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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 Barbara Lee (D-CA) on Wednesday called for the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to be repealed.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…

Florida pot grower busted for manufacturing ‘high-end assault rifles’

Police in Port St. Lucie, Florida announced on Wednesday that they had arrested a couple on charges related to a “weapons manufacturing warehouse” and a marijuana growing operations, according to TCPalm. WPTV reported that a traffic stop made by the Martin County Sheriff’s Office earlier in the week led to…

Freed Elvis-impersonating ricin suspect thanks Jesus, offers foot rubs to Mississippi ‘ladies’

On Tuesday’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow said that if you’ve been watching the case of Paul Kevin Curtis, the Elvis impersonator arrested and then released on charges of sending ricin letters to public figures, for its “wacky factor,” then Curtis’ press conference on being cleared…

Fox News host shocked by bulletproof whiteboards: ‘I cannot believe it’s come to that!’

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Wednesday was shocked to find out that bulletproof whiteboards were being distributed to some schools because “we assume a shooter is coming.” Following the failure to pass any type of new gun control legislation after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut,…

North Carolina Democratic strategist dies after knife attack in her home

A 29-year-old Democratic strategist died early Wednesday morning from injuries suffered in a brutal stabbing in her Raleigh, North Carolina home. According to the Raleigh News-Observer, Jamie Kirk Hahn and her husband were both injured in an attack that took place Monday night. Raleigh Police arrested Jonathan Broyhill, 31, a…

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