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Watch live: Obama speaks about budget negotiations

President Obama urges action to avoid the automatic budget cuts set to be triggered on March 1 if Congress fails to find a path forward on balanced deficit reduction. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Feb. 19. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Oklahoma sheriff: ‘Spontaneous human combustion’ killed 65-year-old man

The sheriff of Sequoyah County in Oklahoma believes that a 65-year-old man recently died by spontaneously bursting into flames. “If you read about spontaneous human combustion that’s what we have here,” Sheriff Ron Lockhart told KFSM. After a neighbor contacted police on Monday, authorities discovered the burned body of Danny…

Family claims skull and bones found at home altar were bought on Ebay

As investigators worked to determine the origin of human remains found inside a residential altar in Pasadena, California, the family that owns the property is claiming they were bought online. KNBC-TV reported on Monday that the skull and bones were found on Sunday while responding to a report of a…

Alabama lawmaker: Fetus is ‘the largest organ in a body’

A Republican state representative in Alabama says that her bill to force new restrictions on abortion clinics is necessary because the fetus is “the largest organ in a body.” In a recent interview, state Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin explained why she was sponsoring House Bill 57 — The Women’s Health…

Maddow: Many in Congress never read Iraq intel briefs before authorizing war

On Monday night, Rachel Maddow presented “Hubris: Selling the Iraq War,” a documentary about the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, one of the biggest military blunders in U.S. history. In one segment, she reported that members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, who were charged with determining whether…

Michelle Obama gives Fallon a workout in ‘Late Night’ fitness challenge

NBC host Jimmy Fallon took a slightly different tack on President’s Day, engaging in a fitness challenge with First Lady Michelle Obama for a good cause — mostly. “The most important thing for the kids to learn is that it’s all about being active and having fun,” Fallon told Obama,…

Journalist rips ‘pro-life’ Republicans for seeking to cut infant nutrition program

While discussing the looming sequestration on MSNBC, journalist David Cay Boyle Johnston slammed Republicans for supporting cuts to a federal program that provides food to the infants of poor mothers. “Six hundred thousand pregnant women and mothers of small children will be cut from the [Women, Infants and Children (WIC)…

Adam Lanza wanted to kill more people than Anders Breivik: report

Undisclosed law enforcement sources told CBS News on Monday that Adam Lanza shot children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut after being inspired by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik. Lanza thought he was in competition with Breivik, a rightwing extremist who killed 77 people in 2011. Breivik said he…

‘Invisible War’ director: Reporting rape in U.S. military often worse than the crime itself

Academy Award-nominated director Kirby Dick on Monday decried the epidemic of rape and sexual assault in the military, noting that women were systematically discouraged from reporting sexual crimes. “According to the Department of Defense’s own estimates, more than 19,000 men and women are sexually assaulted each year in the U.S.…

Mother arrested for inviting strippers to 16-year-old son’s birthday party

A woman in New York was arrested Monday for allegedly hiring strippers to attend her 16-year-old son’s birthday party. Judy Viger, 33, has been charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. Police said Viger paid for two adult female entertainers to perform “personal and…

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