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9-year-old boy killed, 2 wounded by man randomly shooting at cars

A 9-year-old boy was killed and at least two others were wounded on Monday night in Minnesota by a man who police say was randomly shooting at cars. The Pioneer Press reported that 34-year-old Nhan Lap Tran had been arrested and was being held on suspicion of murder after the…

Cheney: Obama wants to do ‘serious damage to our military’ but drones are cool

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is a fan of Barack Obama’s decision to use drones for the targeted killing of American citizens, but says that the president “wants” to do “serious, serious damage to our military” by nominating former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) to be secretary of defense. “I think…

Nugent vows to ‘dominate’ the ‘media orgy’ after Obama’s speech

Conservative rocker Ted Nugent says that the media underestimates him so he will “dominate” them and the “lies of the left” following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) on Monday announced that he had invited Nugent to attend the annual speech, even…

Robert Reich: Obama needs to batter GOP over the head for blocking jobs bill

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich said Monday that President Barack Obama needed to focus on creating jobs and strengthening the middle-class in his State of the Union address. He noted on Current TV that the unemployment rate was still relatively high and wages had declined. Reich said many Americans had…

Sen. Cantwell rips GOP over Violence Against Women Act: This is about life or death

Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) on Monday spoke out against a Republican proposal to eliminate protections for Native American women in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Cantwell noted that Native American women experience domestic violence and sexual assault at a rate far above the national average. “However, less than 50…

Iranian ambassador: ‘High five’ with female MP didn’t break Islamic law

The Iranian ambassador to Germany is insisting that he did not break Islamic law by touching a female member of parliament with a “high five” greeting because he says the contact was accidental. The German magazine Spiegel reported last week that Ali Reza Sheik Attar was caught on video “high-fiving”…

Penn. closes loophole allowing mail order of concealed gun permits from Florida

Gun owners in Pennsylvania are expressing outraged after the state Attorney General announced that she was closing a loophole that allowed residents who were unqualified for a conceal-carry gun license to mail order permits from Florida. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Friday said that gun owners would no longer…

NRA lobbyist: Pro-gun laws delayed over temporary ‘Connecticut effect’

A lobbyist for the National Rifle Association (NRA) over the weekend told a group of the organization’s members in Wisconsin that there could be a slight delay in new pro-gun legislation — like expanded “stand your ground” laws — because of a temporary “Connecticut effect” after the mass shooting of…

Indiana teacher wants straight prom because LGBT people have no ‘purpose’

A special education teacher from Sullivan, Indiana is joining a group of students, parents and other Christians in the community who are calling for a prom that bans LGBT people because she says they have no “purpose in life.” WTWO-TV reported that the group met at Sullivan First Christian Church…

Chris Hayes on drone strikes: ‘How much should we care that it’s citizens?’

On UP with Chris Hayes on Sunday night, the panel discussed the recent white paper on drone strikes obtained by NBC News and how concerned we should be regarding distinctions between citizens and non-citizens. Hina Shamsi, Director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, said that with regard to U.S. citizens,…

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