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Sequester budget cuts may have triggered Miami shooting rampage

A depressed Florida man shot his wife and two children before killing himself after closing his hot air balloon business and facing losing his job as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector because of automatic budget cuts known as “sequestration.” A source told CBS News that 45-year-old Carlos Zuniga was…

‘Snitch’ filmmaker: Reagan-era drug laws keep prisons overflowing

Appearing Thursday night on Current TV’s “The Young Turks,” filmmaker Ric Roman Waugh, behind the new film “Snitch,” explained that his movie is based on true events brought about in part by Reagan-era drug laws. The film features Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the father of a young man facing…

Colbert on Hagel: ‘What else is he hiding that hasn’t happened?’

On Thursday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert addressed the “Friends of Hamas” flap, tracing the path of the story from reporter’s flippant comment to right wing media buzzword to Republican senators blocking the nomination of Secretary of Defense candidate Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE). Given the questions…

Jon Stewart: Obama’s promises less durable than New Year’s resolutions

On his show Thursday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart slammed President Barack Obama for continuing to stonewall about drone strikes. At his latest State of Union address, Obama vowed to be “even more transparent to the American people” about drone strikes and their legal justification. But the President…

Maddow blasts Indiana’s mandated double trans-vaginal probe bill

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Thursday night ripped into a bill in Indiana that would require women to undergo to trans-vaginal ultrasounds twice if they wished to terminate their pregnancy. The bill, approved by the state Senate Health and Provider Services Committee on Wednesday, would require clinics to conduct trans-vaginal…

Jimmy Carter: Obama is president because of my grandson

Former president Jimmy Carter told CNN on Thursday that he believed his grandson was the reason Barack Obama was still President of the United States. “That’s kind of a prejudice,” he said, laughing. Carter’s grandson, James Carter IV, discovered the infamous “47 percent” video of Mitt Romney on the Internet…

Colorado lawmaker tells anti-gay Christians: ‘Get thee to a nunnery’

The National Organization of Marriage on Thursday accused the author of a civil unions bill of being contemptuous of religion after the Colorado lawmaker said Christian don’t have the right to discriminate against gay and lesbian individuals. “Don’t claim religion as a reason the law should discriminate,” state Sen. Pat…

Rep. Adam Schiff to GOP: It’s not your messaging, it’s your policies

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California said Thursday that Republicans were unpopular simply because they were advocating unpopular policies. “It’s crazy and what is so frustrating about it is we are now poised to recover economically if Congress would just get out of the way,” he said on the radio…

Pat Robertson: Only ‘nutty’ Ph.D.s believe climate change causes more blizzards

Televangelist Pat Robertson on Thursday dismissed scientific evidence that large winter storms are linked to climate change, insisting that only “nutty” Ph.D.s believe the theory. A Thursday 700 Club report pointed out that a recent Princeton study projected that there would be less overall snowfall, but larger snow storms and…

Whistleblower fired for revealing cops threatened Obama while protecting him

A Richmond police officer who reported fellow cops for allegedly threatening President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama has been fired from his job on the force. WTVR on Wednesday confirmed that the officer, who did not wish to be named, had been called to police headquarters where he…

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