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Freak explosion turns Indianapolis neighborhood into ‘a war zone’

Two people were killed and 18 others injured after an explosion in an Indianapolis residential area Saturday night that leveled two homes, The Indianapolis Star reported. “It was like a war zone,” said one resident, Whitney Pflanzer. “It was silent after that. And it was dark and dusty, and I…

Kristol to GOP: Don’t ‘fall on your sword’ to defend millionaires

Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol says that Republicans in Congress should “take Obama’s offer” to raise taxes on the wealthy because the GOP shouldn’t “fall on its sword to defend a bunch of millionaires.” During a panel on Fox News Sunday, Kristol predicted that “Republicans will have to give in…

Harris-Perry to OH Secretary of State: Voters won’t forget suppression attempts

Saturday morning on MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” author, Tulane professor and host Melissa Harris-Perry directed this week’s weekly open letter segment to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. In it, she addressed the partisan Republican’s attempts to eliminate early voting and lessen voter accessibility in the 2012 elections. “Dear Secretary Husted,”…

Maher says Republicans have same problem as the Beach Boys: ‘Their fans are dying’

Friday night on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher addressed the Republican Party’s staggering electoral losses in this week’s elections and mused that the party may be facing virtual extinction. Maher began the segment talking about Fox News’s alert early on election day that a single “New Black…

Maddow: Republican failure in 2012 is ‘bottomless’, ‘astonishing’

Friday night on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow took a look at the questions facing the Republican Party in the wake of Tuesday’s blowout election.  Who will be the leader of the party now?  Will the party double down on social issues or pursue a more economics-focused…

Maher: Republicans are ‘vaginaphobes,’ should probably ‘shut up’ about rape

Bill Maher started off Real Time on Nov. 9 by conducting a quick recap of the elections, noting that there will now be six openly gay men in Congress, a bisexual woman and an openly gay female senator, while pot was legalized in two states. “We’re becoming more like Canada,…

Gun sales spike after election

In the days after the election, gun sales apparently spiked, according to WITN in North Carolina. Fears of strengthened gun control laws apparently instigated the buying frenzy. “They’re worried about tax increases on ammunition, and then of course the second thing probably going to be the assault weapons,” which are…

Florida Secretary of State: long lines show ‘people liked the voting hours’

Despite early voting lines reportedly up to six hours long, Florida’s Republican Secretary of State would not apologize for shortening the state’s early voting period from 14 to eight days, reported Think Progress. CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield specifically asked Rick Detzner whether he regretted shortening the early voting period this…

Moyers guest: ‘We should just let the Bush tax cuts expire’

Columnists and thinkers from both sides of the political aisle went back and forth on Bill Moyers on Nov. 9 regarding the reelection of Barack Obama and how best to help working families in America. Former New York Times columnist and senior fellow at think tank Demos, Bob Herbert, said…

Nate Silver: ‘Math does not need to be intimidating’

Fresh off the political equivalent of pitching a perfect game, New York Times number-cruncher Nate Silver told The Today Show he hoped his performance during the 2012 election helped make math a little cooler. “Math does not need to be intimidating,” Silver said. “It can be fun. And interesting and…

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