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Bravo’s Zalaznick: Popular TV reflects national psyche

Lauren Zalaznick, chair of NBC Universal Entertainment & Digital Networks, appeared on a recent TED talk to discuss a study that tracked national attitudes against TV ratings over five decades. “I believe television has a conscience… I believe television directly reflects the moral, political, social and emotional need-states of our…

Philosopher A.C. Grayling: The ‘Golden Rule’ ignores diversity

British philosopher and public intellectual A.C. Grayling claimed at the Sydney Writers’ Festival that the biblical Golden Rule — one should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself — is not always a good standard for morality, because it ignores differences between people. “But you have to…

Supreme Court halts execution of Texas inmate

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday halted the execution of a black man convicted 16 years ago of a double murder in Texas after his lawyers argued his jury was unfairly tainted by racial testimony. The justices stayed the the lethal injection of 48-year-old Duane Buck pending a review of…

ACLU: Pennsylvania lawmakers wasting time with absurd English only bills

The American Civil Liberties Union blasted the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee in response to legislation that would designate English as the official language of the commonwealth. House Bill 361, the Pennsylvania Official Language Act, would make English the official language of Pennsylvania and designate it as the language of…

Ralph Nader: U.S. is a two party dictatorship

Ralph Nader appeared Thursday on Fox News to discuss a democratic primary he was organizing against President Barack Obama to “hold his feet to the fire.” “The important thing here is if he’s not challenged from the progressive-liberal wing of his party, that elected him, it’ll be a very dull…

Gov. O’Malley: GOP prolongs economic woes to hurt Obama

Democratic Governors Association Chair and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said Thursday that Republicans were opposed to any plan proposed by President Barack Obama that could lead to job creation. “I firmly believe that Republicans in Congress, driven by a concerted group, have decided that it is not in their party’s…

Bernie Sanders: Poverty is a death sentence

During the “Brunch with Bernie” segment of The Thom Hartmann Show Thursday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) discussed a recent congressional hearing he held on poverty in the United States. “We now have some 46 million Americans living in poverty,” he said. “And what a lot of people think about poverty…

Parody: Bachmann’s not a witch, but she could be

As media coverage of Michele Bachmann drops off, the Republican presidential candidate has been forced to go to extreme lengths to get the country’s attention again. “Hello, I’m Michele Bachmann. I’m not a witch, but I could be. Would that be the sort of thing you’d write a newspaper article…

More than one-third of Senate urges debt panel to cut $4 trillion

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) announced Thursday that he had organized a coalition of 36 senators to encourage the congressional “super committee” to seek the broadest possible agreement to address the nation’s spending and debt. The coalition — made up of 18 Republicans, 17 Democrats and one Independent — represents more…

Lawrence O’Donnell: GOP could be lost to reality forever

MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell attacked the idea that the government was incapable of creating jobs during his ‘Rewrite’ segment. “It has become a matter of religious belief for Republicans that government does not create jobs,” he said. “The Republican grip on reality has been loosening every day for years now.…

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