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Sen. Barrasso: Obama is the one obstructing fiscal cliff talks

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) on Monday lashed out at President Barack Obama for “slowing down” negotiations and preventing Congress from reaching a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. “What we ought to do is put a bill on the Senate floor and let people actually offer amendments and vote…

Norquist: Fiscal cliff deal will cut taxes instead of raising them

Anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist on Monday insisted that Republicans in Congress would hold the debt ceiling hostage to ensure that there would be no tax increases on even the wealthiest Americans as part of a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. During an interview with the founder of Americans…

Steve Kornacki: ‘A lot of the speculation now’ says sequestration cuts will stand

Chair of the House Progressive Caucus Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and guest host Steve Kornacki discussed sequestration, John Boehner’s House speakership, and what exactly drives the lack of compromise on Capitol Hill on UP with Chris Hayes Dec. 30. Kornacki said there were “conflicting reports” regarding whether sequestration would be…

Mexico City launches trash-for-food program

Mexico City creates over 12,000 metric tons of garbage daily. But the city’s government is combating the mountains of trash with a program that allows residents to exchange recyclables for healthy food. People receive points for recyclable materials, which can be redeemed at an on-site market that sells local produce…

Sen. Mitch McConnell: ‘I need a dance partner’ to solve fiscal cliff

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) ended a speech with a unique metaphor on Sunday, as he lamented the fact that his office sent in a fiscal cliff offer Saturday evening in an attempt to avoid the end of the Bush tax cuts. By 2 p.m. Sunday, he claims, he…

Harris-Perry holds ‘Was that racist?’ lightning round

Melissa Harris-Perry held a “Was that racist?” lightning round on her show with a panel of comedians, in a look back at some of the more questionable moments of 2012. The panelists started with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who said in January that she “felt a little bit threatened” in…

Former GOP candidate in jail after accusations he slashed rival’s tires

A man who ran for the Republican nomination for a U.S. House seat is now in jail after accusations that he slashed the tires of at least one former rival, reported KOB Dec. 28. A police detective in Albuquerque told the news outlet that a surveillance video of a man…

Italian women protest misogynist priest: Violence against women ‘an emergency’

Women in Carrara, Italy protested at Sunday mass against a misogynistic priest who suggested women incited domestic and sexual violence against themselves. “We decided to stage this protest because we think that this ideology is basically shared by most of the Catholic Church and society. This ideology has become one…

David Brooks on the fiscal cliff: GOP has a brain freeze

New York Times columnist David Brooks on Sunday said Republicans had prevented a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff because the party was at odds with itself. “What’s happening in Washington right now is pathetic. When you think about what the revolutionary generation did, what the civil war generation…

Sen. Graham on fiscal cliff: ‘Hats off to the president. He won’

After a year of deadlocked negotiations, at least one prominent Republican senator is willing to concede defeat. In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) acknowledged that President Obama had stuck to his guns and would emerge from the debt talks victorious. Predicting that tax rates would…

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