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By Kyle Drennen | | July 11, 2013 | 5:03 PM EDT

Rather than update viewers on the latest details of the scandals plaguing the Obama administration, or the President's foreign policy failures in the Middle East, the hosts of NBC's Today devoted over a minute of air time Wednesday to discussing whether broccoli was really Obama's favorite food. [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

News reader Natalie Morales sparked the exchange by proclaiming: "You know it's July in Washington when there's a broccoli brewhaha." She explained how President Obama told a kid   reporter at a White House children's event that the vegetable was his favorite food, "with many greeting the President's claim with skepticism."

By Matthew Balan | | July 11, 2013 | 4:48 PM EDT

Thursday's CBS This Morning boosted a super PAC aimed at supporting a potential Hillary Clinton presidential run in 2016, and spotlighted how Mrs. Clinton is "sticking to a speaking circuit that recently included the opening of a children's library in Arkansas bearing her name. It's not exactly a presidential library, but it may be just another baby step toward what many believe is inevitable."

Correspondent Jeff Pegues played up the "prominent endorsements from politicians and celebrities", and how the former First Lady's backers are "already building a growing campaign infrastructure, they say, whether she likes it or not."

By Matthew Sheffield | | July 11, 2013 | 4:33 PM EDT

The decision to turn MSNBC into an unofficial Democratic Party outlet helped stave off what seemed to be the channel’s imminent demise. But it’s also created some serious credibility problems for the parent NBC News operation which still clings to the idea that it is “objective.”

That tension manifested itself in a humorous way today after NBC correspondent and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell claimed conservatives who support border enforcement first on immigration “ought to be ashamed of themselves” and that Arizona Republican John McCain was a “hero” for opposing them.

By Matt Hadro | | July 11, 2013 | 3:50 PM EDT

Is this the advocacy channel? CNN's Chris Cuomo begged Congress to "fix" rising student loan rates, and now the New Day co-host insists that "leadership" means Congress selling the public on a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

"Well that's what leadership is," Cuomo responded when co-host Kate Bolduan noted that congressmen in predominantly white districts would have to persuade constituents to support the pathway to citizenship. [Video below the break. Audio here.]

By Lauren Enk | | July 11, 2013 | 2:53 PM EDT

The ink on the SCOTUS ruling is barely dry, but Hollywood is already set to start celebrating the gay victory with more propaganda films. First up? HBO’s new documentary about the lawyers and gay couples who brought down Prop 8.

According to the New York Times, HBO announced this week that it is mere months away from finishing up a special documentary that will “chronicle the court battle to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage.” But the film won’t just showcase the legal battle; it will focus in on the gays involved – the “story of the couples behind the case.”

By Howard Portnoy | | July 11, 2013 | 2:31 PM EDT

Fallen food icon Paula Deen may have lost her Food Network cooking show, lucrative endorsement deals, book contracts, and possibly even a trace of her self-respect. But one thing she hasn’t lost is her ability to generate headlines. Last week Deen was in the news after an adult website that specializes in MILF-centric movies offered her six figures to appear in a porn film.

This week she is back. Reuters reports via the Chicago Tribune that the 66-year-old Deen is about to star in a comic book about female empowerment.

By Tim Graham | | July 11, 2013 | 2:05 PM EDT

The strange radio-and-TV habitat known as The Stephanie Miller show somehow found it hilarious on Wednesday to ponder how American airplane passengers will be panicky about flying after the Asiana Airlines crash on the runway in San Francisco on Sunday that killed two and injured 182.

Miller and her sidekicks laughed about airplane crashes by imitating Irish pilots and pretending that they were drinking. One might wonder how much drinking is going on in this studio. (Audio and transcript below).

By Paul Bremmer | | July 11, 2013 | 12:38 PM EDT

Salon.com published an article last Friday entitled “The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Be A Woman In America.” Naturally, the ten places were the states with the strictest abortion regulations in the country.

The article, written by Katie McDonough, was chock-full of pro-abortion rights language, starting with the opening sentence: “Lately, the preferred strategy for reproductive rights opponents in the United States seems to be: If you can’t beat Roe v. Wade, then simply regulate around it.

By Scott Whitlock | | July 11, 2013 | 12:32 PM EDT

In 2013, Barack Obama has nominated 11 ambassadors who were also huge donors to his presidential campaigns. Yet, NBC, CBS and ABC have skipped the failure of a president who vowed to "change the way Washington works" when it comes to money. As the Washington Times's Dave Boyer reported on Thursday, "Washington bundler John Phillips, who raised more than $300,000 for the president's two elections, was nominated as U.S. ambassador to Italy."

On Tuesday, Matthew Barzun was nominated to be Britain's ambassador. He raised over $500,000 for Obama in 2008. Back on February 28, 2013, CNN reporter Jessica Yellin pointed out the obvious, that people who "raised a lot of money for the campaign will be getting some top jobs." She critiqued, "For the President who said he really wants to get money out of politics, this is definitely sullying some of that brand." But where have the networks been? 

By Tom Blumer | | July 11, 2013 | 12:26 PM EDT

A report today from Nicole Winfield at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, headlines the news that Pope Francis's revision and update of Vatican City laws "criminalizes leaks." Meanwhile, searches on relevant terms at the AP's national web site ("leaks"; "insider threat" "McClatchy"; all not in quotes) return either nothing, or nothing relevant. 

AP's apparent decision thus far to ignore McClatchy's latest story on the Obama administration's unprecedented "Insider Threat Program," which requires federal employees to snitch on each other for "suspicious behavior" or face serious discipline and even prosecution, is -- well, readers can pick their own adjectives after reading excerpts from McClatchy's latest item which follow the jump.

By Kyle Drennen | | July 11, 2013 | 11:58 AM EDT

On Thursday's NBC Today, correspondent Andrea Mitchell couldn't contain her excitement over Hillary Clinton's potential presidential run in 2016: "She already has her library. Hillary Clinton read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but everyone waited for the next chapter as she opened the new Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library in Little Rock. Not far from a famous Arkansas presidential library." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Mitchell gushed over former Obama advisors joining "Ready for Hillary," a pro-Clinton 2016 super pac: "First they were rivals, then a team of rivals, and now Hillary Clinton seems to be picking up support from key members of team Obama....Barack Obama out-organized her in 2008. Now some of his former top campaign aides could help her clear the field."

By Jeffrey Meyer | | July 11, 2013 | 11:51 AM EDT

Walmart, the nation’s largest retail employer is in the process of building the very first of its planned six brand-new stores in Washington, D.C., but the liberal city council plans to welcome them into the city with new legislation mandating that the company "pay their employees a 50 percent premium over the city’s minimum wage." Yet in his 27- paragraph story in the July 11 Washington Post, staff writer Mike DeBonis ignored how the legislation exempts large retailers with unionized workers from paying the premium minimum wage.

The Arkansas-based retailer has threatened to halt construction on its planned six stores, citing the fact that the added labor costs inject uncertainty about the profitability of the operations given the new law's mandates. DeBonis noted that the law requires "[r]etailers with corporate sales of $1 billion or more and operating in spaces 75,000 square feet or larger would be required to pay employees no less than $12.50 an hour." Curiously, however, DeBonis failed to mention an exemption in the law that shields unionized companies like grocery chain Safeway from the bill.  DeBonis choose to cite union supporters who support the de facto tax on Wal-Mart, without explaining why unions would love a proposed law that would exclude them from its penalty.

By Matt Hadro | | July 11, 2013 | 11:21 AM EDT

GOP strategist Ana Navarro is a CNN regular for good reason – she's the type of Republican the liberal media welcomes in their studios.

Now she's ripped a pro-life group for being "incomprehensible" in opposing Sen. Rob Portman's (R-Ohio) support of gay marriage. Navarro is so much a "big tent Republican," she lectured opponents of same-sex marriage back in March to "get into the 21st century."

By NB Staff | | July 11, 2013 | 10:23 AM EDT

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By Mark Finkelstein | | July 11, 2013 | 9:43 AM EDT

Want to be "heroic" on immigration in Andrea Mitchell's eyes? Easy: team up with Chuck Schumer and President Obama to push amnesty through Congress.  Want to earn Andrea's ire?  Focus on border security.  She'll scold you and say you should be "ashamed."

Yes, there was Andrea on today's Morning Joe, praising amnesty-pushing McCain as "heroic," while scolding conservatives who want to focus on border security. They "ought to be be ashamed," said Mitchell. View the video after the jump.