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By Tom Blumer | July 27, 2015 | 11:52 PM EDT

I guess the slogan of labor has changed from "Look for the union label" to "Look for the union waiver."

The Los Angeles Times published a long story early this morning on an issue some people thought disappeared after its initial exposure two months ago. The issue is whether union workers should be exempt from minimum wage laws, especially the sky-high minimums being enacted in some U.S. cities. To those who have been unaware of the issue up until now and are thinking that all of this must be a joke — it's not. It's just that the press, which not coincidentally has a higher percentage of union members than the private sector as a whole, has barely noted it.

By Curtis Houck | July 27, 2015 | 9:51 PM EDT

The “big three” networks of ABC, CBS and NBC gleefully promoted on Monday evening President Obama’s “scolding” of 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee over his criticism of the Iran deal and his “scathing words” for the GOP field as candidates “are trying to out-trump [Donald] Trump.” Not surprisingly, the networks also sided with then-candidate Obama on May 15, 2008 when the same three networks chided then-President George W. Bush and fellow Republicans for a “two-pronged Republican attack” on Obama.

By Clay Waters | July 27, 2015 | 9:23 PM EDT

On Monday morning New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan, facing an outcry from her paper's liberal readership, fretted over its coverage of the investigation into Hillary Clinton sending private emails containing classified material. The print edition sent a similar message to Republicans who might dare to use the issue against Clinton on the road to the White House: Ease off. Reporters Maggie Haberman and Ashley Parker suggested GOP presidential candidates tread lightly on the topic in "Focus on Clinton's Emails Forces Republicans to Weigh Risks of Criticism." Willie Horton and the "war on women" trope also make appearances as further warning of the alleged perils of Republican overreach.

By Mark Finkelstein | July 27, 2015 | 8:51 PM EDT

Is Hillary hearing donkey hoofbeats? On his Weekly Standard podcast today, Bill Kristol put the odds at "better than 50/50" that one or more of Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden or John Kerry would jump into the race against a Hillary Clinton whom he described as "extraordinarily weak."

Kristol made an undeniable point, to wit, that "if someone came down and gave you the poll numbers on Hillary Clinton, from the last two, three, four public polls, you would look at that and say, whoah: this is a very weak and very vulnerable frontrunner."

By Ken Shepherd | July 27, 2015 | 8:49 PM EDT

For MSNBC Chris Matthews, his support of the president's Iran deal amounts to "simple math." The Hardball host reckons that bombing Iranian nuclear facilities would maybe buy the world three years, but a diplomatic accord with the Islamic Republic, heck, that gets you a whole decade!

By Yuri Perez | July 27, 2015 | 7:00 PM EDT

U.S. Inspector General findings that Hillary Clinton evidently mishandled - and potentially compromised - national security information through her rogue email practices as Secretary of State of the United States were the subject of scrutiny on the nation’s top Spanish-language networks. So far, Telemundo has dedicated the most time to the developing story, while Univision and MundoFox coverage of the matter has been limited to news briefs. 

By Brad Wilmouth | July 27, 2015 | 6:53 PM EDT

On Monday's Wolf show on CNN, host Wolf Blitzer referred to GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry's criticism of gun-free zones as "controversial" and "eye-raising" before then giving gun control activist Mark Kelly an unchallenged forum to push for more gun laws.

By Brent Baker | July 27, 2015 | 6:24 PM EDT

New on July 27: MSNBC host Chris Matthews heralded Obama’s presidency: “He’s done everything right. He’s been immaculate in the presidency. Nobody has accused him of any corruption. His kids are perfect. His wife is perfect.”

By Matthew Balan | July 27, 2015 | 6:16 PM EDT

On Monday's New Day, CNN's Michaela Pereira touted the "very moving" and "very touching" parts of the debut episode of Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner's new reality TV series, I Am Cait. Both of Pereira's guests – a former People magazine editor and a "transgendered" actor – gushed over the "exciting" and "very effective" debut. The anchor later wondered if the series is "going to be catalyst for change in conversation and narrative in America."

By Ken Shepherd | July 27, 2015 | 5:56 PM EDT

You cannot make this stuff up: A sex-worker's union has launched a petition drive blasting MSNBC from the Left for a weekend program that it charges unfairly conflates prostitutes who are in the business of their own free will versus those who are the victims of human trafficking.

By Spencer Raley | July 27, 2015 | 5:09 PM EDT

On Monday’s edition of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski called presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s recent comments about the recent Iran deal “ugly, callous, shocking and deeply disturbing,” and angrily declared that this should be a “deal breaker” for his campaign.

By Kyle Drennen | July 27, 2015 | 3:56 PM EDT

In the midst of a 2016 presidential race overflowing with candidates, Monday’s NBC Today instead decided to devote three minutes of air time to a Maryland congressional contender with little chance of even securing the Democratic Party’s nomination for the seat.

By Sarah Stites | July 27, 2015 | 3:56 PM EDT

The Atlantic writer Jeffrey Tayler is annoyed at the “educated elite” in our country. Why have they not risen to the occasion and labeled passionate religious belief a mental illness?

The writer’s disappointment followed the release of an article on The News Nerd entitled “American Psychological Association to Classify Belief in God as a Mental Illness.” In the story, Psychologist Dr. Lillian Andrews had stated: “The time for evolving into a modern society and classifying these archaic beliefs as a mental disorder has been long overdue.”

By Tory McClintock | July 27, 2015 | 3:44 PM EDT

Slate writer Amanda Marcotte claimed this week that a drop in the number of teens having sex is the result of encouraging teens to use birth control and engage in sexual behavior. Meanwhile, she posited, education encouraging abstinence couldn't possibly, ever, in a zillion years, have anything to do with it.

By Tom Blumer | July 27, 2015 | 3:17 PM EDT

Based on how they handled it today, it's pretty obvious that the Associated Press's Ken Sweet and his wire service's headline writers want the lowest possible number of users of their reporting — consumers and subscribing print and broadcast outlets — to know about the mainland Chinese stock market's historically deep 8.5 percent Monday dive.

It took four paragraphs for Sweet to get to the specifics. What preceded it was clearly intended to create an "It's No Big Deal, so you can move on to something else" impression.