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Justice O’Connor to Maddow: Supreme Court ‘not a popularity contest’

On Monday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow welcomed retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, author of the book Out of Order, to discuss upcoming cases that are set to come before the court and the landmark civil rights decisions that could result. Maddow began…

Jeb Bush: Romney campaign ‘wasn’t the best’

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said Tuesday morning that he didn’t think the last Republican presidential campaign was well run, saying it breaks his heart that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is not president right now. “It just breaks my heart that he’s not there,” he said during…

Current TV host plays Boehner in ‘orange face’ to mock David Gregory’s softball interview

Current TV host John Fugelsang on Monday painted his face orange to point out the absurdity of House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) Sunday interview with NBC’s David Gregory. Fugelsang played the part of a grumpy Boehner, while Mystery Science Theater 3000‘s Frank Conniff took the role of mocking Gregory’s interviewing…

Colbert: Like nerds, Republicans ‘have no idea how to relate to women’

While most people saw President Barack Obama’s “Jedi mind meld” gaffe as an easy joke, Stephen Colbert argued on Monday that it was an opportunity for conservatives to relate to one of Obama’s core demographics: nerds. “After all, Republicans and nerds have so much in common,” he explained. “They both…

Krugman laments he was ‘unready’ to debate Scarborough on economics

In a debate aired Monday night, MSNBC’s conservative pundit Joe Scarborough faced off with economist and columnist Paul Krugman over America’s debt, deficit and level of spending. Krugman, a dogged proponent of deficit spending as a way to stimulate the economy, admitted before the show aired that Scarborough had gotten…

Jon Stewart: The sequester was ‘auto-erotic asphyxiation’ for Congress

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart ripped Congress on Monday night for failing to avert $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts, which both Republicans and Democrats had described as devastating. The indiscriminate cuts, called the sequester, were designed to be so painful that both parties would be forced to compromise…

Bill O’Reilly falsely claims Obama had no plan to avert automatic budget cuts

On his show Monday night, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly falsely claimed President Barack Obama had no specific plan to avert $85 billion in across-the-board budget cuts known as the sequester. O’Reilly began the segment by imploring Obama to show leadership by bowing to Republican demands to cut spending without…

American Atheist president blasts ‘horrible, bigoted, backwards, primitive’ Newt Gingrich

American Atheist president David Silverman said Monday that a series of billboards recently purchased by his group were meant to show non-believers why they needed to organize. “A lot of people say, ‘Well, why do I need to get involved? Why do we need an atheist movement?’” he said on…

Republican congresswoman upset Violence Against Women Act included ‘other different groups’

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee said Monday that she voted against the Violence Against Women Act because it protected “other different groups.” During an appearance on MSNBC, Blackburn said the Violence Against Women Act had become “diluted” and “unfocused” due to new provisions added to the bill. “I didn’t…

Chris Christie slams ‘hyper-partisanship’ while defending Medicaid expansion

Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey on Monday defended his plan to expand Medicaid coverage in the state, a move that defied conservatives opposed to Obamacare. “This government in Trenton is about trying to change this hyper-partisan activity that we have all over the country and asking some very…

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