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Rep. Alan Grayson: Paul Ryan wants sick poor people to die

Rep. Alan Grayson, a notably blunt Democrat from Florida, blasted House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday night. While discussing the Republican congressman’s latest budget proposal on Current TV, Grayson accused Ryan of wishing a large swath of Americans would die. “In one case after another, you look…

Sen. Elizabeth Warren slams Republicans: Worry less about helping big banks

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts slammed Republicans on Tuesday for holding up the confirmation of Richard Cordray to be director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. At a Senate Banking Committee hearing, the progressive senator suggested Republicans were using false arguments to fight the nomination of Cordray. Warren, who…

California lieutenant governor: ‘Do the damn right thing’ and legalize marijuana

California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday called on politicians to be honest about legalizing marijuana, claiming many lawmakers and officials secretly opposed the drug’s outlaw status. “I am sick and tired of politicians saying one thing in private and saying another in public,” he said on HuffPost Live. “Love…

Family Research Council: Functioning societies ‘punish’ single people for having sex

A senior fellow at the conservative Family Research Council (FRC) says that “functioning societies” should “punish” single people who engage in sex outside marriage. Dr. Pat Fagan, who directs FRC’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), on Monday told FRC President Tony Perkins that a 1972 Supreme Court case that…

Armory: Little league’s AR-15 raffle ‘going gangbusters’

An Illinois armory that has partnered with a local little league to raffle off an AR-15 military-style assault rifle says that tickets are selling like “gangbusters.” Atwood Armory co-owner Charidy Butcher told The Raw Story that her phone had been “ringing nonstop” since the raffle for Atwood-Hammond Little League began…

Beck: Rand Paul filibuster was ‘the birth’ of the Tea Party

Conservative host Glenn Beck described Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) March 6 filibuster on Monday in terms seemingly resembling those of a mother carrying a pregnancy to term. “A historic movement has begun,” he intoned. “You were here to hear the heartbeat when the Tea Party started. And last week, you…

Rove: Media should learn from Vatican and stop prematurely calling elections

In an appearance on Fox News regarding the papal conclave, Karl Rove has said that networks should avoid calling elections prematurely. According to Talking Points Memo, Rove said that U.S. media should take its cues from the Vatican regarding secrecy and predicting the outcome of elections. “Thank God we don’t…

Laura Bush: ‘We have room’ for Republicans who ‘frightened’ women with rape talk

Laura Bush says that the Republican Party has room for all candidates — even the ones who “frightened” women with unconventional remarks about rape. During an interview that aired on Monday, CNN host Erin Burnett asked the former first lady if the Republican Party “has made a mistake in doubling…

Tennessee bill allows Christian counselors to reject suicidal LGBT students

The Tennessee state Senate on Monday considered a bill that would allow counselors to discriminate against LGBT students, sexually-active students or anyone else based on religious objections. Republican state Sen. Joey Hensley encouraged fellow senators to pass SB 514 to “prevent an institution of high education from discriminating against a…

Minnesota legislator introduces ‘ex-gay’ friend during marriage equality debate

Minnesota state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen (R) took an unusual step during hearings about same sex marriage in that state. According to Think Progress, Gruenhagen took a “point of personal privilege” during the hearing to introduce Kevin Petersen, Gruenhagen’s personal friend and his ally against the effort to legalize same sex…

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