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Robert Reich: Romney released tax returns as distraction from 47% comments

In an appearance on Jennifer Granholm’s Current TV show, The War Room, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich said Mitt Romney’s campaign only released the candidate’s tax returns Friday to distract people from Romney’s damaging remarks about lower-income Americans. “It’s interesting. Not only do they wait until Friday afternoon to do…

Maddow: Romney deliberately, retroactively inflated taxes to avoid hypocrisy

Rachel Maddow, puzzling Friday night over the unexpected news dump of Mitt Romney’s 2011 tax returns, pointed out that by Romney’s own standard, his tax returns disqualify him from the presidency. That revelation is not because Romney paid too little in taxes, but oddly enough because he paid too much,…

Man mauled, critically injured after jumping into tiger’s den at Bronx Zoo

A New York man suffered puncture wounds to his back, as well as a broken arm and ankle, after jumping out off the monorail at the Bronx Zoo and into the tiger’s den. According to WNBC-TV, officials are still trying to determine exactly why 25-year-old David Villalobos made the leap,…

From inside the chrysalis to epic migration: ‘Flight of the Butterflies’ revealed in 3D

Documentary that captures butterfly’s extraordinary 2,000-mile trek across North America to Mexico is tipped to be next smash hit nature film The extraordinary 2,000-mile journey made by millions of butterflies each autumn from Canada, through the USA to Mexico is revealed in minute detail for the first time in a…

Chris Matthews tells Bill Maher panel: Mitt Romney is running a ‘racist’ campaign

On Friday night’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, panelist Chris Matthews renewed his accusations against Republicans of racist campaigning, in a confrontation with right-wing radio host Roger Hedgecock “There’s a gentleman’s agreement out there about covering up this racist game that your side has been playing this whole…

Ed Schultz: Akin’s debate performance shows campaign trouble for Republicans

Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) performance during a Missouri senatorial debate Friday, Ed Schultz said on The Ed Show that evening, was part of a wave of problems more Republican candidates are encountering in the wake of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s infamous “47 percent” video. While Akin did his best…

Montana gubernatorial candidate compares getting an abortion to taking aspirin

The Republican candidate in the Montana governor’s race likened the decision to get an abortion to taking an aspirin during the state’s first gubernatorial debate earlier this week. “You can’t give a child an aspirin in school, but you can refer people to have an abortion without parental consent, and…

Former FEC chair tells Moyers superPACs are ‘shadow party committees’

The man who told Stephen Colbert how to set up his own super PAC told Bill Moyers this week that regardless of judicial intent, fundraising groups of that type are not independent of their candidates of choice. “When the courts midwifed these things, they said, ‘They can’t corrupt because they’re…

WATCH: Seattle crowd subdues robbery suspect

A jewelry store robbery in Seattle Friday was thwarted by a group of bystanders, who piled onto the suspect while waiting for police to arrest him. According to KING-TV, the suspect was shooting a gun as he fled from the scene when he was tackled by Roberto Sandoval, a doorman…

Watch live: Space shuttle Endeavour makes its final landing in California

Space shuttle Endeavour, piggy-backed on a modified 747, flies around Los Angeles prior before making its final landing at Los Angeles International Airport. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

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