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Watch live: Biden awards Medal of Valor to police and firefighters

Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder award the Medal of Valor to police officers, firefighters and public safety officers. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Feb. 20, starting at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Jesse Jackson Jr. could face 5-year prison term for misusing funds

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) could spend nearly five years in prison after pleading guilty to charges including wire fraud, mail fraud and lying to investigators of using $750,000 in campaign funds for personal gain. WMAQ-TV reported on Wednesday that Jackson accepted and filed a plea bargain agreement last…

Michigan hospital admits considering swastika-tattooed man’s request for no black nurses

A Michigan hospital on Tuesday admitted that it had considered honoring a man’s request that no African-American nurses care for his baby, but it insisted that the idea was eventually rejected. Tonya Battle, who has worked as a nurse at Hurley Medical Center for 25 years, told the Detroit Free…

Missouri lawmaker uses assault weapons ban bill for target practice

A Missouri lawmaker on Tuesday expressed opposition to an assault weapons ban proposed by Democrats by taking the bill to a local shooting range and riddling it with bullet holes. In a shocking video posted to YouTube, Republican state Rep. Eric Burlison explains that House Bill 545 would make it…

Maddow: Regular Americans routinely ask tougher questions than whiny Beltway media

On Tuesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow examined the gap between what average Americans are concerned about and what the Beltway press corps is concerned about, and how these concerns are reflected in the kinds of questions they ask when given access to politicians. Parents…

Herman Cain insists most Americans have ‘a severe ignorance problem’

Appearing Tuesday night on “The O’Reilly Factor,” former presidential candidate and newly hired Fox News contributor Herman Cain summarized the 2012 election’s results as an expression of America’s “severe ignorance problem.” “The guy [Obama] hasn’t solved that many problems,” O’Reilly said. “So, I mean, why is he so popular?” “He…

Texas woman on arrest over phoning 911 for cigarettes: ‘It is kind of funny’

A 48-year-old Texas woman issued a public apology for calling 911 to ask for cigarettes. “I am deeply sorry for what I did. I’m embarrassed. It’s not me,” Linda White told told KXAS-TV on Tuesday, before adding, “It is kind of funny.” White said she phoned Hood County emergency dispatchers…

Angry town hall crowd heckles McCain for opposing mass deportations

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) got an earful at a town hall in Tucson on Tuesday over his support for comprehensive immigration reform. As members of the audience became more and more angry, the Arizona senator explained that the border near Yuma was largely secure and mass deportations did not make…

Sirota: Warren not interested in ‘Hillary Clinton model’ of sitting down and shutting up

Appearing with “The Young Turks” host Cenk Uygur on Tuesday, author David Sirota critiqued Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) recent grilling of the nation’s top financial regulators, saying it’s the first evidence we’ve seen that Warren is showing no interest in “the Hillary Clinton model” of sitting down and shutting in…

Colbert on Obama and Tiger’s golf game: Where’s the judicial oversight?

Stephen Colbert echoed his “colleagues’” complaints on Tuesday, calling out President Barack Obama’s administration for cutting the press off from his President’s Day weekend golf game with Tiger Woods. “There are a lot of holes in this story — specifically, 18 of them,” Colbert said, leaving him with plenty of…

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