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Chris Hayes: American public wants to increase or maintain government spending despite rhetoric

Chris Hayes began his Sunday show by discussing a recent Pew Research poll that asked Americans whether they wanted to increase, decrease, or maintain funding levels for various government programs. While in the abstract Americans often advocate for cuts, when asked about specifics in a poll conducted between Feb. 13…

Harris-Perry guest: States with strong background check laws have fewer suicides

On her Sunday show, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry discussed the ongoing debate on how best to fight gun violence, noting that some favor more restrictions while others prefer more guns. A number of states — including Arizona, California, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Tennessee — are currently considering proposals that would allow…

Texas 4-year-old dead after shooting himself with father’s gun

A 4-year-old boy in Houston died early Sunday morning after finding his father’s handgun and shooting himself in the stomach. Houston Police Sgt. Harris told KTRK that 4-year-old Jaiden Pratt’s weekend with his father, 23-year-old Marquez Pratt, ended in tragedy. The father and son had gone to sleep on the…

Ex-White House spokesman Robert Gibbs: I was told to deny the drone program existed

Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday he was instructed to deny the administration’s use of targeted drone strikes against suspected terrorists. “When I went through the process of becoming press secretary, one of the first things they told me was you’re not even to acknowledge the drone…

Former FBI profiler: ‘Video games do not cause violence’

A former FBI profiler on Sunday warned that some gun advocates were making a mistake by rushing to blame the December mass shooting of 20 children in Connecticut on violent video games. Following a CBS News report that investigators had found a “trove” of video games in the home of…

Louisiana governor Jindal: Republicans can win while opposing LGBT rights

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Sunday said that Republicans could win elections while continuing to discriminate against LGBT people because they an “aspirational party” with a vision for private sector growth. In a column for The American Conservative last week, Mormon former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman argued that…

Media critic David Zurawik: MSNBC spewing propaganda by hiring ex-Obama aide

TV critic David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun slammed MSNBC on Sunday for hiring former top Obama aide David Axelrod as a senior political analyst. “There is an advantage to having people who are in the room at key moments on this high level on your cable channel,” he said…

Coburn: Congress should ‘eliminate the recordkeeping’ on guns in the U.S.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) on Sunday said that Republicans would block any effort to extend background checks to include private firearms sales unless Congress agreed to “eliminate the recordkeeping” on guns in the United States. Coburn, who is one of four senators working for a bipartisan bill to expand background…

National Prayer Breakfast speaker lectured Obama on flat tax to ‘please’ God

Dr. Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon who shocked Washington when he used his speech at the non-partisan National Prayer Breakfast to lecture President Barack Obama on the flat tax earlier this month, is defending his rant by insisting that he was just trying to “please” God. As the president was…

Obama: Republicans want to ‘protect tax loopholes for corporate jet owners’

In a weekly address published Saturday, President Barack Obama urged Congress to avert looming across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester and slammed his Republican opponents. “Are Republicans in Congress really willing to let these cuts fall on our kids’ schools and mental health care just to protect tax loopholes…

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