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By Dylan Gwinn | August 14, 2015 | 2:05 PM EDT

Media mogul and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is an unquestioned genius when it comes to finances and marketing. When it comes to politics? Again, Mark Cuban is an unquestioned genius when it comes to finance and marketing.

Writing on his Cyber Dust social-media app, Cuban wrote a piece flagged by Yahoo! where he said that he would rather join the GOP but had an issue with the party's apparent need for conformity.

By Ken Shepherd | August 14, 2015 | 12:54 PM EDT

Maj. Jason Brezler of the United States Marine Corps Reserves, is not a household name. But perhaps he should be. Brezler's military career is ruined thanks to one fleeting email transgression, and that committed as a split-second decision to save the lives of American servicemen in imminent danger. While Hillary Clinton will likely not suffer serious criminal or political repercussions for her sending classified material from a private email, Brezler's career ir probably ruined.

By Scott Whitlock | August 14, 2015 | 12:48 PM EDT

CNN's Chris Cuomo on Friday fretted that a new report on ISIS and its rape culture would reinforce negative perceptions of Muslims. The New Day anchor talked to Dr. Qanta Ahmed, an author and human rights advocate. Reacting to a front page story on the New York Times, Cuomo played a clip of a woman recounting brutal violence at the hands of ISIS. He then lectured, "This feeds the impression that these Muslims are animals, savages and their faith makes them that way. And it feeds an impression of what Islam is. What is your response to that?" 

By Spencer Raley | August 14, 2015 | 12:39 PM EDT

In the wake of GOP leaders expressing optimism that they can defeat the Obama Administration’s recent nuclear deal with Iran, CNN’s Carol Costello brought retired Air Force General Merrill McPeak on to her show to insist the only alternative to this deal is war. 

By Connor Williams | August 14, 2015 | 12:32 PM EDT

Thursday on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, a panel discussed the 2016 presidential election, taking shots at both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the process. Actor and comedian Michael Rapaport slammed Donald Trump, suggesting he has a “ strong, old school, slave owner mentality.” He added: “[H]e told the Latinos, you're this, you’re that, you’re this and I’m gonna win your – and you’re gonna vote for me! That's slave owner 101, and people are like, keep going! Because the middle of the country is like, we feel the same way.”

By Scott Whitlock | August 14, 2015 | 11:26 AM EDT

Moving on? ABC's Good Morning America on Friday skipped the latest bombshell revelation in Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal, the news that her communications on a private server included talk about top secret CIA drones. The program instead hyped irrelevant stories throughout the two hour program. NBC's Today mentioned the AP report on the topic, but during a larger segment on whether Al Gore would run. CBS This Morning was the only show to devote a full report. But even in GMA's first hour, the show devoted over two and a half minutes to Nick Kyrgios, the "new bad boy of tennis." 

By Curtis Houck | August 14, 2015 | 11:22 AM EDT

CNN senior Washington correspondent Jeff Zeleny had some fawning words during Thursday’s Anderson Cooper 360 for Vice President Joe Biden as he continues to mull a 2016 presidential campaign, referring to him as a “generally excellent” campaigner with an “authenticity that is really being craved in this election cycle.” As part of a segment on the possible run by Biden, host Anderson Cooper asked Zeleny to explain “what do we know about him as a campaigner” and “how much of his calculus right now is based on what he perceives Hillary Clinton's abilities as a campaigner or lack of abilities as a campaigner are.”

By Mark Finkelstein | August 14, 2015 | 9:34 AM EDT

Was our restaurant table bugged?  Last night over date-night dinner, my wife, a perspicacious observer of the political scene and, yes, a Bernie backer, said she sensed that Hillary's moment had passed and that people were tired of her.

Cut to today's Morning Joe, and there were Donny Deutsch, Joe Scarborough and an initially reluctant Mika Brzezinski saying much the same thing: that powerful, influential Dems have come down with a bad case of Hillary blahs.  The context was talk that Al Gore might be jumping into the race.

By Alatheia Larsen | August 14, 2015 | 7:54 AM EDT

Two liberal media groups are joining forces. CNBC reported on Aug. 13, that NBCUniversal has invested $200 million in the privately-owned digital media company Vox Media.

Vox Media Chairman and CEO Jim Bankoff told Squawk Box that the money would be going into building Vox brands, advertising capabilities, technology and infrastructure.

By Claire Chretien | August 14, 2015 | 6:43 AM EDT

The Associated Press devoted nearly 800 words Tuesday to promoting fetal tissue research in the midst of Planned Parenthood’s ongoing baby parts-for-profit scandal.  Its story, titled “Scientists say fetal tissue essential for medical research,” hyped the “potential” of using cells garnered from aborted babies to further medicine.

AP reporters Collin Binkley and Carla K. Johnson fretted that “Many major universities declined to make scientists available for interviews about their fetal tissue work, saying they fear for the researchers’ safety because the issue is so highly charged,” and listed a slew of treatments scientists are trying to develop using cells from tiny humans in their earliest stages of life.

By Tom Blumer | August 13, 2015 | 11:44 PM EDT

Carrying water for the left as their pet programs implode while pretending to be an objective reporter is a daunting task. The Associated Press's Stephen Ohlemacher was not up to that task Thursday afternoon. Twice, in relatively early paragraphs of his 31-paragraph writeup, the AP reporter claimed that the Social Security system has "money." He then separately quoted a Democratic congressperson who insisted that it has money, and that the mere act of correctly asserting that it doesn't "manufactures a crisis."

By Curtis Houck | August 13, 2015 | 11:34 PM EDT

After ABC, CBS, and NBC devoted portions of their Thursday morning newscasts to the FBI taking control of Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server, the picture was far different on Thursday night as ABC, NBC, Telemundo, and Univision moved on from this scandal and neglected to mention it. The CBS Evening News, however, found it pertinent to continue keeping their viewers abreast of Clinton’s e-mail scandal in the form of a two-minute segment from congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes.

By Tim Graham | August 13, 2015 | 10:36 PM EDT

On Wednesday night’s edition of The Rachel Maddow Show, Boston Globe national political reporter Annie Linskey sounded just like a writer from The People’s Republic of Massaschusetts, employing the words “wonderful and refreshing” to describe Bernie Sanders preaching the old-time religion of socialist reform.

Fill-in MSNBC host Ari Melber was asking about how Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton was handling this hard-left opponent. Linskey felt she was unexciting and failing to grab on to the Sanders socialist magic

By Curtis Houck | August 13, 2015 | 10:16 PM EDT

On Thursday night, the CBS Evening News omitted reports that the Islamic terrorist group ISIS used chemical weapons in multiple attacks in Iraq over the past week against Kurdish forces the group claimed responsibility for a bombing in Iraq earlier in the day. In contrast, ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News offered news briefs on the development with the latter program also providing a full report from chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel on the brutality of female members of ISIS in enforcing Islamic laws on women living under the terrorist group’s control.

By Ken Shepherd | August 13, 2015 | 9:14 PM EDT

Cuban dissidents will not take part in Friday's formal ceremony opening the U.S. Embassy in Havana tomorrow, something that Secretary of State John Kerry is chalking up to a matter of respecting diplomatic protocol and a lack of space at the venue. But the controversy over the matter was omitted entirely from an NBC News article at MSNBC.com on Thursday evening.