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Watch live: Senate hearing for Secretary of Defense nominee Hagel

The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a confirmation hearing for former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on Jan. 31. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

Soledad smacks down Grassley for linking assault weapons to ‘black-on-black violence’

CNN host Soledad O’Brien on Thursday scolded Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and told him he should know better than to try to link assault weapons to “black violence on blacks” because most recent mass killings had been carried out by white men. Following National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre’s Wednesday…

Gore: I wish I was wrong about climate change

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart welcomed former Vice President Al Gore in a wide-ranging discussion that covered topics ranging from Gore’s sale of his Current TV network to Al Jazeera to global climate change to the influence of big money in politics. Raw Story…

Jon Stewart: GOP talks about amnesty like it’s a deviant sexual practice

On his show Wednesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart ripped into Republicans for changing their stance on immigration based purely on a cynical political calculation. Stewart observed that Republicans had fought over who had the most hardline policy on immigration before the 2012 election. During the presidential primary…

Sen. Alexander: Video games a bigger problem than guns

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said Wednesday that violent video games were a bigger problem than guns in the United States. When asked on MSNBC about proposals to reduce gun violence, such as requiring universal background checks, Alexander indicated that he was skeptical of the legislation. “I’m going to…

Sen. Durbin rips NRA chief: You completely missed basic point of background checks

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois on Wednesday slammed National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre for claiming background checks wouldn’t reduce gun violence. During a the Senate Judiciary Committee’s gun control hearing, LaPierre argued that closing the so-called gun show loophole would only harm innocent gun buyers. He claimed criminals…

Rand Paul: I don’t understand same sex marriage

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who describes himself as a libertarian, said Wednesday that he opposed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) because it could unintentionally result in same-sex marriage becoming legal. “I believe in traditional marriage,” he said during an interview with Bryan Fischer of the American Family…

Fox News guest: Immigrants don’t want citizenship because they are ‘enjoying all the benefits’

A conservative radio host is arguing that many undocumented immigrants would not even apply for citizenship if they had the chance because they want to “continue living illegally” and they are “enjoying all the benefits.” Mary Walter on Wednesday told Fox News that lawmakers were wrong to work on comprehensive…

Three shot in Phoenix workplace shooting as NRA testifies to Senate

As National Rifle Association (NRA) head Wayne LaPierre was telling a Senate committee on Wedneday that additional gun laws were not necessary, at least three people were shot at a business in Phoenix, Arizona. “We don’t believe it was a random act,” Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson told KTVK. “There…

Bullied gay teen taken off life support after hanging self in schoolyard

A gay teenager in La Grande, Oregon died after a suicide attempt that took place in the schoolyard of an elementary school. Fifteen-year-old Jadin Bell hung himself on Saturday, Jan. 19, but according to Portland’s KATU, he was taken off life support on Tuesday. Family and friends said the boy…

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