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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,…

Loaded semi-automatic handgun found in case of frozen meat

A worker at a Roswell, New Mexico Albertson’s grocery store was startled to find a loaded semi-automatic pistol and 7 rounds of ammunition in a case of frozen beef ribs on Thursday. According to NBC News, the supermarket employee quickly turned the weapon over to police. Roswell Police Department spokesperson…

Maddow show guest: DOMA case ‘ingeniously crafted’ as states’ rights issue

On The Rachel Maddow show on Dec. 7, guest host Ezra Klein tracked the law on interracial marriage to draw comparisons to the current debate on same-sex marriage and how the Supreme Court may rule, now that it has decided to take two separate cases that deal with the issue.…

Californians react to Supreme Court decision to rule on Prop 8

Californians are reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision to rule on Proposition 8, a ballot measure that banned same-sex marriages after the state granted same-sex couples that right, reported CBS Sacramento. Many same-sex couples were disappointed, the station said, as they were hoping the court would decline to take the…

Drug legalization ‘worst thing that could happen’ to organized crime, say advocates

In light of the recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, the BBC interviewed two advocates of further reforms, both in the U.S. and world-wide. The BBC sat down with Ethan Nadelmann, founder of the N.Y.C.-based Drug Policy Alliance, and Richard Branson, chair of Virgin Group. His son produced…

‘War on Christmas’ forces Christians ‘into the closet,’ say radio hosts

On the conservative Liberty Counsel radio show Faith and Freedom, hosts Mat Staver and Matt Barber discuss the fact that an elementary school in Jackson County, Fla., removed a nativity scene while allowing Santa Clause and Frosty the Snowman to remain. “What an irony at this time of year, where…

Nate Silver to Conan: GOP should take up drug legalization like ‘a rational political party’

In a fascinating long-form interview with late night talk show host Conan O’Brien published online Friday, New York Times pollster wiz Nate Silver said — while wearing a Cookie Monster T-shirt — that a “rational” Republican Party should take up drug legalization, among other issues, if it hopes to stay…

Supreme court to take up marriage equality in Prop 8, DOMA challenges

The Supreme Court of the United States announced on Friday that it would take on two cases that address marriage rights of LGBT people in the United States. The court will address both California’s same sex marriage ban, Proposition 8, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Hollingsworth v.…

Arpaio ‘disappointed’ in lack of protesters at San Francisco appearance

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is used to being the subject of protests, which made a recent visit to San Francisco surprising for him, he told KGO-TV Thursday. “I’m a little disappointed because from New Hampshire to California, every time I travel or give a speech, l have demonstrators,” said the Maricopa…

Watch live: 71st anniversary ceremony of Pearl Harbor bombing

Ceremony marks the anniversary of the Japanese bombing of the Pacific Fleet, and the entry of America into WWII. Live from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Watch live, broadcast by NBC News on Dec. 7. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

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