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Rubio ‘open’ to cutting off all Muslim student visas

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Wednesday said that he was “open” to considering the idea of halting all student visas from Muslim countries as a reaction to this month’s Boston Marathon bombings. Earlier this week, Fox News host Bob Beckel first suggested that there should be a two-year suspension of…

Maddow slams right-wing mainstreaming of crackpots like Alex Jones

Wednesday night on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow chided the right for giving credence to the crackpot conspiracy theories of Alex Jones and bringing the most extreme fringe thinking to the front and center of the Republican Party. Maddow began the segment by talking about the 9/11…

After running on LGBT marriage bans, Bush now says he’s not ‘weighing in’

Former President George W. Bush on Thursday said that he was not “weighing in” on the current debate over same sex marriage, even though he supported a constitutional ban on marriage equality and may have won a second term because anti-LGBT ballot measures brought evangelical conservatives out to vote in…

Massive fuel barge explosions force evacuations in Alabama

At least three people were critical condition on Thursday after two fuel barges containing natural gas exploded in Mobile, Alabama. Steve Huffman with Mobile Fire and Rescue said that emergency crews were forced to let the fires burn out on their own due to volatile conditions. A one-mile safety zone…

Senate retirements could be crucial in upcoming battle for political control on Capitol Hill

Montana Democrat Max Baucus surprised Capitol Hill by announcing he will not seek reelection when his term ends next year. That makes him the eighth senator, and the sixth Democrat, to step aside. The two Republicans…  …

Rep. Barbara Lee: Repeal AUMF to stop ‘this state of perpetual war’

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) on Wednesday called for the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to be repealed. “I’m convinced that if we do not repeal this authorization to use force that I voted against in 2001, we are going to see this state of perpetual war forever,” she…

Glenn Greenwald: Boston manhunt infused with political messages

Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald believes the Boston Marathon bombing last week shined a light on how most Americans think about the world. In a preview clip published by Moyers & Company on Wednesday, Greenwald noted the country was “glued to the television” after the two bombs killed three people and…

Idaho 3-year-old girl shoots infant sibling in the face

A 10-month-old infant in Idaho is recovering on Thursday after being shot in the face by its 3-year-old sister. Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue told KTVB that the mother left the two children in the car while she went into the house to get something at about 4:15 p.m. on…

Slumping Mark Sanford ‘debates’ picture of Nancy Pelosi

In a move out of the Clint Eastwood political playbook, former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) engaged in a public “debate” on Wednesday with a life-size picture of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) while accusing Elizabeth Colbert Busch, his opponent in a May 7 congressional election, of ducking…

Elvis-impersonating former ricin suspect sings Randy Travis song on CNN

The Elvis impersonator who was freed on Tuesday after being cleared of sending ricin poison to President Barack Obama and other government officials gave CNN a sample of his talents with an impromptu performance of a Randy Travis song. CNN host Chris Cuomo concluded a nearly 30-minute interview with Paul…

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