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Researcher: Owning a gun for safety like hiding from lightning under a tree

In video uploaded to YouTube on Saturday, Arthur Kellermann of the RAND Corporation said that keeping a gun in your home was a bad way to protect your family. “It’s natural to want to do everything you can to keep you family safe, especially if you live in a dangerous…

Democrat tears into GOP for politicizing IRS hearing and encouraging ‘pollution of our democracy’

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) on Friday blasted Republicans for attempting to use this week’s scandal at the IRS to attack and undermine Obamacare. At a House hearing, Doggett condemned the “outrageous and inexcusable” list used by IRS staff to flag tea party applications to become social welfare nonprofits for additional…

Republican accidentally debunks GOP narrative at IRS hearing

During a congressional hearing regarding the IRS on Friday, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) inadvertently led the head of the IRS to contradict the notion that conservative nonprofits were singled out for scrutiny. At the hearing, outgoing acting IRS commissioner Steve Miller repeatedly objected to the use of the word “targeting.”…

Maddow: Real Benghazi scandal is how media got played by GOP ‘sources’

On Friday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed how DC has worked itself into “scandal mode,” but over the wrong scandals. In the show’s opening segment, she questioned why no one who printed and quoted a doctored set of White House emails regarding the Benghazi…

As outrage grows, military makes addressing sexual assault a ‘top priority’

JEFFREY BROWN: The issue of sexual assault in the military was back in the spotlight today at the Pentagon. Margaret Warner reports. MARGARET WARNER: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey offered no new solutions to the military’s sexual assault crisis at today’s much…  …

Moore tells Maher: ‘The real problem with the IRS is that they let General Electric not pay any taxes’

The dispute regarding the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) targeting of Tea Party political groups didn’t strike Real Time host Bill Maher as a big deal on Friday night. “Is it unreasonable to target an anti-tax group?” Maher asked in response. “This is, after all, a group that named itself after…

Colorado GOP state senator ducks questions from Aurora victim’s father

The father of one of the victims of the July 2012 mass shooting in Colorado told Talking Points Memo on Friday that his state’s Senate Minority Leader, Bill Cadman (R), rebuffed him while sharing pictures of his son. “I walked right up to him, and I handed him one of…

Scientists to Moyers: Lead poisoning ‘doesn’t kill anymore’ but there are new ‘troubling problems’

Bill Moyers took on the regulatory failures that led to lead poisoning when he interviewed David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz about their new book, Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children. “As long as there are insufficient checks and balances on big business and its…

Rangel to IRS official: Citizens United was ‘invitation… for abuse’ of the tax code

The outgoing acting Internal Revenue Service commissioner on Friday told Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) that applications for 501(c)4 groups had doubled since the Supreme Court’s Citizen United ruling, which opened the floodgates for unlimited political spending by corporations. “The applications for this type of corporation increased dramatically, did it not?”…

‘F*cking right-wing’ Toronto mayor reportedly seen smoking crack on video

Reporters from the Toronto Star newspaper claim to have seen video of conservative Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking a drug that appears to be crack cocaine. A report in the Star published Thursday details the investigation of the video, conducted by reporters Robyn Doolittle and Kevin Donovan. “Working with my…

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