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Maddow: Jobs briefly distract GOP attack on abortion access

On her show Thursday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said Republicans were far more interested in what was occurring in American women’s uteruses than in creating jobs. Watch video, courtesy of MSNBC, below: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Andrew Breitbart blames Glenn Beck for Shirley Sherrod scandal

Echoing claims he made on MSNBC in April, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart blamed Fox News host Glenn Beck for a clip that portrayed U.S. Department of Agriculture state director Shirley Sherrod as racist. Breitbart accused Beck of taking the video of Sherrod and cutting it up into 15 second pieces…

NYPD officers cleared of rape and burglary charges

After seven days of deliberation, a jury acquitted two New York City police officers of felony charges of rape, burglary and falsifying business records for the alleged assault on a drunken 27-year-old woman they helped escort home. Although cleared of the felony charges, the Courthouse News Service reported that the two…

Senate panel unanimously passes PROTECT IP Act to crack down on online piracy websites

Senator Wyden announces hold on the motion to proceed to the bill The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted Thursday to approve legislation to give U.S. officials the power to order search engines and Internet service providers to block websites hosting pirated movies, television shows and music and selling counterfeit goods.…

Tim Pawlenty opposes medical marijuana: I stand with law enforcement

Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said Wednesday he was opposed to legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes during a speech at the CATO Institute, a libertarian think tank founded by Edward H. Crane and Charles Koch. “I stood with law enforcement on this issue,” Pawlenty said after being…

House Democrats introduce three medical marijuana reform bills

Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA), Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) and Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced legislation to the House on Wednesday aimed at ensuring the medical marijuana industry is treated like any other business. The legislation was supported by Republican Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (CA) and Ron Paul (TX). The Small Business…

Rand Paul to Harry Reid: I support the Constitution, not terrorists

Republican Senator Rand Paul (KY) said in a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday that questioning the constitutionality of the PATRIOT Act was not equivalent to supporting terrorists. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Paul introduced an amendment to the PATRIOT Act on Monday that attempts to safeguard…

MSNBC host Ed Schultz apologizes for ‘right-wing slut’ remark

The liberal host of MSNBC’s The Ed Show and The Ed Schultz Show radio program was suspended without pay for one week by MSNBC because of sexist comments he made about a conservative radio host. “President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Missouri on Sunday but you know what they’re talking…

Glenn Beck to launch Internet TV channel at GBTV.com

Glenn Beck plans to create his own web-based television channel after he leaves his current position as a Fox News host, according to sources familiar with the matter. TVNewser reported that Beck’s company, Mercury Radio Arts, is developing a channel to be based at GBTV.com and has filed for a trademark on…

Senate rejects both Ryan and Obama budget plans

The Senate on Wednesday overwhelming rejected a budget plan proposed by Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (WI) and another budget proposed by President Barack Obama. The Hill reported that every Democrat in the Senate voted against the Ryan budget, with the exception of Sen. Charles Schumer (NY), who…

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