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Congressional candidate quits after coming under fire for NRA ‘A’ rating

A Democratic candidate for Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s congressional seat in Illinois has dropped out of the race after she faced an onslaught of advertising about her support for the National Rifle Association (NRA). Illinois state Sen. Toi Hutchinson announced over the weekend that would end her candidacy and endorsed…

TX Rep. tells Soledad: Immigrant ‘amnesty’ alone won’t sway Latinos toward GOP

GOP Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) expressed cynicism on Monday toward an immigration plan that included a path to citizenship for the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants. “People make a mistake when they think all Hispanics want is to see an amnesty program, and then they’re going to love Republicans again,”…

Multiple ‘fireballs’ seen zooming over Miami

Authorities received numerous reports of “fireballs” zooming through the sky over Miami on Sunday night, and at least one of them was caught on tape by an amateur videographer. The source of the lights: officials say they were likely meteors, albeit smaller than the major meteor event filmed over Russia…

Chris Hayes and panel discuss pope and role of Catholic Church in people’s lives

On UP with Chris Hayes on Sunday, the host used the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI as jumping off point to discuss religion in contemporary society. Hayes mentioned that Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League, claims that “we are likely to witness an explosion in voyeurism, as well as…

Video: Thousands protest Keystone XL pipeline in D.C.

Thousands of demonstrators protested the proposed Keystone XL at the National Mall on Sunday. “Hey hey, ho ho, Keystone pipeline’s got to go!” protestors chanted at one point. “I’m ashamed of what my country is doing. I’m ashamed we’re knocking on your door with dirty oil. I want to stand…

Harris-Perry: Will black community fight drug war if they believe ‘what is wrong with us is us’?

On MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday, the host and her panel discussed President Obama’s Friday speech, “specifically the moment when he said, ‘We should do more to promote marriage and encourage fatherhood,’” Harris-Perry said. Anthea Butler, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Graduate Chair in the Department of Religious Studies…

Carson says 2016 run ‘up to God’ after pushing flat tax at National Prayer Breakfast

The pediatric neurosurgeon who shocked Washington by using his speech at the non-partisan National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month to suggest that the Bible calls for a flat tax now says that God might tell him to run for president in 2016. As President Barack Obama sat just a few…

Man allegedly slapped ‘n*gger baby’ for crying on flight

Joe Handley of Idaho faces federal assault charges for allegedly slapping a young toddler amid a Delta Airlines flight to Georgia on February 8. “Jonah starts crying because he’s feeling the pressure in his ears,” Jessica Bennett, the toddler’s mother, told ABC News. The 60-year-old man told Bennett to “shut…

ABC confronts Paul Ryan for praising sequester before using it to slam Obama

ABC News host Jonathan Karl on Sunday suggested that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was guilty of hypocrisy because he slammed President Barack Obama for the automatic spending cuts in the so-called sequester — even though congressman had personally praised it in the past. “Don’t forget it was the president who…

Conservative Australia ex-PM: Assault weapons ban is public safety, ‘not a left/right issue’

John Howard, the conservative former prime minister of Australia, says that pro-gun advocates in the United States are wrong to oppose an assault weapons ban like the one he pushed for after a 1996 mass shooting because public safety is not a “liberal/conservative issue.” On Sunday, Howard told CNN’s Fareed…

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