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Robert Reich: Obama needs to batter GOP over the head for blocking jobs bill

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich said Monday that President Barack Obama needed to focus on creating jobs and strengthening the middle-class in his State of the Union address. He noted on Current TV that the unemployment rate was still relatively high and wages had declined. Reich said many Americans had…

Baratunde Thurston explains what the hell net neutrality is

Comedian Baratunde Thurston, the creator of the political blog Jack And Jill Politics, provided an overview of net neutrality to students at Bucknell University last month. Thurston explained that telecommunication companies such as Verizon or AT&T did not want to just act as a “highway” for data. The companies also…

Sen. Cantwell rips GOP over Violence Against Women Act: This is about life or death

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) on Monday spoke out against a Republican proposal to eliminate protections for Native American women in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Cantwell noted that Native American women experience domestic violence and sexual assault at a rate far above the national average. “However, less than 50…

Watch live: LAPD murder suspect news conference

Authorities hold a news conference to discuss the latest in the search for ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, suspected of killing three people in a revenge-fueled rampage he mapped out in an online manifesto. Watch live, broadcast on Feb. 11. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the…

Journalist Davey D: Dorner’s manifesto ‘opened up old wounds’ concerning LAPD brutality

A Bay Area journalist and activist said on Monday that the online manifesto of former Los Angeles Police officer Christopher Dorner should spur an investigation into his claims of corruption and racism in his former department, regardless of the charges being brought against him. “It’s either opened up old wounds…

Iranian ambassador: ‘High five’ with female MP didn’t break Islamic law

The Iranian ambassador to Germany is insisting that he did not break Islamic law by touching a female member of parliament with a “high five” greeting because he says the contact was accidental. The German magazine Spiegel reported last week that Ali Reza Sheik Attar was caught on video “high-fiving”…

Esquire reporter: Man who killed bin Laden faced life ‘like a mafia snitch’ after leaving Navy

While an Esquire magazine contributor said on Monday that the U.S. Navy SEAL who shot and killed Osama bin Laden doesn’t have access to health care after leaving the service, military guidelines indicate that the operative would still be eligible for government benefits. “What they offered when he came out,…

Penn. closes loophole allowing mail order of concealed gun permits from Florida

Gun owners in Pennsylvania are expressing outraged after the state Attorney General announced that she was closing a loophole that allowed residents who were unqualified for a conceal-carry gun license to mail order permits from Florida. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Friday said that gun owners would no longer…

NRA lobbyist: Pro-gun laws delayed over temporary ‘Connecticut effect’

A lobbyist for the National Rifle Association (NRA) over the weekend told a group of the organization’s members in Wisconsin that there could be a slight delay in new pro-gun legislation — like expanded “stand your ground” laws — because of a temporary “Connecticut effect” after the mass shooting of…

12-year-old boy arrested over threat to shoot teacher and 23 students

A 12-year-old California boy was arrested after allegedly emailing a threat to shoot a teacher and 23 of his middle-school classmates. KFMB-TV reported on Sunday that authorities took the boy into custody on Saturday and referred him to a hospital for evaluation. The suspect, a seventh-grader at Twin Peaks Middle…

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