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Noam Chomsky: Obama would be a ‘moderate Republican’ several decades ago

MIT professor Noam Chomsky said Thursday the Republican and Democratic parties had become increasingly conservative since the 1970s due to the reshaping of U.S. economic power. Chomsky told The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur that President Barack Obama was “more or less” a progressive, given the current usage of the…

Rep. Schock struggles to explain opposition to same sex marriage

Republican Rep. Aaron Schock of Illinois stumbled badly on Thursday after reporters asked him why he didn’t support same-sex marriage. “Uh, well, I — I just haven’t,” he replied. “I think everybody has a set of beliefs on issues, social issues in particular, that are a reflection of how they…

NRA president: Reid facing ‘incredible pressure’ on gun control

National Rifle Association president David Keene said Thursday he had no idea whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) would support or oppose new gun control legislation. At a breakfast meeting sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Keene noted the NRA had a “relatively friendly relationship with the senator over…

Sen. Inhofe asks Hagel: Why does Iran ‘so strongly support’ you?

Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe (OK) asked Chuck Hagel on Thursday why Iran supported his nomination as defense secretary. “Given that Iran, the people — I’m quoting right now from Iran — people of the Middle East, the Muslim region and North Africa, people of these regions hate America from the…

Assault rifle found in car of suspected Phoenix shooter

Investigators in Arizona on Thursday reportedly recovered a military-style assault rifle in a vehicle rented by a man who they suspect of killing one person and wounding two others at an office building in Phoenix on Wednesday. Mesa police confirmed that a body found in a Bass Pro Shop parking…

Texas prosecutor shot multiple times in broad daylight

An assistant district attorney for Kaufman County, Texas, just east of Dallas, was shot multiple times in broad daylight on Thursday morning just before 9 a.m. as he walked from his vehicle into the courthouse. Police told NBC DFW they are searching for two suspects in a silver Ford Taurus,…

Watch live: Beyonce holds press conference on Super Bowl performance

Beyonce holds a news conference in New Orleans to discuss her performance at the Super Bowl. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Jan. 31. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Two people shot in Atlanta middle school

UPDATE: Teenager shot in head at Atlanta school Police say that two people have been shot at Atlanta’s Price Middle School in an incident that took place Thursday afternoon. According to Atlanta’s NBC Channel 11, officers are on the scene along with medical personnel. The two gunshot victims are alive,…

Watch live: Hillary Clinton gives farewell address

Hillary Clinton gives her farewell address as secretary of state. Watch live, broadcast on YouTube on Jan. 31.…

3 injured in San Diego explosion after suspects light cigarette near hash oil

Three people were seriously injured Wednesday after a container of butane exploded in a San Diego hotel room as two suspects tried to make hash oil out of marijuana, police told The Associated Press. Although hotel room explosions are usually association with making methamphetamines, they can happen any time an…

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