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By Kristine Marsh | January 6, 2015 | 4:01 PM EST

Once again, the left is eager to use tragedy to make political statements and damage innocent people’s reputations.

Just before the new year, 17-year-old Josh “Leelah” Alcorn tragically committed suicide. Alcorn’s tumblr account revealed a suicide note that blamed the Christian parents for not letting the biologically male Alcorn get gender reassignment surgery and instead took Alcorn to Christian counseling which made the teen “hate religion,” the note charged.

By Tom Blumer | January 6, 2015 | 3:58 PM EST

Longtime journalist Tim Russert, who among many other things hosted NBC's Meet the Press for over 17 years, passed away suddenly in June 2008.

His son Luke now works for NBC, and among other things is a Meet the Press panelist. Based on some of his more recent output, Luke is perhaps better described not a journalist, but as the network's desginated childish, mean-spirited namecaller. After House Speaker John Boehner survived a fairly strong challenge from Republicans frustrated with his leadership, particularly the "cromnibus" legislation passed late last year on his watch, Luke took to Twitter and hauled out an insulting, ethnically charged epithet to describe those who opposed the Speaker's reelection (HT Twitchy):

By Katie Yoder | January 6, 2015 | 3:22 PM EST

Fresh pro-abortion talking points for a new year! Who said feminism was out of ideas? This time around, feminist writer and moral pygmy Amanda Marcotte is asserting that pregnancy is a disease, with abortion as the cure.

In a recent piece for RH Reality Check entitled, “Nicki Minaj and the Inevitable Politicization of Celebrity Abortions,” Marcotte argued that women regret pregnancy – not abortion. Referencing singer Nicki Minaj, she urged that pregnancy is like “when you break your leg” and abortion is the “cast.”

By Joseph Rossell | January 6, 2015 | 2:45 PM EST

Drivers in every state except Hawaii are now paying less than $3-per-gallon for regular gasoline on average.

According to AAA, Alaska became the forty-ninth state in which gas prices fell below $3-a-gallon on January 6. On that day, gas dropped to an average $2.999 per gallon in Alaska, as the national average sat at $2.194 nationwide.

By Jack Coleman | January 6, 2015 | 2:11 PM EST

Context is all, especially in media, unless you're a liberal intent on smearing the most prominent voice in radio who also happens to be conservative. At that point, context becomes an inconvenience quickly to be jettisoned.

Two days before Christmas, Rush Limbaugh was talking about the leaked Sony emails when he said something that proceeded to make news during the traditionally slow news drought of the holidays.

By P.J. Gladnick | January 6, 2015 | 2:04 PM EST

Politico published a story stating as a "fact" that Steve Scalise spoke at a white supremacist event in 2002. However, this "fact" only stands up if the real facts are ignored which is what Politico shamefully did.

By Scott Whitlock | January 6, 2015 | 1:11 PM EST

Journalist Ezra Klein on Monday pronounced that if economic conditions continue, Hillary Clinton will win "42 states" in 2016. The former Washington Post columnist, now the editor at Vox, appeared on MSNBC's All In to make his prognosticate. 

By Kyle Drennen | January 6, 2015 | 1:05 PM EST

In a live interview with Sarah Palin on Tuesday's NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie accused the former Alaska governor of taking a "cheap shot" at President Obama while defending herself against nasty attacks from animal rights group PETA: "You also talk about President Obama, saying that he tried dog meat when he was under ten years old in Indonesia. I have to ask you about that one, though, is that kind of trading cheap shot for cheap shot?"

By Joseph Rossell | January 6, 2015 | 12:08 PM EST

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, started creating even more headaches for both employers and employees across the country beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

That was the day Obamacare’s employer mandate went into effect, requiring companies with 100 or more workers to provide health insurance to at least 70 percent of their employees. Mandates for smaller businesses will be introduced in 2016 in addition to increased mandates for larger companies, according to The Washington Post.

By Matthew Philbin | January 6, 2015 | 11:54 AM EST

Nearly two years ago, someone planted and detonated a bomb in the crowd at near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed and more than 260 injured. Police killed one of the suspects in a shoot-out and, after more shooting, captured his brother in a boat in someone’s backyard.

Jury selection began yesterday in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and ABC, CBS and NBC on Monday evening and Tuesday morning were careful to explain that, because Tsarnaev is eligible for the death penalty, selection is likely to be long and painstaking.

By Jeffrey Meyer | January 6, 2015 | 11:32 AM EST

On Tuesday, the newly elected members of the 114th Congress were officially sworn in and CBS This Morning co-host Norah O'Donnell sat down with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at age 30. While the interview was mostly friendly, co-host Norah O’Donnell found time to push her guest on the GOP’s standing with minority voters and asked Stefanik “does the Republican Party have an image problem?” 

By Tim Graham | January 6, 2015 | 9:51 AM EST

One would think tabloidish news shows like Good Morning America would be interested in the hot story of a former acting director of cybersecurity for the Department of Health and Human Services being sentenced to 25 years in jail for child pornography – the kind of vile stuff that includes the rape and murder of children.

But you would be wrong. Timothy deFoggi, 56, formerly of Germantown, Maryland in the DC suburbs, was convicted by a federal jury in Nebraska in August and nobody in the national press really paid much attention. Isn’t this at least as interesting or outrageous as a Louisiana state legislator speaking a white supremacist event? Where are the “To Catch a Predator” folks at Dateline NBC?

By Tom Johnson | January 6, 2015 | 12:31 AM EST

“Americans are still free,” wrote blogger Hunter, “to criticize overaggressive police actions which repeatedly and systemically end up killing black men and boys for no discernible reason…so put on your goddamn big-boy uniforms and deal with it.”

By Curtis Houck | January 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM EST

During his MSNBC show All In on Monday, Chris Hayes put up his best defense of far-left New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio against criticism from NYPD officers and their union, lamenting that de Blasio has been subject to “brutal attacks” over the past few weeks while praising him for a drop in crime during 2014.

At the start of a segment about the drop in crime and a changing of tactics, Hayes chose to chastise the NYPD’s top union for speaking and acting in opposition to the Mayor: “If, the Mayor has taken to dreading the spotlight over the past few weeks as he's come under brutal attack by New York’s police unions, today's press conference was probably one he looked forward to because, today, he got to announce what appears to be a major victory for the very policies that helped kick off an NYPD backlash.”

By Clay Waters | January 5, 2015 | 10:28 PM EST

As Republicans take control of both the House and Senate, the New York Times is preparing the political ground for GOP failure. Exhibit A: Monday's front-page story by Times congressional reporter Carl Hulse, who quickly got to the "sour note" of John Boehner's struggle for re-election as House Speaker. Exhibit B: Michael Shear's front-page story Sunday on the GOP turning to the courts for what they can't achieve through elections (sound familiar?).