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NRA president compares assault rifles to baseball bats

NRA President David Keene on Sunday compared assault weapons like the one used in the tragic elementary school shooting in Connecticut to recreational items like baseball bats. “The fact that something is misused, whether it is a baseball bat or the mass killing at a Chinese school with an axe…

NBC’s David Gregory rips NRA chief over ‘common sense’

NBC host David Gregory and NRA leader Wayne LaPierre engaged in a heated debate over gun control Sunday morning on Meet the Press. The NRA has promised to deliver “major contributions” to stop gun violence following the tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut last week. The pro-gun lobby on…

Woman fired for being ‘irresistible’ blasts Iowa Supreme Court ruling

A dental assistant who was fired from her job because her boss claimed she was “irresistible” spoke out on Saturday. Melissa Nelson told CNN she had no idea what changed. She had worked at the position for more than 10 years without incident. Nelson said she “absolutely” wasn’t having an…

Researchers lay out a map of the brain’s everyday categorizations

A team of scientists at the University of California-Berkley have put together a map detailing how the human brain organizes objects on actions every day, The Verge reported earlier this week. The team, based out of the Gallant Lab at the university, also posted a video abstract of its findings…

MSNBC guest: Controversy over Hagel nomination a ‘cosmic oy vey’

The author whose 2008 interview of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) has been used for political attacks against Hagel blamed a “cosmic oy vey” on Saturday for what he suggested was a false controversy surrounding Hagel’s possible nomination to be the next Secretary of Defense. “It’s the inability of…

Psychiatry professor says NRA is ‘reinforcing stereotypes’ about mentally ill

A psychiatry professor joined MSNBC guest host Joy Reid on Saturday in taking issue with what Reid called an “artificial link” drawn by the National Rifle Association between mass shootings and the mentally ill. “I think he was talking to a particular base,” said Dr. Jonathan Metzl, who teaches at…

Gun control advocate: It’s hard to understand what’s going on in LaPierre’s head

The director of the gun-control campaign Mayors Against Illegal Guns — himself the son of a gun dealer — told CBS hosts Rebecca Jarvis and Anthony Mason he was surprised by the tone National Rifle Association Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre took during his public statement Friday, the NRA’s first since…

O’Donnell calls NRA’s LaPierre a ‘lobbyist for mass-murderers’

Friday night on “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” host Lawrence O’Donnell excoriated NRA head Wayne LaPierre’s press conference from Friday morning. In an extended diatribe, O’Donnell called LaPierre a “lobbyist for mass-murderers,” and sarcastically marveled that of course the NRA’s response to the Sandy Hook massacre is the one…

Maddow: LaPierre press conference was epic ‘Rick-rolling’ of the country

On Friday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow coldly assessed Wayne LaPierre’s extravagantly out-of-touch press conference on Friday and deemed it to be the political equivalent of a giant “Rick-rolling” of the American public. She began the segment by giving a brief rundown of the concept…

Blind juggling robot keeps balls in the air for hours

Researchers at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control (IDSC) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich have created a juggling robot, the so-called “blind juggler,” which, in spite of its lack of visual sensors, is capable of flawlessly juggling a ball or balls for hours. According to New Scientist,…

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