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NY Rep. Israel challenges House GOP to defy ‘intolerant tea party base’ on immigration

Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) defied the GOP members of the House of Representatives on Monday to stand up to their tea party constituents in the wake of recent developments promising a deeper bipartisan push on immigration. “What this comes down to now is, will these House Republicans, who have pandered…

Report: Boy Scouts close to dropping national ban on gay members

After being banned for decades, gay youth may soon able to join the Boy Scouts. “The Boy Scouts of America are actively consider dropping their their national ban on gay scouts or gay scout leaders,” NBC’s Pete Williams reported on Monday. According to Williams, the Scouts’ national board or directors…

Romney advisor: Republicans ‘largely lost’ the culture wars on marriage equality

The former Iowa advisor for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign said the Republican party should heed the demographic shift on issues like marriage equality. “Frankly, the culture wars are kind of over,” Dave Kochel told WHO-TV on Sunday. “And Republicans largely lost.” Kochel, a longtime GOP strategist in the state, said…

Loophole allows dealers to hijack Seattle’s gun buyback with makeshift gun show

The so-called gun show loophole which allows guns to be sold without a background check allowed private dealers to effectively hijack a weekend effort by Seattle police to get guns off the street. Following the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut last month, Seattle raised $120,000 to hold…

Krugman schools ‘Morning Joe’ on austerity: ‘How many times’ do I have to be right?

Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman on Monday attempted to give the panelists on MSNBC’s Morning Joe a lesson about why austerity and drastic spending cuts were the wrong solution in tough economic times. “Our track record is actually not bad, we’ve tended to reduce our debt at least relative to…

Scarborough on Palin: Fox News chief decided ‘she’s not worth the trouble’

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said on Monday that the split between ex-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Fox News marked a turning point in GOP philosophy — particularly from the man he called the Republican party’s “de facto leader,” Fox News Channel chair Roger Ailes. “He’s run the party, he’s…

Fox News hosts whine at ’60 Minutes’ for ‘no follow up’ on Hillary concussion conspiracy

The hosts of Fox & Friends on Monday lashed out at 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft because he failed to devote a significant part of his Sunday interview with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “follow up” on the suggestion that the secretary may have not…

Clinton and Obama discuss transition from 2008 primary battle to ‘warm, close’ friendship

In a joint interview with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, aired on CBS on Sunday evening, the pair discussed moving past the 2008 primary race to become “warm, close” friends and Clinton’s work in the president’s administration. Obama said he wanted to use the interview to…

Harris-Perry: Schools targeted for closure have ‘predominantly minority kids’

On Melissa Harris-Perry on Sunday, she and a panel of journalists and advocates discussed the closure of underperforming schools in the country. Harris-Perry said that there were discussions of closing “17 in NYC, 37 in Philadelphia, 15 in Washington, D.C., and possibly as many as 15 or more in Chicago.”…

George Will: Women in combat ‘dumbing down the standards’ because of ‘anatomical facts’

Conservative columnist George Will on Sunday argued that women should not be allowed in combat because of “certain anatomical facts,” ignoring that ABC Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz had pointed out that she interviewed female service members who were capable of carrying “6-foot, 4-inch Marines.” Appearing on an ABC…

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