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Giffords’ astronaut husband: It’s time for universal background checks

Former astronaut Mark Kelly said during a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday that he believes closing loopholes in the nation’s background check system for firearms buyers is the number one item that should be on the gun control agenda. “Rights demand responsibility,” he said. “This right does not extend to…

Gun advocate tells Senate: AR-15 is the ‘weapon of choice’ for women with crying babies

A senior fellow from the conservative Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) on Wednesday told a Senate committee that assault weapons should not be outlawed because they were the “weapon of choice” for young mothers who need a “scary-looking gun.” At Senate Judiciary Hearing on gun violence, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) asked…

Double-arm transplant Iraq vet says he now has ‘second chance’

On Wednesday’s edition of “CBS This Morning,” the program featured a segment on Iraq War veteran and double-arm transplant recipient Brendan Marrocco, who gave a press conference on Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore to discuss his recovery and progress. “I feel like I’m getting a second chance to…

Giffords makes surprise opening statement at Senate gun hearing

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) made a surprise appearance at the beginning of Wednesday’s Senate committee hearing on gun violence, telling members they must be “bold” and “courageous” when enacting laws to prevent future mass killings. “Thank you for inviting me here today,” she said. “This is an important conversation…

15-year-old girl who performed at Obama inauguration gunned down in Chicago

A 15-year-old girl was killed on the South Side of Chicago on Tuesday, just a week after she performed at President Barack Obama’s inauguration. Hadiya Pendleton was hanging out at Vivian Gordon Harsh Park near her high school at around 2:30 p.m., “when someone jumped a fence, ran up to…

Gore responds to Al Jazeera criticism: Qatar has ‘visionary’ plan for clean energy

Appearing on Tuesday’s episode of “The Late Show with David Letterman,” former Vice President Al Gore responded to criticism that he sold the Current TV network to Al Jazeera, which is funded in part by Qatar, despite the country’s heavy involvement in oil and gas production, a key driver of…

Colbert suggests U.S. embrace Guantanamo as ‘a terrorist retirement community’

For once, Stephen Colbert said, he had to hand it to “our radical Marxist homo-fascist secret Kenyan tragedy of a joke of a so-called president,” applauding President Barack Obama’s administration for electing to close the office formerly tasked with closing the Guantanamo Bay prison. “We did it!” Colbert said in…

Jon Stewart mocks Glenn Beck’s centrally planned nostalgic Marxist utopia

On his show Tuesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart ruthlessly lampooned “freedom fetishist” Glenn Beck, pointing out his proposed “Independence” city was not very independent. Beck unveiled his grandiose plans to constructed a self-sustaining city that would reflect traditional American values earlier this month. While the city-to-be was…

Neil Heslin on gun advocates at hearing: It didn’t really phase me

Neil Heslin, the father of a 6-year-old boy who was murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month, said Tuesday night he wasn’t particularly troubled by gun advocates at a recent legislative hearing. During the hearing on Monday, Heslin asked why Americans needed “to have one of these assault-style weapons…

Colin Powell asks O’Reilly: Why do you only see me as an African-American?

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell chided Fox News host Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday night for focusing on his ethnicity when discussing his support of President Barack Obama. At the beginning of a lengthy interview, O’Reilly questioned why Powell, a Republican, had supported Obama in 2008 and again in 2012.…

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