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Maddow on GOP blocking Hagel: ‘This is a fresh hell in American politics’

Thursday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow turned her sights on the unprecedented move by the Republicans to block the nomination of Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) as Secretary of Defense. The level of obstructionism as most recently signified by the act of blocking every move that President…

CNN shoots down ‘New York Times’ by taking Tesla road trip: ‘It wasn’t that hard’

CNN took on The New York Times‘ scathing review of Tesla’s Model S by driving the same route with no problems and determining that the trip “wasn’t that hard.” Electric car manufacturer Tesla and The New York Times‘ John M. Broder have been at war for the last week after…

Hannity: Unprecedented filibuster of Hagel is ‘a big win’ for Republicans

Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday congratulated Republicans for successfully using a filibuster to temporarily block a president’s nominee for secretary of defense — former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) — for the first time in the history of the U.S. Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday said…

Hundreds hurt in rare Russian meteor strike

A meteor strike in central Russia on Friday that left hundreds of people injured is the biggest known human toll from a space rock, a British expert said. But the impact has no connection with a flyby by an asteroid later Friday, according to Robert Massey, deputy executive secretary of…

Colbert: Hope you sacrificed a goat for Valentine’s Day

On Thursday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert enthused about the pleasures of a traditional Lupercalia — the holiday upon which St. Valentine’s Day was originally based — including drinking skins of wine, sacrificing goats and whipping women to make them more fertile. Colbert began the show…

Rice tells Stewart: GOP wasting time probing origin of Benghazi talking points

On his show Thursday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart interviewed Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., about the controversy surrounding the Benghazi attack. Rice noted that Congress had already received ten hearings on the deadly attacks, along with thousands of documents. She told Stewart that Republicans…

Bill Nye: Asteroid DA14 ‘could kill a lot of people’ if it hit Earth

Bill Nye, the CEO of the Planetary Society, admitted Thursday night that the recently discovered 2012 DA14 asteroid would kill a lot of people if it struck Earth. “An asteroid like this could kill a lot of people,” he told The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur. “This one is one…

Elizabeth Warren presses financial regulators: Why no trials for Wall Street?

At a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) asked the nation’s top financial regulators why Wall Street firms who broke the law were not taken to trial. “We face some very special issues with big financial institutions,” she said. “If they can break the law and…

California lawmaker: Require all porn actors to wear condoms

California State Assemblymember Isadore Hall, a Democrat, introduced legislation on Thursday that would require porn actors to wear condoms in every movie produced in the state. “Let’s face it, it is completely reasonable for adult film actors to give their co-workers some love without giving them something else,” Hall said…

Professor: Libertarian icon Friedrich Hayek would support the individual mandate

Erik Angner, a philosophy professor at George Mason University, told Reason TV on Thursday that libertarian icon Friedrich Hayek would have supported the so-called individual mandate. The controversial provision of Obama’s health care reform law requires uninsured Americans to purchase insurance or pay a penalty. Though Hayek famously condemned top-down…

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