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Georgia parents face charges for encouraging teen street fight

Two parents in Georgia have been accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after video surfaced of their teenage daughter getting into a street fight at their behest. According to WSB-TV, Shequita Cade and Timothy Taylor are accused of picking up their daughter, a seventh-grader, at her Atlanta…

How Ernest Hemingway’s cats became subject to federal oversight under the Commerce Clause

How Ernest Hemingway's cats became a federal case (+video) Key West has a well-earned reputation as a haven for misfits, outcasts, and free-spirits. The locals don’t even consider themselves part of the United States of America. They refer to the place as the Conch Republic. So it is more than…

Harris-Perry guest: Federal control of state exchanges best for individuals

Melissa Harris-Perry on her MSNBC show Sunday discussed the future of state health insurance exchanges, and some panelists argued that ceding control of the exchanges to the federal government — which many states with governors or legislatures which oppose the Affordable Care Act are likely to do — could result…

Gingrich: Today’s GOP ‘incapable of competing’ against 2016 Clinton bid

On this morning’s “Meet the Press” on NBC, former House speaker Newt Gingrich claimed that Republicans would have a steep, if not impossible, 2016 race if Hillary Clinton decides to run for president. “If their competitor in ’16 is going to be Hillary Clinton, supported by Bill Clinton and presumably,…

O’Donnell tells Gingrich: Apologize for being ‘completely wrong’ about Clinton tax rates

Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Sunday found himself in the awkward position of being confronted by MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell, who demanded an apology because the former House Speaker had been “completely wrong” when he said that tax hikes in 1993 would lead to a downturn in the…

George Will: ‘The opposition to gay marriage is dying… it’s old people’

Conservative columnist George Will suspects that the Supreme Court could support equal rights for LGBT people because “quite literally the opposition to gay marriage is dying… it’s old people.” On Friday, the Supreme Court announced that it would take up cases on California’s Prop 8 same sex marriage ban and…

Krugman: DeMint ‘took the think out of the think tank’

Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman says that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is taking “the think out of the think tank” and turning the Heritage Foundation into a “purely political institution” by accepting a job as its president. The tea party-backed lawmaker announced last week that he would be resigning from…

Coburn: Medicare and Social Security ‘are things we don’t absolutely need’

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is encouraging Democrats to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits because the programs are “things we don’t absolutely need.” Speaking to ABC’s George Stephanopolous on Sunday about the so-called fiscal cliff, Coburn said that he would be willing to accept tax hikes for the top 2…

Rep. Blackburn: Republicans ‘are the party of big ideas’

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Sunday insisted that Republicans opposed raising taxes on the wealthy and supported cutting earned benefits like Social Security and Medicare because they were “the party of big ideas.” “Inside the [Republican] caucus, what people are looking at is how do we solve the system-wide problem,”…

SNL: Pitying Boehner’s plight, Obama agrees to no tax hikes

President Barack Obama agreed to not raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans in Saturday Night Live‘s opening skit, after hearing about the cruel pranks Republicans had played on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Boehner has found himself in a difficult position, having to negotiate with Obama to avert the so-called…

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