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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…

Rep. Steve King: Gun safety advocates are ‘anti-Second Amendment people’

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suggested that advocates of gun safety proposed measures to curb violence after the December massacre of 20 elementary school children in Newtown, Connecticut because they are “anti-Second Amendment people” and want to end the right to bear arms. In an interview before President Barack Obama’s second…

Teacher avoids statutory rape charge by marrying 17-year-old student

A 42-year-old North Carolina teacher escaped charges of statutory rape by marrying the teenager she was accused of having sex with. WGN-TV reported on Monday that Leah Gayle Shipman married the 17-year-old boy, identified as Johnny Ray Ison, just six days after being granted a divorce from her previous husband.…

Inauguration supercut: Obama sings all of Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’

The creative force behind “Autotune the News” and “Bed Intruder” has a new Obama supercut music video out, just in time for the inauguration. Just over one year since crooning the first lines of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, the strange and wonderful schmoyoho…

Father shoots wife and then himself at daughter’s 16th birthday party

A Texas girl’s 16th birthday party ended in tragedy over the weekend after her father killed his estranged wife and then himself. Grapevine police said 43-year-old Kelly Suckla argued with his 44-year-old wife, Kristi, before shooting her at about 10 p.m. during the party on Saturday, according to The Dallas…

Harvard scientist seeks ‘adventurous female’ to give birth to cloned Neanderthal

Professor George Church not only believes that he can clone a Neanderthal, but that a extremely adventurous female human” would be able to give birth to one. According to The Daily Mail, Church, a geneticist and professor of synthetic biology at Harvard University, said he can use fossil samples to…

Watch live: Obama’s second inauguration

President Barack Obama was be sworn in for his second term on Monday. Watch his full speech here. Watch continuing live coverage of the inauguration, the lunch and the parade, broadcast on NBC News on Jan. 21. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

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