By Mark Finkelstein | September 5, 2015 | 11:13 AM EDT

In America, the rightful role of politics and politicians is to defend the Constitution.  And the essence of that Constitution is to limit the powers of government while protecting the unalienable rights of the people as described in the Declaration of Independence.

But according to a prominent Catholic sister, Pope Francis has a very different view, one which she obviously shares.  Appearing on MSNBC's Up With Steve Kornacki today, Sister Simone Campbell said that the Pope was "very clear" in his encyclical. Rather than controlling government, he believes the role of politics is to "control the economy."

By Matthew Balan | September 4, 2015 | 11:56 PM EDT

Friday's CBS Evening News stood out for not covering Hillary Clinton's interview with NBC's Andrew Mitchell. The newscast didn't even mention the former first lady during their 2016 election coverage. Instead, Scott Pelley played up how Donald Trump "seems to stumble a lot, but never seems to fall" – specifically, his confused answers on foreign policy during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. Pelley also covered Vice President Joe Biden "agonizing publicly about whether he would run" for president.

By NB Staff | September 4, 2015 | 4:44 PM EDT

"Last week in Iowa, Donald Trump had Univision’s Jorge Ramos kicked out of a press conference.  But Ramos was able to question Trump later -- after tunneling back in. Speaking of Trump, he recently accused Jeb Bush of being a ‘low-energy’ person…  Bush aides say Jeb will respond shortly -- after he wakes up from his nap." -- Jodi Miller, NewsBusted anchor.

By Matthew Philbin | September 4, 2015 | 3:58 PM EDT

In a move that will most certainly result in the purge of the ESPN films department, the “4-letter network” will air a...wait for it...positive feature on President George W. Bush’s throwing of the first pitch in Game 3 of the World Series in the weeks following 9/11.

By Curtis Houck | September 4, 2015 | 3:51 PM EDT

In the first few hours after Andrea Mitchell’s interview with Hillary Clinton, reactions poured in on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports and MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts that ranged from Rachel Maddow dismissing the growing e-mail scandal as “kinetic activity” to The Washington Post’s Anne Gearan fawning over her “one-on-one” skills to Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd excusing her non-answers to her versatility in “diplomatic speak.”

By Kyle Drennen | September 4, 2015 | 3:02 PM EDT

In an exclusive interview with Hillary Clinton on Friday, NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell began by gently wondering if the former Secretary of State was “sorry” about the e-mail scandal: “You said recently that using your personal e-mail while you were secretary of state was not the best choice and that you take responsibility. Are you sorry?”

By Scott Whitlock | September 4, 2015 | 12:56 PM EDT

Despite a combined eight hours of air time, the three networks on Friday allowed a scant one minute and 48 seconds to the latest details of Hillary Clinton's evolving e-mail scandal. This, despite the revelation that a top Clinton adviser announced he will plead the Fifth Amendment. In contrast, ABC, NBC and CBS devoted a staggering 41 minutes and 54 seconds to various rock concerts. 

By Curtis Houck | September 4, 2015 | 11:30 AM EDT

Bringing some humor to the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal and 2016 election, NBC’s Jimmy Fallon joked during his on monologue on Thursday’s Tonight Show about Anthony Weiner and another gaffe by Vice President Joe Biden that had him once again including China as part of North America. 

By Kyle Drennen | September 4, 2015 | 10:23 AM EDT

In an interview with author Salman Rushdie on Friday’s CBS This Morning, co-host Gayle King teed him up to bash Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, imprisoned for refusing to issue gay marriage licenses: “What do you think about what's going on in Kentucky with Kim Davis, who’s standing up for her religious beliefs, when you were really the victim of religious beliefs, where they were trying to get you?"

By Curtis Houck | September 4, 2015 | 7:47 AM EDT

During Thursday’s All In on MSNBC, what began as a discussion of socialist Bernie Sanders between host Chris Hayes and national correspondent Joy Reid suddenly morphed into the pair gushing over how some supporters of Hillary Clinton “are devoted diehards” that “we tend to underestimate” in the media.

By Curtis Houck | September 4, 2015 | 12:16 AM EDT

At the top of Thursday’s CBS Evening News, anchor Scott Pelley proclaimed that the jailing of Rowan County, Kentucky Democratic Clerk Kim Davis “could be the last front in a losing battle against same-sex marriage” as she had been refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage on June 26.

By Curtis Houck | September 3, 2015 | 9:53 PM EDT

The CBS Evening News bid farewell on Thursday to Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal as the newscast, unlike ABC and NBC, dodged news that longtime Clinton aide Cheryl Mills testified before the House Select Committee on Benghazi plus word late Wednesday night that a former staffer who helped set up her private e-mail server would invoke his Fifth Amendment by not testifying before Congress.