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Alex Jones rails against Glenn Beck: Jefferson would spit on you, you little b*stard

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones slammed conservative personality Glenn Beck on Monday, attacking his supposed libertarian credentials. “Glenn Beck is despicable,” Jones told The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur. “He has five guys watching everything I do, taking my news articles. Listen, four or five year ago he wouldn’t talk about…

Glenn Beck hopes to build utopian city-theme park hybrid

Conservative personality Glenn Beck last week announced grandiose plans to construct a self-sustaining “city-theme park hybrid” that would reflect traditional American values. The city, to be called “Independence,” draws heavily from ideas espoused by Walt Disney and libertarian novelist Ayn Rand. The project is expected to cost more than $2…

Fox News correspondent waves giant machete during live report

Fox News sent correspondent Phil Keating snake hunting in Florida over the weekend armed with a giant machete, which he casually waved at viewers in a live report on Monday. Keating explained to host Megyn Kelly that he had spent most of Saturday talking to some of the nearly 800…

NJ hit-and-run suspect had her license suspended 52 times

New Jersey police said the suspect in a hit-and-run incident over the weekend has had 52 driver’s license suspensions and 16 moving violations since getting her license in 1986. WCAU-TV reported on Monday that authorities arrested 44-year-old Michele Toussaint in connection with the incident that hospitalized Catherine Calalang, 28, and…

Georgia gun group giving away free AR-15 to oppose gun control

A pro-Second Amendment group in Georgia has partnered with a gun shop in the state to give away a free AR-15 assault rifle — like the one used to slaughter 20 children in Newtown last month — in an effort to oppose new gun control legislation. In a press release…

Obama: Gun advocates ‘ginning up fear’ because it’s ‘good for business’

President Barack Obama on Monday explained that pro-gun groups were “ginning up fear” about the government confiscating firearms because “it obviously is good for business.” Last week, conservatives responded with outrage after Vice President Joe Biden suggested that Obama could take executive action for minor gun control measures. Although executive…

Aaron Swartz’s mentor Lessig remembers him as ‘an icon, an ideal’

A mentor to online activist Aaron Swartz remembered him on Monday in an emotional interview with Democracy Now anchor Amy Goodman. “All of us think there are a thousand things we could have done,” Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig said. “A thousand things we could have done, and we have…

Blackburn promises to ‘be very thoughtful’ while shutting down government

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Monday said that she would be willing force a “thoughtful” shutdown of parts of the United States government if President Barack Obama did not agree to deep spending cuts. “What we want to make certain is that this president, this administration, this bureaucracy realizes that…

Connie Mack in Newtown: ‘Impossible’ for gun control to stop ‘bad people’ so don’t even try

Former Republican Rep. Connie Mack (FL) traveled to Newtown, Connecticut on Monday — exactly one month after 20 children were gunned down in the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history — and insisted that Congress should not attempt gun control legislation because it was “impossible” to stop violence through new…

Newtown police chief tells White House: Ban assault weapons, high-capacity magazines

It’s been one month since the mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe says it’s time for the White House to ban military-style assault weapons, restrict high-capacity magazines and close loopholes in the background check system. In an interview with NBC’s Michael Isikoff, Kehoe…

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