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By Tim Graham | | April 25, 2016 | 2:46 PM EDT

In a sure sign Obama is a lame duck, Sunday’s Washington Post carried a gushy article by assistant managing editor David Maraniss. The subhead was  “Obama set out to be a leader of consequence; From the Affordable Care Act to the opening of relations with Cuba, Obama will leave behind a legacy of liberal achievement.”

In a 2,863-word article that's overblown in length and historical scope, Maraniss said Obama ambitiously sought to be an ideological counter-balance to Ronald Reagan in the greatest-president category, and “It is now becoming increasingly possible to argue he has neared his goal.”

By NB Staff | | April 25, 2016 | 2:33 PM EDT

The MRC's recent study of cable news election coverage was a topic of discussion during the April 25 edition of Fox New's Happening Now. During the segment, Fox News Radio host Alan Colmes and radio host Tammy Bruce both agreed with the study that GOP candidates had received much more air time than their Democrat counterparts, but had different theories as to why the coverage was so skewed. Bruce argued that the media didn't focus on Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for fear of exposing their flaws, while Colmes countered that the lopsided coverage was merely the result of the GOP campaign being more entertaining, and the "conflict on the right."

By Daniel Garza | | April 25, 2016 | 2:02 PM EDT

Once again, Fusion, the reliably liberal English-language arm of Univision, has gone out of their way to produce media content targeting conservative personalities engaged in the political process, while entirely ignoring similar situations on the left side of the political spectrum.

By Kyle Drennen | | April 25, 2016 | 12:43 PM EDT

On Monday, all three network morning shows parroted Donald Trump’s campaign talking points by dismissing Ted Cruz and John Kasich teaming up to stop the GOP frontrunner as an act of “desperation” that came “too little, too late.” Appearing on NBC’s Today, Bloomberg Politics managing editor Mark Halperin proclaimed: “Donald Trump, to be stopped, they need to do something different....This is different, but it’s also desperate, and it’s a reflection of just how strong a position Trump is in.”

By Matt Philbin | | April 25, 2016 | 12:20 PM EDT

As Bernie and Hillary continue try to outstrip one another in the Great Pander Off of 2016, it seems like an eternity ago that there was an actual grownup in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. But it was only in October that Jim Webb gave up his run. 

By Curtis Houck | | April 25, 2016 | 12:12 PM EDT

Making his latest appearance on CBS This Morning with co-host, devout fan, and Obama friend Gayle King, Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore was serenaded on Monday by King and her fellow co-hosts as a “passionate centrist” who loves President Obama but supposedly mocks politicians on both sides. 

By Scott Whitlock | | April 25, 2016 | 12:11 PM EDT

The journalists at ABC and CBS on Monday excitedly pushed the idea that the Koch brothers will politically stay on the sideline. CBS This Morning’s Nancy Cordes even spun an interview with Charles Koch as “tentative support for Hillary Clinton. Good Morning America's Jon Karl on Sunday talked to Mr. Koch about the plans he and his billionaire brother have for 2016. 

By Mark Finkelstein | | April 25, 2016 | 9:27 AM EDT

Joe Scarborough was careful to state for the record that he was "not voting for Hillary Clinton." But everything else he said during a segment on today's Morning Joe was one long love letter to her foreign policy and leadership skills.

Granted, Joe set the bar very low, comparing Hillary's prospective leadership to President Obama's fecklessness. Even so, it was striking to hear Scarborough proclaim "Hillary Clinton does not believe in leading from behind. Hillary Clinton does not believe that you sit back and let the events of the world shape the country. Hillary Clinton does not believe in the type of foreign policy, the don't-do-stupid-stuff foreign policy of Barack Obama." He also claimed that within a week of assuming office, Hillary would build better coaltions around the world and with congress than Obama ever did.

By Karen Townsend | | April 25, 2016 | 1:24 AM EDT

Alicia (Juliana Margulies) throws a party for Peter’s mother and her fiancé in “Party,” CBS’s The Good Wife’s latest episode. From the wrong flowers arriving – funeral arrangements instead of the ones she ordered – to a cake personalized with “Rest in Peace,” Alicia can’t catch a break. Even the joyous return of son Zach turns bad. 

By Dylan Gwinn | | April 25, 2016 | 12:30 AM EDT

The first transgender kiss in the history of I Am Cait went down on Sunday night’s show, titled ‘Houston We Have a Problem.’ And…it was every bit as awful as you would expect.

By Brad Wilmouth | | April 24, 2016 | 11:55 PM EDT

On Friday's At This Hour with Berman and Bolduan, CNN co-hosts John Berman and Kate Bolduan repeatedly pressed Ted Cruz campaign national chairman Chad Sweet about whether Senator Cruz believes transgender men are actually "men pretending to be women" as the two began the segment focusing on a Cruz campaign ad attacking Donald Trump over the North Carolina bathroom bill.

By Tom Blumer | | April 24, 2016 | 11:54 PM EDT

In a Fox News Sunday interview so painful to watch readers are advised to consider taking headache medicine before viewing, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz tried to make the case that the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of emails containing sensitive and classified national security information and her use of an undisclosed private email server is a "distraction," and that the idea of even raising it as a campaign issue is "ludicrous."

Show host Chris Wallace was particularly perturbed when the DNC chair claimed that Mrs. Clinton was "using private e-mail in the same way that previous secretaries of state have," and forced her to admit, "Other than the private server":

By Tim Graham | | April 24, 2016 | 10:19 PM EDT

New York Times columnist Nick Kristof sounded angry in a headline to his Sunday column: “Debunking the ‘Crooked Hillary’ Myth.” Online, they spit out some of the venom, merely asking: “Is Hillary Clinton Honest?”

Kristof’s column concluded: “She’s not a saint but a politician, and to me this notion that she’s fundamentally dishonest is a bogus narrative.” He even dismisses fellow Times columnist William Safire who called Hillary a “congenital liar” in 1996: “this narrative goes way too far.”

By Tom Blumer | | April 24, 2016 | 10:02 PM EDT

On Meet the Press today, host Chuck Todd asked Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders what he thought of the idea of a consumption tax on soda. Sanders' answer, laded with his standard "massive wealthy inequality" argument, led Todd to believe that Sanders might also be against cigarette taxes.

No, those taxes are fine, Sanders said, but given that "cigarettes are causing cancer ... and other diseases ... there's almost a question as to why it remains a legal product."

By Tom Blumer | | April 24, 2016 | 4:44 PM EDT

Things must be getting grim on the Obamacare front if the Obama administration feels it must send "Zeke the Bleak" Emanuel out to defend it.

Though he was on relatively good behavior compared to previous interviews he has given, Emanuel, rather than visibly losing his cool, kept on using Stuart Varney's first name in his responses during a Fox Business interview this week to the point where it nearly came off as an attempt at parent-child condescension.