | 12:24 PM EDT

With Hillary Clinton set to officially announce her presidential campaign on Sunday, Saturday Night Live used the occasion to poke fun at her campaign, with a cameo from former President Bill Clinton, played by SNL alum Darrell Hammond. 

By Tom Blumer | April 12, 2015 | 11:33 AM EDT

A Reuters report published late Saturday evening ("Obama meets Venezuela's Maduro at time of high tensions") is astonishing for what it ignores.

The unbylined report from Panama City opens by referring to how "the United States recently placed sanctions on Venezuela." Indeed, President Barack Obama did just that in an executive order on March 9, stating that he was "declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela." But Reuters completely ignored the fact that Obama told the world this week that he didn't mean it.

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 12, 2015 | 11:28 AM EDT

On Sunday, NBC’s Meet the Press spent considerable time analyzing Hillary Clinton’s soon-to-be presidential announcement but Chuck Todd found time to ask if the GOP spends too much time trying to defeat the Clintons. Speaking to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Todd wondered “I look at sort of an obsession on the right of beating Obama and beating Clinton, Bill Clinton, over the years and I think, they're zero for fourIs there a point where you do this too much?”

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 12, 2015 | 10:35 AM EDT

In previewing Hillary Clinton’s expected presidential announcement on Sunday, ABC’s Good Morning America turned to George Stephanopoulos, former White House Communications Director for Bill Clinton, to supposedly provide objective analysis of her soon-to-be candidacy.

By Tim Graham | April 12, 2015 | 7:37 AM EDT

On the PBS NewsHour on Monday, political analyst Amy Walter spoke just like the “mainstream” media as a whole, seeing all the peril for Hillary Clinton in how she’s too centrist – both on domestic and foreign policy.

As they discussed an analysis by Dan Balz of The Washington Post about how Hillary is going to be affected by Obama’s Iran deal, Walter announced the media line: She's not only too Wall Street-friendly, she's too hawkish.

By Brent Baker | April 12, 2015 | 12:27 AM EDT

Picking up on the Draft Biden 2016 group’s “I’m Ridin with Biden,” a short and amusing clip, with a more accurate alternative slogan, created by NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon which Bret Baier played at the end of his Friday show on FNC.