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By Kyle Drennen | September 15, 2014 | 11:44 AM EDT

After fretting on Sunday's Meet the Press that Hillary Clinton may not be liberal enough for 2016 Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa, on Monday's NBC Today, correspondent Andrea Mitchell eagerly touted the Clinton campaign machine: "This time, Clinton organizers say they've learned their lesson, busing in volunteers from all over the country."

A clip played of Mitchell shouting a question to the former secretary of state: "Does it feel great to be back out here?" Clinton replied: "It's great. It was a great day. Couldn't have been better." To former President Bill Clinton, Mitchell enthused: "If she wants to, can she do it this time?" He dodged the question, remarking: "I have nothing to say. It's not my decision." Mitchell concluded: "I think I know which way you would vote." [Listen to the audio]

By Scott Whitlock | September 15, 2014 | 11:43 AM EDT

Rosie O'Donnell debuted for the second time as a host of The View on Monday and immediately trashed the National Football League as a natural place for abusive men. Discussing players Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice, who have both been accused of attacking family members, O'Donnell spewed, " They live in an arena of -- it would be wonderful if they were able to separate the violence of their job with the violence in their life! But I don't think that's how human brains work."

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 15, 2014 | 11:22 AM EDT

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) sat down with Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd on Sunday, September 14, to promote his new book “The Way Forward” and was met with a barrage of questions challenging his conservative principles.

Ryan appeared on Meet the Press’ Press Pass and was asked by Todd to comment on Governor Sam Brownback’s (R-Kan.) 2014 reelection bid. During the interview, the NBC Political Director insisted that if Brownback “loses re-election, he’s going to essentially have lost because he cut taxes too much.” 

By Mark Finkelstein | September 15, 2014 | 8:53 AM EDT

Ever since the Ray Rice elevator video went public, Morning Joe has been in a state of sustained moral outrage over the NFL's mishandling of the issue of domestic violence.  All well and good.  But things turned testy this morning when a New York Times reporter turned the tables on Joe and Mika. Allen Schwarz asked if they should march into the office of the NBC Chairman and demand that the network stop supporting the NFL by broadcasting its Sunday night games.

After first jokingly suggesting that the camera on Schwarz be turned off, Scarborough got seriously snippy.  When Schwarz didn't hear Scarborough say "right" in agreement with something the reporter said, Scarborough responded "I said right.  It means I'm agreeing with you.  You don't have to be so defensive. You can just relax."  Scarborough continued taking shots at Schwarz after the reporter left the air.

By Tim Graham | September 15, 2014 | 8:17 AM EDT

When a Washington Post-ABC News poll ends up finding the "Best News for Republicans," the Post tries to find other findings to highlight in their headlines.

"Majority of Americans find Obama presidency a failure" wasn't going to be bolded on the front page. They went with "Support widens for air strikes" instead. ABC News, their polling partner, never found it.

By Brent Baker | September 15, 2014 | 12:29 AM EDT

The potshot of the weekend illustrates the visceral disgust in academia toward the Fox News Channel. If Franklin Roosevelt were a candidate or President today, FNC “would have loved” to show video of him “at his most helpless” – such as when he was carried or forced to have others attach and remove his leg braces.

By Tim Graham | September 14, 2014 | 9:12 PM EDT

Megyn Kelly brought on a Florida spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on September 11. When Fox viewers slammed him on Twitter, Hassan Shibly tweeted about alleged similarities between Fox News and ISIS.

By P.J. Gladnick | September 14, 2014 | 6:21 PM EDT

MTP sticks with old format of the host doing the interviews solo despite NBC News president's promise of new format of a panel asking questions.
 

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."