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By Ken Shepherd | November 4, 2014 | 8:24 PM EST

With the Kentucky Senate race called immediately for incumbent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, the MSNBC crew immediately went about portraying Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes as an upstart who put up a valiant yet unsuccessful effort against a wiley survivor of tight election campaigns. Grimes's surely has a bright political future, they all agreed, with Hardball host Chris Matthews insisting that Rand Paul's Senate seat is hers for the taking in 2016, provided, of course, that Paul opts not to run for reelection as he instead pursues the presidency.

By Scott Whitlock | November 4, 2014 | 7:57 PM EST

Appearing on MSNBC, Tuesday night, for election returns, anchor Andrea Mitchell angrily denounced Republican ads on Ebola as "scary" and "non-factual." Hardball host Chris Matthews lamented that ISIS terror attacks had dropped off as an election issue: "How did that cease to be an election issue?" 

By Scott Whitlock | November 4, 2014 | 7:05 PM EST

Waiting for election results on Tuesday, Chris Matthews blurted, "Can I sound a bit like a Marxist here?" The Hardball host, along with Al Sharpton and Rachel Maddow, was comparing 2014 to previous midterms. 

By Jorge Bonilla | November 4, 2014 | 6:30 PM EST

The bulk of the national news media has been struggling to come to terms with what appears to be a Republican win in tonight’s election. Among them, Univision is no exception. In several instances, the nation’s leading Spanish-language television network has virtually resorted to outright pleas in order to move its viewership to the polls; ostensibly, to support Democratic candidates.

By Scott Whitlock | November 4, 2014 | 6:02 PM EST

It may be a bad night if even MSNBC hosts can't spin the results. Chris Matthews on Tuesday afternoon talked to Joy Reid and noted that they were both "progressives." Wondering for liberals everywhere, he asked, "What do you think is the good news that might come tonight for people that want to have good news tonight?" 

By Matthew Balan | November 4, 2014 | 5:18 PM EST

CNN's Carol Costello hyped how "Republicans have managed to use fear so successfully in these midterm elections" during interviews of two former governors on Tuesday's CNN Newsroom. Costello contended that "Republicans may be on the verge of winning Senate control – thanks, in large part, to a campaign of fear. If you examine the political ads that many Republican candidates have put out, they don't extol ideas – but Democrats say they do exploit fear."

By Randy Hall | November 4, 2014 | 5:17 PM EST

When your team is about to get trounced by its rival during an important game, how can you make sure that never happens again? Change the rules, of course, and that's exactly what David Schanzer and Jay Sullivan called for in an opinion piece published by the New York Times.

“There was a time when midterm elections made sense -- at our nation’s founding,” Schanzer and Sullivan stated before calling for an end to two-year terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. “We should get rid of federal midterm elections entirely.”

By Clay Waters | November 4, 2014 | 4:39 PM EST

Jon Stewart, the smug, mugging hero of smarty-pants young liberals who watch The Daily Show, was interviewed by Chris Smith for the cover of New York magazine. Stewart got plenty of room to vulgarly bash various Republicans by name, praise Hillary Clinton, defend Obama and Obama-care, and again reiterate his call for a year of mandatory national service.

By Joseph Rossell | November 4, 2014 | 4:30 PM EST

Global warming advocates started calling their opponents climate-change deniers. Liberals could add economic-recovery deniers to their phrasebook next.

Despite the “objective reality” of an economic recovery this year, columnist Lynn Vavreck wrote this will not impact the midterm election. Posting on The New York Times’ The Upshot blog on November 3, 2014, Vavreck incorrectly implied that conservatives deny this recovery is occurring because they view the facts through “partisan lenses.”

By Katie Yoder | November 4, 2014 | 3:17 PM EST

Celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Dakota Fanning represent a slew of stars proving sorry role models for young women. But now, there’s a new option: Sadie Robertson. 

In the wake of her new book, 17-year-old Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson went public with her stance on purity. Robertson recently spoke out for teens and offered advice on “staying pure in a relationship.” Published Oct. 28, Robertson’s “Live Original” detailed Robertson’s “outlook on life as she opens up about herself and the values that make her family what it is.” 

By Tianna DiMartino | November 4, 2014 | 1:55 PM EST

If you haven’t watched the video above yet (or even if you have) you probably want to grab the tissues, not for a story of tragedy but of triumph.

Last winter, 19-year-old Lauren Hill got the worst news one could get. She was dying from a rare and terminal form of brain cancer. Hill was informed by her doctors that she had an inoperable brain tumor the size of a lemon and had just months to live. Rather than curl up in a ball and give up she made it her mission to fight long enough to play in her first college basketball game. In fact, according to CBS news, upon receiving the diagnosis one of her first questions to her doctor was to ask “Can I at least still play basketball?”

The freshman at Mount Saint Joseph University in Ohio fell in love with the sport in the sixth grade. Her father told CBS that she is “Chasing a dream … and she wants people to see that – that they can do that.” And she did.

By Kyle Drennen | November 4, 2014 | 1:05 PM EST

Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe Tuesday morning, Politico's Jim VandeHei absurdly claimed that Republicans would be in big trouble if they took control of the Senate in the midterm election: "...even if Republicans win, I think they're going to be in a hell of a jam. In that they're not going to be able to get anything done."
 

By Tim Graham | November 4, 2014 | 12:44 PM EST

The cover of Tuesday’s edition of The Washington Post’s commuter tabloid Express reads “How Obama will need to lead differently if Republicans gain control of the Senate.”

Jena McGregor’s article inside carried the headline “Obama’s turn to change.” McGregor noticed an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll showed two-thirds of voters want Obama to change:

By Jeffrey Meyer | November 4, 2014 | 12:16 PM EST

On Sunday, actor and political commentator Ben Stein appeared on Fox News and made some highly controversial remarks about President Obama, accusing him of being “the most racist president there has ever been in America.” Following Stein’s offensive comments, on Tuesday, all four co-hosts on The View rightly criticized the actor, and unsurprisingly Rosie O'Donnell took her condemnation to a whole new level. Rosie proclaimed that “it was on Fox News which I think just likes to incite a lot of hate and is not always factually correct." 

By Kristine Marsh | November 4, 2014 | 12:04 PM EST

Liberal comedian Jon Stewart makes it his mission every major election year to spread easily-disproven lies about the voting process and the Republican agenda, and this year was no different. On the Nov. 3 “Democalypse 2014” segment, the topic in question was voter ID laws or “voter suppression laws,” as Stewart called them. 

Stewart’s go-to “expert” was MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry whose ridiculous talking points served as the “evidence” Stewart needed to suggest Republicans are racist and anti-women for making voters prove they are actually allowed to vote.