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Top Obama aide takes the axe to his trademark mustache for charity

David Axelrod is a new man. Or, at least a slightly less hairy one. In the wake of President Barack Obama’s decisive electoral win over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), the president’s top political adviser didn’t have to shave off his hair lip. He did, after all, win his…

Colbert nominates himself for Jim DeMint’s Senate seat

Thursday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert announced his willingness to fill retiring South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint (R)’s soon-to-be-vacant seat in the U.S. Senate. “Tonight’s big story comes from my home state of South Carolina,” Colbert began, before rolling footage of the Washington Post‘s Chris Cillizza announcing…

Stewart debates Christie over government assistance to the needy

On his show Thursday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart clashed with New Jersey Gov. Christ Christie (R) over the role of government. Stewart noted that Christie was seeking money from the federal government due to Hurricane Sandy, yet was philosophically opposed to government assistance to Americans in the…

Fox News host Gretchen Carlson complains: Courts listen to non-religious minorities

Amid a segment on The O’Reilly Factor about the so-called “war on Christmas,” Fox News co-host Gretchen Carlson suggested Thursday night that the problem was caused because courts were willing to listen to complaints from religious minority groups. She explained that courts ordered religious displays at public buildings to be…

Michigan lawmaker slams Republicans in emotional labor rights speech

Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday blasted Republicans for pushing “right to work” legislation through the state legislature. The bill would prohibit unionized workplaces from requiring workers to contribute money to the union. The Michigan AFL-CIO has dubbed the legislation the “Freedom to Freeload bill” because it allows…

Rep. Cole breaks with GOP: Middle-class tax cuts ‘a victory for common sense’

Breaking with his party, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said Thursday that he supports a bill that extends tax cuts for the middle class. “As long as we have the right to continue to discuss and debate and fight on other issues, lets do that,” he told Tom Ferraro of Reuters.…

Prime Minister Gillard: End of the world is coming, good luck

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard weighed into the debate about whether the world will end on December 21 under the Mayan calendar in a spoof video about Korean pop and flesh-eating zombies. In a one-minute video address recorded for the youth radio station Triple J, a sombre-looking Gillard said the…

WATCH LIVE: The Obamas light the White House Christmas tree

President Barack Obama and his family illuminate the National Christmas tree at the White House. Watch live video, courtesy of MSNBC, below: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Democrats watch in awe as McConnell filibusters himself

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced legislation to raise the debt ceiling on Thursday, apparently with the intent of showing that even Democrats would not support such a bill. However, McConnell’s plan backfired after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called for a vote on the legislation, which would…

Florida woman with sexual arousal disorder commits suicide

A Florida woman who told her story of shame and struggle to a reporter last week committed suicide a day after her video was published. In the haunting footage, 39-year-old Gretchen Molannen explained that for 16 years she’s been unable to control her level of sexual arousal, leading to extreme…

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