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Democrats hope Pope Francis will re-focus church on helping the poor

Thursday on the radio program Full Court Press, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) said they were hopeful Pope Francis would elevate Catholic teachings on social justice. Welch noted Francis lived a “modest life” prior to being named Pope, giving up many luxuries and devoting himself to…

Congressman slams Republicans for pushing bill based on discredited 2012 campaign attack

Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) mocked House Republicans on Wednesday for pushing legislation based on the widely discredited claim that President Barack Obama was scrapping a welfare work rule. “There is no greater misuse of time than re-fighting the last election,” he said on the House floor. “The last election is…

Tucker Carlson: Bloomberg’s soda ban is class warfare

Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson on Thursday declared that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to ban large sugary soft drinks was part of a class war because liberals drink Frappuccinos, which were not part of the ban. During a Crossfire-like segment at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)…

Marco Rubio: Opposing marriage equality ‘does not make me a bigot’

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Thursday told a conservative audience that liberals needed to respect his views because support the right of states to discriminate against LGBT people “does not make me a bigot,” and opposing the reproductive rights of women “does not make you a chauvinist.” Speaking to the…

Norquist: Republicans who raise taxes ‘are rat heads in a Coke bottle’

Anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist is lashing out at Republicans who voted to raise taxes, calling them “rat heads in a coke bottle.” Speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, the Americans for Tax Reform founder employed an unusual metaphor to blast Republicans who violated their pledge to…

Feinstein snaps at Cruz’s ‘lecture’ on the Constitution: ‘I’m not a sixth grader’

During a hearing on gun control legislation Thursday, junior Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) drew the hackles of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who snapped, “I’m not a sixth grader” after he tried to “lecture” her about the U.S. Constitution. Cruz actually recited portions of the Bill of Rights to Feinsten, who…

Baptist pastor: Sex with underage girl ‘is exactly what Christ desires’

The former pastor of an Indiana megachurch who is awaiting sentencing in a sex crimes case told a 17-year-old girl that Jesus wanted her to have sexual relations with him. Federal prosecutors on Wednesday released letters in which former First Baptist Church pastor Jack Schaap explained that the underage girl…

Police say gunman who killed 4 in upstate New York is dead after shootout

The man who allegedly killed four people and wounded two others in a shooting rampage in upstate New York died Thursday morning in a shootout with police. According to CBS News, officers closed in on the 64-year-old suspect around 8:00 a.m., shooting and killing him after he fired his own…

Massachusetts Attorney General: Pot shops allowed statewide

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley ruled Wednesday that medical marijuana dispensaries must be allowed statewide and individual municipalities cannot legally block them. The ruling (PDF) was issued by Coakley’s Municipal Law Unit in response to a 2012 bylaw passed by officials in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Two other nearby towns also passed…

Gohmert: ‘Vietnam was winnable,’ but ‘people in Washington decided’ to lose

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Thursday asserted that the U.S. war in “Vietnam was winnable, but people in Washington decided we would not win it!” “One of the things that we’ve heard over and over again since Vietnam is, you know, we don’t want to get in another un-winnable war…

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