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By Brad Wilmouth | February 12, 2016 | 10:49 AM EST

Appearing as a guest on Friday's New Day, liberal CNN political commentator Bob Beckel claimed that Republicans call Hispanics by the derogatory term "wetbacks" as he discussed whether Bernie Sanders will be able to win the Hispanic vote in the Nevada caucuses against Hillary Clinton. He also recalled Bill Clinton as the "first black President" as he dismissed Sanders's chances of beating Hillary Clinton with black voters in South Carolina.

By Mark Finkelstein | February 12, 2016 | 8:27 AM EST

"If I hold you any closer, I'll be in back of you." That was Groucho's famous line in A Day at the Races. It's also Hillary's strategy in South Carolina, as she hugs President Obama as close as she can in an effort to appeal to African-Americans, who make up a majority of Dem primary voters there.

Joe Scarborough threw a serious spanner into Hillary's strategy on today's Morning Joe. Scarborough displayed a tweet from Hillary spox Brian Fallon saying how "strange" it is that leaks about investigations into Hillary "seem to emerge on the eve of debates and primaries." Repeatedly calling Fallon a "hack spokesman," Scarborough pointed out that Hillary, via Fallon, was attacking the "integrity" of President Obama and the inspectors general in his administration. That might loosen up Hillary's clinch of Obama a bit in the eyes of Dem voters!

By Curtis Houck | February 12, 2016 | 3:06 AM EST

After the “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC neglected to cover the State Department Inspector General (IG) doling out a subpoena to the Clinton Foundation on Thursday, PBS NewsHour Democratic Debate moderators Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff failed to even mention this, or Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal or Benghazi. Neither did Bernie Sanders. Needless to say, the Fox News Channel’s post-debate edition of America’s Election HQ lambasted the trio for this failure to highlight the massive scandals at any point in the two-hour debate. 

By Tom Blumer | February 11, 2016 | 11:58 PM EST

Joan Walsh, who after a long tenure at Salon.com is now National Affairs Correspondent at far-left publication The Nation, is responding as leftists usually do when their favored candidates and causes are in trouble: immaturely, and by smearing recalcitrant people who, in their fevered minds, should be supporting them.

Walsh is a big fan of Hillary Clinton, whose legal and electoral situations seem to get more dire with each passing week. In Walsh-World, Mrs. Clinton is having problems garnering "white working class" Democrats because of racism. But of course, she won't directly say that. Instead, she issued the following passive-aggressive tweet, followed by the oh-so-predictable "Who, me?" response (HT Breitbart via Instapundit):

By NB Staff | February 11, 2016 | 11:39 PM EST

"Martin O’Malley’s campaign for the Democratic nomination will remain suspended indefinitely.  He made this decision after he found out he was polling five points behind El Chapo!" – Jodi Miller of NewsBusted.

By Curtis Houck | February 11, 2016 | 11:27 PM EST

Former Clinton official and CNN senior political analyst David Gergen received the first nod during the AC360 Post Debate Special to comment on Thursday’s PBS NewHour Democratic Debate and exalted how he couldn’t recall a presidential candidate “who was more experienced and more competent than Hillary Clinton was tonight.”

By Karen Townsend | February 11, 2016 | 11:22 PM EST

Popular celeb tattoo artist Kat Von D guest stars in CBS’s Life in Pieces Valentine’s Day episode titled “Tattoo Valentine Guitar Pregnant.” Tim (Dan Bakkedahl), hoping to surprise Heather (Betsy Brandt) with a Valentine’s Day gesture of a tattoo, visits a tattoo shop with a design in mind. He intends to have “I heart Heather” inked onto his shoulder but walks out with “I heart Heater” instead. Oops.

By Brad Wilmouth | February 11, 2016 | 10:37 PM EST

On Thursday's Erin Burnett OutFront on CNN, host Burnett hit John Kasich from the left on his support for defunding Planned Parenthood in Ohio and, alluding to his desire to win the votes of moderate Democrats and independents, pressed him on whether his conservative views on abortion would cause him to lose: "According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, though, 60 percent -- nearly 60 percent of independents support funding Planned Parenthood. Is your conservative stance on abortion -- which clearly is a personal and passionate one for you -- worth losing over?"

By Curtis Houck | February 11, 2016 | 9:56 PM EST

After having started off with a number of surprisingly solid questions in Thursday’s PBS NewsHour Democratic Debate, co-moderator Gwen Ifill wondered to socialist Senator Bernie Sanders if he’s concerned that he “will be the instrument of thwarting history” if he defeats Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary as part of her second campaign to be the first female president.

By Curtis Houck | February 11, 2016 | 9:00 PM EST

In the Thursday evening newscasts ahead of the PBS Democratic Presidential Debate, the “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC largely focused on spinning the Congressional Black Caucus PAC’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton as “a major endorsement” and sign of “new momentum” following socialist Senator Bernie Sanders winning New Hampshire. 

By Ken Shepherd | February 11, 2016 | 8:52 PM EST

Last October, after about six months of dawdling, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio finally came out with an endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president. Yet on tonight's Hardball, anchor Chris Matthews made it sound like the mayor probably wishes he had his old campaign-manager job back and was Hillary's "Mickey in the corner" at every debate.

By Matthew Balan | February 11, 2016 | 6:10 PM EST

Carol Costello spotlighted a young leftist's disdain for Hillary Clinton on Thursday's CNN Newsroom: "I talked to one young feminist — young woman — who said Hillary Clinton is just an old, white, rich person. Why should I listen to her? And that sounds really harsh, but young people are gravitating around Bernie Sanders because they like his idealistic message."

By Mark Finkelstein | February 11, 2016 | 5:54 PM EST

Any would-be Republican presidential candidate who had--hanging around his neck--all the scandals and investigations that surround Hillary Clinton, would likely not have the chutzpah to throw his hat into the ring. He'd know that the MSM would create such a toxic environment that his candidacy would never have a chance of getting off the ground. 

And so it is somewhere between amusing and outrageous to hear Mark Halperin claim, as he did on today's With All Due Respect, that the press is "biased against" Hillary Clinton. Granted, Halperin did so in the context of discussing this evening's Dem debate between Hillary and Bernie Sanders. As between those two, might the MSM lean towards Sanders, as the further-left candidate? Could be. But if Hillary wins the nomination, does Halperin doubt that the press will be pulling for Clinton against the Republican? Some bias!

By Tom Blumer | February 11, 2016 | 5:28 PM EST

The Federal Reserve, Fed Chair Janet Yellen, and the ever-cooperative Associated Press have a message for America: "If there's an economic downturn, even one that turns into a recession, it's going to be the rest of the world's fault. The U.S. economy is fine, and it will stay fine if everybody else doesn't ruin it."

As the AP's Martin Crutsinger reported today ("YELLEN: TOO EARLY TO DETERMINE IMPACT OF GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS"), Yellen told members of the Senate Banking Committee that, in Crutsinger's words, "that global economic pressures pose risks to the U.S. economy," and that the Fed will wait until its next meeting to see "how much economic weakness and falling markets around the world have hamstrung U.S. growth." Folks, to "hamstring" growth, you've got to have growth, and the best estimates at the moment are telling us that at the end of last year there either wasn't any, or that it barely existed.

By Scott Whitlock | February 11, 2016 | 4:55 PM EST

Unlike the apparently civil Democrats, the Republican primary in South Carolina is a historically “nasty” affair “going back to Richard Nixon.” That’s according to MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell on Thursday. Talking to Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza, she lectured, “South Carolina Republican primary is so different from the Democratic primary.”