By Curtis Houck | October 8, 2015 | 3:07 PM EDT

To the surprise of no one, MSNBC ran to find the nearest token Republicans it could after shocking news that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) dropped out of Speaker of the House race and once such person was MSNBC political analyst and former 2008 McCain campaign adviser Steve Schmidt, who railed against the GOP for “hunting heretics” and not “converts.”

By Ken Shepherd | October 8, 2015 | 11:58 AM EDT

Cradle Catholic Chris Matthews devoted a segment of his Oct. 7 Hardball program to furthering Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's attack line against Republicans supporting a select-committee investigation into Planned Parenthood. Clinton likened the probe to the select committee investigating Benghazi. Joining in on the fun was liberal Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.).

By Mark Finkelstein | October 8, 2015 | 8:36 AM EDT

For weeks now, Joe Scarborough has been expressing befuddlement over Ben Carson's appeal.  It boiled over on today's Morning Joe, as Scarborough went on an extended anti-Carson rant.

Scarborough unleashed after clips were played from town halls in Iowa and New Hampshire in which Republican voters expressed strong support for the notion of Carson as a qualified president. Calling Carson unqualified to be president, Joe railed that he'd seen people like Carson on school boards who got into trouble because they were in "over their heads."

By Brad Wilmouth | October 7, 2015 | 5:38 PM EDT

On Tuesday's All In, MSNBC host Chris Hayes devoted a segment to the recent announcement that Alabama will be closing a significant number of the state's DMVs -- some in majority black counties -- as he fretted that Alabama may be making it more difficult for black voters to get the required voter ID cards.

To his credit, Hayes brought on Alabama Republican Secretary of State John Merrill as a guest to discuss the impact of the closings, but, even after Merrill related that each of the 67 counties will still have a Board of Registrar office where the voter IDs can be obtained free of charge, the MSNBC host still showed worry that there would be "pain" in having to spend time visiting such an office.

By Mark Finkelstein | October 7, 2015 | 8:45 AM EDT

Is it the MSM's role to protect Hillary Clinton's image by preventing the public from seeing what members of her own party think of her?  Today's Morning Joe played a clip from a Dem focus group in New Hampshire in which there was near unanamity that Hillary's personality could be a serious turn-off to voters, particularly male ones.

Joe Scarborough then said: "we actually cut a good bit in there, out, that was even more negative of Hillary because we thought it was actually too negative and didn't like some of the connotations there."

By Ken Shepherd | October 6, 2015 | 9:08 PM EDT

Politico reported today that numerous sources are pointing to Vice President Joe Biden himself as the anonymous source who told the New York Times's Maureen Dowd about Beau Biden's dying wish that his father run for the presidency.

While the Biden camp is strongly denying that there was any political motivation for effectively putting feelers out for a presidential campaign via a friendly columnist, it certainly does look bad. Even so, tonight's Hardball panel seemed to think it was no big deal if Mr. Biden effectively politicized his son's untimely death due to brain cancer.

By Randy Hall | October 6, 2015 | 5:47 PM EDT

With Halloween on the horizon, October is a month full of such scary things as ghosts, goblins and … a possible return to MSNBC by fire-breathing former anchor Keith Olbermann.

According to an exclusive article by Joe Concha on the website, NBC News president Andy Lack is looking for someone to solidify the network's prime-time line-up and may replace the low-rated All In With Chris Hayes with a new program anchored by the former ESPN, Fox Sports and (now-defunct) Current TV channel host.

By Kyle Drennen | October 6, 2015 | 3:30 PM EDT

On MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Tuesday, Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty proclaimed that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s comments about the Benghazi investigation had granted Hillary Clinton immunity from scandal: “...the Kevin McCarthy thing has been not only a political gift but it has been sort of a ‘get out of jail free’ card for her to sort of abandon the kind of semi-contrite position she had been taking before, and to come out on offense.”

By Brad Wilmouth | October 6, 2015 | 2:39 PM EDT

On Monday's All In on MSNBC, host Chris Hayes repeated the discredited claim that originated with a liberal blogger that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise spoke at a convention for the European-American Unity and Rights Organization -- founded by white supremacist David Duke -- in the congressman's home state of Louisiana in 2002.

By Michael McKinney | October 6, 2015 | 12:55 PM EDT

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday, the roundtable turned to the NBC "town hall" Secretary Hillary Clinton had on gun control. Mike Barnicle began the discussion by declaring that it requires courage and hammering gun control for any gun control to be accomplished. Barnicle would then continue on against semi-automatic rifles, in particular the AR-15 and AK-47, because they are "military assault rifles." Mika Brzezinski would bring up the amount of guns owned by the Mercer family, while Joe Scarborough and Eugene Robinson would confront the hardship of parenting and responsibility of adult children.

By Scott Whitlock | October 6, 2015 | 11:39 AM EDT

MSNBC anchor Peter Alexander on Monday didn’t bother challenging an assertion by a Democratic Representative that Congress is “endorsing” “mass murder” with a failure to pursue gun control. Talking to Senator Chris Murphy, Alexander began by pushing the politician from the left: “Do you think that President Obama could do more?” 

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 6, 2015 | 11:30 AM EDT

During an appearance on Monday’s Kelly File on Fox News, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina hit back at the Washington Post and MSNBC for accusing her of failing to pay back outstanding debt from her 2010 Senate campaign. After Fiorina explained that “the debt has been paid off,” which “the Washington Post fails to mention entirely. See facts aren’t really what the Washington Post is into anymore.”