Thursday on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, a panel discussed the 2016 presidential election on both the Republican and Democratic side, taking shots at both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the process. Actor and comedian Michael Rapaport slammed Donald Trump, suggesting he has a “ strong, old school, slave owner mentality.” He added: “[H]e told the Latinos, you're this, you’re that, you’re this and I’m gonna win your – and you’re gonna vote for me! That's slave owner 101, and people are like, keep going! Because the middle of the country is like, we feel the same way.”

Wednesday night on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC political analyst Jonathan Alter claimed that Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge “has helped to wreck the United States. The discussion centered around New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s decision to sign the pledge, and Jeb Bush’s refusal to do so. Alter declared the pledge “is about the worst kind of public policy for the reasons you just heard...[i]t’s terribly destructive.” James Traub of Foreign Policy had suggested earlier that the pledge puts politicians in a box and does not allow them to respond effectively to political situations: “And you have to take this anti-reality pledge that says no thing can happen that will cause me to change my mind. That's a foolish thing to say but if you don't say it you are cooked.”

Megyn Kelly and former Dick Cheney staffer Shannen Coffin ripped Hillary Clinton amid new revelations indicating the former secretary of state emailed classified information on through her personal server. Kelly read multiple quotes from Clinton in recent months denying the allegations, and then remarked on the 2016 presidential candidate’s inconsistent statements: “Now it turns out not just classified, top secret [information]. And on top of that, the server, the server she said she would never turn over is being turned over. In fact, we believe it is in the DOJ’s possession right now.” Coffin lamented the potential national security issues the use of a private, unsecured server could cause: “It's sensitive, classified compartmentalized information. What you call SCI. And this is the sort of stuff that the highest level of security is taken in order to protect it.” He added: “You have to have this information stored in a secure facility that's electronically swept that cell phones can't get into. And the reason for that is to protect sources and methods of our intelligence community. This is very, very serious information.”

On Morning Joe today, a panel discussed the news that Hillary Clinton will turn over thumb drives to federal investigators as well as the discovery of emails on Clinton’s private account that were labeled top secret. Anita Kumar of McClatchy, who broke the story regarding the classified nature of the emails, tried to spin for Hillary by making the case that she was not personally being investigated: “There are several investigations into her conduct – not into her – but into her use of personal e-mail and a personal server.”

On the August 10 edition of Morning Joe, host Mika Brzezinski criticized opponents of the Iran deal and defended President Obama’s harsh rhetoric. She claimed that supporting the deal was a “no-brainer” because, in her mind, there are no alternatives. The Morning Joe personality lauded the president for “being sharp” in trying to gain support for the deal. Brzezinski continued by backing up the president’s assertion that the decision to support or oppose the deal is a simple one: “I know you call him vilifying, but he's saying it's an easy choice because the question is, what are the options if the deal gets voted down? What happens if it doesn't go through? Not, what deal could you have written six months ago?”

Following last night’s explosive Republican primary debate on Fox News, MSNBC’s Morning Joe was in Cleveland today for reaction. A panel heaped praise on Ohio governor John Kasich, particularly regarding his response to a question from Megyn Kelly about Medicaid expansion. Willie Geist described it as “the best answer of the entire night that any candidate gave.” Host Joe Scarborough thought he “hit it out of the park.” John Heilemann, regular guest on Morning Joe and host of Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect, cheered Kasich’s general performance as “Reaganesque in some ways.”

Following the president’s comments comparing Republicans in Congress to the terror-sponsoring hardliners in Iran, Charles Krauthammer eviscerated Obama's entire conception of Iran. Appearing on The Kelly File last night, the Fox personality hit the president for being “delusional...pretending that those who chant death to America are some kind of KKK fringe in America.” Krauthammer claimed that this is a common theme for President Obama: “[I]t's vintage Obama. The demonization of his opponents, the lumping them together with people chanting death to America I must say is a new low for the president, which is saying a lot considering how he does demonize the opposition, question their motives.” Krauthammer was frustrated, saying the idea that Obama is “strengthening the moderates is simply absurd.”

Tuesday on The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore went after conservatives who want to defund Planned Parenthood, accusing them of “stranding millions of women without health care.” The comedian linked the Center for Medical Progress – the group behind the release of a series of videos appearing to show the organization trafficking fetal body parts – to ISIS: “And the group leading the charge against Planned Parenthood, Center For Medical Progress, the most ironically named group since the ISIS center for women's literacy, says – thank you – Planned Parenthood is profiting off of fetal tissue donation.”

Wilmore joked about the fact that Republicans have tried to defund Planned Parenthood on occasions the last eight years: “Another failed attempt to defund Planned Parenthood by the right? This is the eighth vote to defund them in eight years. Two more and they get a free breast exam taken away from a low-income woman.”

Tuesday morning, Joe Scarborough slammed Elizabeth Warren for her attacks on the opponents of Planned Parenthood. The Morning Joe host objected to the Democratic Massachusetts senator’s contention that defunding the women’s health organization would send women back to the 1950s or 1890s. Scarborough implored Warren to “stop insulting our intelligence.” The former Florida congressman was angered about the way the conversation about Planned Parenthood has been framed: “It has been set up that way so you can't have this discussion without being against women's health. But you can be against the funding of Planned Parenthood without being against the support of women's health care. Nice try Elizabeth, nice try Elizabeth Warren. Nice try.”