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The Life Cycle of a Donald Trump Lie

On March 4, President Donald Trump declared himself the victim of a scandal on the level of the Watergate crimes that brought down President Richard Nixon. In an early morning tweetstorm apparently triggered by reading a Breitbart article, the president claimed that President Barack Obama “had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower” in an October effort to influence the election.

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Network News' Shameful Decision to Snub Obama's Immigration Address

Early in his first term, President George W. Bush addressed the nation in primetime about allowing for limited stem cell research in America and his approval for limited medical research. During the weeks leading up to the announcement, there had a been regular news coverage of the topic, as the White House let reporters know the president was deeply engaged on the issue and was meeting with an array of experts to guide him.

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Oops! Conservative Media Profiles the Wrong Loretta Lynch in Attempt to Scandalize Obama Appointee

Following publication of this, Breitbart.com added corrections to the articles that confused the two attorneys, noting at bottom that "[t]he Loretta Lynch identified earlier as the Whitewater attorney was, in fact, a different attorney." Later on November 9, Breitbart.com removed the article by Warner Todd Huston. The full article can be read here.

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NRA Floats Idea of Kids Needing to Show Gun Proficiency to Advance to the Next Grade

A new commentary video from the National Rifle Association suggests we can live up to the Founding Fathers' ideals by creating "gun-required zones," and making gun training for children "necessary to advance to the next grade."

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Nutso Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones Claims Las Vegas Shooting Was Staged . . . by Harry Reid

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is alleging that a shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada that left two police officers and another victim dead was "absolutely staged" by the federal government.

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How Right-Wing Loons and Pro-Gun Nuts Blame Everything But Guns for Mass Shootings

When a mass shooting occurs, conservative media rush to blame mental health, video games, a lack of armed people present, and even liberal values -- anything but the fact that the shooter was able to get a gun.

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Fox Doesn't Know What Obama's Move to Expand Overtime Will Do But Attacks Anyway

Fox News reflexively attacked President Obama's forthcoming proposal to raise the salary threshold for overtime compensation, claiming the plan would hurt the economy and discourage hiring, though experts have previously promoted  such a change as an opportunity to boost the economy and worker compensation.

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Crazy: Fox Host Lashes Out At Lego Movie for 'an Anti-Business Message to Kids'

From the February 7 edition of Fox Business' Varney & Company:

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How the Media Marketed Chris Christie's Straight Shooter Charade

A political bombshell detonated in my home state of New Jersey yesterday when published emails and text messages revealed that Gov. Chris Christie's deputy chief of staff conspired with a Christie transportation appointee to create a four-day traffic jam last September, allegedly to punish a local Democratic mayor who refused to endorse the governor's re-election. The unfolding drama not only raises doubts about Christie's political future but also about the way the mainstream press has presented him over the years.

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8 Most Absurd Attacks on Clean Tech in 2013

If 2012 was the year of Solyndra, then 2013 was the year of Tesla, whose initial success has encapsulated the potential of clean energy. The electric automaker received a loan from the same overarching program as Solyndra, the bankrupt solar company that became the target of political attacks, but it turned a profit and became the poster child for clean energy subsidies. This confounded conservative media, who alternated between praising Tesla while denying or ignoring its federal loan, and putting it down just days later.

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