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Rep. Speier: Akin’s rape views ‘consistent’ with ‘vast majority of Republicans’

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) reacted to Rep. Todd Akin’s remarks that “legitimate rape” was unlikely to result in pregnancy, saying on Monday that she felt Akin’s point of view was “consistent” with that of other House Republicans, including vice presidential candidate Rep Paul Ryan (R-WI). When reached by phone to…

Watch live: Romney and Ryan hold New Hampshire town hall

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan answered questions at a town hall in Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday. Ryan’s addition to the Republican presidential ticket has widely been viewed as problematic due to his previous proposed cuts to Medicare. As the Washington Post reported in anticipation of Monday’s town hall, about…

Female Democratic Senate candidates out-fundraising male opponents

Twelve Democratic women running for U.S. Senate seats have far outpaced fundraising by their opponents so far this year, mainly funded by left-leaning groups that seek to change the political winds in swing states. The Democratic women running for Senate have raised $110 million combined, more than doubling the $42…

Watch live: NASA updates on Mars Curiosity rover

NASA, having successfully survived the “seven minutes of terror” in landing the largest and most expansive Mars mission to date, the space organization has been offering periodic updates, including incredible visuals, from the data transmitted by the Mars Curiosity rover. Watch live, broadcast on MSNBC on Aug. 17. Visit msnbc.com…

Tony Perkins says Southern Poverty Law Center gave ‘license’ for shooting

Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins commented on Fox News on Thursday that the Southern Poverty Law Center gave a shooter “license” to commit the act that injured a security guard at his organization’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Though Perkins said he wanted to “be very clear” about the…

Greenland breaks ice melting record by four weeks

In a terrifying reminder that climate change is reality, researchers have discovered that Greenland’s ice sheet melted as much as all of last year by Aug. 8—a full four weeks ahead of schedule and breaking any record since scientists began recording data on the ice sheet 30 years ago. “With more yet…

South African ‘village of death’ suspect taken into custody

A man suspected in a string of grisly rapes and murders that gave a South African community the moniker “village of death” has been arrested, a local newspaper said Wednesday. Bulelani Mabhayi, 39, was arrested on Sunday after an elderly woman was founded hacked to death the night before in theEastern Cape village of…

Watch live: Mitt Romney speaks to supporters in Ohio

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney speaks to supporters near a coal mine in Beallsville, Ohio. Romney attacked President Barack Obama’s position on coal, saying that Obama’s “disastrous energy policies” have meant fewer jobs. Obama has recently reversed his position on so-called “clean coal,” embracing it in a recent radio ad…

Watch live: Obama campaigns in Oskaloosa, Iowa

Obama continued his swing through Iowa on Tuesday, stopping in Oskaloosa to speak to supporters. His campaigning in the state coincided with brand new VP pick Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), and Obama’s stump speech touched on Congress’ failure to pass the controversial farm bill, which Republicans slathered with $16 billion…

Watch live: Obama campaigns in Iowa

President Barack Obama spoke to supporters in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Monday as part of a three-day campaign stint in the state. Recent polling suggests that Iowa could be a toss-up this November in the presidential election, and Obama’s visit also coincides with new Republican VP pick Paul Ryan’s stop…

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