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By Mark Finkelstein | April 22, 2016 | 7:27 PM EDT

Will this stem the MSM's flood of deserved praise for Prince? It turns out that Touré--better known in these parts as a former spoke in MSNBC's since-cancelled Cycle--is also a Prince biographer, his book  published in 2013.

Appearing on With All Due Respect today, Touré cited two sources: Prince's former sound engineer, and a member of his band, for the proposition that Prince was a "conservative" and a "Republican." Touré embraced the notion himself, but, being a liberal, described what it means to be a conservative in pejorative terms: "I am making money, I'm successful, I want this money and this success protected .  . . When you are rich, you want status quo." 

By Jorge Bonilla | April 22, 2016 | 5:11 PM EDT

Four things to watch for.

By Kristine Marsh | April 22, 2016 | 2:43 PM EDT

First lady Michelle Obama will be starring in an upcoming episode of the CBS police procedural show NCIS, continuing her apparent goal of becoming a television actress after she leaves the White House.

By Mairead McArdle | April 22, 2016 | 2:26 PM EDT

Maybe Cleveland does not rock. Eagles guitarist and solo artist Joe Walsh has a big beef with the Republican Party.

Walsh announced on Wednesday that he is ditching a July 18 Cleveland summer concert which would have kicked off the Republican National Convention.

By Mark Finkelstein | April 22, 2016 | 1:58 PM EDT

Mike Barnicle prefaced his remarks on Obamacare by saying his understanding was "meager." He was grossly . . . overstating his knowledge. The subject in the Morning Joe segment today was UnitedHealthCare's decision to quit the Obamacare exchanges. Dr. Dave Campbell explained that UnitedHealthcare was going to lose $1 billion on Obamacare this year, and that all other insurers were also losing money.

That's when Barnicle piped up: "my understanding of it, meager as it is: so it's the profit motive that's going to drive these insurance companies out of the exchanges. They have boards of directors. They can't figure out how to retool their approach to it in order to make [money]?" Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant, Mike! Why didn't UnitedHealthcare think of that? If there's a problem with that profit-motive thingy, just have the board of directors figure out a way to turn a profit. Problem solved! 

By P.J. Gladnick | April 22, 2016 | 1:57 PM EDT

Hey, it was just a harmless prank! No real harm done. Ha! Ha!

That is the tone of The Atlantic magazine article explaining away the vandalism performed by the Clinton White House as it transitioned over to the incoming George W. Bush administration. The article is about how tough it is to transition from one White House administration to the next but the real purpose as we shall see is to slam Donald Trump for mishandling a transition that has yet to happen because he hasn't even been nominated yet. First author Russell Berman attempts to explain away a major stain on recent presidential transitions:

By Curtis Houck | April 22, 2016 | 1:41 PM EDT

In Slate’s weekly “Political Gabfest” podcast, CBS News political director and Face the Nation host John Dickerson proclaimed that Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal is “a stupid issue” unlike the debate over a $15 minimum wage because that’s “the central question of the campaign, which is how do you help people with wages.”

By Brad Wilmouth | April 22, 2016 | 12:47 PM EDT

The hosts of ABC's The View on Thursday spent almost four minutes fretting over Dr. Ben Carson and Donald Trump suggesting Harriet Tubman be placed on the $2 bill as an alternative to replacing former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin in particular portrayed placement on the $2 bill as an insult, betraying an apparent lack of knowledge that the $2 bill that is still in circulation features no less than former President and Declaration of Independence author Thomas Jefferson's likeness.

By Scott Whitlock | April 22, 2016 | 12:41 PM EDT

All three morning shows on Friday highlighted Barack Obama’s trip to Britain. However, only CBS saw it as “very controversial” and explained why one prominent British leader is calling the President a “bully.” ABC ignored the fact that Obama is in the country to lobby Britons to stay in the European Union. NBC noted that the Commander in Chief wrote an op-ed lecturing another country on an important decision, but the network didn’t find it divisive. 

By Tim Graham | April 22, 2016 | 12:02 PM EDT

Rory Carroll at the Guardian reports that the group Friends of Abe, a “secretive” group of Hollywood conservatives that includes celebrities like Jon Voight and Kelsey Grammer, is dissolving over Donald Trump and the fight over the June 7 California primary.

Lionel Chetwynd, a producer and screenwriter and co-founder of the group, recently said the 2016 campaign was causing a “civil war in slow motion,” which "fractured friendships and shredded solidarity."

By Kyle Drennen | April 22, 2016 | 11:40 AM EDT

After NBC and ABC rushed to label Donald Trump “moderate” during Thursday’s evening newscasts following his move to left on transgender bathrooms and abortion, on Friday morning, all three network morning shows touted the Republican frontrunner “sounding strikingly more moderate on social issues” as he worked to “tone it down” on the campaign trail. 

By Kristine Marsh | April 22, 2016 | 11:24 AM EDT

In the latest case of a celebrity exercising their sense of superiority, Alec Baldwin stated that not believing in climate change was “a form of mental illness.” The actor, prone to public fits of anger, has gone off on conservatives before and even made anti-gay slurs, yet the media still welcomed him back with open arms because of his radically liberal views.

By Jorge Bonilla | April 22, 2016 | 10:21 AM EDT

Earlier this week, United Healthcare made major news by announcing its intent to pull out of Obamacare. The story mostly went missing from all but one domestic Spanish-language network

By Julia A. Seymour | April 22, 2016 | 10:18 AM EDT

Galileo, the famous Italian astronomer and scientist, once said, “In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” Tell that to the UN IPCC and the news media. Presumably, Galileo would find the use of the so-called “scientific consensus” on global warming as the basis to call for prosecution of dissenters unsettling. Everyone should find it downright chilling.

By Daniel Garza | April 22, 2016 | 9:35 AM EDT

Seeking to justify his open opposition to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos has enlisted the support of Glenn Greenwald, the leftist journalist best known for enabling Edward Snowden’s treasonous revelations of classified U.S. national security data and who is hailed by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow as “the left’s most fearless political commentator.”