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By Tom Blumer | April 14, 2016 | 1:45 PM EDT

Just three months after Arch, the nation's Number 2 coal mining company, filed for bankruptcy, Number 1, Peabody Energy, has followed suit. Five of the industry's largest firms have now gone bankrupt in the past 12 months.

Two Associated Press stories on Peabody this week managed to avoid mentioning the name of President Barack Obama, whose hostility toward the industry has been obvious since his first presidential campaign, or to directly cite his administration's Environmental Protection Agency as a factor in the firm's trip to bankruptcy court.

By Tim Graham | April 14, 2016 | 12:56 PM EDT

In 2016, 25 years after her testimony, Anita Hill has offered no more substantiation of her unproven claims of sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas than she did in real time. But the media keep kissing her ring. On the front page of the Style section of The Washington Post on Thursday came an article headlined “Anita Hill kick-started an overdue discussion.” Inside it was "Anita Hill spurred harassment dialogue."

Post writer Monica Hesse began tenderly, poetically: “Anita Hill. Anita, still.”

By Kyle Drennen | April 14, 2016 | 12:24 PM EDT

On her Wednesday night show, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly described a recent meeting with Donald Trump to “clear the air” in wake the Republican frontrunner’s months of public attacks against her. However, appearing at the annual Women in the World forum on April 6, Kelly ripped into her media colleagues for their excessive and skewed coverage of the billionaire’s campaign.

By Alatheia Larsen | April 14, 2016 | 11:21 AM EDT

With the federal tax deadline moved to April 18 this year, people have an extra three days to procrastinate on their 2015 returns.

Even with this extension, Americans will still have to work on average another six days before reaching Tax Freedom Day -- the day they’ve earned what the government will take from them during 2016. But the evening news shows have refused to talk about it.

By Scott Whitlock | April 14, 2016 | 11:07 AM EDT

The journalists on Good Morning America, Thursday, eagerly touted a new poll finding that “most the country doesn’t like” Ted Cruz and Donald Trump. What did they ignore from their own survey? A majority of Americans aren't fond of Hillary Clinton either. Reporter Jon Karl trumpeted, “This poll looks at the Republican candidates and shows that the most of the country simply doesn't like them.” 

By Kristine Marsh | April 14, 2016 | 10:37 AM EDT

On Charlie Rose Wednesday night on PBS, guest host (and CBS anchor) Jeff Glor interviewed journalist Jacob Weisberg, who is Editor-in-Chief and contributor to the Slate Group, (which publishes Slate Magazine), on his new book about Ronald Reagan. At mid-interview, Glor asked Weisberg what Ronald Reagan would think about the current GOP party, giving the liberal journalist plenty of time to bash the presidential candidates and paint Reagan as liberal on immigration, abortion and “tolerance" in the GOP.

By Mark Finkelstein | April 14, 2016 | 9:26 AM EDT

The Coming Cruz Senate Apocalypse? That's Joe Scarborough's baleful prophesy, should the senator from Texas snatch the Republican presidential nomination.  On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough asserted that "Ted Cruz is the worst-case scenario for [GOP] Senate candidates, even worse than Donald Trump."

So bad, in fact, that Joe agreed with Mike Barnicle that Cruz as nominee = Chuck Schumer as Senate Majority Leader.  In making his case against Cruz, Joe said "there's a reason why in 2008 there was not a single Republican representing anybody in all of New England in Congress." Kind of strange tarring Ted for the absence of New England Republicans in 2008, considering that Cruz wasn't elected to the Senate . . . until 2012.

By Edgard Portela | April 14, 2016 | 9:00 AM EDT

The Mexican government’s decision to appoint a new ambassador to the U.S. is a direct result of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Telemundo has reported.

By Melissa Mullins | April 14, 2016 | 6:53 AM EDT

It’s Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Awareness Month, and what better way to promote awareness than... being loud and proud by sharing “I have an STI” with the public?

This liberal trend hasn’t hit the media just yet. Silly me for thinking STI Awareness Month (I wasn’t aware there was such a thing) would have something to do with the education of STI’s and prevention. Instead, we have feisty feminists claiming “victimhood” because they have an STI and are tired of the “stigma” surrounding it. Welcome to the strange-pride generation.

By Dylan Gwinn | April 14, 2016 | 1:11 AM EDT

Feminism and lesbian weddings were on the docket for Wednesday night’s showing of Blackish. But…on second thought…it was a lot more about feminism.

By Curtis Houck | April 14, 2016 | 1:00 AM EDT

Along with addressing her meeting with Donald Trump earlier in the day, Kelly File host Megyn Kelly began Wednesday’s show by clashing with MSNBC host/liberal activist Reverend Al Sharpton over what transpired in Ferguson, Missouri to the point that Sharpton rudely told Kelly to “calm down.”

By Dylan Gwinn | April 14, 2016 | 12:29 AM EDT

Okay this was actually funny. On Wednesday night’s edition of Modern Family, titled ‘Man Shouldn’t Lie,’ Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) resort to unorthodox measures to generate income, by renting out their upstairs room to a rock band. A Christian rock band.

By Brad Wilmouth | April 13, 2016 | 11:12 PM EDT

On Wednesday's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, as former Virginia Governor and former Republican National Committee chairman Jim Gilmore appeared as a guest to discuss what is likely to happen at the Republican National Convention, when the former RNC chair began listing some of the problems with Hillary Clinton that make it crucial for Republicans to unite and defeat her, host Baldwin dismissively labeled his criticisms as "talking points."

By Tom Blumer | April 13, 2016 | 10:45 PM EDT

Two writers at the Five Thirty-Eight blog, purchased by ABC's ESPN network two years ago, have done something the crime increase causation deniers will surely detest: demonstrate, based on statistical evidence, and despite their tentative language, that "real changes in the process of policing in Chicago" have led to "spike in gun violence in Chicago since the end of November."

Translating the work of writers Rob Arthur and Jeff Asher into plain English: There has been a clear "Ferguson effect" crime wave in the Second City since the release of the Laquan McDonald video in late November; now the criminals are literally getting away with murder with horrifying frequency (HT Powerline; links are in original; bolds are mine throughout this post):

By P.J. Gladnick | April 13, 2016 | 10:30 PM EDT

Bababooey!

Once again the producer of the Howard Stern radio show, Gary Dell'Abate, gets schooled on something. This time Howard sets Gary straight on what the 2nd Amendment really means. Gary doesn't sound so much antithetical to the 2nd Amendment as completely confused. By the time Howard is done, Gary still sounds confused but at least the audience gets a bunch of good laughs listening to Howard patiently but hilariously dealing with his hapless producer who thinks he is "reasonable" on this issue. No transcript because it is necessary to hear the tone of both Howard's (and co-host Robin Quivers') responses to Gary's confusion to fully appreciate the flavor of this episode. However, a strong language advisory and perhaps a warning if you are drinking coffee that you could mess up your computer screen when you burst out laughing.