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Aaron Swartz’s mentor Lessig remembers him as ‘an icon, an ideal’

A mentor to online activist Aaron Swartz remembered him on Monday in an emotional interview with Democracy Now anchor Amy Goodman. “All of us think there are a thousand things we could have done,” Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig said. “A thousand things we could have done, and we have…

Blackburn promises to ‘be very thoughtful’ while shutting down government

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Monday said that she would be willing force a “thoughtful” shutdown of parts of the United States government if President Barack Obama did not agree to deep spending cuts. “What we want to make certain is that this president, this administration, this bureaucracy realizes that…

Connie Mack in Newtown: ‘Impossible’ for gun control to stop ‘bad people’ so don’t even try

Former Republican Rep. Connie Mack (FL) traveled to Newtown, Connecticut on Monday — exactly one month after 20 children were gunned down in the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history — and insisted that Congress should not attempt gun control legislation because it was “impossible” to stop violence through new…

Newtown police chief tells White House: Ban assault weapons, high-capacity magazines

It’s been one month since the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe says it’s time for the White House to ban military-style assault weapons, restrict high-capacity magazines and close loopholes in the background check system. In an interview with NBC’s Michael Isikoff, Kehoe…

Scarborough invokes ‘Les Mis’ in apology to co-host

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough likened himself to Anne Hathaway’s character from the film version of Les Miserables in his attempt to make amends with Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski for disrespecting her during an on-air argument last week. Discussing Hathaway’s portrayal of Fantine, Brzezinski said the actress “went to a…

Bill Clinton introduces ‘Lincoln’ at Golden Globes

President Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance at the Golden Globes on Sunday to introduce a clip of Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln.” “A tough fight to push a bill through a bitterly divided House of Representatives,” he said. “Winning it required the president to make a lot of unsavory deals…

Jodie Foster ‘comes out’ in opaque Golden Globes speech

Actress addresses sexuality directly saying she revealed she was gay ‘about a thousand years ago, back in the stone age’ Jodie Foster used the 2013 Golden Globes awards to address her sexuality for the first time directly, saying that she had come out to everyone she had met, but regretted…

Over 300,000 same-sex marriage opponents in France protest bill

Anti-gay protestors took to the streets in Paris to protest a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the country, reported the AFP. One protester said, “I think marriage for everyone is absolutely ridiculous. It makes the institution of marriage ridiculous. (Marriage) for me is a pillar for the family which…

German activists start campaign to destroy surveillance cameras

German activists are attempting to destroy security cameras in anticipation of the European Police Congress in Berlin in February, according to Michael Ebeling, an opponent of public surveillance writing for France 24′s The Observers. The group organizing the actions, CAMOVER, believe such cameras lead police to discriminate and use stereotypes…

Andrea Mitchell: White House women ‘are not happy’ about Obama’s cabinet picks

Women in the White House are not pleased with President Obama’s recent cabinet decisions, according to comments by Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, on Sunday’s Meet the Press. While Obama has not announced his picks for all cabinet positions, the ones with notable clout — Secretaries of…

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