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Former TSA administrator calls for complete agency overhaul

Appearing on CBS This Morning on Friday, former TSA administrator Kip Hawley claimed he would like to see the agency completely overhauled and refocused on risk-based security measures, instead of the uniform searches and security theater it has become so well known for. “I think that would take a lot…

Stewart: New York ‘criminalizing soft drinks and decriminalizing soft drugs’

On Thursday night’s edition of “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart followed up on an earlier discussion of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s initiative to ban sugary soft drinks in servings of more than 16 ounces. Wednesday, New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced legislation that would decriminalize the possession of small…

Maddow calls out Romney for failing to correct lies

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Thursday blasted Mitt Romney for refusing to incorrect statements that he made about President Barack Obama. She noted that recently Rep. Jeff Landry (R-LA) falsely claimed that the Obama Administration was providing waivers to Muslims so they could avoid going through TSA screenings at airports.…

New Hampshire lawmaker: We’re in a civil war

New Hampshire Rep. Jacqueline Cali-Pitts (D) on Thursday lamented the partisanship in the state’s legislature. “In New Hampshire I believe we are in a civil war,” she told PBS Newshour. “And we are all brothers, and we are fighting each other needlessly. It never used to be this way and…

WATCH LIVE: Netroots Nation opening keynote featuring Eric Schneiderman

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman kicks off Netroot Nations with an opening keynote speech at 7 p.m. ET. Other speakers include Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, environmentalist Bill McKibben, Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, NEA’s Lily Eskelsen, and Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI). Watch the Main Stage (Hall A/B) of Netroot Nations…

Axelrod: Obama will be first president to be outspent by opponent

Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod on Thursday said he wasn’t surprised that his campaign hadn’t raised as much money as Mitt Romney’s campaign. “You pick up all the money that you couldn’t raise in the primary from Republicans who were supporting other candidates,” Axelrod told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “So we…

Schakowsky re-introduces International Violence Against Women Act

Rep. Jan Schakowsky and dozens of House colleagues re-introduced legislation on Thursday to combat violence against women overseas, the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA). The legislation “will make ending violence against women and girls a foreign policy priority of the United States,” Schakowsky said at a press conference. “It…

Virginia 13-year-old suspended after he ‘touched the flag’

The parents of a 13-year-old boy in Virginia Beach who was suspended for touching the American flag say that their son was unfairly treated because he is black. Virginia Beach Public Schools Spokesperson Eileen Cox claimed the suspension was ordered after a teacher at Plaza Middle School observed Moses Hinton…

Romney pledges not to be ‘president of deception’ like Obama

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday suggested that Barack Obama had been governing as a “president of doubt and deception.” At a campaign event in Saint Louis, the former Massachusetts governor blasted Obama for not understanding the “free enterprise system.” “Sadly, it’s become clear that this president simply doesn’t…

Boy shoots self in head because ‘manhood’ questioned on Skype

An 18-year-old Philadelphia boy is not expected to live after he accidentally shot himself in the head because someone questioned his “manhood” during an online video chat. East Detectives Capt. John Gallagher said that the teen was engaged in a webcam chat on either Skype or ooVoo when the person…

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