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Gunman among 4 dead in Aurora, CO hostage standoff

Four people are dead including a gunman after an hours-long standoff with police in Aurora, Colorado, this morning. According to video from Denver’s Channel 9 News, police were alerted to the situation around 3:00 Saturday morning. Aurora police immediately sent out emergency notifications to residents of the area, urging them…

Hayes: Fiscal cliff was more of a ‘fiscal curb’

Saturday morning on MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes,” host Chris Hayes opened the show with a segment titled “Lessons from the Fiscal Cliff.” In it, he talked about the fact that the fiscal cliff was a completely made-up crisis, political brinksmanship that was less a cliff than what he called…

Maddow schools Fox’s Dick Morris after getting angry letter from his lawyers

Friday night on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow answered a letter from Dick Morris’ lawyer demanding a correction to an earlier segment.  Maddow was more than happy to address the issue, and issued a few corrections of her own. The segment began with a short history lesson…

Brian Kilmeade’s attempt to play with his ‘Pocket Hose’ on air goes terribly wrong

Friday morning on “Fox and Friends,” Steve Doocy and guest host Alisyn Camerota presented co-host Brian Kilmeade with a late Christmas present, a Pocket Hose. Pocket Hose is an infomercial-style product that bills itself as “The Hose that Fits in a Pocket but Grows to a Full-Size Hose!” The company…

Indian women strip and beat politician accused of rape

A group of angry women reportedly set upon an Indian politician accused of rape and doled out a bit of street justice. According to the New York Times‘ India Ink blog, Bikram Singh Brahma, a member of the Congress Party in the northeastern state of Assam, was attacked after his…

Crapo gets suspended license and $250 fine for DUI

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) has had his driver’s license suspended and has been charged a fine of $250 in the wake of his arrest for driving under the influence two days before Christmas. According to the Boise Weekly‘s City Desk blog, Crapo will also be required to complete an alcohol…

California judge rules assault wasn’t rape because woman wasn’t married

A California appeals court has overturned the rape conviction of a man charged with raping a sleeping woman, basing the decision on an 1872 law that does not protect unmarried women the same protections as those who are married. According to the LA Weekly blog, the court found in favor…

Barney Frank: I would accept temporary appointment to John Kerry’s Senate seat

On Friday, Massachusetts congressman Rep. Barney Frank (D) announced that he has spoken to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick about the possibility of accepting a temporary appointment to Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)’s seat in the U.S. Senate should Kerry be confirmed as U.S. Secretary of State. After 32 years in the…

O’Reilly: Asians not liberal ‘by nature’ because they’re ‘industrious and hard-working’

Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” host Bill O’Reilly and producer Jesse Watters engaged in a discussion of the changing demographics of the U.S. and noted, with puzzlement, that many Asian-Americans are voting Democratic. According to Media Matters, O’Reilly suggested that this is surprising because “Asian people are…

Tea party Reps vote for ousted Allen West over Boehner for Speaker of the House

The vote for Speaker of the House began Thursday morning in the wake of the New Year’s fiscal cliff deal that has left many in the Republican Party unhappy with the party’s Congressional leader, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), particularly members of the tea party caucus. According to NPR, the vote…

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