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By Noel Sheppard | | October 1, 2013 | 10:21 AM EDT

Chris Matthews just can’t make up his mind about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.).

After telling MSNBC’s Morning Joe crew last week that the Texas Tea Partier is “a problem for our republic,” Matthews on Tuesday said, “I think Ted Cruz is brilliant. I think the President’s met his match in this guy” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Lauren Laster | | October 1, 2013 | 10:15 AM EDT

If you’re new to The Good Wife, you’ve picked a good place to join us. Season five hit the ground running with a new governor and a new firm. The season four cliffhanger about whether or not Alicia will leave Lockhardt Gardner to join Cary is immediately answered—Florrick Agos will be up and running in the next few weeks. Now that we’ve established Cary and Alicia

By Noel Sheppard | | October 1, 2013 | 9:36 AM EDT

For weeks Americans have been told that if Congress and the White House didn't agree to a Continuing Resolution to fund the government when the new fiscal year started on October 1, an economic calamity would befall the nation.

Well, the government officially shut down at midnight Monday, and markets all around the world don't seem to care.

By Tim Graham | | October 1, 2013 | 8:42 AM EDT

Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty tweeted on Tuesday morning: “Once again, NY Daily News (Remember “Cry Baby”?) goes for the iconic #shutdown cover.” As in 1995, the Daily News is mudslinging at a GOP House Speaker during a shutdown.

“HOUSE OF TURDS,” said the cover, as Speaker John Boehner seems to sit in Abe’s chair at the Lincoln Memorial with something dark dripping from his hands. Blood? Feces? The caption over this “photo illustration” slammed Boehner and the Tea Party:

By Mark Finkelstein | | October 1, 2013 | 8:12 AM EDT

Seems the shutdown is already frazzling folks.  Though some of it might have been for show, tempers seemed to truly flare on today's Morning Joe. An on-air spat broke out, with Joe Scarborough in one corner, and Mika Brzezinski and the Washington Post's Eugene Robinson in the other.  

Fed up with what he described as a "paid advertisement for Obamacare" by Brzezinski and Robinson, Scarborough insisted on giving his side of the story.  He predicted that Obamacare will fail, as major employers opt to pay fines instead of providing health insurance to their employeees. That in turn will cause millions of people to be dumped into federal programs. The end result, said Scarborough, will be the disappearance of private health insurance within ten years and a complete government takeover of the program.  View the video after the jump.

By Evan Mantel | | October 1, 2013 | 12:38 AM EDT

The Blacklist needs a lesson in verifying those whom you trust.

By Tim Graham | | September 30, 2013 | 10:49 PM EDT

Monday’s Style section of the Washington Post is stuck on its Glorify Liberals setting. At the top it reads, “Forty years after founding the Children’s Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman is unbending on aiding the youngest." The large headline below is “A soldier stands her ground.”

Edelman and CDF are holding a biggest Kennedy Center fundraising event honoring Hillary Clinton, although that information is buried in the middle. Post reporter-glorifier Krissah Thompson is at it again, painting Edelman as the righteous advocate who scolds conservatives who apparently want to starve poor children:


By Tom Blumer | | September 30, 2013 | 10:09 PM EDT

Calvin Woodward finally got around to "fact-checking" Obamacare's "slippery claims" this morning, 3-1/2 years after the Affordable Care Act became law and the day before open enrollment in its state insurance exchanges was to begin. Way to be there when it matters, Cal.

Woodward's report (also saved here for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes) also mixed in budget showdown issues, and buried President Barack Obama's original false claim, that "If you like your health plan, you can keep it," in a very late paragraph. Such courage (/sarcasm). Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine):

By Brent Baker | | September 30, 2013 | 9:03 PM EDT

Resurrecting an ideological tag from the 1980s media era, on Monday’s CBS Evening News, the network’s chief Washington correspondent, Bob Schieffer, fretted over how “ultra-conservatives” in the House – a label he used twice – are making a mess of things.

By Tom Blumer | | September 30, 2013 | 8:17 PM EDT

Isn't this rich? The New York Times, in a Sunday story placed on the front page of Monday's print edition, took shots at another news organization for leaking sensitive intelligence. The Old Grey Lady must think we all have short memories.

Unfortunately, Dylan Byers at the Politico does have a short memory — either that, or he's protecting the sacred Times and its history-challenged reporters Eric Schmitt and Michael S. Schmidt. Here's how Byers lays out the situation (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Noel Sheppard | | September 30, 2013 | 6:55 PM EDT

"One reason people think Republicans are to blame for government shutdowns is that so much of the media keep telling them that that's the case."

So marvelously stated Brit Hume on Fox News's Special Report Monday (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

By Matthew Balan | | September 30, 2013 | 6:25 PM EDT

CBS This Morning did its best over two days to put the most positive spin on the rollout of the ObamaCare insurance exchanges. On Saturday, the newscast turned to Bloomberg's Peter Gosselin, who likened the exchanges to "shopping for anything online on Amazon". However, the program failed to point out that Gosselin once worked in the Obama administration, and advised HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on health policy.

Two days later, the morning show turned to CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger, who followed Gosselin's lead in likening the exchanges to a popular website: "This is really like going to shop for a flight on Travelocity." Schlesinger also noted that ObamaCare "has to get young, healthy people in it, or else the math does not work". However, she insisted just moments later that the marketplaces will "work out all right", despite the initial glitches. [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]

By Kyle Drennen | | September 30, 2013 | 6:08 PM EDT

On Monday's NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie acknowledged the liberal spin that congressional  Republicans were punished electorally after the 1995 government shutdown was more a matter of faith than fact: "I mean, for 17 years it's been an article of faith that Republicans paid at the polls after the shutdown in the 90s. But these new House Republicans aren't so sure that's true." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

That observation was in response to chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd declaring: "...while there are that small band of loud conservatives who are wanting to, you know, not cave, not give in to anything, do whatever it takes to stop the health care law, there is a growing chorus of moderate Republicans who are telling Boehner, 'Don't do this. You remember how bad this was for the Republican Party 20 years ago. What are you doing? You're putting the majority at risk.'"

By Matt Hadro | | September 30, 2013 | 6:04 PM EDT

Just after a GOP congressman told CNN's Dana Bash he was "deeply offended" by suicide bomber comparisons, Bash asked him if he wasn't "fighting a kamikaze mission" in trying to delay ObamaCare.

"Are you fighting a kamikaze mission here?" Bash asked Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) after he said he wouldn't abandon the fight against ObamaCare to defund the government. "You know the way the Senate Democrats are going to respond. And they run the show over there."

By Noel Sheppard | | September 30, 2013 | 6:02 PM EDT

Within hours of the announcement that CNN's documentary about Hillary Clinton was being canceled, NBC followed suit.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed within the hour that NBC has canceled its mini-series about the former First Lady turned Senator and Secretary of State: