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By Brad Wilmouth | January 24, 2016 | 5:05 PM EST

Appearing as a panel member on Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, author and former Newsweek editor-in-chief Jon Meacham made a crack suggesting he would prefer dog excrement for President over GOP candidates Ted Cruz or Donald Trump, as host Maher asked panel members which of the two Republican frontrunners they would pick if they had no other choice. Meacham also tied former President Ronald Reagan to modern environmental and safety problems as he complained about Reagan causing a "cultural shift" in declaring that "government is not the solution, it's the problem."

By Curtis Houck | January 24, 2016 | 4:09 PM EST

Near the tail end of a debate on Sunday during ABC’s This Week over the anti-Donald Trump issue of National Review, National Review editor in chief Rich Lowry blasted Republican strategist Alex Castellanos for coming out as someone who’d accept Trump as the GOP nominee after his attempts to seek alternatives (i.e. a moderate, establishment candidate) failed and “your donors wouldn't go with you.”

By Curtis Houck | January 24, 2016 | 2:19 PM EST

Just under two weeks after ABC’s Terry Moran took a fawning trip down memory lane longing for the days when he covered the 2008 Obama campaign, former NBC News correspondent and current CBS News Sunday Morning correspondent Lee Cowan followed suit as Sunday’s program featured an interview with President Obama. “He’s overseen shrinking unemployment, a growing job market, a reduction in the number of Americans without health insurance and diplomatic breakthroughs on both climate policy and relations with Cuba...”

By Clay Waters | January 24, 2016 | 1:47 PM EST

Thousands braved miserable conditions and an incoming blizzard to march against abortion on Friday, and the New York Times once again came up short in covering the story, though when compared to previous years there was a veritable “blizzard” of coverage. The paper’s Public Editor Margaret Sullivan chided the Times in 2014 for its sparse coverage of the annual March for Life, and recommended covering the “gathering with a staff reporter in Washington...The lack of staff coverage unfortunately gives fuel to those who accuse The Times of being anti-Catholic, and to those who charge that the paper’s news coverage continually reflects a liberal bias...” Yet 2015 march coverage amounted to a half-sentence in a hostile story, and in 2016 the paper also failed to devote a full story to the march.

By Mark Finkelstein | January 24, 2016 | 11:37 AM EST

It's not easy to get to the left of Bernie Sanders.  He is a self-described socialist, after all. But hats off to Chuck Todd: he's managed to do it! On today's Meet the Press, Todd, citing Ta-nehisi Coates, challenged Sanders: why aren't you for reparations . . .  because of slavery for African-Americans when you're calling for economic justice on so many other levels? Why do you stop short on that issue?"

Sanders gave a long-winded answer offering his solutions for African-Americans and pointing out that President Obama and Hillary Clinton also oppose reparations. But Todd wasn't ready to let go: "you still haven't answered the question why you weren't in favor of reparations." Sanders' is well-known to have relatively weak support among African-Americans. Todd was clearly picking on a sore spot. Somewhere Hillary Clinton is smiling.

By Tim Graham | January 24, 2016 | 7:57 AM EST

Tiny actor-director Danny DeVito can make a big charge of American racism on the controversy over the all-white acting nominations for the Academy Awards.

“It’s unfortunate that the entire country is a racist country. So it’s an example of the fact that even though some great people have given some great performances in movies, they weren’t even thought about. We are living in a country that discriminates and has certain racist tendencies

By Dylan Gwinn | January 23, 2016 | 10:35 PM EST

Blue Bloods is the show where more is discussed in more real terms in eight minutes at the dinner table than has been discussed and accomplished on Capitol Hill in the last eight months.

By Tim Graham | January 23, 2016 | 9:45 PM EST

Friday night’s PBS NewsHour awarded a Muslim leftist with a typical essay on “diversity” in Hollywood. It carried the title “Why the world could use a Muslim jedi.”

Anchor Hari Sreenivasan explained: What better way to battle discrimination than with pop culture? Or so thought Haroon Moghul, when he asked J.J. Abrams in an open letter to add an Islamic character to “Star Wars.” Here’s more of his thoughts on why a Jedi named Mohammad could help fight fear with hope.” So is Haroon Moghul uniquely poised to preach hope and not hate? His Twitter feed says no.

By Katie Yoder | January 23, 2016 | 5:42 PM EST

Despite the cold and an incoming blizzard, tens of thousands of Americans gathered together from across the country Friday to speak out for the nearly 60 million babies destroyed by abortion. But will journalists report those numbers? Short answer: probably not.

By P.J. Gladnick | January 23, 2016 | 5:00 PM EST

She's relatable, damn it! Yes, Hillary Clinton is so desperate to prove that she is so chock full of relatability that she completely loses any trace of authenticity as you can see in the comic effect Twitter video she posted below.

It's not any one thing but the overall effect of Hillary's over the top vocal enthusiasm combined with the exaggerated gesturing over her supposed delight in relaxing by watching home improvement shows. The result is that Hillary almost seems to be giving Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon competition in parodying herself.

By Tom Johnson | January 23, 2016 | 3:14 PM EST

Commenting Friday on National Review’s anti-Donald Trump editorial and symposium, The New Republic’s Jeet Heer and New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait agreed that conservatives are responsible for Trump’s Republican frontrunner status, but differed on which unpleasant right-wing trait, “white identity politics” or anti-intellectualism, was the prime mover.

By Tim Graham | January 23, 2016 | 2:57 PM EST

On Friday night’s Hardball, host Chris Matthews unleashed a harangue on National Review writer Eliana Johnson, theorizing that the “Against Trump” symposium was pretty much all about Trump’s opposition to the Iraq war.

When Johnson insisted this isn’t single-issue thing, Matthews kept berating her: “Can you answer me? Which is not a hawk in that group?” Johnson didn’t offer a name, but could have: David Boaz, co-founder of the libertarian Cato Institute.

By Jeffrey Lord | January 23, 2016 | 12:53 PM EST

On May 1st, 1973, Republican Senator Charles Percy of Illinois had his resolution calling for a special prosecutor passed by the Senate. Attorney General Eliot Richardson chose Archibald Cox, a Kennedy ally and Richardson’s old Harvard law professor for the task. Cox, with a small army of liberal Ivy League attorneys, set to work with a vengeance. By October of 1973, Nixon had had more than enough -- and briskly and abruptly gave Richardson the order to fire Cox on a sleepy fall Saturday.

There was hell to pay.

By Tom Blumer | January 23, 2016 | 10:14 AM EST

On January 26, 2006, former Vice President, current climate alarmist and centimillionaire Al Gore told the Associated Press's David Germain that "unless drastic measures to reduce greenhouse gases are taken within the next 10 years, the world will reach a point of no return."

Tuesday, as DC and much of the Northeast finishes digging out from a serious and possibly historic weekend snowstorm, will be the tenth anniversary of Gore's "planetary emergency" warning. The "global warming" true believers in the establishment press will never hold Gore accountable for his nonsense, which is why going to alternative sources such as the editorials at Investor's Business Daily is so necessary. On Friday, IBD called Gore out, identifying "Five Ways We Know Al Gore’s Been Running A Global Warming Racket" (links are in original; bolds are mine):

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | January 23, 2016 | 8:08 AM EST

Sean Penn has long been the poster boy for the Hollywood Left, another one of those overpaid dilettantes who constantly berate the country that’s given him international fame and incredible wealth. Penn’s loathing of Yankee imperialism is so intense that he thinks America is “over-demonizing” a Mexican drug kingpin that Forbes magazine estimates is responsible for the deaths of 34,000 people – mostly Mexicans.

In an act of sheer self-promotion, Penn exploited an acting connection to gain an audience with notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, fresh from a prison escape. Instead of asking this man how he could butcher so many thousands of men, women and children, he asked him to condemn the American “war on drugs.”