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Rep. Blackburn: Republicans ‘are the party of big ideas’

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Sunday insisted that Republicans opposed raising taxes on the wealthy and supported cutting earned benefits like Social Security and Medicare because they were “the party of big ideas.” “Inside the [Republican] caucus, what people are looking at is how do we solve the system-wide problem,”…

SNL: Pitying Boehner’s plight, Obama agrees to no tax hikes

President Barack Obama agreed to not raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans in Saturday Night Live‘s opening skit, after hearing about the cruel pranks Republicans had played on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Boehner has found himself in a difficult position, having to negotiate with Obama to avert the so-called…

Sen. Corker: Debt ceiling is Republican ‘leverage’ to cut ‘entitlements’

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) says that his party should agree to raise taxes on the wealthy before January because Republicans can force cuts to earned benefits like Medicare and Social Security next year by holding the debt ceiling hostage. “I do think it’s time for the president — he knows…

Climate change-denying English Lord crashes U.N. conference

A video released by environmental group TckTckTck captures Lord Christopher Monckton, a longtime climate-change denier and conspiracy theorist as he impersonates a delegate from Myanmar in his latest attempt to reject theories against global warming. Set in part to “Yakety Sax,” the video shows Monckton’s latest prank, at the United…

Rappers join Occupy activists in push for ‘foreclosure-free zone’

Rappers Chuck D. from Public Enemy and Brother Ali joined members of Occupy Wall Street Thursday in taking over an abandoned home in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as part of what the activist group calls a campaign to institute a “foreclosure-free zone” in the southern part of the city. “We’re gonna write…

‘Zombie Apocalypse’ training group questions GOP senator’s criticisms

The training group behind a “zombie apocalypse” exercise ripped by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) pushed back against his criticism, KNSD-TV reported Friday. “It’s been insinuated that Homeland Security and taxpayer money was used to fund the summit and that’s where we are seeing the most backlash,” said Halo Corporation…

Egyptian man arrested in connection with Benghazi attack

An Egyptian man and alleged terrorist cell leader was arrested in connection with the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, NBC News reported Saturday. Mohammed Abu Jamal Ahmed was arrested in Cairo and accused of not only being involved with the attack that killed American ambassador…

Harris-Perry guest: It’s ‘astonishing’ that alcohol is legal and pot isn’t

Saturday morning on MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” host Melissa Harris Perry and a panel made up of Doug Fine, the author of “Too High to Fail,” filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, Reason magazine editor Matt Welch and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) discussed whether or not stereotypical notions of “stoners” — i.e., marijuana users…

Hayes: Is ‘energy independence’ worth becoming ‘Saudi America’?

Saturday on “Up with Chris Hayes,” host Chris Hayes discussed the ways a looming fossil fuel boom could change U.S. society, as well as the impact it could have on our environment and standing in the world. Is the promise of so-called “energy independence” worth the risk of turning our…

Anderson Cooper destroys GOP Sen. Lee’s argument against U.N. disability treaty

Friday night on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Cooper welcomed Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to discuss Lee’s vote against the United Nations treaty for the “Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”  Cooper questioned why Republicans are so dead set against a treaty that would ultimately have no power over established U.S. laws. “Senator,…

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