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By Tom Blumer | April 26, 2016 | 12:33 PM EDT

Today's stories at the business wires covering this morning's disastrous durable goods report from the Census Bureau ranged from good to absolutely horrid. March orders only increased by a seasonally adjusted 0.8 percent, less than half of the 1.7 percent to 2.0 percent increase that was expected. Additionally, February's originally reported decline of 2.8 percent was revised down to -3.1 percent.

Victoria Stilwell's dispatch at Bloomberg News earned a B-minus. Lucia Mutikani's writeup at Reuters rated a C-minus. As usual, the coverage at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, delivered by Martin Crutsinger, the nation's unofficial "Worst Economics Writer," brought up the rear and earned an "F."

By Katie Yoder | April 26, 2016 | 12:11 PM EDT

ABC loves citizens speaking out on controversial issues – except when it goes against the liberal agenda. The boycott pledge against Target’s transgender policy boasts more than 700,000 signatures. But the American public wouldn’t know that from watching ABC’s news shows.

It’s not like ABC can plead ignorance of the outcry by Target customers. The other two broadcast networks, NBC and CBS, considered the boycott a story important enough for their national news shows this week. Nor can ABC claim it doesn’t cover petitions: last year, ABC publicized another, different petition against Target with roughly “700 responses.” The current petition’s signatures make up more than 1,000 times that number.

By Geoffrey Dickens | April 26, 2016 | 12:00 PM EDT

When Comedy Central host Larry Wilmore plugged his White House Correspondents Association dinner hosting gig on CBS This Morning, the hosts absurdly praised him for being a “passionate centrist.” But if a review of his hosting duties at The Nightly Show is an indicator of who he will skewer the most at Saturday’s event, expect a lot of crass shots taken at the Republicans who are running for president. 

 

By Matthew Balan | April 26, 2016 | 11:36 AM EDT

On the April 19, 2016 edition of Real Sports, HBO's Bryant Gumbel urged the top executives of the NBA, NFL, and the NCAA to penalize North Carolina over H.B. 2, which he underlined has been "labeled the most extreme anti-LGBT measure in the country." Gumbel claimed that the new law "uses the guise of bathroom concerns to deny certain rights to gay and transgender people, and effectively green lights discrimination towards them."

By Kyle Drennen | April 26, 2016 | 11:32 AM EDT

During an interview with President Obama in Germany, aired on Tuesday’s CBS This Morning, co-host Charlie Rose lobbed softballs that invited Obama to condemn any European opposition to taking in refugees from the Middle East as “far-right nationalism.” Rose observed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel was Obama’s “favorite global leader...willing to make moral decisions when it may not be in her political interest.” Obama replied: “That's exactly right....if you look at what she's doing right now with respect to the refugee crisis..."

By Scott Whitlock | April 26, 2016 | 11:05 AM EDT

Former Bill Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday urged Bernie Sanders to swear “unconditional support” to Hillary Clinton. The Good Morning America co-host played a video clip of the Democratic front-runner and then demanded, “Are you prepared to give her your unconditional support if she gets the delegates?” 

By Mairead McArdle | April 26, 2016 | 10:44 AM EDT

The hip-hop film "Junction 48" represents Israel as a racist and violent state, but that did not stop the Tribeca Film Festival from honoring it. In fact, it probably helped.

The movie won its second award, Best International Narrative Feature at the festival Thursday in New York City. It won the Panorama Audience Award for best fiction film at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

By Edgard Portela | April 26, 2016 | 7:10 AM EDT

The pro-Hillary tilt at Univision was on full display during the network’s latest interview with Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton. 

By Tim Graham | April 26, 2016 | 6:36 AM EDT

Radical-left actor Tim Robbins is channeling the spirit of Gore-Lieberman 2000 and alleging the “election is being stolen” from Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. There’s a giant conspiracy and the “machines are rigged.” 

The big difference this time is the media hate this complaint. “This is a very bad tweet,” lamented Philip Bump at The Washington Post. It's even "idiotic."

By Nicholas Fondacaro | April 26, 2016 | 12:59 AM EDT

Monday was an important date for the people of Flint Michigan. April 25 is the date two years ago when the city’s water source was switched to the Flint River and Comedy Central host Larry Wilmore commemorated the event by using his Nightly Show to imagine the best way to kill the state’s Republican governor: “What do you think should happen to Governor Snyder?” Before the guest could answer, Wilmore cut her off: “Let me put it a different way, which type of execution?”

By Kristine Marsh | April 25, 2016 | 11:36 PM EDT

On the April 25 episode of TBS’ Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, the crass liberal comedienne continued her familiar routine of bashing conservatives with vulgar language and gross sexual jokes. Talking about the supposed conservative “backlash” for Harriet Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill, Bee fumed: “He was not a founding father, he was a genocidal prick!”

By Tom Blumer | April 25, 2016 | 11:24 PM EDT

State Department spokesman John Kirby did a fist-pounding imitation of Baghdad Bob at a press conference today on the Obama administration's decision "to send 250 more troops to Syria."

Note that the Associated Press report by Kathleen Hennessey linked in the first paragraph refers to "troops," not "advisers" or "trainers." This is important, because that AP report acknowledges that in everyday parlance, the additional forces involved are "boots on the ground." The AP's Matt Lee, one of the few genuine journalists at the wire service, had to endure hearing Kirby say that the administration wasn't changing course or breaking a previous promise. Lee didn't take it well, nor should he have (HT Washington Free Beacon):

By Dylan Gwinn | April 25, 2016 | 11:22 PM EDT

TBS’s new comedy, The Detour, swerved into the Spanish Empire’s colonization of Mexico on Monday night’s episode, titled ‘The Restaurant.’ After much debate, the road-tripping family of modern-day progressives, led by father Nate (Jason Jones) and mother Robin (Natalie Zea), decide to pull over and feast at a culturally insensitive theme restaurant called ‘Conquistadors.’

By P.J. Gladnick | April 25, 2016 | 8:24 PM EDT

"She works hard for the money!"

Got that? And if you don't, Senator Tom Carper of Delaware repeats it over and over again in reference to Hillary Clinton who he introducing at a rally. To make it even worse Carper, lacking all sense of self awareness, even tries to get the audience whom he condescendingly treats like simpletons to chant the same line. Carper's performance was so embarrassing that even ABC News had to laugh at him.

By Jack Coleman | April 25, 2016 | 7:52 PM EDT

It was almost enough but not quite to elicit a twinge of sympathy for the 39th president of the United States.

In addition to his HBO show that airs Friday nights, comic Bill Maher posts on "Overtime" segment on YouTube that's often worth checking out, as was the case this weekend.