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Salon’s Walsh on Tea Party group’s feud: ‘A pox on all their houses’

Salon editor-at-large Joan Walsh said on Wednesday she had no preference in the fight between the leaders of the conservative group FreedomWorks — she wished ill on all of them. “A pox on all their houses,” Walsh told MSNBC host Chris Matthews and Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn.…

Boston U. students face bleak job market in ‘Les Mis’ parody

A sharp parody of the trailer for the movie adaptation of Les Miserables refocuses Fantine’s plaintive song “I Dreamed A Dream” on the plight of Boston University students seeking employment. “The majority of college kids, they go to college, they get a degree, they don’t work outside of college very…

Philadelphia mayor: NRA’s armed school guards plan ‘a completely dumbass idea’

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter had harsh words on Wednesday for the National Rifle Association’s call to plant armed guards at every school in the country, citing the Dec. 24 shooting attack on firefighters in Webster, New York as proof the group’s proposal was untenable. “[A] guy sets a fire, firefighters…

Fox News guest slams ‘Zero Dark Thirty’: ‘Waterboarding is not torture’

Making a prisoner believe they’re drowning to death is not a form of torture, according to a guest on Wednesday morning’s broadcast of “Fox & Friends.” “Waterboarding is not torture,” former CIA operative Wayne Simmons said, critiquing the new film “Zero Dark Thirty.” “It is simply a technique used to…

Sam Donaldson to tea party: ‘It’s not your country anymore – it’s our country’

During an appearance on Chris Matthews‘ syndicated weekend talk show, ABC News contributor and analyst Sam Donaldson criticized the tea party and argued that the movement and the Republican party were becoming increasingly in danger of irrelevancy. “It’s the Tea Party and thinking of the Tea Party and people like…

Los Angeles gun buyback held early due to Newtown

Los Angeles is holding its annual gun buyback event Wednesday, a few months early in light of the shooting at the elementary school in Newtown, Conn., reported the Los Angeles Times. The city’s mayor wanted people to have the chance to take “concrete action” after the massacre that left 20…

GOP strategist: ‘I don’t think the NRA is listening’ to Americans

Republican strategist and CBS political analyst Frank Luntz said on CBS on Wednesday that both major political parties in the U.S. suffer from a disconnect with Americans, and that the NRA isn’t listening to the public’s views on gun policy. Citing a survey he conducted with the Republican Mainstream Partnership,…

Paper publishes database of gun owners in two New York counties

A newspaper in New York state published on Monday an extensive database of gun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties, saying the information was in the public’s interest following the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. The Journal News immediately found itself at the center of a firestorm of controversy over the…

Beijing spends a billion to get China’s music industry rocking

A ‘Music Valley’ is among plans to boost the music industry. But will piracy and tight state control hold back progress? From the top of a hillside in Pinggu village, an hour’s drive from central Beijing, the future of China’s music industry doesn’t look like much – just a vista…

Spike Lee: Seeing new Tarantino film would be ‘disrespectful to my ancestors’

The debate surrounding filmmaker Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained continued as the film opened Tuesday, with Tarantino’s fellow director, Spike Lee, telling Vibe Magazine he outright refused to watch Tarantino’s film, which has been criticized both for romanticizing slavery and for promoting violence against white people. “I’m not gonna see it,”…

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