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Chris Hayes to take over Ed Schultz’s time slot on MSNBC

Chris Hayes, host of MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes,” will be taking the 8:00 p.m. weeknight on that network, taking the slot being vacated by Ed Schultz, who is moving to weekends. According to the New York Times‘ Media Decoder blog, MSNBC will be making the announcement Thursday morning, mere…

Maddow: It’s ‘Groundhog Day’ in Republican politics

Wednesday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the fact that Republicans in Washington are recycling the same lies and smears that they’ve used to try and discredit President Barack Obama before. “In Washington,” she said, “it was Groundhog Day, today.” Not, she said, the day when…

Rep. Keith Ellison: Ryan’s budget says ‘Hey, rich people, we’ve got you covered’

On Wednesday, Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) along with other members of the U.S. House of Representatives Progressive Caucus introduced their “Back to Work Budget” proposal at a noon press conference outside the House Budget Committee hearing room in the Capitol Building. Proponents say that the plan…

Minnesota family testifies on marriage equality: ‘Our family longs to rejoice at Jacob’s wedding’

Activist Jacob Reitan and his parents gave moving testimony on a marriage equality bill the Minnesota state House committee passed on Tuesday. “We love Jacob so very much,” said Randi, his mother. “We come here today as a family with dreams, dreams that someday soon Minnesota will grant our son…

Olbermann and Current TV reportedly reach settlement

Keith Olbermann and his former employer, Current TV have reached a settlement in their $50 million dispute over the outspoken anchor’s firing from the network. A source informed the Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday that the resolution came during a private mediation session between Olbermann and the network, which was recently…

Closest Earth-like planet may be half as far as previously thought

The closest rocky, Earth-like world could be as close as 6.5 to 7 light years away, according to new research. New Scientist magazine reported Tuesday that Penn State University astronomer Ravi Kopparapu’s estimates put these types of potentially life-sustaining worlds half as distant from Earth as previously believed. In February,…

Matthews: ‘Waterboard Cheney’ if you want to know why the U.S. invaded Iraq

On Tuesday evening’s edition of “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” host Chris Matthews discussed the legacy of President George W. Bush’s administration and the Iraq War and the fact that the real motivation for the invasion of Iraq is still shrouded in mystery. He suggested that maybe the only way the…

Colorado House votes to approve civil unions for same sex couples

The Colorado state House voted Tuesday to allow same sex couples to form civil unions under state law, 39 to 26. According to DenverPost.com, the law is headed to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk, in spite of Republican protests that the law will end up in court. All 37 Democrats…

Rove: Media should learn from Vatican and stop prematurely calling elections

In an appearance on Fox News regarding the papal conclave, Karl Rove has said that networks should avoid calling elections prematurely. According to Talking Points Memo, Rove said that U.S. media should take its cues from the Vatican regarding secrecy and predicting the outcome of elections. “Thank God we don’t…

Minnesota legislator introduces ‘ex-gay’ friend during marriage equality debate

Minnesota state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen (R) took an unusual step during hearings about same sex marriage in that state. According to Think Progress, Gruenhagen took a “point of personal privilege” during the hearing to introduce Kevin Petersen, Gruenhagen’s personal friend and his ally against the effort to legalize same sex…

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