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Steve Kornacki: ‘A lot of the speculation now’ says sequestration cuts will stand

Chair of the House Progressive Caucus Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and guest host Steve Kornacki discussed sequestration, John Boehner’s House speakership, and what exactly drives the lack of compromise on Capitol Hill on UP with Chris Hayes Dec. 30. Kornacki said there were “conflicting reports” regarding whether sequestration would be…

US drone strike kills 3 Qaeda suspects in Yemen: official

A US drone strike has killed three suspected Al-Qaeda militants in the central Yemen province of Al-Bayda, in the fourth such attack in a week, a local official said on Sunday. The unmanned plane fired missiles at a vehicle near the village of al-Manaseh, in the area of Rada, late…

Mexico City launches trash-for-food program

Mexico City creates over 12,000 metric tons of garbage daily. But the city’s government is combating the mountains of trash with a program that allows residents to exchange recyclables for healthy food. People receive points for recyclable materials, which can be redeemed at an on-site market that sells local produce…

Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the hospital after a blood clot stemming from a concussion was discovered during a medical exam, reported the AP. Doctors found the clot during a follow-up exam for a concussion she had early in December. She is at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where doctors…

Brazil pledges to clean up decades of pollution for Olympics

Near Rio’s future 2016 Olympic village the Marapendi lagoon emits a foul stench from waters that have been turned into a cesspool by unfiltered sewage from surrounding upscale condominiums. Brazil has pledged the athletes will see a much different sight when they descend on the country for the Summer Games…

GOP backs off Social Security in fiscal cliff talks

Republicans have decided to take a proposal to alter Social Security off the table in an attempt to reach an agreement on the fiscal cliff, reported the Huffington Post. Many Republicans in Congress want to change Social Security so that it is tied to a chained consumer price index (CPI)…

German weekly publishes Bush Sr.’s obit by mistake

The Germany weekly Der Spiegel published an obituary for George H. W. Bush by mistake, reported the AP/CBS New York. The former president was hospitalized on Nov. 23. He was temporarily put in an intensive care unit but is now in a regular unit. The weekly tweeted, “All newsrooms prepare…

Sen. Mitch McConnell: ‘I need a dance partner’ to solve fiscal cliff

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) ended a speech with a unique metaphor on Sunday, as he lamented the fact that his office sent in a fiscal cliff offer Saturday evening in an attempt to avoid the end of the Bush tax cuts. By 2 p.m. Sunday, he claims, he…

Israel court overturns ban on Arab politician

Israel’s Supreme Court on Sunday overturned a decision by the Central Elections Committee banning Arab-Israeli politician Haneen Zuabi from standing in next month’s snap general election. “Following a hearing on 27/12/2012, it was decided unanimously to reject the Central Elections Committee’s decision… to prevent representative Haneen Zuabi from standing for…

Harris-Perry holds ‘Was that racist?’ lightning round

Melissa Harris-Perry held a “Was that racist?” lightning round on her show with a panel of comedians, in a look back at some of the more questionable moments of 2012. The panelists started with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who said in January that she “felt a little bit threatened” in…

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