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McConnell: Obama will be ‘dragged kicking and screaming’ to get spending cuts

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowed on Sunday that Republicans would force significant spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling even if President Barack Obama had to be “dragged kicking and screaming.” “What we’re saying is that the biggest problem facing the country is our excessive spending,”…

Iowa GOP co-chair: Ron Paul supporters disenfranchising Republicans

Bill Schickel, the co-chair of the Republican Party of Iowa, on Saturday blasted the dominance of Ron Paul supporters within the state party. “The words are fine about reaching out and opening the doors of our party, but when are our chair, our executive director, our communications director, our finance…

Ted Cruz: Only Democrats are threatening default on the debt

Tea party backed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday insisted only Democrats were threatening default on the debt even though he has vowed not to raise the debt ceiling until Congress passes a balanced budget amendment. “Let me be very clear about this,” Cruz told Fox News host John Roberts.…

Rep. Jim Jordan: No AR-15 background checks because ‘it’s about freedom’

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) says that gun buyers should face background checks for concealed carry handgun permits but not assault rifles because “it’s about freedom.” During a Sunday interview on Fox News, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) explained to guest host John Roberts that even people on the terrorist watch…

Geographer tells Moyers: Climate change ‘does not care’ if you’re Republican or Democrat

Bill Moyers returned to the issue of climate change on his show Friday, decrying not only politicians, but a fellow journalist for avoiding the topic at their peril. “As the clock ticks away and warnings mount, official Washington irresponsibly continues to look the other way,” Moyers said in a commentary.…

AZ Rep. Sinema: VAWA’s expiration puts every woman at risk

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) summed up the problem with this week’s Republican-enabled expiration of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in a Saturday panel discussion with MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry. “The fact that the 112th Congress let VAWA expire doesn’t just mean that they’re politically opposed to some of…

Gunman among 4 dead in Aurora, CO hostage standoff

Four people are dead including a gunman after an hours-long standoff with police in Aurora, Colorado, this morning. According to video from Denver’s Channel 9 News, police were alerted to the situation around 3:00 Saturday morning. Aurora police immediately sent out emergency notifications to residents of the area, urging them…

Hayes: Fiscal cliff was more of a ‘fiscal curb’

Saturday morning on MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes,” host Chris Hayes opened the show with a segment titled “Lessons from the Fiscal Cliff.” In it, he talked about the fact that the fiscal cliff was a completely made-up crisis, political brinksmanship that was less a cliff than what he called…

Maddow schools Fox’s Dick Morris after getting angry letter from his lawyers

Friday night on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow answered a letter from Dick Morris’ lawyer demanding a correction to an earlier segment.  Maddow was more than happy to address the issue, and issued a few corrections of her own. The segment began with a short history lesson…

Young Turks guest: ‘Marijuana is literally more popular in our state than Barack Obama’

The owner of a new marijuana club in Colorado, along with the club’s attorney, talked to Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks on Friday and discussed the club’s growing popularing and the risk of the federal government attempting to squash the state’s move to legalize the drug. “We have a…

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