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‘Frankenfish’ close to full FDA approval

Genetically engineered fish, AquaAdvantage salmon, or “frankfenfish,” depending on your viewpoint, are closer than ever to FDA approval, reported Newsy. The salmon, engineered by the company Aquabounty, grow twice as fast as normal fish and “would be the first approved scientifically engineered animal for human consumption,” reported KTTU. The FDA…

Harris-Perry guest: Potential change to Social Security ‘absolutely a cut’

On Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday, panelists discussed the fact that Social Security was on the table in fiscal cliff negotiations — which has “progressives calling foul,” said guest host Joy Reid. She discussed a proposed plan to divorce Social Security benefits from cost of living increases and tie them instead…

CNN host to Hutchinson: People think ‘NRA does not take reality into consideration’

CNN host Candy Crowley on Sunday told former DEA head Asa Hutchinson that it was naive to talk about preventing gun violence without bringing up guns. Hutchinson, who is now a consultant for the National Rifle Association, said having armed security guards in schools was a “better solution” to mass shootings…

Cory Booker slams ‘false debate’ over gun control

Newark Mayor Cory Booker on Sunday said the current debate over gun control had been contrived to divide Americans. He insisted both gun owners and advocates of gun control agreed on certain common solutions. “I don’t know if anybody here has seen anybody shot, I have,” he said on ABC’s…

NRA president compares assault rifles to baseball bats

NRA President David Keene on Sunday compared assault weapons like the one used in the tragic elementary school shooting in Connecticut to recreational items like baseball bats. “The fact that something is misused, whether it is a baseball bat or the mass killing at a Chinese school with an axe…

NBC’s David Gregory rips NRA chief over ‘common sense’

NBC host David Gregory and NRA leader Wayne LaPierre engaged in a heated debate over gun control Sunday morning on Meet the Press. The NRA has promised to deliver “major contributions” to stop gun violence following the tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last week. The pro-gun lobby on…

Woman fired for being ‘irresistible’ blasts Iowa Supreme Court ruling

A dental assistant who was fired from her job because her boss claimed she was “irresistible” spoke out on Saturday. Melissa Nelson told CNN she had no idea what changed. She had worked at the position for more than 10 years without incident. Nelson said she “absolutely” wasn’t having an…

Researchers lay out a map of the brain’s everyday categorizations

A team of scientists at the University of California-Berkley have put together a map detailing how the human brain organizes objects on actions every day, The Verge reported earlier this week. The team, based out of the Gallant Lab at the university, also posted a video abstract of its findings…

MSNBC guest: Controversy over Hagel nomination a ‘cosmic oy vey’

The author whose 2008 interview of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) has been used for political attacks against Hagel blamed a “cosmic oy vey” on Saturday for what he suggested was a false controversy surrounding Hagel’s possible nomination to be the next Secretary of Defense. “It’s the inability of…

Psychiatry professor says NRA is ‘reinforcing stereotypes’ about mentally ill

A psychiatry professor joined MSNBC guest host Joy Reid on Saturday in taking issue with what Reid called an “artificial link” drawn by the National Rifle Association between mass shootings and the mentally ill. “I think he was talking to a particular base,” said Dr. Jonathan Metzl, who teaches at…

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