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Jon Stewart summarizes GOP budget plan: Jump off the fiscal cliff voluntarily

On his show Tuesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart noted that Republicans proposed a budget plan that was eerily familiar so-called fiscal cliff — the very thing their budget plan was supposed to avert. The fiscal cliff would reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion over 10 years…

Bob Costas: Gun culture in this country is the problem

NBC sportscaster Bob Costas blasted the gun culture in the United States on Tuesday night. Costas had received flak from gun rights advocates after reading portions of an article by Fox Sports.com columnist Jason Whitlock on air after a murder-suicide incident involving Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher. “What I…

Krugman: Budget proposals ‘only considered serious if you inflict pain on vulnerable people’

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman on Tuesday said it was “unfair” to accuse President Barack Obama of not putting forth serious reforms to Medicare amid the fiscal cliff negotiations. Krugman noted on PBS’ Newshour that Obamacare seeks to reduce Medicare costs without affecting eligibility or benefits. The law is estimated…

Bryan Fischer: Gun rights based on Christ’s teachings

Though the Bible and church historian Eusebius both tell of early Christians gleefully accepting death in the face of persecution, American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer said Tuesday that Jesus instructed his followers to use deadly force to defend themselves. “This whole concept of using a weapon for self-defense is rooted…

Sen. Sherrod Brown: GOP cocoon is impenetrable to objective facts

Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio said Tuesday on the Bill Press Show that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate were fed misinformation. Despite claims that the race was neck-and-neck, Brown noted that President Barack Obama became the second Democratic president to receive more than 50 percent of…

Mr. Burns explains the fiscal cliff: Give the rich money or we’ll kill the economy

At the Springfield Republican Party HQ, which now acknowledges that “rape is bad,” Mr. Burns of The Simpsons unveiled his new post-election plans on Tuesday. After being informed that despite Karl Rove’s claims, Republican candidate Mitt Romney had lost the presidential election, the Machiavellian billionaire admitted it was time to…

WATCH LIVE: House Speaker Boehner lights U.S. Capitol tree

House Speaker John Boehner will light the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree during a ceremony on Tuesday at the West Lawn. The 65-foot tree traveled to Washington, D.C. all the way from the White River National Forest in Colorado. Watch the ceremony live below: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news,…

Republicans cite abortion, home schooling to defeat UN disability treaty

Republican Senators on Tuesday voted to block a United Nations treaty that would have helped to protect disabled Americans — including veterans — while they are in foreign countries. Thirty-eight Republicans voted no, giving them five votes more than necessary to defeat the United Nations Convention on the Rights of…

GOP Rep. Blackburn suggests Democrats have more female career politicians

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) downplayed the Democratic party’s representative advantage when it came to women in congressional leadership Tuesday, suggesting that more of female Democrats are career politicians. “I think you will see more [women] in those positions at the federal level,” said Blackburn, who has served since 2003. “They…

Report: NC inmates forced to rub habanero pepper sauce on testicles, kiss snakes

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety has asked the State Bureau of Investigation to open an investigation after six inmates claimed that guards forced them to burn their genitals with hot pepper sauce, perform simulated sex acts and kiss snakes. N.C. Department of Public Safety spokesperson Pamela Walker told…

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