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Watch live: New Orleans mayor updates on Hurricane Isaac cleanup

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and city officials held a press conference on Thursday to provide a general update on the city’s cleanup efforts in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. Watch live, broadcast on MSNBC on Aug. 30. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Romney adviser: Ryan ‘didn’t talk about Obama closing the plant’

Eric Fehrnstrom, Mitt Romney’s senior campaign adviser, is denying that Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan suggested that President Barack Obama was to blame for a GM plant that was shut down while President George W. Bush was still in office. Ryan’s Wednesday night convention speech has been blasted by…

Herman Cain admits Romney’s welfare attack is wrong

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain finally admitted on Wednesday night that Mitt Romney’s welfare attack ad is false. But even for Comedy Central host Jon Stewart, that admission took some wrangling. In part three (below) of an interview that went well into overtime, Stewart continually pressed Cain on whether…

Bachmann: Vote for Romney because Obama is ‘extremely wealthy’

Former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is encouraging voters to support Mitt Romney because President Barack Obama is “extremely wealthy” and can’t relate to the “common man.” USA Today caught up with Bachmann at the Republican National Convention earlier this week and asked her how someone with “vast wealth” like…

Colbert: Paul Ryan loves Ayn Rand, but not like that

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert talked about the fact that “the Libertarians are having their moment.” Or, at least, given that the show tapes at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays, Colbert said, the Libertarians will be having their moment. “Great political philosopher” Sen. Rand Paul…

Jon Stewart: RNC theme shows ‘a party-wide persecution complex’

On his show Wednesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart took the Republican National Convention to task for basing their entire theme on an out-of-context quote — “We built it.” “When was the last time we heard a catchphrase that was such a peculiar mix of braggadocio and whiny…

CODEPINK protesters heckle Paul Ryan: ‘My body my choice’

Protesters affiliated with the group CODEPINK heckled Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) during his speech at the Republican National Covention on Wednesday night. Col. Ann Wright and Laura Mills shouted, “My body my choice,” and “Fund healthcare not warfare.” The two women caused a small disturbance, but were quickly drown out…

Condoleezza Rice gives hawkish speech in Tampa

Condoleezza Rice, who served as the Secretary of State in the Bush administration, on Wednesday night delivered a hawkish speech to the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Rice began her speech by recalling the September 11 terrorist attacks, which lead to the invasion of Afghanistan. “This young century has been…

Krugman: Ryan ‘mythical conservative’ in media, GOP’s dreams

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman questioned the budget math of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) in an appearance on Current TV Wednesday, saying he had duped conservatives and members of the media into thinking he has a serious budget plan when he really doesn’t. Krugman noted, as he often has…

Self-described ‘prophet’: Prayers help me uncover terrorist plots

Cindy Jacobs, who claims to be a twenty-first century “respected prophet” and who co-founded a group that seeks to intercede on God’s behalf to, “[reform] the nations of the world back to a biblical worldview,” said in an appearance on a Christian TV show that she and her followers have…

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