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Sen. Sherrod Brown: GOP cocoon is impenetrable to objective facts

Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio said Tuesday on the Bill Press Show that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate were fed misinformation. Despite claims that the race was neck-and-neck, Brown noted that President Barack Obama became the second Democratic president to receive more than 50 percent of…

Mr. Burns explains the fiscal cliff: Give the rich money or we’ll kill the economy

At the Springfield Republican Party HQ, which now acknowledges that “rape is bad,” Mr. Burns of The Simpsons unveiled his new post-election plans on Tuesday. After being informed that despite Karl Rove’s claims, Republican candidate Mitt Romney had lost the presidential election, the Machiavellian billionaire admitted it was time to…

WATCH LIVE: House Speaker Boehner lights U.S. Capitol tree

House Speaker John Boehner will light the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree during a ceremony on Tuesday at the West Lawn. The 65-foot tree traveled to Washington, D.C. all the way from the White River National Forest in Colorado. Watch the ceremony live below: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news,…

Republicans cite abortion, home schooling to defeat UN disability treaty

Republican Senators on Tuesday voted to block a United Nations treaty that would have helped to protect disabled Americans — including veterans — while they are in foreign countries. Thirty-eight Republicans voted no, giving them five votes more than necessary to defeat the United Nations Convention on the Rights of…

GOP Rep. Blackburn suggests Democrats have more female career politicians

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) downplayed the Democratic party’s representative advantage when it came to women in congressional leadership Tuesday, suggesting that more of female Democrats are career politicians. “I think you will see more [women] in those positions at the federal level,” said Blackburn, who has served since 2003. “They…

Report: NC inmates forced to rub habanero pepper sauce on testicles, kiss snakes

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety has asked the State Bureau of Investigation to open an investigation after six inmates claimed that guards forced them to burn their genitals with hot pepper sauce, perform simulated sex acts and kiss snakes. N.C. Department of Public Safety spokesperson Pamela Walker told…

Report: NFL team ‘bending over backward’ to counsel couple involved in murder-suicide

The Kansas City Chiefs were “bending over backward” and providing counseling for the couple involved in the Dec. 1 murder-suicide that spurred on another national debate over gun control, The Kansas City Star reported Tuesday. Local police told the newspaper that the team had offered assistance to Kasandra Perkins and…

Bob Shrum schools Ron Johnson: ‘Fantasyland’ to credit Reagan for Clinton economy

Tea party-backed Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) says that former Republican President Ronald Reagan is responsible for the country’s economic success under former Democratic President Bill Clinton and the American people “don’t really understand” economic growth. Johnson told CNN host Soledad O’Brien on Tuesday that it would not be necessary to…

Watch live: Senators hold press conference after meeting with Obama

Govs. Jack Markell (D-Del.), Mary Fallin (R-Okla.), Mike Beebe ( D-Ark.), Mark Dayton (D-Minn.), Gary Herbert (R-Utah) and Scott Walker (R-Wis.) discuss their meeting with President Obama. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Dec. 4. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Al Roker criticizes New York Post for subway death cover photo

The debate over Tuesday’s cover photo for the New York Post showing a man literally seconds before he was struck and killed by a subway train made its way to NBC’s Today Show, where meterologist Al Roker criticized the man who took the picture. “Somebody’s taking that picture. Why aren’t…

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