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Watch live: White House briefing

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney holds a briefing. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Nov. 29. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Fast-food workers protest for a living wage in New York City

Workers from a number of fast food chains around New York City held walkouts and demonstrations calling for a living wage Thursday morning. According to The Atlantic, the protests, part of the Fast Food Forward campaign, were organized by groups like New York Communities for Change (NYCC), Service Employees International…

Rick Warren: Churches ‘probably’ responsible for negative views on LGBT people

Evangelical pastor Rich Warren on Thursday admitted that there was “probably” a chance that churches had a role in propagating negative views about gay men and lesbians. During an interview with Warren on CNN, host John Berman pointed out that the mother of Tyler Clementi, a gay teen who committed…

Parents charged with forcing Aspergers teen into ‘military style’ punishment

A Minnesota couple was charged with misdemeanor crimes this week after authorities removed a 15-year-old boy who’d been forced to live under constant video surveillance in a dark room, only being allowed to leave to participate in “military style” exercises allegedly forced upon him by his stepfather. Neighbors reportedly noticed…

Maddow dings GOP for ‘diverse’ all-male leadership picks

As a handy guide for her viewers, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and her staff put together a clip-n-save style graphic showing the 19 men the GOP had selected so far to chair committees in the House of Representatives. “There may be a lot of diversity in terms of which flavors…

Country star wears Confederate flag for NBC Christmas special

Country music star Trace Adkins on Wednesday wore a tiny Confederate battle flag while singing on on NBC’s nationally-televised Christmas tree-lighting special. During his “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire” performance, close-ups of Adkins clearly showed that his earpiece was covered with the flag of the Confederacy, which many consider…

Colbert tells women how to win the ‘War on Men’

Women don’t need to do more to attract the right guy, Stephen Colbert said Wednesday, they need to do less. “Maybe stop voting. Or stop talking — that’s mysterious,” he offered. “I mean, what are you girls thinking?” What women need to do, he said, is follow the advice of…

Jon Stewart exposes blatant hypocrisy of McCain and Graham

On his show Wednesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart brutally mocked Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for their criticism of Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the UN. The two senators have pilloried Rice for saying the attack in Benghazi was the result of a…

O’Reilly bashes ‘fascist’ atheist: Christianity not a religion, so Christmas displays are OK

On his show Wednesday night, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly accused American Atheists president David Silverman of being a “fascists” who wanted to banish Christmas from the United States. During the contentious interview, O’Reilly insisted that Christmas displays in public buildings were not a constitutional issue because Christianity is not…

Julian Assange warns the Internet is a threat to civilization

During an appearance on CNN Wednesday night, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange warned that mass surveillance was becoming a worldwide problem as technology progressed. Assange told CNN host Erin Burnett that the Internet had become enmeshed in human civilization, giving governments and others an unprecedented ability to spy on individuals en…

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