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Ted Cruz: Only Democrats are threatening default on the debt

Tea party backed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday insisted only Democrats were threatening default on the debt even though he has vowed not to raise the debt ceiling until Congress passes a balanced budget amendment. “Let me be very clear about this,” Cruz told Fox News host John Roberts.…

Rep. Jim Jordan: No AR-15 background checks because ‘it’s about freedom’

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) says that gun buyers should face background checks for concealed carry handgun permits but not assault rifles because “it’s about freedom.” During a Sunday interview on Fox News, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) explained to guest host John Roberts that even people on the terrorist watch…

Geographer tells Moyers: Climate change ‘does not care’ if you’re Republican or Democrat

Bill Moyers returned to the issue of climate change on his show Friday, decrying not only politicians, but a fellow journalist for avoiding the topic at their peril. “As the clock ticks away and warnings mount, official Washington irresponsibly continues to look the other way,” Moyers said in a commentary.…

Steubenville rape protest draws hundreds as city responds to cover-up allegations

Hundreds of demonstrators converged on Steubenville, Ohio on Saturday to demand justice for the 16-year-old victim of an alleged rape in August, in a case that has garnered national attention. WTRF-TV reported that protesters at the “Occupy Steubenville” included visitors from as far away as California and New York, and…

NY man uses fake dating profile to catch phone thief

A New York man put “himself” out there in his efforts to nab the man who stole his phone, posing as a woman online after he discovered the thief had started looking for dates under his name. Nadal Nirenberg told ABC News the problem started when he left his phone…

AZ Rep. Sinema: VAWA’s expiration puts every woman at risk

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) summed up the problem with this week’s Republican-enabled expiration of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in a Saturday panel discussion with MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry. “The fact that the 112th Congress let VAWA expire doesn’t just mean that they’re politically opposed to some of…

Brazilian prisoners enlist trained cat in jailbreak attempt

A cat trained by prisoners to deliver cell phones and tools to dig tunnels was caught at a jail in northeastern Brazil after sneaking in with forbidden items strapped to its body. “An agent saw the cat and went to look at it closely because something about it seemed wrong,”…

Gunman among 4 dead in Aurora, CO hostage standoff

Four people are dead including a gunman after an hours-long standoff with police in Aurora, Colorado, this morning. According to video from Denver’s Channel 9 News, police were alerted to the situation around 3:00 Saturday morning. Aurora police immediately sent out emergency notifications to residents of the area, urging them…

Hayes: Fiscal cliff was more of a ‘fiscal curb’

Saturday morning on MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes,” host Chris Hayes opened the show with a segment titled “Lessons from the Fiscal Cliff.” In it, he talked about the fact that the fiscal cliff was a completely made-up crisis, political brinksmanship that was less a cliff than what he called…

Maddow schools Fox’s Dick Morris after getting angry letter from his lawyers

Friday night on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow answered a letter from Dick Morris’ lawyer demanding a correction to an earlier segment.  Maddow was more than happy to address the issue, and issued a few corrections of her own. The segment began with a short history lesson…

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