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The Simpsons lampoons GOP-backed voter ID laws

In a preview of its season premiere, the animated comedy The Simpsons released a snippet of an episode in which Homer is forced to deal with the new voter ID laws being implemented around the country. Upon arriving at his polling place on Election Day, Homer is told he must…

Terrorism analyst: U.S. ignores threat of violent right-wing extremists

Analyst Daryl Johnson on Wednesday said the U.S. government was mistaken to focus its counter-terrorism efforts almost exclusively on al-Qaida. “The threat from domestic terrorism motivated by extremist ideologies is often dismissed and overlooked in the national media and within the U.S. government,” he said at a Senate Judiciary hearing.…

Watch live: Mitt Romney campaigns in Sarasota, Florida

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds a campaign rally in Sarasota, Florida. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Sept. 20. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Fox News and Matt Drudge turn ‘pirate’ gag into international incident

If you were watching Fox News or reading The Drudge Report on Thursday morning, you might mistakenly believe that President Barack Obama blew off the prime minister of Israel this week to chat up a colorfully costumed man who looks more like “Captain Morgan” than any government leader. “TOO BUSY…

Penn. state Rep.: Photo ID law only disenfranchises the ‘lazy’ 47 percent

A Republican state representative in Pennsylvania is defending the state’s voter photo ID law by claiming that people who were too “lazy” to have identification were probably included in the 47 percent of Americans who Mitt Romney claims don’t pay income taxes. During a radio interview with KDKA on Wednesday,…

Paris Hilton on gay men: ‘Eww… they’re disgusting… most probably have AIDS’

Audio surfaced on Thursday of socialite Paris Hilton making homophobic comments about “disgusting” gay men, who she said “probably have AIDS.” RadarOnline obtained audio secretly recorded by a cab driver in New York earlier this month of one of Hilton’s openly-gay model friends telling her about the gay hookup app…

‘West Wing’ cast reunites to promote down-ballot voting

Cast members of the beloved Aaron Sorkin show “The West Wing” reunited to make a video to support Michigan Supreme Court candidate Bridget McCormack and to promote down-ballot voting. The ad, shot in the program’s famous walk-and-talk style brings back the characters Will Bailey (Joshua Malina), C. J. Cregg (Allison…

‘Mr. Belding’ from ‘Saved by the Bell’ takes up pro wrestling

In one of the more curious and odd stories of the week, 61-year-old actor Dennis Haskins, perhaps best known for his portrayal of “Mr. Belding” on television’s “Saved by the Bell,” stepped into the ring with professional wrestlers in New Jersey and laid the hammer down. It’s not clear what…

Joel Osteen tells Soledad O’Brien: LGBT people aren’t ‘God’s best’

Conservative televangelist Joel Osteen on Thursday asserted that homosexuality was a sin and not “God’s best” — but at the same time, he said had not chosen to be straight. During an interview on CNN, host Soledad O’Brien asked Osteen how he could claim to be uplifting LGBT people while…

Obama praised ‘competition’ and markets in full video of ‘redistribution’ talk

A 14-year-old video of President Barack Obama promoted by the Romney campaign this week over a comment about “redistribution” also features the president pushing for marketplace “competition” and market-driven “innovation,” according to a complete record of his speech obtained by NBC News. The president’s spokespeople have since explained that the…

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