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Krugman: DeMint ‘took the think out of the think tank’

Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman says that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is taking “the think out of the think tank” and turning the Heritage Foundation into a “purely political institution” by accepting a job as its president. The tea party-backed lawmaker announced last week that he would be resigning from…

Coburn: Medicare and Social Security ‘are things we don’t absolutely need’

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is encouraging Democrats to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits because the programs are “things we don’t absolutely need.” Speaking to ABC’s George Stephanopolous on Sunday about the so-called fiscal cliff, Coburn said that he would be willing to accept tax hikes for the top 2…

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…

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