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ABC confronts Paul Ryan for praising sequester before using it to slam Obama

ABC News host Jonathan Karl on Sunday suggested that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) was guilty of hypocrisy because he slammed President Barack Obama for the automatic spending cuts in the so-called sequester — even though congressman had personally praised it in the past. “Don’t forget it was the president who…

Conservative Australia ex-PM: Assault weapons ban is public safety, ‘not a left/right issue’

John Howard, the conservative former prime minister of Australia, says that pro-gun advocates in the United States are wrong to oppose an assault weapons ban like the one he pushed for after a 1996 mass shooting because public safety is not a “liberal/conservative issue.” On Sunday, Howard told CNN’s Fareed…

Woodward scolds Rove for fixing elections with Soviet-style ‘Politburo’

Author Bob Woodward on Sunday blasted Republican strategist Karl Rove for creating a super PAC that acts as a Soviet-style “Politburo” with the de facto power to decide Republican primaries. During a panel segment on Fox News Sunday, Rove insisted that he had founded the Conservative Victory Project super PAC…

Lindsey Graham: Slash health care so sequester cuts won’t ‘destroy the military’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday suggested that President Barack Obama’s health care programs for the middle class should be slashed to stop scheduled sequester cuts from “destroying the military.” During an interview on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace point out that the White House has said that if…

Mother of slain inaugural performer demands action from Congress

The mother of Hadiya Pendelton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot to death one week after performing at President Barack Obama’s inauguration has made a PSA demanding action on gun safety from Congress. Cleopatra Cowley-Pendelton joined forces with the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns to produce the 30-second ad spot.…

Maddow blasts ‘space cadet’ Rand Paul’s conspiracy theories

Friday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the mainstreaming of paranoid, right-wing conspiracy theories, and how politicians like Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) are taking these wild-eyed fantasies off of the Internet and talk radio and bringing them to bear in national politics. She began by discussing…

Maher on Hagel: Based on GOP statements ‘the Israelis are controlling our government’

On Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday, the host took issue with Senate Republican’s blocking of Chuck Hagel’s confirmation as Secretary of Defense — actions which have been called unprecedented by Democrats, although USA Today reports that leading senators claim that they will allow a vote the week of…

Moyers guest: Public campaign financing pushes voters to ‘have a little skin in the game’

Bill Moyers had Dan Cantor, the executive director of the progressive Working Families Party and Jonathan Soros, a lawyer and senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, on his show to discuss how to stop money from heavily influencing politics — specifically, public campaign financing. Soros said that reforms regarding money…

Christian radio hosts: Boy Scouts lifting gay ban would lead to having ‘a Jerry Sandusky as your scout master’

Christian radio hosts Matt Barber and Mat Staver unleashed a torrent of anti-LGBT fearmongering on their “Faith and Freedom” show on Friday in complaining about the Boy Scouts of America’s possible lifting of its ban on gay members. Media Matters reported. “It makes no sense to have a Jerry Sandusky…

Former San Diego mayor blames brain tumor for stealing $2 million from charity

A former California mayor admitted in federal court on Thursday to stealing more than $2 million from her dead husband’s charity to fuel a $1 billion gambling binge. According to KPCC-FM, Maureen O’Connor revealed her activities as part of an deferred-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The former…

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