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David Brooks: Obama made the case for a more progressive America

New York Times columnist David Brooks said Monday night that President Barack Obama boldly stated the case for progressivism in his inaugural speech, unlike his previous inaugural speech. “Four years ago, it was about being trans-partisan, about healing divides,” Brooks said on PBS’ Newshour. “He was sort of above the…

Missouri Republican: No such thing as a hate crime

Missouri State Rep. Paul Curtman (R) on Saturday denied that crimes based on an the victim’s race, religion, national origin, ethnic identification, gender, or sexual orientation were any different than other crimes. Curtman’s remarks were recorded by the group Progress Missouri at the Forum on Missouri Economic Prosperity. During his…

Oklahoma lawmaker: Let businesses fire cigarette smokers

If you live in Oklahoma and smoke cigarettes, look out: a local lawmaker is pushing a bill that would let companies fire smokers in order to save on health care costs. State Sen. David Hold (R) authored Senate Bill 327 after discovering that Oklahoma law actually protects smokers from workplace…

Atlanta Falcons fan pistol whips TV after loss to San Francisco

An Atlanta fan was so distraught after the San Francisco’s record comeback to defeat the Falcons on Sunday that he pistol whipped his flat screen television. In an unverified cell phone video that was posted on Sunday, the cameraman announces that the fan “just broke his fucking TV.” At that…

NBC’s David Gregory: ‘Medicare is a huge problem’

“Meet The Press” host David Gregory said on Monday morning that President Barack Obama will have to convince the public during his second term to accept unpopular ideas, like cutting Medicare. “The president, and it starts today, has to be able to lead the American people in a way to…

Mayans actually predicted rise of ‘pale obese gun monsters’

In a bit of satire published Monday, faux news website The Onion cleared up all the confusion about what was supposed to be the end of the world round about December 12, 2012. Turns out, the Mayans never predicted the end of the world. They actually predicted the rise of…

President Obama’s inaugural speech: ‘We cannot mistake absolutism for principle’

President Obama spoke at his second inauguration this afternoon, issuing a call to all Americans to be tolerant of one another — and of one another’s beliefs — while seeking to provide to all the equality promised in our founding documents. “For we, the people, understand that our country cannot…

Fox News host: British show ‘Downton Abbey’ is ‘a threat to the left’

Fox News host Stuart Varney insisted on Monday that the increasing popularity of the British television show Downton Abbey posed trouble for liberals because of its portrayal of rich people, Mediaite reported. “They’re nice people,” Varney told the hosts of Fox & Friends. “They create jobs, for heaven’s sake. They’re…

Powell: Republican leaders should stop ‘idiot presentations’ from Palin and birthers

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is calling on fellow Republicans to and speak against “idiot presentations” by people like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and the so-called birthers who insist that President Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen. As Monday’s inaugural ceremonies got underway, Powell told ABC’s Diane…

Decision 2013: Cute doggy video or cute kitty video?

Even if the U.S. wrapped up its most recent election season not too long ago, there’s some questions that tend to spark discussion, so it’s important to revisit them every so often. And so, Raw readers, we ask: are you a dog person or a cat person? We submit the…

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