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By Curtis Houck | February 3, 2016 | 11:15 PM EST

Hillary Clinton faced one of the biggest softballs of the campaign yet on Wednesday night when a questioner at CNN’s Democratic Presidential Town Hall wondered about how she will “defend” herself “against right-wing attacks” “[o]nce you become the nominee and elected.” In a follow-up, moderator Anderson Cooper teed her up by wondering if she “still believe[s] there’s vast right-wing conspiracy” to which Clinton laughed and ruled that it’s persisted and “even better funded” by Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers then in the 1990s.

By Curtis Houck | February 3, 2016 | 10:04 PM EST

The networks continued to act as promoters of Donald Trump on Wednesday as ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News devoted over six minutes to Trump accusing Ted Cruz of “stealing” the Iowa caucuses while the CBS Evening News spent only 35 seconds on Trump and Ben Carson lashing out at Cruz. Among the most intense moments was ABC’s Tom Llamas clashing with Cruz during a press conference using Trump’s talking points about the Cruz campaign supposedly using “a dirty trick to confuse voters” into not voting for Carson.

By Ken Shepherd | February 3, 2016 | 9:31 PM EST

"[T[here is no way we get through this campaign without Donald Trump suing Ted Cruz."

That's a prediction that MSNBC All In host Chris Hayes dropped on his guests, NBC News Trump campaign correspondent Katy Tur and the Huffington Post's Sam Stein. For her part, Tur was inclined to disagree.

By Curtis Houck | February 3, 2016 | 8:44 PM EST

Hours before CNN hosted a Democratic presidential town hall on Wednesday night between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News went out of their way to spin New Hampshire as “Clinton country” despite Sanders’ massive leads in the polls and argued that “[t]he pressure is on Sanders” in the race due to an unfavorable primary calendar after the Granite State.

By Mark Finkelstein | February 3, 2016 | 7:18 PM EST

Of all the things you can call John Heilemann, one thing you cannot is "clandestine Republican operative." So it might be a sign of just how frazzled the Hillary campaign has become that her spokesman has in essence accused Heilemann of being a GOP catspaw.

On today's With All Due Respect, Heilemann pressed Clinton spox Brian Fallon as to whether Hillary would call herself a liberal. Fallon sought refuge behind the term "progressive." When Heilemann persisted, Fallon snapped "you're asking me because you want the RNC to clip this and turn it into a 15-second ad." Paging Richard Hofstadter's Paranoid Style in American Politics.

By Tom Blumer | February 3, 2016 | 6:36 PM EST

A great deal was made of Facebook's announcement last week that it would ban private gun sales on both its flagship website and Instagram.

Readers who only followed establishment press accounts can be forgiven if they came away from most reports thinking that the firm has some kind of algorithm or recognition system for enforcing the ban. That's not so.

By Nicholas Fondacaro | February 3, 2016 | 5:17 PM EST

The panelists on Morning Joe got a chance to ask questions of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Wednesday, after his strong showing in the Iowa Caucus. The panelists asked fair questions of the candidate such as how he plans to draw in older voters. But Mika Brzezinski, a known Hillary Clinton supporter, couldn’t help but grill Sanders with Hillary’s talking points about his campaign:

By Katie Yoder | February 3, 2016 | 4:07 PM EST

Two days before Center for Medical Progress Project Lead David Daleiden goes to court, his organization is condemning Planned Parenthood for “accounting gimmicks to hide its illegal sale of fetal tissue.”

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a new undercover video Tuesday featuring Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC) Director of Research Melissa Farrell. The footage from last April in Houston showed Farrell meeting with the Center for Medical Progress’ David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, who posed as prospective buyers of aborted baby parts.

By Ken Shepherd | February 3, 2016 | 3:55 PM EST

Concluding his interview with the chairwoman of the New Hampsire Republican Party in a Manchester diner on Wednesday afternoon, MSNBC host Chris Matthews went on an odd tangent about how the topography of the Granite State supposedly makes it edgier than "flat" Midwestern Iowa. "Topography spells character," Matthews insists.
 

By Brad Wilmouth | February 3, 2016 | 3:38 PM EST

Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC, New York magazine's Frank Rich asserted that GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio is "quite far to the right" and has a "very truculent neocon foreign policy" as he and host O'Donnell discussed whether the Florida Senator has the best chance of the "establishment" Republican candidates of being nominated.

By Tim Graham | February 3, 2016 | 3:37 PM EST

MSNBC weekend host and Wake Forest professor Melissa Harris-Perry had a scary confrontation with a hostile man in Des Moines. He wanted to know why MSNBC would pick her for a show. (Many people might ask this question.) She wrote a blog on how this somehow caused her to think of being raped as a child and maybe this man had come to murder her. Without more of a recreation of the unpleasant conversation -- with just swatches of Nazi references and anger -- it's impossible to know how unglued this accuser was. 

The "safe space" was violated. Her piece began: "I don't know if he was there to kill me."

By Jack Coleman | February 3, 2016 | 3:30 PM EST

Amid the forced frivolity of Tuesday's Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore came a moment of awkward silence worth savoring when the host dared utter the unthinkable.

It was during a discussion between Wilmore and guest comedian Lewis Black, along with Nightly Show executive producer and Daily Show alum Rory Albanese and Franchesca Ramsey in her first appearance as a Nightly Show contributor.
 

By Kyle Drennen | February 3, 2016 | 3:29 PM EST

On Wednesday, the hosts of CBS This Morning seemed to do Hillary Clinton’s bidding as they used her campaign attack lines to interrogate Senator Bernie Sanders on whether he was a “viable” candidate against the former secretary of state.

By Kristine Marsh | February 3, 2016 | 3:25 PM EST

Upon Ted Cruz’s victory in Iowa this weekend, late-night comedy host Jimmy Kimmel  took the opportunity on Tuesday to mock Cruz and the Evangelical voters who voted for him. After remarking that GOP candidates like Cruz had been going “out of their way to talk about the Bible and their faith,” Kimmel wondered how it would look if Jesus himself had been running for President saying some of the more colorful rhetoric from certain GOP candidates. 

By Sam Dorman | February 3, 2016 | 3:04 PM EST

Liberal propaganda ruins everything, even comic books.  

The January edition of Captain America featured a reptilian supervillain named Viper who sounded a lot like Republican presidential candidates. Viper ranted about American exceptionalism and said, “Someone has to make America marvelous again.” He also complained about “overreaching government” oppressing businesses and asked, “Where in the constitution is anyone promised clean air, anyhow? Sounds to me like free market demand for filtration systems and gas masks.”