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NBC reporter on leaked memo: Obama admin. using ‘elastic’ definitions to justify drones

NBC News correspondent Michael Isikoff said Monday the Obama administration was using murky legal definitions to justify its use of drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists. “Remember, we are talking about targeted killings of Americans, we are talking about making decisions based on secret intelligence, and we see in this…

OK school says ‘zero tolerance’ for bullying after teen shoots self in bathroom

Authorities in Oklahoma on Monday were unable to confirm if bullying was involved after a 15-year-old male killed himself with a gun in a Cowetta school bathroom. Speaking to reporters at press conference, Superintendent Jeff Holmes explained that a “ninth grade student at Cowetta Intermediate High School died from a…

NRA President David Keene says AR-15s are ‘the musket of today’

The president of the National Rifle Association (NRA) says that the Second Amendment was designed to protect the right to own muskets and the AR-15 military-style assault rifle — like the one used to slaughter 20 children in Newtown — is just “the musket of today.” “This nation was founded…

Florida father with assault weapon forces wife to watch as he kills two sons

A Florida man armed with an weapon that had once been banned under federal law forced his wife to watch as he strangled one of his sons and then shot a second before turning a gun on himself. Victoria Flores Zavala told Boynton Beach police that 45-year-old Isidro Zavala went…

Scarborough whines: PAC fight is like when GOP ‘establishment worked against me’

The prospect of a Republican squabble over selecting future candidates struck a nerve with MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Monday. “The question is, how do you sort through conservative people who are actually competent?,” he asked his “Morning Joe” panelists. “And I speak from knowledge because Newt Gingrich and the…

Trump: Jindal is ‘stupid’ for calling Republicans ‘stupid’

Billionaire mogul Donald Trump says that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is the “stupid” one because he should not have publicly called Republicans “the stupid party.” In his keynote address to Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in North Carolina last month, Jindal had advised Republicans to “stop being the stupid…

MSNBC guest: 2014 Iowa Senate race could be ‘test case’ for GOP reform efforts

On Up with Chris Hayes on Sunday, the host and the day’s panel discussed the post-election Republican Party. “Do you buy the basic thing that we’ve seen a shift in the institutional behavior of the Republican Party, in the wake of the election?” he asked. Michelle Goldberg, senior contributing writer…

Obama: Scouts should end gay ban because ‘nobody should be barred’ from Scouting opportunities

During an interview on CBS on Sunday, President Obama was asked about the Scouts renewed discussion of allowing gays into the organization. “Next week, the board of the Boy Scouts of America is going to vote on whether to end their national ban on gays in scouting,” asked anchor Scott…

Harris-Perry guest: Obama should speak in Chicago on gun violence to show “our children are worthy also”

On her Sunday show, Melissa Harris-Perry discussed the epidemic of gun violence in Chicago with Cathy Cohen, founder of the Black Youth Project and political science professor at the University of Chicago. Forty-two people died in Chicago from gun violence during the first four weeks of 2012 alone — three…

Stiglitz: Economic inequality preventing a robust recovery

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz on Sunday said the United States would continue to recover from the economic collapse at a snail’s pace unless the middle-class was strengthened. During an appearance on MSNBC, he argued that economic inequality was weakening the economy because it resulted in a lack of demand…

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