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Mitchell schools Norquist: You’re ‘Alice in Wonderland’ to claim GOP didn’t hike taxes

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday told anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist that he was living in an “Alice in Wonderland world” after he claimed that Republican lawmakers had not violated the no-tax pledge by voting in favor of a fiscal cliff compromise that hiked taxes on the richest Americans. “Why…

Chicago cardinal: Same sex marriage an ‘affront’ to society

Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George and his six auxiliary bishops wrote a letter on Tuesday calling same sex marriage “an affront to reason and the common good of society.” According to the Chicago Tribune, the clergyman urged parishioners to lobby their elected representatives against the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act,…

Pat Toomey to Republicans: Prepare to shut down government over the debt ceiling

The deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff hasn’t even been signed by President Barack Obama yet, but Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) has already moved on to the next fight by suggesting that Republicans should shut down the government if they don’t get drastic spending cuts before agreeing to raise…

Expert says drug-resistant malaria could spawn global health ‘nightmare scenario’

The rise of drug-resistant malaria in the border region between Thailand and Myanmar could presage a global health crisis, say some scientists. According to NBCNews.com, millions of people worldwide could die if the new strain of the parasitic disease follows historic routes of transmission, prompting a need for swift action…

Peter King near tears, threatens to quit Republican Party for blocking Sandy relief

Republican New York Congressman Peter King was near tears on Wednesday as he threatened to leave the Republican Party, while excoriating the leadership and other members after they reversed course and refused to pass a relief package for victims of Hurricane Sandy. In an emotional interview with CNN, King pointed…

Cats demonstrate most popular New Year’s resolutions

The humor website Pleated Jeans posted an easy guide on Tuesday to the more popular New Year’s resolutions, with a video compilation rendered in the universal language of adorable cat videos. The complete list: 10. Get organized 9. Help others 8. Learn something new 7. Get out of debt 6.…

Study shows human ancestors may have ‘walked up’ trees

A new study challenges the notion that humans’ primate ancestors came down from trees and only gradually began to walk upright. According to Scientific American, new findings in the fossil record indicate that our species’ journey to our modern bipedal posture may have been much more complicated and convoluted that…

LaTourette: Republicans ‘got whooped’ on fiscal cliff, and ‘chuckleheads’ blocked Sandy relief too

Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) on Wednesday said that Republicans had gotten “whooped” by President Barack Obama in fiscal cliff negotiations and that the “chuckleheads” in his party even refused to pass a relief package for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. “It’s that Hobson’s choice that if there was no deal,…

Peter King rips House GOP for skipping out on Sandy relief bill

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) took to the House of Representatives floor on Tuesday night to slam his fellow lawmakers for not voting on a relief package for victims of Hurricane Sandy. “Tonight’s action not to hold this vote is morally indefensible,” King said. “There are thousands and thousands of people…

Dem lawmaker laughs at ‘Fox & Friends’ spin on Obama’s fiscal cliff negotiating

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) couldn’t help but laugh on Wednesday as he corrected the hosts of Fox & Friends for repeating incorrect Republican talking points about how President Barack Obama handled fiscal cliff negotiations. In an interview following the passage of the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012,” Smith told…

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